How to do an Automatic Bid on eBay

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How to do an Automatic Bid on eBay
Can't be at your computer when an eBay auction is ending? Try automatic bidding. (gavel image by Cora Reed from

eBay offers customers the chance to compete for items in online auctions. From new merchandise like movies and clothing to used items like electronics and collectibles, the website offers almost anything you could hope to find. Auctions last up to 10 days, so it can be tough to be sitting at your computer when the final minutes of bidding begin for a particular item. Placing an automatic bid on eBay lets the auction site do the bidding for you.

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    Go to

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    Log in to your account if you have one, or create an account if you don't.

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    Use eBay's search engine or "Categories" menus to find an auction-style listing for an item you want to bid on. (Automatic bidding is not available on "Buy it now" listings.)

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    Click the item link to open the detailed listing for the item. Note the item's current bid price and shipping cost.

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    Determine the maximum amount you are willing to pay for the item.

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    Enter your maximum amount in the "Your max bid" box near the top of the listing.

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    Click "Place bid."

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    Confirm that you are comfortable with the maximum cost of the item by clicking "Confirm bid" on the next screen that appears. eBay will now place bids on your behalf at the lowest increment possible to keep you ahead in the bidding, but it will not exceed the maximum bid you established.

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