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#1 TheArchitect

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 03:37 PM

Hey, all! I'm working on developing an auction sniper, and I'm looking for suggestions on desired capabilities? I'm writing it as a Greasemonkey script, but I'm hoping to convert it to Python for general use. Let me know what you'd like to see it do!

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 03:43 PM

I'd like to see it win all big ticket items at least 90% of the time with a substantial profit.
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#3 shrouded

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 03:49 PM

It is not that complicated to write a python auction sniper. It can load up, parse, and send another request extremely fast. I win 75-80% of the time with mine but it takes so much time to find a great auction.

#4 idontknow951

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 04:33 PM

The title makes it sound like an upcoming AAA title.

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It is not that complicated to write a python auction sniper. It can load up, parse, and send another request extremely fast. I win 75-80% of the time with mine but it takes so much time to find a great auction.


How do you tell what items to watch out for?

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 04:41 PM

The title makes it sound like an upcoming AAA title.

Auction Sniper Elite: King of the Hill



How do you tell what items to watch out for?


List loading or DB-linked. Have to multi-thread it so it can attack multiple auctions at once but since it'd only need to read auctions about to close, it's not too bad.

#6 TheArchitect

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 04:43 PM

I'm hoping to connect to the Neocodex item database to calculate profitability. Also, at least in the GM version, it will put a link next to each item that allows one to bid on that item.

#7 Cript

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 04:44 PM

I'm hoping to connect to the Neocodex item database to calculate profitability. Also, at least in the GM version, it will put a link next to each item that allows one to bid on that item.


Could make for an awfully interesting situation...having 5 people running it at the same time all going for the same items...kinda sounds like the attic redux

#8 TheArchitect

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 04:45 PM

For the Python version, perhaps the program could have a text field that allows one to input specific auction IDs to bid on. A bit clumsy, though, so if you can think of a better way let me know.

#9 Cript

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 04:49 PM

For the Python version, perhaps the program could have a text field that allows one to input specific auction IDs to bid on. A bit clumsy, though, so if you can think of a better way let me know.


Way too user unfriendly IMO. It's a very simple effort just to have it parse the next 100 auctions and if it matches a list entry, have it start posting bids up to a max amount.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 04:59 PM

For the Python version, perhaps the program could have a text field that allows one to input specific auction IDs to bid on. A bit clumsy, though, so if you can think of a better way let me know.


I would really think before releasing a powerful auction sniper. If everyone has unrestricted access to such a program, profits from using it may drop considerably.

That being said, does anyone here know enough about auctions to tell me an algorithm that would work well for snagging items? I've tried the simple "bid a lot near the end" method, but it was pretty terrible at getting items, even at a low profit.

Does starting with the max possible minimum bid increment help at all?

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 05:16 PM

I have it set for variable bids between max increase and max increase + XXXX NP. It just sends in the bid request over and over again while also reloading the bid list.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 05:21 PM

List loading or DB-linked. Have to multi-thread it so it can attack multiple auctions at once but since it'd only need to read auctions about to close, it's not too bad.


I knew that, but I was asking for was how do you determine what is a profit and what isn't.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 05:22 PM

I manually browse auctions looking for the super good auctions. I don't waste it on making minimal NP.

#14 Cript

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 05:23 PM

I knew that, but I was asking for was how do you determine what is a profit and what isn't.


If it's db-linked, the program compares the current bid to the item price in the database.

#15 idontknow951

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 05:25 PM

If it's db-linked, the program compares the current bid to the item price in the database.


Yes but that doesn't consider the amount of time invested along with a potential dump of NPs for nothing. Plus what happens if you get a HTS?

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#16 Neoquest

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 05:27 PM

Yes but that doesn't consider the amount of time invested along with a potential dump of NPs for nothing. Plus what happens if you get a HTS?


I'd assume that you can just set minimum profit. The same applies to main shop ABing, you get HTS and you sell them.



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