Bidder Pre-Approval FAQ
Why is the auction limited to Pre-approved bidders
How do i get pre-approved
Some auctions are limited to pre-approved bidders to protect the charity and bidders from non-genuine bidding activity. This helps to provide certainty at the end of bidding.
Complete the Bidder Pre-Approval Form and authorise a Holding Deposit.
This confirms that you intend on paying for each auction should you be the winning bidder.
Make sure you include a registered eBay UserID as eBay matches the data
After you have submitted the form you will receive an email to let you know your application is being processed.
What information do you collect?
Bid For Good’s proprietary anti-fraud verification system collects personal information you submit on the Bidder Pre-Approval Form only for authenticating and identifying you so we can provide you the services you requested (i.e. to enable you to participate in the bidding process).
The personally identifiable information we collect includes:
- email address
- street address
- We do not store any financial details.
- We will claim the pre-authorised amount ONLY if you are a winning bidder and default on making payment.
- Bid For Good reserves to right to request additional holding deposits if you seek registration for 2 or more auctions.
What happens next
What happens at the end of the auction?
Once we have checked and verified the details and holding deposit a member of the Bid For Good team add your name to the individual eBay auction listing(s). Each auction is controlled by a separate list and will confirm usually via SMS or email.
If there are problems with the data you have supplied, for example eBay does not recognise the eBay UserID supplied we may also try to reach you by phone.
eBay requires that bidder pre-approval lists are activated and updated manually, not via software. This means there can be a small delay in processing the application. During business hours the approval process usually takes only a few minutes. Forms submitted overnight and weekends are reviewed and processed every couple of hours (unless it is less than 5 hours till an auction ends).
Once you have been added to the pre-approved bidder list(s) you are then free to bid whenever you want on the auction.
The holding deposit is released at the end of the auction if you are not the winning bidder. If you are a winning bidder the holding deposit is released once we have received cleared funds.
How do I know if an auction is limited to pre-approved bidders?
If an auction is limited to pre-approved bidders, then eBay will include a notification at the top of the eBay listing like this.
Do Pre-approved Bidders see a different message?
Once your eBay Registered userID has been added to a pre-approved bidder list and you are logged into that eBay account you should see this note at the top of the eBay listing page.This confirms you can bid on this auction.