JBidWatcher is a nice eBay tool for searching, bidding and snipping on eBay, which I came across after some frustration with bidwatcher, availabe from repositories. As the author describes it:
Official Website: http://www.jbidwatcher.com/
A Java-based application allowing you to monitor auctions you're not part of, submit bids, snipe (bid at the last moment), and otherwise track your auction-site experience. It includes adult-auction management, MANY currencies (yen, pound, dollar (US, Canada, Australian, and New Taiwanese), Swiss Francs, and euro, presently), drag-and-drop of auction URLs, a unique and powerful 'multisniping' feature, a relatively nice UI, and is known to work cleanly under Linux, Windows, Solaris, and MacOSX from the same binary.
Requirements: you have to have Sun version of Java.
1. Download the latest version here
2. You may have it anywhere. However I crated a directory /usr/local/share/java and copied it there. It's up to you though.
3. Make a bash script to run it.
sudo mkdir /usr/local/share/java
sudo cp JBidWatcher-0.9.9.jar /usr/local/share/java
and paste the following:
sudo gedit /usr/local/bin/jbidwatcher
Make the script executable:
java -jar /usr/local/share/java/JBidWatcher-0.9.9.jar
You are almost set. Just run from command line
sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/jbidwatcher
and enter your ebay user name and password.
4. You can make a .desktop file for JBidWatcher to have it in your menu:
and insert the following text:
sudo gedit /usr/local/share/applications/jbidwatcher.desktop
I use xfce and I've got menu entry in menu as soon as I created it. I am not sure if it will work in Gnome without activating it in some way.
Comment=Ebay watching and bidding tool
Overall it is up to you where to store jar file. The author suggests your home dir, but I like to keep it clean and tidy.
The site has a Quick Start Guide, available here
It is my first HOWTO here, so let me know if anything is wrong or unclear. Enjoy your bidding!