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Published: May 08 2006, 4:14:00 PMUpdated: August 24 2022, 10:47:52 PM

Why am I not getting some of the OutBid Notifications even though the buyer was outbid several times?

When you place a bid, you enter the maximum amount (Proxy Bid) you are willing to pay for the item. If another bidder has a higher maximum, you will be outbid automatically.  Outbid notifications are not sent when this automatic outbid happens.  

Let us walk through a scenario to see how this happens:

Seller1 - lists an item with starting price of $1
Buyer1 - places a maximum bid of $5.  Although the max. bid is $5, the actual bid at that time is $1.
Buyer2 - places tries to place a bid of $2.
At this point, since Buyer1 has a max. bid of $5, his bid is set to $2.25 (bid of buyer 2 + the minimum increment required) and Buyer2 is outbid automatically.


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