Charles...

"Sniping" -- a phrase I hadn't heard until recently -- is actually SOP for me. I don't do it to save a nickel...I do it to get the item that I want. I usually don't feel like bidding week after week for an item that I keep getting outbid on. I'm not sure what you find disgusting about that, but the proxy bidding system (which used to be optional) can save you from all that anyway. Just bid your maximum amount, and if a "sniper" takes the item and you wish you'd had more time to bid, then your bid wasn't high enough in the first place.

I don't do machine sniping, though.