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How to always win an Ebay auction

By Edited Sep 24, 2015 0 1

Anyone who has tried to win an Ebay auction will tell you that it's almost impossible. No matter how hard you try to get your highest bid in at the last second, someone else outbids you instantly.

This article will show you how others are beating your bids automatically, and how you can always win an Ebay auction.

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This article assumes that you have already set up your Ebay account and are currently able to bid on auctions.

The reason you are being outbid automatically is that someone else has learned to use Ebay's "bidding by proxy" system and you haven't.

Bidding by proxy means that Ebay is making bids automatically on the user's behalf. What most people do is they bid in small increments manually, in the hopes that their last bid is going to be highest.

There is no need to do that. What you have to do as a bidder is be fully prepared to bid the maximum amount that you believe the item is worth. You bid that amount once.

I know what you're thinking, "But Dr. Crystal, I don't want to pay that much for the item. I want to get the best price possible!". Don't worry Skippy, you might just get that item for a lot less than you think. Bidding by proxy means that Ebay will automatically bid on your behalf using only the smallest increments possible to allow you to beat the next closest bidder. Read that statement again because it's golden!

So how does that work exactly? Here's an example:

Let's say you are bidding on a Doodle. Not just any Doodle, though - you're bidding on the limited-edition super-rare 1963 Doodle. You want it and you know you will never see this item for sale again!

The current bid is $5 and there are 2 minutes left in the auction! This Doodle is easily worth $100! What do you do? Most novice Ebay bidders would bid in $1 increments, nervously refreshing the auction, hoping that their futile clicks will somehow result in a win. They don't stand a chance!

You on the other hand, have learned the secrets of bidding by proxy, and are about to snipe your first auction. You go ahead and bid the maximum amount that you are prepared to bid. In this case $100.

Ebay automatically makes you the highest bidder at that moment, but only at $6. Why is that? Once again, Ebay is bidding for you automatically. You have to told it to do so, by putting in your maximum bid right away. Others will try to outbid you. You will see the price of the item go up quickly, as other Ebay novices try to increase the bids $1, $2 or maybe even $5 at a time.

All you have to do is sit there and watch, while the Ebay novices click away in frustration wondering how you could be outbidding them so quickly! But it's too late. The two minutes are up, and in our hypothetical auction four other novices drove the price up to $25 in a mad drive. As the auction expired, Ebay automatically outbid them on your behalf by one dollar. You win the item at $26, and a small group of Ebay novices scattered throughout the land curse your Ebay handle whilst pounding their keyboards with their little fists.

Once again, you win. Flawless victory!

I know what you're thinking, "Great, so what if another user is also bidding by proxy?"

That is when you have to use Ebay Jedi mind tricks. You see, they have most likely also come to the conclusion that the super rare Doodle is worth $100 and have already bid that amount as their maximum. Ebay will be automatically bidding for them up to that amount. Knowing that, you bid $101 as your maximum. Better yet - bid $102. Now you're cooking.

I also recommend bidding as late in the auction as possible. Remember, some people have nothing better to do than to bid $1 increases one after the other. No sense giving them days, hours or even minutes to do so. Sneak your maximum bid in only once, and only at the last 15 seconds of the auction. that usually is enough to beat the others.

Want to always win? No problem. Just bid a ridiculously high bid. An amount that nobody in their right mind would pay for the item. Then increase it by $1 - just in case.


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Oct 18, 2010 5:11pm
Thank you a lot - as a complete newbie to eBay system I was just wondering about the subject. You helped me to really understand how bidding on eBay works!
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