I placed a bid on an item with a minimum of R100 increments and I set my auto-bid to a maximum of R2500. At the time my actual bid was at R2200. Some 6 hours later I received a notice that my bid has been increased to R2500 in order to outbid someone else. But on the bidding information page it shows both our bids at R2500 with me first and the other party (call them X) listed as runner-up. Now my reasoning is as follows: my bid was at R2200, so X had to offer R2300, after which my bid would have increased to R2400. Subsequently X would bid R2500 and I could only match that amount, implying that X was first to bid R2500 and had to be in the lead with me being runner-up. Or X upped the bid from R2200 to R2400, followed by my bid increasing to R2500, in which case X should not be at R2500. Or X upped the bid by R300 in one go from R2200 to R2500 which means he/she was first to bid R2500 and I could only match it because of my limit, which should once again put him/her in first position ahead of me. If, on the other hand, the process works such that my bid (for R2500) got preference because I set the limit long before the matching bid came in, it means that someone can happily increase their bid, safe in the knowledge that they can exit unscathed the moment they have pushed the amount up to another bidder's maximum. I'm not trying to cry foul, but it seems that the auto-bid feature places one at a serious disadvantage compared to normal bidding.