BINSniper 3.x and VieBuy Update

New faster (and slower) processing

A new filter processing system was installed on March 28 that changed how often filters are updated and how fast new items are delivered.  We apologize for the delay in posting this information.

This change addresses a performance problem caused by a small number of users who configure a large number of filters (in some cases over 100 filters).  At times, other users were negatively impacted and experiencing delays.

The majority of users, who have a small number of filters configured,  are already seeing faster updates as a result of this change.   Users in active categories are updated as fast as once per second.  In slower categories, updates typically usually run under five seconds.  Remember that eBay delays may impact actual delivery time of new items.

For those few users running a large number of filters, your performance will now be degraded.  In some cases updates may be running as infrequently as every 5 minutes in slow moving categories.  This is in addition to eBay delays.

An even smaller number of users were heavy consumers of system resources, but not buying at all,  have been blocked completely as they were just leeching from everyone else.

How to get faster updates

While in the past, we have recommended creating separate filters for different channels and products, this recommendation has now changed to suit the new system design.

You should consolidate filters wherever possible.  The fewer filters you have, the faster they will update.   Each user now has their own filter queue and filters are processed in round-robin fashion.   The more filters you have configured, the longer time there will be between updates of an individual filter.

Update:  New All Channels option now available.

Version 3.4 and above provide a new option to allow filters to span all eBay categories on a site.  While channels are still preferred for performance and convenience reasons, the new “All channels” option will allow those users that are configuring the same filters in multiple channels to further consolidate these filters and get better performance.

 

3.2 releases – BINSniper and VieBuy

3.2 differences that you should be aware of:

How Categories and Channels Work

  • Channels are the top level categories of eBay.
  • Filter categories are sub-categories. When you select a filter sub-category, it overrides the top level channel category.
  • There is a new limit in 3.2 on categories: you can only specify up to three categories on a filter.
  • Categories filters now return all items in subcategories of your selected category.  You may be able reduce the number of filters you use by selecting a higher level parent category.

How Keyword Searches Work

  • When you are using grouping such as (ipad,iphone,ipad), the length of the group must be less than 100 characters.  The system will warn if you exceed this. You can split filters to workaround this limit.
  • Description searches are now supported. This searches title and description and in some cases item specifics of the listing.

Please post any questions to the 3.2.1 release threads for the program you are using or at least indicate which program you are using if you post here.

 

VieBuy.com 3.2 Released

VieBuy.com has been updated to v3.2

This release adds the following features to filters:

  • Description search is now supported and selectable. This makes it easier to match listings where sellers did not specify your keywords in the listing title.
  • Seller Business type filters are now available. You can filter sellers by Private, Business, or both. This feature is currently supported by eBay on EU sites.
  • Multiple-quantity listings can now be excluded.  This can be used to filter out sellers with multiple items and show only single item listings. It is useful when searching for rare or unique items and can be used to exclude surplus items and large retailers. This is useful when looking for one of a kind deals.
  • Listing Type (Auction, BIN, Both) can now be selected in VieBuy at the filter level.  The “show auctions” option has been removed.
  • Some filter diagnostics have been added to display messages when filters have issues that may prevent items loading. An alert icon will appear in the Filters icon when certain errors are detected.

Other Changes

  • Bonanza support has been removed, mainly due to lack of interest.  The Bonanza product mix does not appear to be a good match for these apps. Some Bonanza items may be included in a separate features (tabs, etc) in future releases.
  • Wildcard searches have been removed.  This feature was rarely/never used by BINSniper and VieBuy users, and was not fully compatible with the new system design because eBay stopped supporting wildcard searches some time ago.

 

 

 

 

Using filter exclude options in BINSniper and VieBuy

We’ve noticed that a number of users are checking ALL of the exclude filter options. Checking all of the boxes will prevent you from seeing most if not all items.

The viebuy.com filter screen has been changed to warn about this and clarify it a bit:

If you check all the boxes, you will be excluding free shipping items, returnable items, best offer items, etc.

The same is true for BINSniper.  We will update the the BINSniper screen in 3.01.

Performance Tuning for BINSniper 3

The article describes performance tuning for the eBay website for VieBuy and BINSniper 3.0 or higher.

 

How this varies from the BINSniper 2.x recommendations:

BINSniper 3.x is more efficient on the network and performs better over 3G, WiFi and satellite connections too. There are no settings that improve item delivery speed.

The following Firefox setting can be used to improve image and script loading time on fast network connection. This primary impacts load time of the eBay pages.

Enter about:config into the Firefox address bar (where you type URLs). A settings list should appear. You may receive a warning first. If you do, accept the warning screen.

Enter the following into the search box:

network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server

Warning: This setting affects all websites. Increasing this setting too much may result in excessive demands being place on servers and you being banned.  10 is a reasonable maximum.

 

Double click to adjust the setting. Increase it to 10.

 

If this setting does not exist, right click the blank area of the screen and select New->Integer. Paste the name into the preference box, click OK, and enter 10 for the value.

Increasing this setting can improve image and script loading time on eBay.  Image loading may be improved on BINSniper and VieBuy websites when many items are displayed. This setting has no effect on item delivery speed.

 

Network Pipelining

Firefox has settings to enable network pipelining that are widely recommended as cure-alls. While these may improve performance in some cases, they are not likely to improve BINSniper performance for most users. Broadband users are unlikely to see any improvements at all in any circumstances by modifying the Firefox settings. Pipelining may also introduce some security risks. See this article at sys-con for more information on these issues. We do not recommend pipelining to improve BINSniper performance.

 

Use more specific searches for better speed and ease of use

For best performance, you should make your searches as tight as possible. Very broad searches will result in the entire item list being replaced with each update. More specific searches will yield fewer results and make it easier to work with the lists. You can use the streamer mode to separate lists on the screen, one for each search.

Limiting the number of searches improves display time on your browser. But more importantly it allows you to focus only on items that you would actually buy.

For example, if you have the following searches:

ipod nano blue case
ipod shuffle blue case

You could replace these with:

ipod blue case

The nano and shuffle searches would be included, as well as other ipod models.

Or you can use the OR syntax to limit the results to nano and shuffle only:

ipod blue case (nano, shuffle)

which means:   items containing “ipod” and “blue” and “case” and either “nano” or “shuffle”

 

Pale Moon

Pale Moon is a performance optimized version of Firefox for Windows. Pale Moon is (or was) derived from Firefox code, and has some hardware restrictions. It is not supported by Mozilla. Some BINSniper users are running Pale Moon, but we cannot provide support for it. The current release does not appear to implement the necessary features of Gecko 29+ required by BINSniper. We have not tested any version for performance or compatibility.