I tried to place a last second bid on a watch tonight. I entered my bid initially with about 45 seconds left and got a slightly different bid confirmation screen that did not include a time-remaining countdown. But I was watching my clock and with about 10 seconds remaining I hit the submit button. Up pops a screen with a list of instructions for receiving a call to my phone to verify my identity. I obviously had no time for any verification and the auction ended without my bid. It was a good thing that it was not an item I really lusted after. Has anyone else encountered something like this? Is eBay trying to discourage sniping? I snipe manually, but what happens with sniping programs?