We offer Auto Bidding as an option for all of our online auctions. This feature allows a bidder to input, as her Auto Bid, the highest amount she is willing to pay for a particular item and then the auction's computer system automatically makes bids on her behalf as others bid against her.
The system will bid up to and including the Auto Bid amount as the competitive bidding proceeds.
Auto Bidding provides an option for people who have limited access to a computer ó or for people who simply want to place a maximum bid and not worry about checking their email or the auction site as frequently to see if they have been outbid. However, it is always wise to pay attention to the auction site and check your email account, especially near the end of an auction. (See Popcorn Bidding below.)
Please understand that a bidder selecting the Auto Bid option can still be outbid if another bidder is willing to pay more. Auto Bid does not prevent you from being outbid. You can be outbid using Auto Bid if another bidder places a bid (either "Regular" or Auto Bid) which is higher than the Auto Bid amount you offered.
You can select "Regular Bid" or Auto Bid" each time you log in to lace a bid on an item. Be aware that the default is "Auto Bid" and there is a drop down menu that will let you change from "Auto Bid" to "Regular." The choice is yours each time you log in.
Our online quilt auctions feature dynamic bidding, also known as ďPopcorn Bidding." IF a bid is made within 9 minutes and 59 seconds of the auction's scheduled closing time, Popcorn Bidding automatically extends the scheduled closing time for the auction of that particular item
for another 10 minutes after the bid is made. Each subsequent bid resets the clock to allow bids to be made for another 10 minutes. Once there has been no bidding activity for 10 minutes, the bidding is considered completed and no further bidding is accepted. The auction for the item is closed. As always, the person who placed the highest bid wins the item.
Popcorn bidding prevents a practice known as "sniping," where bidders place a bid in the last seconds before an auction closes, thus preventing other bidders from responding with a higher bid. Auctions which employ Popcorn Bidding mimic traditional "live" auctions.
As always, if there is a specific item you really want, it is in your best interest to monitor the auction during the last few minues and to offer the highest Auto Bid amount that you are willing to spend. (See Auto Bid above.)
If you have any questions about Auto Bid or Popcorn Bidding or, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.BID NOW!
If you have any questions about the quilts, please email AmiSimms@aol.com. (Please do not email Ami about auction issues.)