BINSniper® 3.0 Released

We’re happy to announce the new BINSniper 3.0 system.


This version requires Firefox 29 or higher.   Prior versions required Firefox 13.


Performance Changes

Throttles and speed controls have been removed.

All searches now run simultaneously at top speed. All items are streamed to your browser as soon as they are received from the feeds.



The new system fetches items using our server farm and streams only the relevant item content to your browser. This is on average a 95% reduction in bandwidth and processing time. Your browser will no longer continuously fetch and parse items for each search, but will wait for new items to be sent from the server.  This is more mobile-friendly and should provide the fastest access to items while also reducing the processing time on your device.


Changes at eBay

As previously posted, eBay has migrated their systems to a new platform that is delivering new items in batches. The eBay sites are now using the same data feeds that we use.

It is important to be aware that while new items may have starting times 10-20 minutes in the past, they are just being posted on the eBay sites too.

BINSniper displays a star next to new listings so that they can be identified even when they are being batched. A new sorting option has been added to allow you to select sort arrival time or start time. Start times reflect the time of record (when the listing was submitted to eBay), arrival time reflects the time the items was sent to the feeds, posted on eBay sites, and arrived at your browser. Arrival time is the default and works best with the new batched system used by eBay.


Feeds and Channels

BINSniper 3.0 introduces channels which correspond to top level eBay categories on an eBay site. For instance “US – Antiques” will only contain items from the site in the Antiques category its sub-categories . By focusing your searches on the types of items you want, you receive more targeted results.


From Searches to Filters

The new design necessitates some changes in the search concept. Your search filters need to choose a channel to monitor. If you need to monitor multiple channels, you can setup multiple filters. The filters subscribe you to a channel and listen for matching items.

Due to some limitations in the eBay data feeds and the design changes in the system, some search features in BINSniper 2.x cannot currently be supported in BINSniper 3. These are:

  • Excluding multiple quantity listings is not supported at this time.
  • Subcategories are not automatically included when filtering by category number. Subcategory numbers need to be specified. More details in the docs about this.
  • Filtering by Seller Type (business/private) is not supported at this time.
  • Max Distance for Postal Code searches. You can now enter multiple postal codes instead or even postal wildcards.

The new system adds the following search capabilities:

  • Items are selected from top level categories (channels) and specific categories.
  • Items can be filtered by the country they are located in. Use this to exclude foreign sellers.
  • Full wildcard support of keywords. To find bluetooth,  you can use wildcards like: blue*, *tooth, or *luetoot*
  • Global seller exclude list that allows you to exclude specific sellers from all filters. Think of this as a permanent block.
  • Search results can now be designated to appear in specific panels in the streamer display
  • Multiple Postal Codes can now be specified in filters. Ending wildcards are supported.  e.g. 902* finds any postal code starting with 902.
  • New selections: free shipping, returnable, best offers, top rated, worldwide shipping, store items, and variation listings.
  • Filter out seller by feedback scor and/or percentage.
  • Auctions without bids can be excluded.


New Keyword Search Features

You can now search using extended search syntax, including wildcards, boolean search and negative searches. Complete details are in the user’s guide.

Here’s a simple example:      ipad -blue*

This finds items where the title contains “ipad” but does not contain any word starting with “blue”. So blue cases and bluetooth headsets would be excluded.


UK and EU users

Server selection has been removed, and all users are now hosted by the US server.

Since bandwidth requirements have been significantly reduced in the new system, overall operation should be faster for international customers.


Get the Addon

You can get the new version direct from our site here

It will also be available from the Mozilla Add-ons page shortly at

And available thru automatic updates once approved by Mozilla.

Docs are here:



3 thoughts on “BINSniper® 3.0 Released”

  1. In settings/display/idle mode, when I set the “What to do when idle mode starts” to anything other than pause, and click Okay, then when I go to settings check the mode, it always reverts to Pause. This is version 3.0 installed from this site on FF 36.0.

    1. Thanks for reporting this. We were able to duplicate it and a fix will done in the next release.

      You can add a setting to make it stick when you open prefs.

      Type about:config into the Firefox URL/address bar and hit Enter
      If you see a warning, answer it and continue.
      You should see a list of settings.
      Right click in the settings area and select New->String from the popup menu.
      Enter the name: extensions.binsniper3.idlemode
      Hit Enter
      For value enter P, B or E
      (P is for Pause, B is for Desktop+Email, E is for Email)
      Hit Enter

      This is where BINSniper will normally store the setting. When you open the settings screen it will default to the setting value.
      You can change the value by repeating the process. When the new version is released, you will be able to go back to using the settings screen.

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