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Sniping is the practice of bidding in the last few seconds of an auction in order to prevent other bidders from outbidding you. The truth is, if you really want an item, sniping will almost always allow you to be the highest bidder, assuming you bid high enough. Sellers usually like sniping; what's not to like about increasing the final price of an item? Many smart bidders, however, simply bid the maximum amount they are willing to spend on an item and don't worry about it. If they are outbid, that's okay, because they didn't feel the item was worth more than their bid.