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How to Start Bidding

1. Sign up and Buy Bids

You'll need to sign before you can start bidding on our auctions. Signing up is free and only takes a few minutes. You'll receive a confirmation email when you're finished- just follow the link in the email to confirm your account. Bids cost just $0.60, and are purchased in Bid Packs. Motherlodegiold accepts multiple payment methods, including: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal. Upon purchase, your bids are added to your account. 

2. Choose Products

We post incredible new deals every day on our site, from gold and silver coins and bars, precious metals and rare coins, natural gold nuggets and paydirt, to gift cards, bid packages, and mining and prospecting supplies. We are also (as far as we can tell) THE ONLY Penny Auction site on the internet to offer CRYPTO CURRENCY AUCTIONS! Where else are you going to be able to buy natural gold nugget and 10 ounce bar of silver and 50 bucks worth of Bitcoin in the same place? Browse through our list of auctions and start bidding! 

3. Place Bids

Click the 'Bid' button to place a bid. Every time you bid, Motherlodegoldbay Auctions deducts one bid from your account, and adds time to the clock. This allows other users a chance to bid because, well, that's pretty much how an auction works. 

4. Win or Buy Now!

if you're the last bidder when the timer reaches zero, YOU WIN! If you need to leave your computer to use the bathroom, pick your kids up from school, or go swing around and fight crime because you are Spider-Man then don't worry. You can use the Bid-O-Matic to place bids for you. It's the Motherlodegoldbay Auctions version of Autopilot.
If you don't win, you never have to leave an auction empty-handed by choosing to Buy Now! You you can purchase any product at any time during an auction and up to 2 hours after the auction is over by using the value of any Real Bids placed in an auction and applying it to the value price. If its a one of a kind item you will be purchasing a silver or gold equivalent item that will certainly be to your liking.

How does Motherlodegoldbay Auctions Work?

Bids cost as little as $0.60 and can be purchased in bid packs at the Bid Store or in the Bar. These bids are pre-paid and stored in the Bid Credit History section of Motherlodegoldbay Auctions. Each time you place a bid; it will be deducted from your remaining bids, and will increase the price of the auction by 1 cent. . No more than 20 seconds is added to the timer whenever a bid is placed. This allows another user the opportunity to bid if interested. It's just like the auctioneer shouting “Going once...Going twice...SOLD!” at a traditional auction.

And also just like a traditional auction, you win by being the last to bid. Once you pay the final auction price and shipping costs, the item is yours!

Here's the part that isn't like a traditional auction: If you don't win, you can't reclaim the bids you place. BUT, because we never want anyone to walk away with nothing, we offer a Buy Now feature on ALL of our auctions! When you use our “Buy Now” feature, we subtract the cash value of the bids you’ve placed (excluding voucher bids) from the value price of the item, and you pay the difference. It's just like buying the item at retail price! So at least you had a chance at getting it at a discount, eh?

Let's say you spend 30 bids trying to win a $30 valued product, but you don't win. Your 30 bids are worth $18 (30 x $0.60), so if you choose to use the Buy Now, you will pay $12 plus shipping for the product. Please note that this offer applies to real bids only, and that voucher bids to do not apply to the Buy Now option.

What is Buy Now?

With Buy Now, you can purchase any product at any time during the auction and up to 2 hours after the auction is over by clicking the Buy Now button on the auction page. The value of any Real Bids* placed in an auction will be applied to the value price*. Voucher Bids used in an auction will not count toward the Buy Now price. Buy Now purchases don't count toward your daily or 28-day win limit. Because there's no limit to the Buy Now feature, the auction will continue even if a user chooses to Buy />

You must bid at least once in an auction in order to use the Buy Now option. The Buy Now price will never fall below $0.00 because Motherlodegoldbay Auctions prevents users from spending more in Real Bids than the item's value price. For example, you can't place $110 worth of Real Bids in an auction for an item with a $100 value price. On Motherlodegoldbay Auctions, you will never pay more than the value price for a product you want. 

Below is an example of how your discount for Buy Now is calculated. 
Value Price:                                                                             $100.00 
Discount: Real Bids Placed x Bid Price:  100 x $0.60 = $60.00 
Buy Now Price: + Shipping/Taxes (if applicable)      $40.00  

The Buy Now price will be updated every time you place a bid 

*Real Bids are bids that were purchased in a Bid Pack. 
*The value price is the suggested retail price for that item. 

What's the best way to win an auction?

Everyone wants to know how to improve their chances of winning an auction on Motherlodegoldbay Auctions. There isn't a guaranteed winning strategy, but we'll offer you a few tips to help get you started:

Place your bid within the last 15 seconds
By placing a bid in the last few seconds, you know the time will reset and you'll become the highest bidder. If someone else bids, time will be added and you'll get another chance to bid.
Bid on the cheapest products
You can get some great deals on our most expensive items. However, these items also tend to generate the most competitive auctions.  Fewer bidders bid on cheaper items, meaning that you are much more likely to win.

Protect yourself with Bid-O-Matic
Bid-O-Matic is a powerful tool when using strategic limits. It can scare away the other bidders because they know that the Bid-O-Matic will always place bids to keep you on top. Your chances of winning are increased, and they know it- which may help you intimidate your competition.

Turn your opponents' Bid-O-Matics against each other
Some people set the Bid-O-Matic and forget about it. It is easy to win if your competition has stepped away from the computer with the assumption that their Bid-O-Matic will fully protect them. We’ve noticed that users tend to set the "Bid From" value of their Bid-O-Matic to a round number, so use this to your advantage. Wait for a round number and place a single bid after it on the off-chance that the Bid-O-Matic has reached its limit.

Watch other bidders
View the details of the last ten bids placed and try to figure out:

  • Who is bidding?
  • When do they place their bids?

How does the Bid-O-Matic work?

Bid-O-Matic automatically places bids for you in a more efficient way than other auction sites. Bid-O-Matic even lets you bid if you're not logged on to our website! Using Bid-O-Matic guarantees your bid will be placed in the last 20 seconds. You'll never have to worry about losing your Internet connection or getting distracted in the final seconds because Bid-O-Matic will bid as you instruct it to.

Bid-O-Matic's Protocol:
  • Bid-O-Matic will bid whenever the timer drops below 20 seconds, though it's up to the Bid-O-Matic exactly when it will place that bid.
  • Bid-O-Matic can be set up with a minimum of 3 bids and a maximum of 25 bids at a time.
  • Bid-O-Matic will start to bid for you as soon as you click the 'Activate' button, unless there is less than 2 seconds remaining on the auction clock.
  • Bid-O-Matic may be deactivated at any point during the auction. Please keep in mind that the number of deactivations will be limited to minimize server load.
  • If an auction ends, all unused Bid-O-Matic bids will remain in your account.
  • You can only set one Bid-O-Matic at a time per auction.
  • Bid-O-matics cannot be activated on auctions with less than 2 seconds remaining on the auction clock.
How to Use:
  • In the Bid-O-Matic area on the right side of every auction page, simply enter the Bid From price (which is the price you want the Bid-O-Matic to start placing bids at) and the number of bids you're prepared for it to use. Then select 'Activate'.
  • Sit back, relax, and watch your Bid-O-Matic do all the work for you. Or don't, because again- you don't even have to be logged in.
What about when two or more Bid-O-Matics are set to bid in the same price range?
  • If there are two or more Bid-O-Matics bidding in the same auction, a bid will be placed sometime in the last 20 seconds just like if there was one Bid-O-Matic bidder. Only one bid from a Bid-O-Matic bidder will be placed at a time.
  • The exact time that Bid-O-Matic bids varies – it can be anywhere between 0 and 20 seconds. It's ran- domized to prevent other bidders from knowing if a Bid-O-Matic is in play.
*Please note that while the Bid-O-Matic function is offered on many of our auctions, it is not offered on all of them. If you do not see it on the auction page, you might be looking at an auction where Bid-O-Matic is not available.

How much do bids cost?

Each bid costs $0.60, and they are available for purchase in Bid Packs here or through the Bar. Motherlodegoldbay Auctions accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal.

Unable to Receive Confirmation Email

Sometimes our emails get filtered out and placed in your spam folder, so please try looking there if you are missing our emails. If it isn't found in your spam folder, then please contact Customer Support. 

Can everyone be a winner?

Yes! Even if you don't win the auction, you'll never have to walk away with nothing. Any time after you've placed your first bid in an auction, you may choose to buy the product at a discount using the Buy Now feature. You'll never have to pay more than the Value Price for any products on Motherlodegoldbay Auctions. But not everyone will win the auction at a large discount.

Are products brand-new?

All products on Motherlodegoldbay Auctions are as described in the items description, obviously gold nuggets and paydirt cannot be brand new, nor can older circulated coins. This auction site is unique in that some of out items are antique collectibles and you wouldn’t want them to be brand new! 

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