Cricket has a new Snipe engine. This is the program's third engine in 6 years. This is the second or third time the program has failed in six years over an Ebay change that proved to be Mission Critical. I started working on the new engine in the late summer of 2003 when Ebay quietly broke a program feature in my Safe2Bid program knowing that it would prove to very difficult for a third party program vendor to overcome the change. This change is not implemented site wide so I perceive it as an ongoing test on their part.
Webster's Dictionary defines virtual as "being such practically or in effect, although not in actual fact or name." So for something to be a virtual you, it should act like you, yet not be you.
A few months earlier Time Life Magazine sent out senior staff writer Adam Cohen (Adam later authored The Perfect Store the only authorized book about Ebay I know of) to interview me for an article in ON magazine. He dubbed me the Sniper King.
It was during this time that Ebay although they denied it publicly, took many actions against the program. For the most part they used safety and security of the Ebay user base as the reason to attack the program. At that time Ebay was a real small town community of people and very vocal about their Ebay experience. Thus was born the Pro Snipe and the Anti Snipe crowd. Ebay although they did not take public sides, sided with the Anti Snipe crowd publicly by showing them things they were doing to bring the Cricket down but behind the scenes if pressed, said they had no problem with Sniping, while beating up the Snipe program developer. I believe it was the classic squeaky wheel gets the grease thing. Sniper's had nothing to be complaining about and those that lost to the Snipe were usually pretty sore about it. It didn't matter who or how many times the sore loser was told even by Ebay at times that this was how the game was played and anybody was free to play it.
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