Auto-bids keep you in the lead by placing a bid for you whenever you’re outbid. When you’re outbid Trade Me will place the minimum allowable bid until you win the auction or your auto-bid is exceeded.

To place an auto-bid:

1. Enter the most you are prepared to pay in the bid box

2. Tick 'Auto-bid'

3. Click 'Place Bid'

4. Confirm your bid

5. You're done Trade Me will keep you in the lead until you win or your autobid is exceeded

You can increase an existing auto-bid by placing a higher value auto-bid. No additional bid will be placed if you lead the bidding. You cannot decrease the value of your auto-bid.

Frequently asked questions

Why has my auto-bid jumped to its maximum?
If your auto-bid is below or equal to the reserve, your maximum auto-bid will be placed.

If an existing auto-bid is greater than yours, your auto-bid may also jump to it's maximum, and be immediately outbid.

Why did my auto-bid jump straight to the reserve price?
If your auto-bid exceeds the reserve, a bid will be placed equal to the reserve. You will then lead the bidding until your auto-bid is exceeded.

Why did my auto-bid bid against itself?
If another member places a bid equal to your auto-bid, your maximum auto-bid will be placed. It will appear as two consecutive bids from you. Auto-bids have priority over normal bids of the same value as they were placed earlier.