Automatic (Proxy) bidding
Once you set up automatic bidding, you can stay ahead of the competition for an item without needing to be on our site all the time.
How to set up automatic bidding
When you're ready to bid on an auction listing, click on the link "Place Automatic Bid" as per below screenshot:
Enter the maximum amount you'd like to pay for the item and select Place Automatic Bid:
We'll then bid in increments on your behalf – enough to keep you in the lead, but only up to your limit.
We'll let you know If someone outbids you and you can decide if you want to increase your limit.
Keep in mind when you're deciding on the maximum amount you'd like to pay that you'll need to pay the cost of delivery too.
Why you've been outbid immediatelyIf you are outbid immediately after placing a bid, it's likely another bidder was previously using automatic bidding, and has a maximum limit that's either equal or higher than yours. You'll need to bid again in order to be the highest bidder.
When someone else places a bid, we'll place a slightly higher bid on your behalf. The amount the bid increases by is known as a bid increment. Bid increments are smaller when the bid price is low, and larger in higher price brackets. Click here to see the details on Bid increments.