Bidding for Good Like a Pro on Charitybuzz


Whether you’re a new member of the Charitybuzz community or a long-time bidder, we want you to get the most of our your Charitybuzz online experience. Follow these simple tips, and you’ll have the best chance of winning that dream prize package while also bidding for good.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3…


1. Explore Categories

Categories are your best friend. They’re the easiest way to find once-in-a-lifetime experiences and dive deeper into the hundreds of great auctions on the site. We upload new lots every day so definitely keep checking back—you never know what you’ll find.

Protip: The red clock on the lot thumbnail image means time is running out, so hurry and bid before the auction closes.


2. Add To Your Watchlist

Think of your Watchlist like your Amazon cart, a place where you can build a temporary library of great experiences. To add an auction lot to your list, click on the + on the thumbnail image or the star on the auction page.

To access your Watchlist items, click on your name in the upper right-hand corner then click on My Bids under the Overview tab. For any auctions you’ve added to your Watchlist, you’ll be notified by email 3 hours before the auction closes so you don’t miss out on last-minute bidding opportunities.

3. Start Bidding

You’ve explored, and you’ve saved your favorite auctions on your Watchlist. Now you’re ready to bid on that once-in-a-lifetime experience for someone you love—or yourself (hey, why not?). Make sure to note all details in the auction description. Winning bids are nonrefundable.

If you’ve bid on eBay or at an auction house, then the process is basically the same. But Charitybuzz has a couple of procedures surrounding Max Bids and Extended Bidding that you should note:

Max Bids

A Max Bid is the most you are willing to pay for an auction item. If you don’t have time to monitor an auction, a Max Bid ensures that you won’t be outbid up to that amount. Your Max Bid won’t be displayed to other bidders, but it will be displayed as the current bid based on the bidding increment. You won’t pay the Max Bid amount unless another bidder’s bid increases your bid to the next increment.

Here’s how it works:

  • Auction item #29643 has a current bid of $0. The minimum bid is $500.
  • You place a Max Bid of $1000. Your bid is displayed as the minimum bid—$500. The next minimum bid is $550.
  • Isabella places a bid of $550, but she is automatically notified on her screen that her bid wasn’t accepted because it didn’t exceed your Max Bid. (Don’t worry, we still won’t identify you as the Max Bidder.)
  • Your bid now automatically increases to $650 since bid increments for this lot are $100.
  • If there are no further bids, you are the winner at $650.
  • If someone else bids more than $1,000, you will receive an outbid notice via email, and an alert will appear near your name in the top right corner of the Charitybuzz website. You can choose to bid more or not.

Extended Bidding

If someone places a bid during the last 10 minutes of an auction, the close time extends by an additional 10 minutes from when the last bid was placed. For example, if someone bids at 4:57 and the auction is due to close at 5:00, the new auction close time is now 5:07. As long as bidders keep bidding, the close time extends. Competing bidders get a chance to stay in the race, and more money is raised for charity.

That’s it! Have fun and good luck! If you have questions during or about the bidding process, feel free to reach out to our Customer Service team at or (212) 243-3900 Monday through Friday, 9 AM – 6 PM ET.

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