ebay bidding question help

Hello I need some help for eBay bidding

If the starting price of an auction is 99p

If I just put a bid for £40

The other person bids £1.99
His bid would get rejected up till £40

Let's say he bids £20,

My £40 is still there,

When the actuion ends do I pay £22 or £40?

If £22. Why don't people just but in e.g £40 bids ?

28 Comments

it will only get bumped up to £22
the reason people only bid what they're willing to pay is precisely that - if the item was worth £20-25 and I bid £40, what's to stop some other trigger happy bidder going full pelt up to about £38.74 then pulling out, leaving me exposed at £40.
If everyone adopted the policy of bidding double of what it was worth, it would very soon get bid to double what it's worth

smart bidders research through the completed listings function and curb their bidding as they know eventually they'll be successful with a bid at their sweet spot, at the lower end of previous auctions

Ebay have also been cracking down on sellers who bid on their own items via other user ID's to drive their selling price up, it has been a big problem. My preference for bidding is like DennisG says, a bit of completed listing research, along with what the item is worth to me. And I always go in at the last 10 secs of an auction (unless I am not home), so not to give advance awareness of my bidding intentions to others.

If you don't understand how it works you really shouldn't be bidding

can i post a few items here for you to buy off me mario X)

Original Poster

wozukSilencer

can i post a few items here for you to buy off me mario X)



rogparki

If you don't understand how it works you really shouldn't be bidding



Haha, I normally use Amazon or eBay for Buy it Now

Just trying to get something via Bid, as most buy it now are around £60-80

Original Poster

DennisG

it will only get bumped up to £22the reason people only bid what they're … it will only get bumped up to £22the reason people only bid what they're willing to pay is precisely that - if the item was worth £20-25 and I bid £40, what's to stop some other trigger happy bidder going full pelt up to about £38.74 then pulling out, leaving me exposed at £40.If everyone adopted the policy of bidding double of what it was worth, it would very soon get bid to double what it's worthsmart bidders research through the completed listings function and curb their bidding as they know eventually they'll be successful with a bid at their sweet spot, at the lower end of previous auctions



noahsdad

Ebay have also been cracking down on sellers who bid on their own items … Ebay have also been cracking down on sellers who bid on their own items via other user ID's to drive their selling price up, it has been a big problem. My preference for bidding is like DennisG says, a bit of completed listing research, along with what the item is worth to me. And I always go in at the last 10 secs of an auction (unless I am not home), so not to give advance awareness of my bidding intentions to others.



wozukSilencer

can i post a few items here for you to buy off me mario X)




So when is the BEST time to place the bid?

Lets say bid is at £5 there are 40 minutes left?

I want to put a max bid of £30 when is the best time? When there is 5 minutes left? 10 minutes?

There are multiple articles about this that would be good for you to read, but in short place one bid (the maximum you are willing to pay) in the last few seconds (how low depends on your nerve and reliable internet connection but to name a few). This is almost always the best way of getting the item at it's lowest price, assuming all others are doing the same - of course they are not. I hope for this practice as a buyer and love the opposite when I'm selling. Bid late, one bid. Never get into a bidding war. Set your price and if it goes higher than you think it's worth let it go. Another will be along soon

if your willing to pay £30 just do it now if no 1 is interested you will get it for £5

Original Poster

wozukSilencer

if your willing to pay £30 just do it now if no 1 is interested you will … if your willing to pay £30 just do it now if no 1 is interested you will get it for £5



Thats the problem

15 people have bidded and its now £12.50 with around 40 mins to go

2 hours ago it was £1.44 with 1 bid!


My plan is to put £30 at 1 minute and 50 seconds left
Edited by: "MarioMan" 4th Dec 2016

DennisG

it will only get bumped up to £22the reason people only bid what they're … it will only get bumped up to £22the reason people only bid what they're willing to pay is precisely that - if the item was worth £20-25 and I bid £40, what's to stop some other trigger happy bidder going full pelt up to about £38.74 then pulling out, leaving me exposed at £40.If everyone adopted the policy of bidding double of what it was worth, it would very soon get bid to double what it's worthsmart bidders research through the completed listings function and curb their bidding as they know eventually they'll be successful with a bid at their sweet spot, at the lower end of previous auctions

noahsdad

Ebay have also been cracking down on sellers who bid on their own items … Ebay have also been cracking down on sellers who bid on their own items via other user ID's to drive their selling price up, it has been a big problem. My preference for bidding is like DennisG says, a bit of completed listing research, along with what the item is worth to me. And I always go in at the last 10 secs of an auction (unless I am not home), so not to give advance awareness of my bidding intentions to others.

wozukSilencer

can i post a few items here for you to buy off me mario X)



If your interested in something that normally sells for around £60-80, decide what your prepared to pay for it, then with 10 seconds to go put your max bid in.

Your hoping that all other bidders are going in at 99p or so raises, meaning they run out of time IF you're winning.

If your max bid doesn't make you the winning bidder as auction is going, do not bid again, there will be another auction for sale item along soon surely, don't get caught up in a bidding frenzy, you'll only end up paying more than you intended.

MarioMan

Thats the problem 15 people have bidded and its now £12.50 with around … Thats the problem 15 people have bidded and its now £12.50 with around 40 mins to go :(2 hours ago it was £1.44 with 1 bid!My plan is to put £30 at 1 minute and 50 seconds left



​Check out goofbid. Best time is last few seconds.

MarioMan

Thats the problem 15 people have bidded and its now £12.50 with around … Thats the problem 15 people have bidded and its now £12.50 with around 40 mins to go :(2 hours ago it was £1.44 with 1 bid!My plan is to put £30 at 1 minute and 50 seconds left



Over a minute left gives other interested bidders lots of time to outbid you.....

Original Poster

andynicol

[quote=MarioMan][quote=DennisG] it will only get bumped up to £22the … [quote=MarioMan][quote=DennisG] it will only get bumped up to £22the reason people only bid what they're willing to pay is precisely that - if the item was worth £20-25 and I bid £40, what's to stop some other trigger happy bidder going full pelt up to about £38.74 then pulling out, leaving me exposed at £40.If everyone adopted the policy of bidding double of what it was worth, it would very soon get bid to double what it's worthlly sells for around £60-80, decide what your prepared to pay for it, then with 10 seconds to go put your max bid in.Your hoping that all other bidders are going in at 99p or so raises, meaning they run out of time IF you're winning.If your max bid doesn't make you the winning bidder as auction is going, do not bid again, there will be another auction for sale item along soon surely, don't get caught up in a bidding frenzy, you'll only end up paying more than you intended.



Thanks

One last question, :

e.g
Bid is currently at £10
10 seconds left

I put in £30

(This makes the bid jump to £11 which)
5 seconds left

If another guy bids £13 when there is ONLY 1 second left , and my autobid does not make it £14 - Since my bid is £11


Who wins? Sorry if that doesn't make sense

MarioMan

Thats the problem 15 people have bidded and its now £12.50 with around … Thats the problem 15 people have bidded and its now £12.50 with around 40 mins to go :(2 hours ago it was £1.44 with 1 bid!My plan is to put £30 at 1 minute and 50 seconds left


On EBay itself there are idiot proof explanations . If you really want to learn , watch an item- you will see it shoot up in the last 20 secs ,even 5 seconds . If you must (before you have learnt how it works), put your bid in 10 secs before the end time . 1 min 50 secs will be no use at all . Or as suggested use a bid sniper as many do .

MarioMan

Thanks One last question, :e.g Bid is currently at £10 10 seconds leftI … Thanks One last question, :e.g Bid is currently at £10 10 seconds leftI put in £30 (This makes the bid jump to £11 which) 5 seconds left If another guy bids £13 when there is ONLY 1 second left , and my autobid does not make it £14 - Since my bid is £11 Who wins? Sorry if that doesn't make sense


Gawd help us !!

MarioMan

So when is the BEST time to place the bid?Lets say bid is at £5 there … So when is the BEST time to place the bid?Lets say bid is at £5 there are 40 minutes left?I want to put a max bid of £30 when is the best time? When there is 5 minutes left? 10 minutes?



The best time to bid regardless of what amount you want to bid in general IMO is the final seconds of the auction. Having your bid ready then hitting the button at 5 secs to go is a good strategy. So long as you have a reliable internet connection, I can't really think of any advantages to bidding any earlier.

Original Poster

noahsdad

The best time to bid regardless of what amount you want to bid in general … The best time to bid regardless of what amount you want to bid in general IMO is the final seconds of the auction. Having your bid ready then hitting the button at 5 secs to go is a good strategy. So long as you have a reliable internet connection, I can't really think of any advantages to bidding any earlier.



Thanks everyone around 10 mins left


2 other plonkers, have got themselves in a bidding war and raised the price to £17 . Not lucky good for me

MarioMan

Thanks everyone around 10 mins left 2 other plonkers, have got themselves … Thanks everyone around 10 mins left 2 other plonkers, have got themselves in a bidding war and raised the price to £17 . Not lucky good for me


If it is a bargain ? Watch it fly up in the last few seconds , you live and learn

Original Poster

rogparki

If it is a bargain ? Watch it fly up in the last few seconds , you live … If it is a bargain ? Watch it fly up in the last few seconds , you live and learn



I lost - don't want to over pay - quit whle I'm ahead and learn

Thanks all!!! Learnt alot!


Bid History Section.
Bidders: 7Bids: 24Time left: 4 mins 6 secsDuration: 5 days Refresh
You've been outbid. Bid again before it's too late.

Automatic bids may be placed days or hours before a listing ends. Learn more about bidding.
Hide automatic bids
Bidder Click here to know more about anonymous user IDs Bid amount Bid time
p***3 ( 253Feedback score is 100 to 499) £31.69
04-Dec-16 20:27:50 GMT

uk20_balr ( 28Feedback score is 10 to 49) £30.69
04-Dec-16 20:28:37 GMT

p***3 ( 253 ) £29.00
04-Dec-16 20:27:50 GMT

uk20_balr ( 28Feedback score is 10 to 49) £28.00
04-Dec-16 20:24:31 GMT

3***1 ( 12Feedback score is 10 to 49) £27.00
04-Dec-16 20:22:56 GMT

3***1 ( 12 ) £26.90
04-Dec-16 20:22:56 GMT

p***3 ( 253Feedback score is 100 to 499) £25.90
04-Dec-16 20:22:18 GMT

r***n ( 38Feedback score is 10 to 49) £25.00
04-Dec-16 20:19:29 GMT

r***n ( 38 ) £22.99
04-Dec-16 20:19:29 GMT

p***3 ( 253Feedback score is 100 to 499) £21.99
04-Dec-16 20:22:03 GMT

r***n ( 38 ) £20.90
04-Dec-16 20:19:29 GMT

p***3 ( 253Feedback score is 100 to 499) £19.90
04-Dec-16 20:21:41 GMT

r***n ( 38 ) £16.98
04-Dec-16 20:19:29 GMT

p***3 ( 253Feedback score is 100 to 499) £15.98
04-Dec-16 19:51:22 GMT

i***n ( 132Feedback score is 100 to 499) £15.00
04-Dec-16 20:18:02 GMT

p***3 ( 253 ) £12.50
04-Dec-16 19:51:22 GMT

i***n ( 132Feedback score is 100 to 499) £12.00
04-Dec-16 19:58:02 GMT

p***3 ( 253 ) £11.50
04-Dec-16 19:51:22 GMT

i***n ( 132Feedback score is 100 to 499) £11.00
04-Dec-16 19:57:54 GMT

p***3 ( 253 ) £10.50
04-Dec-16 19:51:22 GMT

i***n ( 132Feedback score is 100 to 499) £10.00
04-Dec-16 19:57:25 GMT

p***3 ( 253 ) £9.50
04-Dec-16 19:51:22 GMT

i***n ( 132Feedback score is 100 to 499) £9.00
04-Dec-16 19:57:13 GMT

p***3 ( 253 ) £6.50
04-Dec-16 19:51:22 GMT

r***e ( 104Feedback score is 100 to 499) £6.00
04-Dec-16 19:50:51 GMT

r***e ( 104 ) £5.50
04-Dec-16 19:50:51 GMT

i***n ( 132Feedback score is 100 to 499) £5.00
04-Dec-16 19:49:30 GMT

r***e ( 104Feedback score is 100 to 499) £5.00
04-Dec-16 19:50:47 GMT

i***n ( 132 ) £4.20
04-Dec-16 19:49:30 GMT

r***e ( 104Feedback score is 100 to 499) £4.00
04-Dec-16 19:50:42 GMT

i***n ( 132 ) £3.20
04-Dec-16 19:49:30 GMT

r***e ( 104Feedback score is 100 to 499) £3.00
04-Dec-16 19:50:39 GMT

i***n ( 132 ) £2.04
04-Dec-16 19:49:30 GMT

r***e ( 104Feedback score is 100 to 499) £1.84
04-Dec-16 19:50:35 GMT

i***n ( 132 ) £1.64
04-Dec-16 19:49:30 GMT

r***e ( 104Feedback score is 100 to 499) £1.44
04-Dec-16 19:35:48 GMT

a***a ( 29Feedback score is 10 to 49) £1.30
04-Dec-16 18:46:57 GMT

a***a ( 29 ) £1.24
04-Dec-16 18:46:57 GMT

r***e ( 104Feedback score is 100 to 499) £1.04
04-Dec-16 18:14:29 GMT

a***a ( 29Feedback score is 10 to 49) £0.99
04-Dec-16 07:49:04 GMT

a***a ( 29 ) £0.99
04-Dec-16 07:49:04 GMT

Starting price £0.99
29-Nov-16 20:32:54 GMT

Yes you lost because your first bid gave p***3 three minutes to put a higher bid in which he did, higher than your best bid.

Might well have won otherwise as he'd set his bid before lower than yours.

MarioMan

I lost - don't want to over pay - quit whle I'm ahead and learn Thanks … I lost - don't want to over pay - quit whle I'm ahead and learn Thanks all!!! Learnt alot!Bid History Section.Bidders: 7Bids: 24Time left: 4 mins 6 secsDuration: 5 days Refresh You've been outbid. Bid again before it's too late.Automatic bids may be placed days or hours before a listing ends. Learn more about bidding.Hide automatic bids Bidder Click here to know more about anonymous user IDs Bid amount Bid time p***3 ( 253Feedback score is 100 to 499) £31.69 04-Dec-16 20:27:50 GMT uk20_balr ( 28Feedback score is 10 to 49) £30.69 04-Dec-16 20:28:37 GMT p***3 ( 253 ) £29.00 04-Dec-16 20:27:50 GMT uk20_balr ( 28Feedback score is 10 to 49) £28.00 04-Dec-16 20:24:31 GMT 3***1 ( 12Feedback score is 10 to 49) £27.00 04-Dec-16 20:22:56 GMT 3***1 ( 12 ) £26.90 04-Dec-16 20:22:56 GMT p***3 ( 253Feedback score is 100 to 499) £25.90 04-Dec-16 20:22:18 GMT r***n ( 38Feedback score is 10 to 49) £25.00 04-Dec-16 20:19:29 GMT r***n ( 38 ) £22.99 04-Dec-16 20:19:29 GMT p***3 ( 253Feedback score is 100 to 499) £21.99 04-Dec-16 20:22:03 GMT r***n ( 38 ) £20.90 04-Dec-16 20:19:29 GMT p***3 ( 253Feedback score is 100 to 499) £19.90 04-Dec-16 20:21:41 GMT r***n ( 38 ) £16.98 04-Dec-16 20:19:29 GMT p***3 ( 253Feedback score is 100 to 499) £15.98 04-Dec-16 19:51:22 GMT i***n ( 132Feedback score is 100 to 499) £15.00 04-Dec-16 20:18:02 GMT p***3 ( 253 ) £12.50 04-Dec-16 19:51:22 GMT i***n ( 132Feedback score is 100 to 499) £12.00 04-Dec-16 19:58:02 GMT p***3 ( 253 ) £11.50 04-Dec-16 19:51:22 GMT i***n ( 132Feedback score is 100 to 499) £11.00 04-Dec-16 19:57:54 GMT p***3 ( 253 ) £10.50 04-Dec-16 19:51:22 GMT i***n ( 132Feedback score is 100 to 499) £10.00 04-Dec-16 19:57:25 GMT p***3 ( 253 ) £9.50 04-Dec-16 19:51:22 GMT i***n ( 132Feedback score is 100 to 499) £9.00 04-Dec-16 19:57:13 GMT p***3 ( 253 ) £6.50 04-Dec-16 19:51:22 GMT r***e ( 104Feedback score is 100 to 499) £6.00 04-Dec-16 19:50:51 GMT r***e ( 104 ) £5.50 04-Dec-16 19:50:51 GMT i***n ( 132Feedback score is 100 to 499) £5.00 04-Dec-16 19:49:30 GMT r***e ( 104Feedback score is 100 to 499) £5.00 04-Dec-16 19:50:47 GMT i***n ( 132 ) £4.20 04-Dec-16 19:49:30 GMT r***e ( 104Feedback score is 100 to 499) £4.00 04-Dec-16 19:50:42 GMT i***n ( 132 ) £3.20 04-Dec-16 19:49:30 GMT r***e ( 104Feedback score is 100 to 499) £3.00 04-Dec-16 19:50:39 GMT i***n ( 132 ) £2.04 04-Dec-16 19:49:30 GMT r***e ( 104Feedback score is 100 to 499) £1.84 04-Dec-16 19:50:35 GMT i***n ( 132 ) £1.64 04-Dec-16 19:49:30 GMT r***e ( 104Feedback score is 100 to 499) £1.44 04-Dec-16 19:35:48 GMT a***a ( 29Feedback score is 10 to 49) £1.30 04-Dec-16 18:46:57 GMT a***a ( 29 ) £1.24 04-Dec-16 18:46:57 GMT r***e ( 104Feedback score is 100 to 499) £1.04 04-Dec-16 18:14:29 GMT a***a ( 29Feedback score is 10 to 49) £0.99 04-Dec-16 07:49:04 GMT a***a ( 29 ) £0.99 04-Dec-16 07:49:04 GMT Starting price £0.99 29-Nov-16 20:32:54 GMT



May have won if you had put your £40 max bud in with seconds remaining, as per advice you were given.
Edited by: "andynicol" 4th Dec 2016

keep it simple - last 5 seconds at worst (I would not even dream of doing it at 10 seconds - too much time to allow others to increase) assuming reasonable internet connection. Maximum bid 5 or under seconds to go. One bid, no more at that time. Whatever you do win with this policy you will win paying less that what you just did

Original Poster

newbie68

keep it simple - last 5 seconds at worst (I would not even dream of doing … keep it simple - last 5 seconds at worst (I would not even dream of doing it at 10 seconds - too much time to allow others to increase) assuming reasonable internet connection. Maximum bid 5 or under seconds to go. One bid, no more at that time. Whatever you do win with this policy you will win paying less that what you just did




OMG!!!!!!! I WON!!!!!!

THANKS SOOO MUCH!!!!


THE ADRENALINE AND SWEATY FINGERS WHEN IT WAS THE LAST 30 SECONDS!!!!!

WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


I wanted to ask!!!!! - I put the bid at 76.8 and click confirm at exaclty five seconds imgur.com/a/B…a96" alt="imgur.com/a/B…a96" />

then it said I was outbid -

I quickly clicked on £45 and then I won!!!

I Don't UNDERSTAND???

Why was my first 76.8£ rejected?
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imgur.com/a/R…CwS

I was thinking about doing it at 10 seconds but thank god I listen to you and waited:)

imgur.com/a/B…a96
Edited by: "MarioMan" 11th Dec 2016

Original Poster

Calmed down a bit now

- Could someone please explain,

When I put the £76.8 first @ 5 seconds

Why did it say I was outbid and the £45 message poped up, ?

I quickly clicked on £45

- My question is should the £76.8 not stand? and a Auto bid would make the OTHER GUYs bid rejcted?


Thank you

MarioMan

Calmed down a bit now- Could someone please explain, When I put the £76.8 … Calmed down a bit now- Could someone please explain, When I put the £76.8 first @ 5 seconds Why did it say I was outbid and the £45 message poped up, ?I quickly clicked on £45 - My question is should the £76.8 not stand? and a Auto bid would make the OTHER GUYs bid rejcted?Thank you



I looked at the images you posted and carefully read what you wrote and to be honest it does not make sense, sorry. It would not say outbid at a higher amount that that you won it at. But nevermind maybe a glitch. I can promise you I have never had a problem such as you indicate and as stated assuming you have a working internet connection then one late bid is always best. I personally wait till I see the 3 second counter and hit confirm then. The quick draw could respond in 5/6 seconds but not 1/2. Don't even dream of bidding at 10 seconds. Trust the seasoned ebayers. Enjoy your purchase. You got it for less than you were prepared to pay because you bid last seconds. Remember this next time

Original Poster

newbie68

I looked at the images you posted and carefully read what you wrote and … I looked at the images you posted and carefully read what you wrote and to be honest it does not make sense, sorry. It would not say outbid at a higher amount that that you won it at. But nevermind maybe a glitch. I can promise you I have never had a problem such as you indicate and as stated assuming you have a working internet connection then one late bid is always best. I personally wait till I see the 3 second counter and hit confirm then. The quick draw could respond in 5/6 seconds but not 1/2. Don't even dream of bidding at 10 seconds. Trust the seasoned ebayers. Enjoy your purchase. You got it for less than you were prepared to pay because you bid last seconds. Remember this next time




Hey thanks so much

Let me explain again to see if it makes sense

At 1minue 30 seconds

I clicked and TYPED a bid of £76.8 only

I listened to everyones advice here and when it was 5 seconds remaining I then clicked confirm.

I then got another random message (this was like super fast, I can't fully remember) i then clicked £45 again (I think another guy must have bidded or something, and then gave a option to bid higher, i then hit the 45 )


It then said I won the auction.


Why did I have to hit the £45 option?



But I am very grateful for all the help and advice and super excited to win..

P.s i have completed my purchase and paid via PayPal after an hour later. My luck is terrible, can the seller still reject my offer?

Cheers

Young you are,,
you must learn the way of the ebay

MarioMan

Hey thanks so much Let me explain again to see if it makes senseAt 1minue … Hey thanks so much Let me explain again to see if it makes senseAt 1minue 30 seconds I clicked and TYPED a bid of £76.8 onlyI listened to everyones advice here and when it was 5 seconds remaining I then clicked confirm. I then got another random message (this was like super fast, I can't fully remember) i then clicked £45 again (I think another guy must have bidded or something, and then gave a option to bid higher, i then hit the 45 )It then said I won the auction. Why did I have to hit the £45 option?But I am very grateful for all the help and advice and super excited to win..P.s i have completed my purchase and paid via PayPal after an hour later. My luck is terrible, can the seller still reject my offer? Cheers



I understand what you have said, I just don't understand the concept of something in ebay telling you that you were outbid on 70 odd quid when the winning bid was in the 40's....strange. No answer for that sorry. It makes no sense and I have never seen it before.

Anyhow I wouldn't worry about it now. Can the seller back out you ask? yes it's possible but it happens rarely and if you have paid and heard nothing from the seller as yet then it's highly unlikely. The back out sellers from a completed auction tends to happen very quickly.

Relax and stop worrying - your item will be in the post shortly.
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