Auction Help - About Absentee Bidding

What is Absentee Bidding

Absentee bidding is a way that you can place bids and participate in auctions without the need to stay and watch until the end. Your bid is considered to be your maximum bid, so you'll win the auction if nobody bids higher than you. Most of the Mandarake Everyday Auctions use an absentee bidding system.

If you have never participated in an online auction before, please also read our guide to Bidding in Online Auctions. Both of this guide and this help page will explain how auctions work and how outcomes are determined (including why you may still not win an auction even though the amount you bid is the same as the winning bid amount).

Absentee Bidding Keywords

Starting Price

The first bid in a new auction. This amount is already decided and shown on the auction screen.

Current Price

The price by which the auctioned item will currently be sold.

Bid Increments

The lowest amount by which a new bid must exceed the Current Price.

Maximum Bid

The highest amount you are willing to pay for an item.

Minimum Bid

The lowest amount you are able to bid (Starting Price if there are currently no bids, otherwise Current Price + Bid Increment).

Bid Area

The box where you enter your new bids.

Bidding Status

Tour current standing in the auction.

Sold For

The Current Price + domestic consumption tax (may not be shown for international customers as this tax is not added).

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How to Bid - An Item With No Bids

Please keep in mind the folloing does not apply for the Live Auction Page

Enter your Maximum Bid in the Bid Area and click 'Bid'. If you are happy with the Starting Price being your Maximum Bid, you can leave the amount as it is.

A pop up window will confirm that this is the amount you wish to bid.

Congratulations, you're winning the auction! If nobody places a higher Maximum Bid than you, you'll win the auction and only pay the Starting Price

If you would like to increase your Maximum Bid, simply enter the new amount in the Bid Area and click 'Bid'. A pop up window will confirm that this is the amount you wish to bid.

You have now increased your Maximum Bid.

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How to Bid - An Item With Other Bids

Please keep in mind the folloing does not apply for the Live Auction Page

When making a bid on an auction that already has other bidders, you're not guaranteed to take the lead. We cannot see what the current highest bidder's Maximum Bid is, only the Current Price and the Minimum Bid.

Enter your Maximum Bid in the Bid Area and click 'Bid' to place a bid.

Unfortunately the other bidder is still winning. There are two possible reasons for this.
1. The other bidder has a higher Maximum Bid than you do.
2. The other bidder has the same Maximum Bid as you, but because they placed their bid first they take the winning position.
Take care to note that the Current Price has now risen and is the same as your Maximum Bid, but this does not make you the highest bidder.

If you want to place another bid, repeat the steps above. You will know when you are the winning bidder because the screen will turn yellow.

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Important Points to Remembers

  • Your Maximum Bid will not be visible to other bidders.
  • If a bid is placed within the last 5 minutes of the auction, the auction time will be extended by 5 minutes (up to a maximum of 2 hours).
  • You can only bid in multiples of the Bid Increment. Also, your bid cannot be lower than the Bid Increment. E.g, if the Bid Increment is "1,000 yen", bids such as "500 yen" (lower than the Bid Increment) or "1,010 yen" (not a multiple of the Bid Increment) will not be accepted. Acceptable bids will be "1,000 yen", "2,000 yen" and so on.
  • If no one makes a bid higher than your Maximum Bid, you will be the highest bidder and the winner of the item. The price to pay for the item will be the Current Price, usually lower than your Maximum Bid.
  • If multiple bidders offer the same Maximum Bid, the first person to make that bid will be the highest bidder.
  • If you raise your Maximum Bid and the Current Price increases but you are still not the highest bidder, it means that someone else either set their Maximum Bid higher than yours or they have the same Maximum Bid but placed the bid first.
  • ALWAYS refer to your Bidding Status to know if "You are the highest bidder" or if "You have been outbid".
  • If you are pre-bidding on a Big Web Auction item, please be aware that there may be an additional fee on items won. Big Web Auction items will use the Live Auction style of bidding once the pre-bidding period ends.
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Bid Examples

Example 1 - "I have not yet placed a bid."
Example 2 - "I placed a maximum bid of 4,300. I'm currently the highest bidder."
Example 3 - "I placed a maximum bid of 4,200, but I was outbid shortly after."
Example 4 - "I placed a maximum bid of 1,900 yen. The current price is 1,900 yen too, but I am NOT the winning bidder because the current winning bidder has a higher maximum bid."
Example 5 - "My maximum bid is 2,000 yen. I am the highest bidder. The current price is 1,900 yen. If no one else bids, I will win the auction and pay 1,900 yen."
Example 6 - "I can see my current status on My Page. I am winning two auctions, but I am not winning one auction."
Example 7 - "I cannot bid on any auctions because I have not yet completed the authorization process."
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Last Updated: 25 December 2018