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al" style="text-align: left;">Standard bidding

Proxy Bidding

Make an Offer

Buy Out

You can see detailed examples for each type of bidding option below.

Standard & Proxy Bidding

Standard bidding is the most common way to bid on an item, and is exactly the same as the process used in real-world auction rooms. You bid the minimum amount needed to outbid the current high bidder.

A Proxy bid means that you bid an amount that is higher than necessary. The auction software will raise your actual bid to the minimum necessary, but will remember your maximum.

If someone else comes along and tries to outbid you, the auction software will automatically place additional bids on your behalf up to the value of your proxy bid. This means you can stay on top of the bidding without having to be near a computer.

Here how you do it:

1. Find the item you like to bid on - either by browsing the categories down the left of your screen, or by using the search box just below the navigation bar:

2. To place a bid, enter your chosen amount into the Place Bid field in the item listing Click the Place Bid button to continue.

3. The bid confirmation screen will display the minimum bid needed (standard bid) and will allow you to adjust your bid accordingly.

a. If you wish to place a standard bid, adjust your bid to match the Minimum Bid value shown

b. If you wish to place a proxy bid, enter your maximum bid into the Your Bid field.

4. You will now see confirmation that you are the high bidder or a message telling you that you have been outbid, or that you bid is below the reserve price. You can place as many bids as you want on an item.

Making an Offer

Some sellers allow potential buyers to make an offer to buy their items, to avoid having to wait for the auction to finish.

If a seller is open to offers, you will see a logo like this in the item listing:

The Make Offer section of the listing also contains information about the price range in which offers can be made.

1. If you would like to make an offer, click on the icon.

2. On the Make Offer page, enter the amount you would like to offer (Remember - your offer must be in the price range specified):

3. Click Proceed to continue and your offer will be confirmed and submitted to the seller.

Swap Offers Instead of monetary offers, some sellers will accept Swap Offers - offers of an item of appropriate value in exchange for the item being sold. The swap offer process works in a very similar way to the standard Make Offer process.

1. If the seller of the item you are interested in accepts Swap Offers, you will see an entry like this in the item listing:

2. Click on the Make an Offer link and enter a description of the swap you are proposing:

3. Click Proceed and you will see a confirmation message confirming that your swap offer has been passed to the seller.

Buy Out (Buy Now)

Some sellers allow items to be purchased instantly at a fixed price, regardless of any auction bidding that has taken place. This feature is called Buy Out. You will see this logo in item listings offering the Buy Out facility. The Buy Out price will be stated directly below the Buy Out logo.

1. To purchase an item with Buy Out, click on the Buy Out logo:

2. You will be taken to a confirmation page showing the Buy Out price, postage costs and payment methods for the item: Click Proceed if you are happy to continue.

3. Your purchase will now be confirmed and you will be able to pay the sellers invoice.

Won Items

The Won Items section allows you to see all of your recent purchases and bids at a glance:

Recently-purchased items are then individually listed with their payment status. When you are ready to pay for the item, simply click on Pay with Direct Payment.

This will take you to a payment screen enabling you to choose you preferred payment method and make an instant payment for your item: Once you have completed the payment, the payment status for the item will be updated in the Won Items table - for example:

Invoices Received The Bidding section of the Members Area also allows buyers to see all of their current invoices:

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