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Confused about 2 bids from same bidder. What happens with other bidders?

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Sputnik Wed 01-Jul-09 15:34:35

If a bidder has made 2 bids on the same item (a lower bid at the starting price and a second "invisible" bid) what happens if someone else tries to bid? Will ebay accept a bid that is lower than the second "invisible" bid, or does it have to be higher?

Hope that's clear, I have 2 items with this atm and I'm curious.

Bucharest Wed 01-Jul-09 15:36:57

They accept it, but the bidder gets told that someone has already bid higher, and is asked to make a higher still bid. (IYSWIM)

<waves> btw!

Aimsmum Wed 01-Jul-09 15:37:03

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Sputnik Wed 01-Jul-09 15:42:17

<waves back at Buch>
And Aimsmum (you sent me something once)
So someone could make a bid at 99p and another at £100 and effectively block other bidders?
Not very nice is it?

Sputnik Wed 01-Jul-09 15:43:45

So the second bid would get ignored and the item would go for 99p?
<still confused!)

Kayzr Wed 01-Jul-09 15:46:37

What happens is that the bidder puts in their maximum price. So if I wanted your item and I wanted to pay up to £50 for it, then I would put in £50. So if other bidders come along and bid £25 it wouldn't matter as I still have the highest bid.

In your example the only bid that would matter would be the £100 one.

Sputnik Wed 01-Jul-09 15:51:19

Ok, I get that but still confused I'm afraid.
Ok, buyer1 bids 99p then second bid of £100
Buyer2 bids £20
What does the item sell for? 99p?

Kayzr Wed 01-Jul-09 15:53:13

In that case the item wil sell for £20. Buyer 1 will still get the item but for £20

Sputnik Wed 01-Jul-09 15:56:36

Ah, ok, seems fair then, thanks

Bucharest Wed 01-Jul-09 15:59:37

No, it would go to buyer 1 for whatever-ebay-arbitrarily-decides-is-one-bid-up-from-£20.

Sputnik Wed 01-Jul-09 16:09:47

Well as long as it's not 99p!

Bucharest Wed 01-Jul-09 16:10:50

Unfortunately, that's what most of the stuff I put on goes for.....

LackaDAISYcal Wed 01-Jul-09 16:57:24

link please, I'd like some boden trousers for DS2 smile

Sputnik Wed 01-Jul-09 17:09:16

They'd be for next year Daisy, but they are very nice and practically as new:

LackaDAISYcal Wed 01-Jul-09 17:28:00

the way bumble is growing he'll need them sooner rather than later; he's already in 9-12 months.

Sputnik Wed 01-Jul-09 17:42:03

Like my beansprout then! They are good for most of the year anyway, unless it's really hot or really cold.
Lovely lovely trousers [boden copywriter emoticon] wink

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