Updated PHP code to automatically bid/buy an eBay auction item

Updated code to automatically bid on an eBay item, I’m currently using it myself if a loop of searched items.

Most of the changes are improved return status checking. For testing use one cent items with free shipping.

// MAIN BIDDING FUNCTION
// this function performs no checking on the input variables
// $username  -  the eBay user name
// $password  -  the eBay user password
// $item      -  the eBay item number to bid on
// $bid       -  the bid amount in local currency i.e. 5.67
// $link      -  referral link, can leave empty i.e. '' or use 'http://ebay.com'
function place_bid($username, $password, $item, $bid, $link) {

	$cookies = dirname(__FILE__).'/cookies.txt';
	
	//set success as default false
	$success = false;
	$bid_success = false;

	$curl = curl_init();
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, false);
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_USERAGENT, 'Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:15.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/15.0.1');
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, true);
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_REFERER, $link);
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_COOKIEFILE, $cookies);
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_COOKIEJAR, $cookies);
	
	//query the referal link page and grab tracking part
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_URL, $link);
	$ret = curl_exec ($curl);
	
	//query the sign-out page
	//curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_URL, "http://signin.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?SignIn&lgout=1");
	//$ret = curl_exec ($curl);
	
	//IMPORTANT		
	//query the sign-in page to set the cookies
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_URL, 'http://signin.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?SignIn&campid=5337161990&customid=7');
	curl_exec ($curl);
	
	//sign-in
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_URL, "http://signin.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?MfcISAPICommand=SignInWelcome&siteid=0&co_partnerId=2&UsingSSL=0&ru=&pp=&pa1=&pa2=&pa3=&i1=-1&pageType=-1&userid={$username}&pass={$password}&campid=5337161990&customid=7");
	$ret = curl_exec ($curl);
	if(curl_errno($curl)){
		ebaylog('Curl error: ' . curl_error($curl));
	}
	if (!$ret) {
		$ret = curl_exec ($curl);
		if(curl_errno($curl)){
			ebaylog('Curl error: ' . curl_error($curl));
		}
		if (!$ret) {
			$ret = curl_exec ($curl);
			if(curl_errno($curl)){
				ebaylog('Curl error: ' . curl_error($curl));
			}
		}
	}
	
	if (strpos($ret, "Member id {$username}") === FALSE) {
		if (preg_match('%<b class="altTitle">(.*)</b>%', $ret, $regs)) {
			$err = $regs[1];
			ebaylog("\"{$err}\"");
			if (strpos($err, 'The alerts below') === 0) {
				ebaylog("{$item}: 'The alerts below' found, successful");
				//set it to succes
			}
		} else {
			ebaylog("{$item}: Failed signing in");
			if (preg_match('%<font face=".*?" size="3"><b>(.*?)</b></font>%', $ret, $regs)) {
				$err = $regs[1];
				ebaylog("\"{$err}\"");
			}
			
			test_write($ret);
			goto end;
		}
		
		
	} else {
		ebaylog("{$item}: Success signing in");
	}
	
	
	//place the inital bid
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_URL, "http://offer.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?MakeBid&item={$item}&maxbid={$bid}&campid=5337161990&customid=7");
	$ret = curl_exec ($curl);
	if(curl_errno($curl)){
		ebaylog('Curl error: ' . curl_error($curl));
	}
	if (!$ret) {
		$ret = curl_exec ($curl);
	}

	if (preg_match_all('/(?:value="([-0-9a-zA-Z]*)" *)?name="stok"(?: *value="([-0-9a-zA-Z]*)")?/', $ret, $regs)) {
		$stok = $regs[1][0];
	} else {
		//Failed to get 'stok' value
		//try and determine why
		if (preg_match('%<div class="statusDiv">(.*?)</div>%', $ret, $regs)) {
			$err = $regs[1];
			ebaylog("'{$err}'");
			//if string starts with "Enter US $0.41 or more"
			if (stripos($err, 'Enter') === 0) {
				ebaylog("{$item}: 'Enter' found, aborting");
				//set it to success
				$success = true;
			} else if (stripos($err, 'To enter a') === 0) {
				ebaylog("{$item}: 'To enter a' found, aborting");
				//set it to success
				$success = true;
			} else if (stripos($err, 'Transaction Blocked') === 0) {
				ebaylog("{$item}: 'Transaction Blocked' found, aborting");
				//set it to success
				$success = true;
			}
			
		} else if (preg_match('%"\d*" - Invalid Item</div>%', $subject)) {
			ebaylog("{$item}: 'Invalid Item' found, aborting");
			test_write($ret);
			//set it to success
			$success = true;
		} else if (preg_match('%<div class="subTlt"><ul class="errList"><li>(.*?)</li></ul></div>%', $subject)) {
			ebaylog("{$item}: 'no longer available' found, aborting");
			test_write($ret);
			//set it to success
			$success = true;
		} else if (preg_match('%id="w\d-\d-_msg".*?>(.*?)</span>%', $ret, $regs)) {
			ebaylog("'{$regs[1]}'");
		} else if (preg_match('%<div\s+class\s*=\s*"(?:errRed|errBlk|errTitle|statusDiv)"\s*>(.*?)</div>%i', $ret, $regs)) {
			ebaylog("'{$regs[1]}'");
		} else {
			//don't know why so log the page
			ebaylog("{$item}: Failed to get 'stok' value");
			test_write($ret);
		}
		goto end;
	}
	
	if (preg_match_all('/(?:value="([-0-9a-zA-Z]*)" *)?name="uiid"(?: *value="([-0-9a-zA-Z]*)")?/', $ret, $regs)) {
		$uiid = $regs[1][0];
	} else {
		ebaylog("{$item}: Failed to get 'uiid' value");
		goto end;
	}
	

	if ($stok && $uiid) {
		ebaylog("{$item}: Success placing initial bid");
	} else {
		ebaylog("{$item}: Failed placing initial bid");
		goto end;
		
	}
	
	//confirm the bid
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_URL, "http://offer.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?MfcISAPICommand=MakeBid&maxbid={$bid}&quant=1&mode=1&stok={$stok}&uiid={$uiid}&co_partnerid=2&user={$username}&fb=0&item={$item}&campid=5337161990&customid=7");
	$ret = curl_exec ($curl);
	if(curl_errno($curl)){
		ebaylog('Curl error: ' . curl_error($curl));
	}
	if (!$ret) {
		$ret = curl_exec ($curl);
	}
	
	//perform a number of tests to determine if the bid was a success
	$bid_success = true;
	if (stripos($ret, "you're the first bidder") === FALSE) {
		if (stripos($ret, "you're the high bidder and currently in the lead") === FALSE) {
			if (stripos($ret, "you're currently the highest bidder") === FALSE) {
				$bid_success  = false;
				ebaylog("{$item}: Failed placing final bid");
				//try and determine why
				if (preg_match('%<div\s+class\s*=\s*"(?:errRed|errBlk|errTitle|statusDiv)"\s*>(.*?)</div>%i', $ret, $regs)) {
					$err = $regs[1];
					ebaylog("'{$err}'");
					if (stripos($err, 'Enter') === 0) {
						ebaylog("{$item}: 'Enter' found, aborting");
						//set it to success
						$bid_success = true;
					} else if (stripos($err, "You've just been outbid") === 0) {
						ebaylog("{$item}: 'You've just been outbid' found, aborting");
						//set it to success
						$bid_success  = true;
					} else if (stripos($err, "You're currently the high bidder,") === 0) {
						ebaylog("{$item}: 'You're currently the high bidder, but the reserve hasn't been met.' found, aborting");
						//set it to success
						$bid_success  = true;
					}
				} else {
					//we don't know why it failed so write the data
					test_write($ret);
				}
			}
		}
	}
	
	if ($bid_success) {
		ebaylog("{$item}: Success placing final bid");
		$success = true;
	}
	
	end:
	
	//close the curl session
	curl_close ($curl);
	
	if ($success) {
		ebaylog("{$item}: Success: {$username}");
	} else {
		ebaylog("{$item}: Failure: {$username}");
	}
	
	return $success;
}

//for testing
function test_write($out) {
	$fh = fopen(dirname(__FILE__).'/'.date('Y-m-d H-i-s').'.html', 'w');
	fwrite($fh, $out);
	fclose($fh);
}

//simple logging function
function ebaylog($msg) {
	$msg = "{$msg}\r\n";
	echo $msg;
	$fh = fopen(dirname(__FILE__).'/ebay-log.txt', 'a');
	fwrite($fh, date('Y-m-d H-i-s')." {$msg}");
	fclose($fh);
}

PHP code to automatically bid/buy an eBay auction item

The following PHP code will automatically bid on an eBay item.

modify the following variables;

  • $username = “username”; //the eBay username
  • $password = “password”; //the eBay password
  • $item = 300712344201; //the item number
  • $bid =  0.01; //the  bid value in the item’s currency
<?php
	//modify the following

	$username = "username"; //the eBay username
	$password = "password"; //the eBay password

	$item = 300712344201; //the item number
	$bid =  0.01; //the  bid value in the item's currency

	//do not modify below

	//query the sign-in page
	$curl = curl_init();
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, FALSE);
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_USERAGENT, "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:15.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/15.0.1");
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER,1);
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, 1);
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_COOKIEFILE, "cookies.txt");
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_COOKIEJAR, "cookies.txt");
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_URL,"http://signin.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?SignIn");
	$ret = curl_exec ($curl);
	curl_close ($curl);

	//sign-in
	$post = "MfcISAPICommand=SignInWelcome&siteid=0&co_partnerId=2&UsingSSL=0&ru=&pp=&pa1=&pa2=&pa3=&i1=-1&pageType=-1&userid={$username}&pass={$password}";

	$curl = curl_init();
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, FALSE);
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_USERAGENT, "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:15.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/15.0.1");
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER,1);
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, 1);
    curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_POST, 1);
    curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS,$post);
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_COOKIEFILE, "cookies.txt");
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_COOKIEJAR, "cookies.txt");
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_REFERER, "http://signin.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?SignIn");
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_URL, "http://signin.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll");
	$ret = curl_exec ($curl);
	curl_close ($curl);

	if (strpos($ret, "Member id {$username}") === FALSE) {
		echo "Failed signing in.\r\n";
	} else {
		echo "Success signing in.\r\n";
	}

	//place the inital bid
	$url = "http://offer.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?MakeBid&item={$item}&maxbid={$bid}";

	$curl = curl_init();
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, FALSE);
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_USERAGENT, "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:15.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/15.0.1");
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER,1);
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, 1);
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_COOKIEFILE, "cookies.txt");
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_COOKIEJAR, "cookies.txt");
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
	$ret = curl_exec ($curl);
	curl_close ($curl);

	preg_match_all('/(?:value="([-0-9a-zA-Z]*)" *)?name="stok"(?: *value="([-0-9a-zA-Z]*)")?/', $ret, $regs);
	$stok = $regs[1][0];

	preg_match_all('/(?:value="([-0-9a-zA-Z]*)" *)?name="uiid"(?: *value="([-0-9a-zA-Z]*)")?/', $ret, $regs);
	$uiid = $regs[1][0];

	if (($stok) && ($uiid)) {
		echo "Success placing initial bid.\r\n";
	} else {
		echo "Failed placing initial bid.\r\n";
	}

	//confirm the bid
	$url = "http://offer.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?MfcISAPICommand=MakeBid&maxbid={$bid}&quant=1&mode=1&stok={$stok}&uiid={$uiid}&co_partnerid=2&user={$username}&fb=0&item={$item}";

	$curl = curl_init();
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, FALSE);
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_USERAGENT, "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:15.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/15.0.1");
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER,1);
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, 1);
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_COOKIEFILE, "cookies.txt");
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_COOKIEJAR, "cookies.txt");
	curl_setopt($curl, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
	$ret = curl_exec ($curl);
	curl_close ($curl);

	if (strpos($ret, "you're the first bidder") === FALSE) {
		echo "Failed placing final bid.\r\n";
	} else {
		echo "Success placing final bid.\r\n";
	}

	//for testing
	//$fh = fopen("testhtml.html", 'w');
	//fwrite($fh, $ret);
	//fclose($fh);
?>