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You've been outbid when another buyer has placed a higher maximum bid than yours, and you're not the current high bidder.
Sometimes you'll be outbid as soon as you enter your bid, even though the bid you entered was higher than the current bid shown on the item listing. When this happens, you'll usually be notified immediately and given a chance to make another bid.
This happens because another buyer had a higher maximum bid than yours. Your bid prompted our automatic bidding system to raise the other buyer's bid above yours. The other bidder may have placed their bid hours or days before. If you and another bidder had the same maximum bid, the earlier bid would win.
Avoiding being outbid in the final minutes
Placing a high bid in the closing seconds of an auction-style listing is called "sniping" within the eBay community. Sniping is part of the eBay experience, and all bids placed before a listing ends are valid, even if they're placed one second before the listing ends.
These tips can help you avoid being outbid:
Receiving email notifications
You can receive email notifications if you're outbid on a listing.
When another buyer's bid exceeds your maximum price, you'll receive an email letting you know that you have been outbid. You can use the link in this email to return to the item page and increase your bid.
End of item notice
When a listing ends, an email is automatically sent to losing bidders, informing them that they didn't win the item. It also highlights items that are similar to the one they lost.
If you don't want to receive these email notifications, you can change your communication preferences.
Receiving text alerts
We can alert you when you've been outbid or when an item has ended by:
To subscribe to these alerts, change your communication preferences.
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