Well, I have been using my fork of bidwatcher for a long time, but
I haven't touched it for several months now. Ebay made a change
that broke it and I think it is now time to give up on my fork of
bidwatcher. The fork on
is being actively maintained, and from what I hear, it is a
perfectly good program. I see no reason to duplicate effort.
I'm leaving this web site up just so that old links continue to
work and as kind of a reference. About the only thing here
that is still of any value is the documentation.
What is BidWatcher?
Bidwatcher is a simple program to make your life easier on eBay.
It will watch auctions that you are interested in bidding on,
and also auctions that you have listed for sale. It has an
automatic snipe tool that lets you set your snipe amount when
you see an item you are interested in, but the bid won't be
placed with eBay until just a few seconds before the auction
Bidwatcher will periodically update the information about the
auctions you are interested in, and check for any auctions that
you might have bid on outside of bidwatcher, or new auctions
that you may have listed. Auctions that are close to closing
will be updated more often, and Bidwatcher will use these
updates to determine how much "network lag" there is. If the
network is slow, Bidwatcher will automatically adjust your snipe
times so that you won't miss out.
The source should build on just about any Linux/Unix box with
minor tweaks to the Makefile. The static binary was compiled on
my Debian 2.2 Linux box, so it should probably work on most
versions of Linux. I've had reports that the binary also works
on NetBSD under the linux emulator.
Bidwatcher is free software and you can
download a copy if you wish.
Newer versions of Bidwatcher are usually announced on
so keep an eye out for them. Sometimes eBay changes things and
you will need an update immediately.
|This fork of Bidwatch has been shut down||7 Apr 2002|
I'm officially shutting down this for of bidwatcher.
|New version of Bidwatcher released||16 Jun 2001|
Thanks to Stephen Bond who sent in a patch, bidwatcher may well
work again. I have not heavily tested it, but I don't see any
obvious problems. As always, use at your own risk.
Please report any problems to me, and I'll see if they can be
Also, there are currently no rpm files.
Old news can be found in the