How to bid on an online auction

An online auction is a great place to find the items you’re looking for. You can sit at home, wait for the auction to start, and bid from the comfort of your pajamas. Get your credit card ready with these tricks and tips for how to bid, and the best practices for getting the items you covet.

How to bid online:  

First, find an online platform that offers auctions from leading auction companies across the globe, like Proxibid. With Proxibid you can search by auction category, today’s auctions, or featured items. No matter your auction needs, Proxibid provides access to the best auction companies and the best items.

Once you’ve navigated to Proxibid, find the auction or category that fits you needs.

Next, click on the auction or category and start shopping. Find the perfect item for you, your loved ones, or the item you want to add to your favorite collection. This is a great example from our Arts, Antiques and Collectibles category.

Under today’s events you will find auctions currently taking place.

Click the “enter live auction” button underneath the item or auction description. This will take you to a new page where you can bid on the auction item.

To bid on Proxibid, you must create an account. Creating an account is simple and takes just a few moments.

Once your account has been created, you can bid on any item for sale on Proxibid! Bid early and often, remembering if you are outbid you can easily bid again. Or, place the maximum you wish to spend on an item and Proxibid’s system will be on your behalf up to your maximum amount.

Be sure to review all auction terms before bidding so you have a full understanding of any shipping requirements or other fees.

Now, let’s say you won the bid! The auction company will send you an invoice. If your item has special shipping requirements, the auction company will work with you to complete the shipping process.

Bidding tips: 

Online bidding can seem intimidating the first time, but we promise it’s easy. Don't miss out on a great item because you’re a nervous novice! These are the tips to getting the items you came to win!

1. Set a maximum bid.  In the event you are unable to bid in the live event, Proxibid’s system will bid on your behalf up to your max bid amount. This means you are always participating, even if you are at your kid’s soccer game!

2. Bid early and often. If you know you’re interested in an item, don’t wait to bid. In a timed auction, remember, Proxibid’s system offers extended bidding so you never have to worry about sniping. If you are outbid on an item within the last few minutes of a sale, the auction will extend, allowing you the opportunity to up your bid. Extended bidding will continue until no more bids are placed.

3. Ask questions. If you are unsure about an item or need more information, reach out to the auction company for more details. Auction companies are happy to provide more information to ensure you have enough information to make an educated purchase.

These tips and other ones you learn throughout time will help you get the items you came for! Go ahead, head over to our website and learn how to bid in an online auction.


Proxibid is the most trusted way to connect buyers and sellers on a variety of items online. Check out our different auctions each and everyday and our specialized auctions with a number of our premier sellers.

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