Why doesn't Ebay use dynamic bidding?
Ok, this is really ticking me off... I keep placing bids on Weber 32/36's and keep getting "sniped" out of them at the last dying seconds.
Sorry, needed to vent...
My wife runs an online auction every year for Irish Draught Stallions. The software she uses is by Beyond Solutions, and it has an interface very similar to Ebay. It uses "Dynamic Bidding", which basically keeps the auction alive as long as people are bidding. At the scheduled end of an auction, within the last two minutes (or whatever length of time you choose), the auction starts a two minute timer between bids so that sniping is eliminated. Everyone wins with this method...the seller gets a premium price, and the person willing to spend the most money wins the auction...NO MORE CHEATING!
This past February, it was great to watch her stallion auction come to a close. There was one bidder who was trying to snipe and it backfired on them...absolutely AWESOME to witness. We watched one particular auction last for half an hour past the scheduled ending time, and the sale price increased by $600!
Snipers often drive me away from Ebay...I agree it is sorta like cheating, and they could (and should) do something about it. However, to be honest, I've sniped before as well