Automatic (Proxy) bidding

Automatic bidding (or Proxy bidding) is the easiest way to bid on an auction. Simply enter the highest price you're willing to pay for an item, and we'll do the rest.

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:

place automatic bid

Enter the maximum amount you'd like to pay for the item and select Place Automatic Bid:

confirm place 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.

Tip
Bidding on items can be exciting, but it is a contractual obligation. When you're deciding on your maximum bid, be sure you're happy to pay that amount if you win the auction.

Why you've been outbid immediately

If 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.

Bid increments

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.