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What is an eBay bid increment?

To place a bid on eBay auctions, you must place a bid of at least the current bid + the bid increment. The bid increment refers to the amount an auction must be raised when placing a bid. Bid increments are smaller when the current price is low and goes up as the auction price increases. The bid increment schedule is based on the currency of the auction:

USD: eBay Bid Increments

Current Bid Increment
0.01 - 0.99 USD 0.05 USD
1.00 - 4.99 USD 0.25 USD
5.00 - 24.99 USD 0.50 USD
25.00 - 99.99 USD 1.00 USD
100.00 - 249.99 USD 2.50 USD
250.00 - 499.99 USD 5.00 USD
500.00 - 999.99 USD 10.00 USD
1,000.00 - 2,499.99 USD 25.00 USD
2,500.00 - 4,999.99 USD 50.00 USD
5,000.00 USD and higher 100.00 USD

CAD: eBay Bid Increments

Current Bid Increment
0.01 - 0.99 CAD 0.05 CAD
1.00 - 4.99 CAD 0.25 CAD
5.00 - 24.99 CAD 0.50 CAD
25.00 - 99.99 CAD 1.00 CAD
100.00 - 249.99 CAD 2.50 CAD
250.00 - 499.99 CAD 5.00 CAD
500.00 - 999.99 CAD 10.00 CAD
1,000.00 - 2,499.99 CAD 25.00 CAD
2,500.00 - 4,999.99 CAD 50.00 CAD
5,000.00 CAD and higher 100.00 CAD

EUR: eBay Bid Increments

Current Bid Increment
1.00 - 49.99 EUR 0.50 EUR
50.00 - 499.99 EUR 1.00 EUR
500.00 - 999.99 EUR 5.00 EUR
1,000.00 - 4,999.99 EUR 10.00 EUR
5,000.00 EUR and higher 50.00 EUR

GBP: eBay Bid Increments

Current Bid Increment
0.01 - 0.99 GBP 0.05 GBP
1.00 - 4.99 GBP 0.20 GBP
5.00 - 24.99 GBP 0.50 GBP
15.00 - 99.99 GBP 1.00 GBP
60.00 - 149.99 GBP 2.00 GBP
150.00 - 299.99 GBP 5.00 GBP
300.00 - 599.99 GBP 10.00 GBP
600.00 - 1,499.99 GBP 20.00 GBP
1,500.00 - 2,999.99 GBP 50.00 GBP
3,000.00 GBP and higher 100.00 GBP

Bid Increment Information on each eBay Website

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