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Auction Format

When to choose the classic eBay way to sell

Most listings on eBay use the standard online auction format.

A typical auction-style listing works this way:
  1. The seller offers one or more items and sets a starting price.

  2. Buyers visit the listing and bid on the item during the online auction's duration.

  3. When the auction-style listing ends, the high bidder or bidders buy the item from the seller for the high bid.

The auction-style format is flexible as you can include a Buy It Now price, which lets buyer's purchase the item before the listing's end date. You can also set a hidden minimum-selling price (reserve price.)

Auction format is probably the right format for you, unless:

  • You would rather offer your item only at your specified price, and not accept bids in the auction process. In that case, choose Fixed Price.

  • You are selling a car, truck or other vehicle. You can also list your item in a Classified Ad.

  • You have many items for sale and want to open an eBay Shop. In that case, set up your Shop.

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