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To place a bid on an item you must first register for an account and you must be logged in to place a bid. You will see a bid box appear on each listing. Place your bid in the box and then click to confirm that you have entered the correct amount. Our site uses proxy bidding so that you can enter your highest maximum bid and we will place bids for you automatically based on the bid increment amount shown. Only you will know your Maximum bid and it will require another bidder to bid against you to increase the price.

Example:

An item is currently at $1 with no other bids and you place your maximum bid of $22. The bid increment is $1 and there is no reserve. You will become the winning bidder at $1.  Later, another bidder places a maximum bid of $10 and you will immediately become the winning bidder at $11.  The other bidder increases his bid to $15. You become the winning bidder again at $16.  The new bidder now places a maximum bid of $22 which matches your original bid of $22. You will remain the winning bidder at $22 since you placed your $22 bid first.  When there is a tie, the earlier bid wins. Now the new bidder places a new bid at $25. He now becomes the winning bidder at $23. 

Caring Transitions/CTOnlineAuctions.com will bid incrementally* for you up to your maximum bid. Your maximum bid is kept a secret from other users. *The exception to this rule is when your maximum bid is placed on an item with a reserve and your bid is less than the reserve. In that case, your maximum bid amount will be shown.

Extra time will be added when bids are placed near the time that the sale begins to close to allow all bidders the same chance to win the item.

Your bid is a contract between you and the item seller. If you win the auction you will enter into a legally binding contract. Please do not bid if you do not intend to pay for your purchase.

Bid Increments:

If the bid amount is equal or greater to:          The bid increment will be:

 $1.00                                 $1.00

 $25.00                                $2.00

$100.00                                $5.00

  $500.00                               $10.00

$1,000.00                               $25.00

$2,500.00                               $50.00

$5,000.00                              $100.00

Auction - Bidding on an auction is done in specified increments. The user with the highest sucessfull bid "wins" the auction and the ability to purchase the item. Auctions use Proxy Bidding (see definition below).

Dutch Auction -The final item price is the lowest successful winning bid by the highest bidders.

Fixed Price Item - All Fixed Price items are Buy Now.

Classified Ad - To purchase an item listed in a classified ad you begin by contacting the Seller with your offer. There are no bidding or buy now features.

Proxy Bidding - An automatic method of bidding that increases your bid to the next lowest price when another user bids on the same item. Your bid is increased until your maximum bid amount is reached or the auction ends.


Ask The Seller - At the top and bottom of every listing page there is an "ask the seller a question" opportunity to click. 

Another way to "ask the seller a question" is to login and then click My Account.

You can then select to look at items you are watching or bidding, won or purchased. In all categories you will see the Seller's name and next to the name is an envelope icon. Click the icon to send a message to the seller.

 

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