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Hi there. I am new to the forum but wanted to ask a question re bidding.

I placed a bid of €300 on an item that had a starting price of €199 but zero bids. The item was a bit hard to find so I didnt think there would be many other bids and thought that I might get a bargain. However someone came along several hours later and placed a lower bid of €288.

My question is. Does the ebay bidding system allow someone to bid a lower amount than I had placed or would the second bidder have had to have used a snipe bid to acheive that. If it was a snipe then it was a strange time to do it as the auction still has 1.5 days to run.

It's all a bit strange as the second bidders bid has effectively pushed up the amount I will have to pay.


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What is the listing, so we can see what has happened.

Your bid should still be the highest, at 300

Also, please can you go to 'New Members, introduce yourself here' and introduce yourself, thanks, and Welcome to the Forum.

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I placed a bid of €300 on an item that had a starting price of €199 but zero bids. The item was a bit hard to find so I didnt think there would be many other bids and thought that I might get a bargain. However someone came along several hours later and placed a lower bid of €288.


Yes - it's normal. Although you bid 300, ebay only bids as much is necessary to maintain your high bid position. As you are the first bidder this would be 199. Effectively you are allowing eBay to bid on your behalf upto 300 if necessary.

If I bid 250 eBay will increase your bid to 255 (or a similar amount) to maintain you as the high bidder. If I bid over your maximum bid amount, say 301 then I'll become the highest bidder.

If you need more details > http://pages.ebay.com/help/buy/proxy-bidding.html

(sorry can't find the euro sign on my keyboard :) )

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What is the listing, so we can see what has happened.

Your bid should still be the highest, at 300

Also, please can you go to 'New Members, introduce yourself here' and introduce yourself, thanks, and Welcome to the Forum.


I have now introduced myself.

You are right. I am the highest bidder but I was under the impression that the Ebay system doesn't allow someone to place a bid unless it is over the current high bid. It seems strange that someone comes along with just one bid that has pushed my effective bid up to 296, just four pounds below my maximum.

Every time I have ever bid on an item and I haven't matched the current high bidders amount, plus the increment, it wont allow me to bid.


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Hold down the Ctrl+Alt+4 to give you €

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What is the listing, so we can see what has happened.

Your bid should still be the highest, at 300

Also, please can you go to 'New Members, introduce yourself here' and introduce yourself, thanks, and Welcome to the Forum.


I have now introduced myself.

You are right. I am the highest bidder but I was under the impression that the Ebay system doesn't allow someone to place a bid unless it is over the current high bid. It seems strange that someone comes along with just one bid that has pushed my effective bid up to 296, just four pounds below my maximum.

Every time I have ever bid on an item and I haven't matched the current high bidders amount, plus the increment, it wont allow me to bid.


your quite right, but because your bid stood at €199 as the first bid, then there bid was not lower, but higher...

after they placed this bid, the ebay system then re bid for you, and will keep doing this upto your maximun €300 bid.

it has to be like this to keep it fir, otherwise i would find something i wanted,,

bid €1million and no one would be able to out bid me, and i would win for €199..

see what i mean ?

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Thanks very much for all the replies and helpfull advice. I suppose I am just a bit inexperienced at bidding but will know next time not to bid so much on my first bid.

Thanks again.


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yeh and also try and not to bid when theres alot of time left on the auction.. whack the item in your watch list and be patient. try and bid at last minute if you can. i usually do it myself .. bid when theres about 1-2 mins left of the auction

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Another trick of bidding is to add a few cents on to your bid - say €301.12 for example - a lot of people place round figures as bids, so even if somebody came in at €301 in the last seconds, you would still be the highest bidder.

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i nerver bid on an item untill there is less than 30 secs to go otherwise all you do is increase the value of the item,

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I mostly use buy it now so hardly ever bid on auctions but when I do I either place a bid in the last 30 seconds or I use a Sniper.

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I usually enter my bid with 17 seconds remaining, by the time it goes to the confirm pages and gets submitted there's usually 4 seconds left on the auction, so i do cut it close!

I've never used a sniper, i trust my own timing more than a bot's, i've heard too many stories of them failing to bid.

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