Getting Began: On-line Bidding for Rookies


As soon as you’re accredited to purchase on one (or extra) of our marketplaces, you may log into your market and start bidding on-line. B-Inventory makes use of a number of key options all through our public sale course of to simulate a good “dwell” public sale mannequin (however with out the fast-talking auctioneer!). This put up will information you thru the fundamental steps of inserting a bid and train you key bidding phrases – like proxy and popcorn – to get you in on the public sale motion.  

On-line bidding for newcomers, defined 

An auction-style format means potential patrons compete towards one another to win the merchandise being offered — on this case, a lot of liquidated items. On-line bidding generally is a enjoyable and thrilling means to buy bulk quantities of stock throughout a variety of product classes like attire, dwelling & backyard, shopper electronics, and extra. On-line bidding for newcomers can really feel overwhelming, however we’ll train you precisely place a bid and safe the stock you’re searching for.

Find out how to Place a Bid:

Every public sale may have a field the place you may enter your most bid; bear in mind, your most bid will have to be equal to or higher than the minimal allowable bid quantity listed under the field. As soon as the quantity has been entered, click on the “Bid Now” button. The system may have you verify your bid quantity. You should definitely double-check the quantity earlier than confirming your bid. (The look of every “bid” space would possibly range from market to market however the steps stay the identical.)

When you’re definitely welcome to repeatedly log in and manually enhance your bids, we recommend letting our auto-bid system try this be just right for you. Our proxy bidding course of lets patrons enter their most quantity and the system will routinely enhance your bid incrementally for you. Extra on how this works is under…

What’s a Proxy Bid?

All bids positioned on a B-Inventory market act as “proxy” bids. Your proxy bid is basically your most quantity. Our system makes use of your proxy bid quantity to routinely bid incrementally in your behalf. To get essentially the most out of this method, we advocate you bid the best quantity you’re keen to pay, which is named your most bid. As soon as entered, the system will handle the bidding for you, appearing as your proxy. This gives our patrons nice comfort as you don’t should be on-line, on a regular basis, updating your bids in real-time. If you happen to want to enhance your bid, you’ll be able to accomplish that at any time through the public sale.

No must run, bidding is enjoyable! Don’t let the concept of inserting your most bid scare you. Simply since you enter your most quantity doesn’t imply that’s the ultimate value you’ll pay. The ultimate price is predicated on the utmost quantity the second-place bidder would pay plus one increment greater.

How Proxy Bids Work: 

Let’s say there’s an public sale that pursuits you with a beginning bid of $1000. You resolve the best you’ll pay for the public sale is $5000, so that you enter that as your most bid. You at the moment are profitable the public sale at $1000. If one other bidder is available in and bids $1100 as their most, then your bid of $5000 will routinely outbid them one increment greater as your proxy. You at the moment are profitable the public sale at $1125 with out ever having to bid a second time to ensure you keep the excessive bidder. The system will proceed to routinely outbid different bidders as your proxy, however won’t ever exceed your most bid of $5000.

If one other bidder inputs a most bid over $5000, then you may be outbid. You’ll obtain an e mail notification and can then have the selection to enter a brand new most bid to behave as your proxy or transfer on to a different public sale.

Bidding Increments:

So what are the bidding increments? We’ve damaged it down like this:

Any public sale tons promoting for lower than $10,000 enhance in increments of $25; whereas something fetching between $10,000.01 and $50,000 will enhance in increments of $50. Lastly, public sale tons going for greater than $50,000.01 will enhance incrementally by $100.

Bidding Notifications:

We worth transparency right here at B-Inventory and demand on protecting our patrons updated through the public sale course of. Actual-time data is all the time accessible on the public sale web page and inside your account web page; as well as, you’ll obtain quite a lot of e mail notifications alerting and confirming your public sale actions each step of the best way!

For each bid you place, you’ll obtain a affirmation e mail. If you’re at present profitable an public sale lot you may be supplied an e mail alert. Additionally, you will be notified when you’ve been outbid, misplaced or received an public sale.

**Professional Tip! Join our B-Inventory SMS textual content public sale alerts in your account web page. Keep updated in actual time and by no means miss a bidding notification.**

What’s Popcorn Bidding? 

If a bid is positioned within the final 5 minutes of an public sale, the public sale finish time will routinely lengthen for a further three minutes. That is known as “Popcorn Bidding” and it offers all bidders an equal probability of profitable an public sale if a last-minute bid is positioned. Popcorn Bidding is used to stop different bidders from coming in and “sniping” an public sale on the final second.

On the shut of the public sale, the profitable bidder is notified by e mail. The “Bid Received” e mail will embrace cost directions;  please comply with these directions so the transaction can transfer ahead in a well timed method. As soon as the order is paid, you’ll obtain one other e mail confirming cost, which may even embrace transport directions. Please comply with these transport directions accordingly.

This may even present up as an order on the “Order” web page beneath the “Account” dropdown within the prime proper of the web page.

Why did my bid get canceled? 

Typoed bids are a number one explanation for canceled bids. Please learn all pop-up confirmations, public sale lot particulars, and manifests fastidiously. Moreover, bidders ought to do their product analysis earlier than bidding.

B-Inventory considers all bids to be binding authorized contracts. Please bid very fastidiously. If you happen to want to cancel a bid, please know {that a} cancellation charge could apply and a observe of it is going to be made in your file. Please perceive that when you proceed to cancel bids, you run the chance of being denied on {the marketplace}.

On-line bidding doesn’t should be exhausting! If you happen to’re a newbie, we’re right here to assist. Received questions? Contact us!