eBay SMS Alert: If you have ever used eBay and have lost an item to another fellow bidder because you were either too lazy or just did not remember to check your bid, you might also have noticed that eBay provides an SMS alert service to its customers. They promise to alert you via SMS when you are outbid on your auction. However, they charge 25 cents per item for this service. I wrote a small script that does just that and would like to share it with everyone.
This is itch and scratch software and has been only tested with my phone and my small list of items. I am at the mercy of eBay and will have to limit the number of alerts on queue. Things might and probably will break, so please use at your own risk. I am not responsible for damages and/or charges on your phone. I assure you that the information from this script is not stored for longer than the auction or you are outbid, whichever comes first.
Now that the boring stuff is out of the way, here is how I use it. Find an item on eBay that you would like to bid on. Bid on it. Then come back to the script and provide your eBay username, the item number, your cell phone number and the cell phone service that you use. The script checks your auction item once every twenty minutes and if it finds that you have been outbid, it sends you an SMS message telling you the next bid amount and the ending time for the auction. Enjoy!