jBidwatcher
jBidwatcher
2.99pre5

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jBidwatcher

2.99pre5
13 January 2016

Monitor eBay auctions (release candidate).

Overview

jBidWatcher is a Java-based application allowing you to monitor auctions you're not part of, submit bids, snipe (bid at the last moment), and otherwise track your auction-site experience. It includes adult-auction management, MANY currencies (yen, pound, dollar [US, Canada, Australian, and New Taiwanese], Swiss Francs, and euro, presently), drag-and-drop of auction URLs, a unique and powerful 'multisniping' feature, a relatively nice UI, and is known to work cleanly under Linux, Windows, Solaris, and Mac OS X from the same binary.

Currently it is only implemented for eBay, but it is abstracted suitably to work with any online auction site with a minimum of changes.

It is under active development. Bug reports and feature requests are always welcome, as are praise and complaints.

What's new in jBidwatcher

Version 2.99pre5:
New
  • ‘Cancel snipe’ wasn’t working. bad
  • Deleting an entry was double-deleting, which was throwing an exception because the second would fail.
  • If the user has configured a browser and forced it to override the auto-detected one, use it.
  • Various dialogs (including ‘Add’) weren’t quite fitting on Windows and Linux.
  • Give a nicer error if trying to use a version of OS X prior to 10.8.
  • Try to mitigate the awful in-place upgrade problem where OS X caches the launch information incorrectly.
  • Speed up apparent startup time by moving some script loads until after the UI has initialized.
  • Fix a long-standing bug that JBidwatcher would lose DNS information for ebay.
  • First pass at a better Linux deployment target.

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Hanshan
14 November 2008

Most helpful

I loved jbidwatcher. It's really a beautiful tool to watch and snipe on your auctions. Unfortunately it seems, the tool now is no longer working, due to some changes ebay has made (for more details read the author's comments on his site). I still hope it will soon negotiate the problems. It's by far the best ebay sniper I know. Greetings, Han
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Version 2.0b8
Nestorph
04 May 2016
Used to be great. However, can't log into eBay now because eBay now requires a Captcha from sniping apps. Captcha doesn't appear when logging into eBay directly. Until this is fixed, JBidwatcher is useless.
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Version 2.99pre5
1 answer(s)
gunnar-forsgren
gunnar-forsgren
16 August 2017
I saw this. Im my case it was because I had entered the wrong password in the tool. Once I entered my latest password it logged in without problem.
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RavenNevermore
12 April 2016
The 2.99pre5 disk image seems to be missing, the link downloads an html file, both here and at the JBidwatcher website.
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Version 2.99pre5
Lightning
11 January 2016
Latest version will not open for me (2.99pre4) had to go back to previous version.
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Version 2.99pre4
2 answer(s)
Cyberfox
Cyberfox
14 January 2016
2.99pre5 should work better, although I need to update the minimum requirement to OS X 10.8.
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Lightning
Lightning
14 January 2016
Thanks, all is well now and love it.
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goodeye62
07 October 2015
jBidwatcher used to work, well. In the past it performed successful snipes for me. But now there is a problem. I will not be using this application any longer as of October 2015. The problem is that my last two snipe attempts were ended 13 or so minutes before the actual end of the ebay auction. The jBidwatcher event log states "Cancelling snipe, auction is reported as ended.". I went to the jBidwatcher Forum and found others are having the same problem. No solution is offered. The application has not been updated for over 16 months. This means for ebay you'd be foolish to rely on jBidwatcher for your snipes. A derloper must keep up with ebay's frequent API updates. This developer does not. Consequently, jBidwatcher is officially dead in the water for me..
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Version 2.5.6
1 answer(s)
Cyberfox
Cyberfox
10 January 2016
Sadly, JBidwatcher does not use eBay's API, because sniping software is not allowed to. So in order to make it work, JBidwatcher has to figure out the meaning in the HTML that eBay publishes, and changes.

That said, one of the nice things is that the code was resilient enough to eBay's page changes that (outside of a few small issues) it hasn't actually needed an update for the last year-plus. I keep track of successful snipes (from folks who opt in to letting me anonymously track that info) and it's been working reasonably well.

Hopefully the latest version continues that.
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Stefaan-Degryse
14 February 2015
So i have to install Java 6 to make this software work. Java 6 has several bugs and security issues, so no jBidwatcher for me. Too bad as i have used in in the past on older OS X versions without problems.
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Version 2.5.6
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fmr
fmr
01 July 2015
I'm with you Stefaan.
A while ago, Morgan Schweers was working on a Cocoa version, I came back to see if finally we could have it, looks like no, still java only.
Such a pity since this app is really (was when ebay wasn't changing it policy and API every week) one of the few that really makes your life easier.
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Cyberfox
Cyberfox
10 January 2016
I agree with you about the Java version, which is why the latest version no longer depends on the system Java.

For @fmr's comment, I still have the Cocoa/native OS X version, and I pull it out every so often and try to improve it, with the hope that someday it'll have all the capability that JBidwatcher has. It's such a better UI, but it's just not ready for prime time.
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Googe
16 December 2014
This software only works when it wants to...! It just randomly cancels snipes, which are supposed to be a feature of the software. I would not recommend this software to anyone who is serious about using it to buy anything on ebay... Unreliable and inconsistent, this is the third or forth time it has randomly cancelled a snipe and I lost the auction because it never make the bid! Stay away...
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Version 2.5.6
1 answer(s)
Setsupper
Setsupper
10 February 2015
You have to consider who is involved. That is Ebay in action as well, and then it is not the fault of the program. Sure you see it in the program, but an auction that "pre-ends" before it is really complete shows another cause: Ebay.
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Zx81
18 October 2014
Everything looks OK using 10.9.5. Downloaded the app via MU.
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Version 2.5.6
Just-Fred
19 January 2014
Mavericks (10.9.1) is reporting "'JBidwatcher' is damaged and can't be opened. You should move it to the Trash." I've downloaded it twice with the same result. Is it Mavericks and GateKeeper, or is this a munged file?
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Version 2.5.5
2 answer(s)
Neal
Neal
20 January 2014
Damaged here too. Needs reposting.
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RavenNevermore
RavenNevermore
21 January 2014
I updated it though the application itself.
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Setsupper
16 December 2013
JBidWatcher runs fine on European Bids still in Mid-December 2013. It works fine about 99% of time (I use Lion). Sometimes the display of a passed bid does not move from active to past. But otherwise like on bids, Version 2.5.3pre3 works very stable. It’s good for a calmer life.
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Version 2.5.3pre3
Mark-W-
06 November 2013
While Jbidwatcher may have it's occasional bugs from eBay changing their functions, I have found the software to be functional about 98% of the time. It has been running fine on the three Macs that I own for the last year at least.
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Version 2.5.3pre3