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# Bid to Win

eBay newbies often complain that it's hard to win the auctions they bid on. Sometimes there's too much competition. Sometimes another bidder wins by just a couple of cents. Other times, a bidder thinks she's winning, then someone outbids her during the last minute of the auction, with no time left for a response. This section shows you the bidding strategies that will help you win more auctions.

## How to Win by Two Cents

After you've bid in a few auctions, or even if you're just looking around the site, you've probably noticed that some auctions have bids in odd amounts like \$14.53 or \$267.32. Bids like this are the work of bidders who've learned to use bid increments to their advantage. The bid increment is how much a bid must increase over the current price to register as a bid. For example, if the current price is \$14.00 and you try to bid \$14.01, eBay won't accept your bid, because it's not a full increment above the current price; you'd have to bid \$14.50 or more.

Bid increments are determined by eBay and the current price of the item, as you can see in Table 3-1. As the price of the item passes certain threshold amounts, the bid increment increases.

Table 3-1. Bid Increments: As the Price Goes Up, So Does the Minimum Bid

Current Price

Bid Increment

\$0.01–\$0.99

\$0.05

\$1.00–\$4.99

\$0.25

\$5.00–\$24.99

\$0.50

\$25.00–\$25.99

\$1.00

\$100.00–\$249.99

\$2.50

\$250.00–\$499.99

\$5.00

\$500.00–\$999.99

\$10.00

\$1,000.00–\$2,499.99

\$25.00

\$2,500.00–\$4,999.99

\$50.00

\$5,000.00 or over

\$100.00

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