# Proxy Bidding
Proxy Bidding is a feature available for Online Items ONLY and allows the system to manage a bidder's maximum bid to ensure that they remain as the high bidder for as long as possible.
Proxy Bidding provides a bidding mechanism to keep the actual bid as low as possible yet provide a path to remain the winning bidder. With proxy bidding, if you are the highest bidder at the auction's close you become the winner. As the winner, with proxy bidding, you will only pay the lowest possible winning bid which may not actually be the maximum bid you bid placed for the item.
Proxy Bidding is not function with items using the Allow Multiple Winners option. The Maximum Bid placed on a Multiple Winners item will be considered the actual bid!
Many people are familiar with a form of "proxy bidding" from websites such as eBay which use it in their auctions. Please see our Proxy Bidding Rules to learn more about how it is handled on the Auctria platform.
# Enable Proxy Bidding
Clicking on the option, when in edit mode, will provide the Proxy Bidding options you can make available to your bidders.
- Yes, on by default then proxy bidding is available for Online Items and checked by default.
- Yes, off by default then proxy bidding is available for Online Items but not checked by default.
- No then proxy bidding is not available
If Proxy Bidding is turned off after a "Maximum bid" ("proxy" bid) has been made it will only affect future bids that are placed. The original Proxy Bids will remain active unless manually removed. See Remove A Proxy Bid for more details.