Our max bidding (also called automatic bidding) system makes bidding convenient so you don't have to keep coming back to re-bid every time someone places another bid.
In live auction events, max bids are called absentee bids, and work a little bit differently than in other auction-style listings on eBay. Learn more about participating in live auction events.
The current bid for an item is $10.00. Tom is the high bidder, and has placed a maximum bid of $12.00 on the item. His maximum bid is kept confidential from other members.
Laura views the item and places a maximum bid of $15.00. Laura becomes the high bidder.
Tom's bid is raised to his maximum of $12.00. Laura's bid is now $12.50.
We send Tom an email that he has been outbid. If he doesn't raise his maximum bid, Laura wins the item.
In reserve price auctions, if your maximum bid is at least the reserve price, we automatically increase your bid to meet the reserve, and bidding will continue from there.
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Changing your maximum bid