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Bid Monkey

Bid Monkey is a command line and GUI tool that automatically bids on eBay auctions at the last possible moment ("sniping"). It will run in the foreground or background, and only requires basic information from the user, such as username, password, item number, and the maximum bid to place. Among its more unique features, Bid Monkey abstracts the URL scheme and regular expressions into a separate "patterns" database, allowing for easy Web-based updates.

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  •  11 Dec 2004 05:44

    Release Notes: The custom error handling class 'mx' was renamed to 'monkeyx' because it was causing a namespace conflict with the popular eGenix mx libraries and generating errors for some users.

    •  08 Nov 2004 19:32

      Release Notes: eBay started requiring SSL logins and true session tracking. This release swaps custom HTML routines with cURL to handle those changes.

      •  28 Jun 2004 15:30

        Release Notes: A new engine routine, scrape_sign_in(), was added. This routine is used to validate the specified username/password combination prior to entering snipe mode. This prevents users from missing auctions if they mistype their password. A minor error in scrape_place_bid() was fixed. scrape_place_bid() was modified so that "you are the current high bidder" is no longer considered a failure.

        •  13 Jan 2004 22:33

          Release Notes: A bug in has been fixed in the scrape_auction_end() routine which resulted in missing auctions that had more than 1 hour left.

          •  25 Dec 2003 20:37

            Release Notes: This release adds username/password reading from stdin, automatic leading/trailing whitespace stripping to the GUI fields, and fixes for some issues that caused Bid Monkey to fail.

            Recent comments

            09 Nov 2004 18:12 schoppa

            my banana
            greates sniper ever! Thanks Pedram.

            08 Nov 2004 12:39 pedram

            Re: use of Glade


            > using in Windows NT4 - complete newbie

            > to python - downloaded Python 2.3 copied

            > BID monkey to folder execute python

            > bid_monkey.py -g and receive the

            > response:

            >

            > import gtk/gtk.glade failed

            >

            > MONKEY-FATAL> could not start gui

            >

            > tried finding installs of GTK and of

            > glade - installed about 7 related

            > products with no resolution on this

            > issue. If anyone has any idea I'd be

            > very greatful

            See the INSTALL file distributed with the package. The required packages and links to them are provided within. If you are still having problems. E-mail me.

            18 Sep 2004 18:19 naitram

            Re: use of Glade
            Had the same problem. The pygtk package found here: http://www.pcpm.ucl.ac.be/~gustin/win32_ports/ fixed it for me. Hope it helps.

            > using in Windows NT4 - complete newbie

            > to python - downloaded Python 2.3 copied

            > BID monkey to folder execute python

            > bid_monkey.py -g and receive the

            > response:

            >

            > import gtk/gtk.glade failed

            >

            > MONKEY-FATAL> could not start gui

            >

            > tried finding installs of GTK and of

            > glade - installed about 7 related

            > products with no resolution on this

            > issue. If anyone has any idea I'd be

            > very greatful

            15 Sep 2004 14:26 lonpm2

            use of Glade
            using in Windows NT4 - complete newbie to python - downloaded Python 2.3 copied BID monkey to folder execute python bid_monkey.py -g and receive the response:

            import gtk/gtk.glade failed

            MONKEY-FATAL> could not start gui

            tried finding installs of GTK and of glade - installed about 7 related products with no resolution on this issue. If anyone has any idea I'd be very greatful

            26 Jan 2004 11:55 a_team_of_scientists

            -p password command line option shows pw in ps, history
            If you use the -p command line option to enter your password, it will be visible when you (or anyone else) runs ps or history.

            If you skip -p, you'll be prompted for the password, which is safer.

            Maybe you could add a note in the readme about this.

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