Because of the uptick rule and the requirement that orders be 1/16 above the bid otherwise, I've found that shorting stock is REALLY difficult to do. My trades now all consist of buying an uptrending stock after a pullback ... I now stick to this conservative play because it nearly always works and I have lost enough money in this first month of daytrading to be near my cutoff point. I would like to know if there is also a high-percentage and legal way of getting into short positions. I've read that some people send in a small buy order that causes an uptick, then short the stock, but I don't believe that I could ever key in successive orders so fast manually.