How to Refresh an eBay Auction

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Winning an auction on eBay is all about proper timing. You don't want to enter a bid too early and artificially increase the cost of the item, so you should bid right before the auction ends. Your competitors are also using this strategy, so if you're watching a listing in its final minutes, continue refreshing the page to ensure the current bid amount stays accurate.

  • Click your Internet browser's "Refresh" button, located on the toolbar, to refresh the entire page. If you prefer to use a shortcut, press the "F5" button on your keyboard.

  • Look for the "Refresh" button on the actual eBay listing. This button appears in the final 15 minutes of bidding and is located in the gray "Current bid" square.

  • Press eBay's "Refresh" button throughout the final 15 minutes of the auction. Doing so refreshes only the item's price information, rather than taking time to reload all the images and content on the page. This type of refresh is quick, giving you the most accurate price of the item.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be cautious about refreshing the item listing if you use dial-up Internet. The page may take too long to reload, causing you to lose the auction.

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