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eBay are testing a change which all sellers should appreciate. There have often been calls for auction extenders to allow time for buyers to raise their bid if they’re outbid at the last second. Now eBay are going to make that even less an attractive proposition with some changes to how bids are placed.

They are about to start testing one click bids on eBay.com which about 2% of buyers will see.

This is great news, no longer will you have to click the refresh button to see if you’re outbid, for the last couple of minutes this will automatically update. The ability to enter a new bid and confirm in a single click should encourage more bidders to up their price and more importantly they’ll have time to do so.

At the same time eBay will be adding a place bid box at the top of the auction page. Buyers will no longer have to click the “Place Bid” button but will be able to enter their bid direct on the view item page.

I’m wondering why they see the need to test these enhancements, anything that encourages easier and faster bidding is good news for sellers and makes buyers spending easier. Everyone wins!



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