If you have been around the BidGrid site for a while, you will know we have imposed a limit on the number of bids a single user can make in any individual auction. You can place up to 35 bids on each one, with a limit of 10 bids per row if you wish. That means you can cover up to half the bid amounts on a single row.
We introduced these rules to make sure the playing field was as level as we could make it. Rather than having the same few people winning time and again, we wanted to make sure as many members as possible had a good chance of winning one or more auctions. It’s also why we introduced the weekly win limits – another feature that has had huge success in recent months.
However, different players use their bid allowance in different ways. No method is right or wrong – the system won’t allow you to use more than 10 bids per row or more than 35 in total. However, there are ways you can use those bids. We’ve highlighted those examples below.
Use all your bids upfront
If you are going to do this, it’s best to do it early. For example, if an auction has just begun, you might want to place 10 bids on each of the bottom three rows of the auction and five remaining ones on the next line. It allows you to cover a section of bid amounts if you wish. This is virtually impossible to do if you don’t get in on the action first though. You could alternatively spread your bids around and rely on luck and your instincts to help you.
Spread out your bids over the life of the auction
Some bidders like to take their time placing their bids. It’s good to get some bids in early if you can. However, it can also prove to be sensible to hold some back to use later. If you do this, it gives you the chance to change your tactics too. Even though you may start an auction using a set tactic, it may not serve you well for its duration. By reserving some bids, you can always try another tack to find that winning bid later.
Bid early and bid on a block of amounts
This connects with the first point we made above. You can try and bid on a block of amounts, say between 1p and 10p, anytime you like. However, that would produce far fewer green amounts later in the auction than it would to start with. You could knock out other bids by taking away their unique status though. If you do this intentionally, it could potentially leave one of your other bid amounts as the lowest unique bid instead. It can be a risky tactic, but it might be yet another one to consider.
Bid late and bid sporadically
The later you bid in an auction, the less likely it is you’re going to be able to see a block of bid amounts turn green as you bid on them. This means a different tactic could be required. Many people prefer to place bids in equidistant positions across the bottom of the grid in this scenario. For example, they might place bids on 1p, 11p, 21p, and so on. In doing so, they can see where they stand in the running, and therefore where other bids might be placed. This can potentially reveal areas where the final winning bid might end up.
You can see there are several ways to use your bid allowance on each auction. Moreover, it is not necessary to use the full 35 bids you are permitted on an auction. Some people win by using far less than this. That’s the beauty – and the fun – of using BidGrid. You never know what will happen next.