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How It Works

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How does Makorokoto work?

To begin, you must first register and buy bids. The price per bid will vary depending on the Bid Pack you choose. Next you'll need to pick the item you're interested in and start bidding.

Once you place a bid, three (3) things will happen:

1. The price of the item goes up by a penny (depending on the auction type)

2. The timer resets itself to allow other users to place a bid; similar to a physical auction where the host yells: "Going Once, Going Twice..."

3. You are now the highest bidder. If you're on top when the timer runs out, and nobody else places a bid after you, you win the auction!

Bids cost just $0.10 and can be purchased in bid packs at the bid store or in the BidBar. These bids are pre-paid and stored in the Bid Credit History section of My Makorokoto. Each time you place a bid; it will be deducted from your remaining bids, and will increase the price of the auction by one cent. No more than 20 seconds is added to the timer whenever a bid is placed. This allows another user the opportunity to bid if interested. It's just like the auctioneer shouting “Going once...Going twice...SOLD!” at a traditional auction. And also just like a traditional auction, you win by being the last to bid. Once you pay the final auction price and shipping costs, the item is yours! Here's the part that isn't like a traditional auction: If you don't win, you can't reclaim the bids you place.

How do you pronounce Makorokoto?

This is a much more common question than you'd think. Makorokoto is pronounced MA-KO-RO-KOT-O. Ma-ko-ro-kot-o. Say it out loud. "Makorokoto." Good. Now go tell your friends about Makorokoto and you'll receive free bids if they sign up and purchase a Bid Pack. Just be sure to use the "Refer a Friend" link in the My Makorokoto section

How does the Bid-O-Matic work?

Bid-O-Matic automatically places bids for you in a more efficient way than other auction sites. Bid-O-Matic even lets you bid if you're not logged on to our website! Using Bid-O-Matic guarantees your bid will be placed in the last 20 seconds. You'll never have to worry about losing your Internet connection or getting distracted in the final seconds because Bid-O-Matic will bid as you instruct it to.

Bid-O-Matic's Protocol:

Bid-O-Matic will bid whenever the timer drops below 20 seconds, though it's up to the Bid-O-Matic exactly when it will place that bid.

Bid-O-Matic can be set up with a minimum of 3 bids and a maximum of 25 bids at a time.

Bid-O-Matic will start to bid for you as soon as you click the 'Activate' button, unless there is less than 2 seconds remaining on the auction clock.

Bid-O-Matic may be deactivated at any point during the auction. Please keep in mind that the number of deactivations will be limited to minimize server load.

If an auction ends, all unused Bid-O-Matic bids will remain in your account.

You can only set one Bid-O-Matic at a time per auction.

- Bid-O-matics cannot be activated on auctions with less than 2 seconds remaining on the auction clock.

How to Use:

In the Bid-O-Matic area on the right side of every auction page, simply enter the Bid From price (which is the price you want the Bid-O-Matic to start placing bids at) and the number of bids you're prepared for it to use. Then select 'Activate'. Sit back, relax, and watch your Bid-O-Matic do all the work for you.

What about when two or more Bid-O-Matics are set to bid in the same price range?

If there are two or more Bid-O-Matics bidding in the same auction, a bid will be placed sometime in the last 20 seconds just like if there was one Bid-O-Matic bidder. Only one bid from a Bid-O-Matic bidder will be placed at a time. The exact time that Bid-O-Matic bids varies – it can be anywhere between 0 and 20 seconds. It's randomized to prevent other bidders from knowing if a Bid-O-Matic is in play.

**Please note that while the Bid-O-Matic function is offered on many of our auctions, it is not offered on all of them. If you do not see it on the auction page, you might be looking at an auction where Bid-O-Matic is not available.

How much do bids cost?

Each bid costs $0.20, and they are available for purchase in Bid Packs here or through the BidBar. Makorokoto accepts Visa, MasterCard, Zimswitch, PayNow and PayPal.

Are products brand-new?

All products on Makorokoto are brand-new and factory sealed!