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How do I bid by proxy?

How do I bid by proxy?

 I placed a bid it automatically went to my maximum bid amount rather than the lowest amount!

If the item has a reserve price, the proxy bid will take you up to the reserve. If you bid more than the reserve and if your bid is still under the reserve price, it will take you to your maximum bid as it is lower than the items reserve price. For example, an item may be listed for $5.00 with a reserve price of $100.00 (reserve price is hidden). Someone places a bids $80.00; the bid will go to $80.00. Say some one then puts in a proxy bid of $150.00; the bid will go to reserve price of $100.00 and stop. The bidder will become the highest bidder. If then the person who bid $80.00 comes back and bids $105.00, the proxy bidder will then out bid the $105 bid and the proxy bidder will continue to have the highest bid - up till their maximum bid. It can sometimes be hard to understand how the entire process works, although I hope that my example above assists in your understanding.