jBidwatcher for Mac

jBidwatcher for Mac

Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 80 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.5.6
File Size:
6.71MB
Date Added:
May 25, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
6,306
Downloads Last Week:
12
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
  • Java 1.5 or higher
  • Editors' review

    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 Versions:

      4.2

      out of 80 votes

      • 5 star: 46
      • 4 star: 15
      • 3 star: 8
      • 2 star: 8
      • 1 star: 3
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    • 2 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 stars

      "Works great - until it locks up"

      October 09, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 stars

      "Working now :-)"

      May 04, 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 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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