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jBidwatcher for Mac

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jBidwatcher for Mac lets you search and bid on eBay auctions through an easy-to-learn interface. It can place bets on your behalf, seconds before an auction ends, a practice known as sniping. Other features include drag-and-drop integration for adding auctions right from a browser, the creation of custom tabs, customizable double-click actions, My eBay integration, and advanced features like setting up a remote database, proxy, or firewall exclusion.

jBidwatcher for Mac requires Java. After installing the app we encountered a peculiar error where the OS thinks the app is damaged and recommends deleting it -- we resolved this by allowing the system to run apps from unidentified developers. The interface is uninspired but usable and includes several preloaded tabs and the ability to create custom ones. Auctions can be either searched for or added via the auction number or by dragging and dropping URLs. When placing a bet or sniping, you're given the option to set the shipping cost and decide whether to include it in the final bid amount. If sniping, you can also set how many seconds before the end of the auction should your bids be placed. During testing, we discovered that there can be a few seconds of lag depending on network conditions; the optimal time is around seven seconds.

If you're an avid online shopper, you will appreciate jBidwatcher for Mac. It's a useful, little tool that can really save you money. But since it requires your eBay credentials, make sure you use a unique eBay password that you don't use for any other online account, especially for PayPal, else you may run into security issues.

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All User Reviews

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Good overall, but recently unreliable"

    January 15, 2014  |   By neila452

    Version: jBidwatcher 2.5.3pre3

    Pros

    Genuinely free — no hidden costs or sales pitch
    Relatively easy to use — takes a little practice learning how it is set up.

    Cons

    Recently, it has become unreliable. I have lost three auctions because it simply failed to fire the snipe.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Works great - until it locks up"

    October 9, 2012  |   By NoCBSObamasucker

    Version: jBidwatcher 2.5.2

    Pros

    Informative interface
    easy to customize
    tracks multiple auctions
    includes browser search

    Cons

    doesn't load thumbnails
    leaves large icon on screen - requires restart to get rid of it
    absolutely locks up - have to interrupt power to shut down

    Summary

    Running Win 7 on a 64-bit machine.
    If it wasn't for the glitches it would be a nice app.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Super product"

    February 12, 2012  |   By trecowan

    Version: jBidwatcher 2.1.6

    Pros

    Easy to track bids, easy to set up snipes

    Cons

    Difficult to understand how to get to a browser window for the actual auction.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "All donations are well spent !!"

    April 30, 2011  |   By elistu--2008

    Version: jBidwatcher 2.1.5

    Pros

    Morgan Schweers has made eBay more fun. JBW is in a class all alone.

    Cons

    JBW's main problem is eBay. So far the Schweers' team has kept
    the app above water still #1.

    Summary

    First place auction app.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use a"

    November 12, 2010  |   By stanhall

    Version: jBidwatcher 2.1.2

    Pros

    Easy to use and price is right. Donations help the programmer

    Cons

    none that I can think of

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It simply does what it says it's supposed to!"

    September 30, 2010  |   By c.stratman

    Version: jBidwatcher 2.1.2

    Pros

    Free! Works like a charm!

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of!

    Summary

    Try it! You'll love it!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best eBay snipper out there for the Mac......"

    February 23, 2009  |   By Charles Teton

    Version: jBidwatcher 2.0

    Summary

    ...Period...
    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This has yet to fail for me, 2 years using, and picked up lots of bargains. Not sure why its still free, as other snipe apps, that don't work, charge quite a lot and I've bought most of them... Best of all jBidWatcher is now out of beta... Try it and make your own mind up...

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Seems to have real problems"

    August 18, 2008  |   By DrBilly

    Version: jBidwatcher 2.0beta7

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    All versions of this app have had their own particular problems. The developer is a one-product hobbiest â?? and there's nothing wrong with that given the app is free. But, no, he doesn't support the product very well.
    JBid suffers from one problem in particular that makes it dangerous. It suffers from a gross overflow that only appears after a large number of files (auctions) have expired. It works fine for a while, but after it accumulates enough data it becomes weaker, finally stalling the whole system (common to java) and corrupting files along the way. The new 2.0 beta is no different. Either the developer doesn't know about this or he is ignoring it.
    This is a beta. It has ALWAYS been a beta. That said, it is not in the same class as other beta programs out there, where once in a while something doesn't work right. Use it at your own risk. That's what beta means.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Working now :-)"

    May 4, 2008  |   By Bob Graham

    Version: jBidwatcher 2.0beta2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    2.0beta3 (available on developers site) has been working fine with OS X 10.4.11.
    I can't get along without this application!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Worked great...for awhile...."

    January 28, 2008  |   By jack.the.tab

    Version: jBidwatcher 1.0.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Really loved this program at first then all of a sudden just started having various issues:

    -would not update auctions
    -would not snipe

    Operator error?-Sure it's a possibility but i have not altered my system since I've installed this!

    Would I recommend -well i would say use at your own risk... On the upside it is free (Thanks by the way!!)...But if it's not working then...

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