For customers who have never bid in an online auction the process can be quite confusing. Unlike an auction hall where you wave a paddle to bid an amount mentioned by the auctioneer, or call out your own high bid to try and scare off other bidders, Mandarake's online auctions use a maximum bid system.
When you place a bid, you are telling us the maximum amount you want to bid. If you feel happy paying up to 10,000 yen for an item, enter that amount (as long as the auction will allow). You'll find out straight away if you're winning the auction or not, and if you are what the minimum bid is.
Let's look at the examples below for a clearer idea of how Mandarake's online auctions work.