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Chapter 3. Bidding 101: A Tutorial for B... > Bidding in Other Types of Auctions

Bidding in Other Types of Auctions

The preceding section covered the typical eBay auction, one without a lot of bells and whistles. eBay offers a lot of different auction options, however (as you'll learn in Chapter 13, “Choosing the Right Listing Options”), and the bidding procedure is slightly different depending on the type of auction being held.

Dutch Auctions

A Dutch auction is an auction in which the seller has more than one of an item for sale. An example might be a seller with a half-dozen T-shirts (all identical), or a gross of inkjet cartridges. Although most sellers on Dutch auctions are small businesses that want to unload multiple quantities of an item, you'll also find some individuals with several like items to sell.


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