I suppose that this fits under the topic of ethics. I am a very infrequent Ebay buyer. Bought a few items. Some good transactions one bad, no real nightmares, just hassles. I know that there are some real auction mavens here both on the buying and selling side so I wanted to ask what the general attitude is on sniping. It seems like a a dirty trick that tends primarily to hose the seller. I guess if all the buyers just bid what they are willing to spend, then a sniper will either lose or pay too much, but it kills the fair and thoughtful bidding aspects of the auction. On the other hand, there is no guarantee that you will ever get the opportunity to view and respond to other's bids since there is nothing to stop someone else from bidding at the last moment. I understand that there are even commercial sniping services available to sophisticated ebay buyers. I start to wonder if you are a sucker not to use the technique just to keep the playing field somewhat level. I can't see any alternative other than to play fair and watch prices spiral or watch items that you need get snapped from under your nose at the last second. If there were some way to prevent everyone from doing it, then it would be fair. As I say, I don't use Ebay more that once or twice a year and that is usually only to pick up something that is difficult or impossible to find in the stores. But I'm wondering, what is the consensus on Ebay ethics?