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Tips for winning auctions

eBay auctions will often have multiple competing bidders, but you can maximise your chances of winning by having a well thought out bidding strategy.

Before you start bidding on an item, do some research to find the listing that gives you the best chance of winning at the lowest possible price. Here's how:

  • Search several times using different terms to describe the item you're looking for – this will help you understand the current market price
  • Try searching using misspelled words e.g. 'porcelane' instead of 'porcelain'. If a listing title contains a typo, fewer people will find it
  • Note what time the auction ends, as this can affect how many other people will bid on it, and whether you'll be available to bid at the last minute. If it's late at night, you're less likely to be outbid in the last minute
  • Think about how much you're willing to pay, and decide on your maximum bid. You'll be better prepared to make decisions in the crucial last seconds of the auction

If you're outbid immediately, someone else has set a maximum bid higher than your current bid. Read our article about automatic bidding.

eBay bidding tips

Here are some tips to consider when bidding:

  • If there's a Buy It Now option, you can purchase the item straight away without waiting for the auction to end
  • Bide your time. By placing your highest bid in the closing seconds, you stand a greater chance of getting the item
  • If an auction listing has a reserve price, bid up to that amount as early as possible, so other bidders aren't attracted by the low starting price
  • Try bidding an uneven amount. Thinking of spending $10.50? Try $10.63 instead. Those extra few cents can make all the difference

Before you start bidding on an item, have a look at similar items to see if there are fewer bidders.

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