Jim_UK wrote:When their bid of say 50p more than mine appears in the dying moments of the auction and I then bid slightly higher I get the annoying message that I have been outbid again.
That comes from autobidding.
You can put in a higher money amount than you actually want to pay at the time but it will only up your bid by the minimum amount.
Then if someone outbids you it will automatically increase your bid again by the minimum and it will keep going until it gets to your entered bid amount.
So if an item is £5 and the next accepted bid is £5.50 you can put a bid of £10 in (assuming that's what you're willing to go up to) but your actual current bid on the item will be £5.50. If someone goes to £6, you will automatically put in a bid of £6.50 and it will keep doing that all the way up to your maximum of a tenner.
That's how you're being outbid in a matter of seconds.
I'm a bit of an ebay novice myself too!