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All about bidding

Find out everything you need to know about bidding on eBay.

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You can raise your maximum bid at any time. Just place another bid at a higher amount. If you want to lower your maximum bid, special rules apply. Learn more about changing your maximum bid.

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Bidding overview
Learn everything you need to know about bidding on eBay.

Automatic bidding
Set your maximum bid and let us do the rest.

Managing your bidding and buying
View and manage your bids and purchases from the Activity tab in My eBay.

Reserve price listings
Some auction-style listings have a hidden minimum price.

Bid increments
Bid increments are the amount by which a bid will be raised each time the current bid is exceeded.

Changing your maximum bid
Find out how to raise or lower your maximum bid.

Retracting or canceling your bid
There are only a few situations when it's possible to retract your bid.

Participating in live auction events
Watch and bid on premium antiques, art, collectibles and more in a fast-paced live auction.

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