I am a practicing catholic who struggles with scrupulosity. I have signed up on Goofbid, a free software that allows me to place automatic snipes on Ebay items. I have put a snipe on Goofbid for an electric bicycle on Ebay, and my bid will be automatically placed 5 seconds before the item ends. I’m starting to feel that maybe it is cheating to use automatic sniping software, and is not fair on the manual bidders, despite the fact that so many other people do it. What are your thoughts? Is it morally wrong from a Catholic perspective to use sniping software? Is it a sin? Thanks for your replies.
Not a sin. Don’t worry. Sniping is just another way of doing business on Ebay.
I suppose you are thinking that sniping will win the auction for a lower price than putting in a high maximum bid ahead of time. For this to work, two conditions must both exist: The current bidder has not entered a high maximum bid, and there are no other snipers working the same auction. If you try to limit your risk by sniping just a little above the current bid, you are more likely to get outbid by the current bidder’s maximum bid, or another sniper who is willing to bid closer to the true market value of the item.
Good luck, and have fun!