How to Make My Bid Private on eBay

Written by jennifer leighton
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eBay is one of the most successful Internet marketplaces today. With its £1.6 billion in sales for the fourth quarter of 2010 -- a five per cent increase over the same time period for the previous year -- the site has continued to enjoy success even in uncertain financial times. eBay visitors bid on a large variety of items every day, some of which may be of a sensitive nature. An auction must be designated as a "Private Listing" by the seller for all bids to be private, so choosing the right auctions allows you to keep your bid and identity concealed.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Log into the eBay website using your e-mail login and password.

  2. 2

    Type "Private Bidding," "Private Listing," "Private Listings" or a similar search term into the Search field at the top of the screen. Click "Go."

  3. 3

    Navigate through the list of private listing auctions, filtering by the categories on the left side of the screen if necessary, to select an auction on which you wish to bid.

  4. 4

    Click on the item on which you want to place a private bid.

  5. 5

    Enter your bid in the Your Max Bid field.

  6. 6

    Click the "Place Bid" button.

  7. 7

    Wait for the confirmation that your bid has been placed. Your private bid has now been placed. No eBay users can see your name or your account ID, and the seller may access your information only for shipping purposes.

Tips and warnings

  • The choice of private listings may be considerably more limited than nonprivate listings. eBay advises sellers to avoid this type of auction listing unless necessary: "While there are some cases where private listings are appropriate, such as sale of high-priced ticket items or approved pharmaceutical products, you should only make your listing private if you have a specific reason," says eBay.

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