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    General

    Bids-Plus is designed as a marketplace, an online platform with tools to facilitate and secure the exchange between members (buyers and sellers). Bids-Plus has also been developed around its members to facilitate the user experience, and especially for buyers, creating an environment which simplifies the search for items, but also facilitates and secures communications, purchases and payments.
    There are no personal limitations to becoming a member and therefore the same is for buying on Bids-Plus except of having a minimum age of 18 years and respecting the Buyer's Agreement below.
    To start buying, all that has to be done is to register for free as a new member by filling out the registration form. A registration e-mail will be sent immediately to the e-mail address provided with a link to confirm registration. Once confirmed, full access to My Account will be granted with all the it's features.
     

    The Buyer's Agreement

    When buying an item, the buyer agrees to the rules of the Buyer's Agreement that:
     
    The buyer is responsible for reading the full item listing before making a bid, commiting to buy, or making an offer. The buyer enters into a legally binding contract to purchase and pay for the item(s) when they commit to buy the item(s), if they have the winning bid (or the bid is otherwise accepted), or that the offer is accepted.
     
    This rule is only to enforce the terms of usage and to protect other members. Failure to comply would be a breach of the Bids-Plus Terms & Conditions accepted by the member during registration with a risk of penalty and even account suspension on multiple misuse. This rule is only to enforce the terms of usage and to protect other members.
     

    Browsing, Watching & Sharing Items for Sale

    Once registration has been confirmed, the user becomes a full member to Bids-Plus and has full access to all the items available to them on the website.
    Members have multiple options to search, browse, consult, watch, follow and share items. These options include and the list is not exhaustive:
    - Top search bar
    - Top menu category browsing
    - Top menu member's store browsing
    - Category left menu browsing
    - Category left menu filtering
    - Category top menu tabs
    - Category list filtering
    - Item page top right watch item
    - All pages top right share toolbar...
     

    Watching - Item & Keyword Watch

    Item Description Page & Watched Items List
    Items can be placed in Watched Items list from the item's description page. The member simply has to click on Watch Item link situated top right of the item page. Once the item has been added to the list it can be followed Watched Items page of the member's account. The information available on the Watched Items page includes item details (name, image, item number and title with links to the item description page), the auction sale/start price, the current bid with status if the buyer has the current highest bid and/or link to place a first/new bid, the time left before the end of the auction, and delete options to remove a watched item from the list. An e-mail notification is sent to members to inform them of any new bids from other members on items in their watch list giving all the equal opportunity to win the item.
    Watch Keywords List
    Members can add keywords to the Keywords Watch list available on the Keywords Watch page of the member's account. When a seller creates a new item listing title with corresponding keywords as in the keywords watch list, the member will be notified by e-mail that a new item listing has been published with those keywords.
     

    Placing A Bid

    Members may place a bid on an auction via the item description page.
    Quantity Auctions
    Bids-Plus accepts quantity auctions, so if a quantity of items are available for auction, a member may place a bid for a quantity of items available where the bid placed would be the price per item for the quantity requested. Quantity auctions operates on the Requested - Awarded rule as the highest bidder wins the quantity requested at the end of the auction.
    Example:
    Member A bids 10€ per item for 15 items on quantity auction with a total of 20 available items. Member B who wishes a quantity of 10 items would have to bid higher than the Member A bid for the bid to be accepted for the quantity requested by Member B. If Member B places the bid, the result would be:
    - Member A winning bid for a quantity of 10 items ie: 15 Requested - 10 Awarded (Total available 20 - 10 outbided by Member B).
    - Member B winning bid for a quantity of 10 items ie: 10 Requested - 10 Awarded (Total available 20 - 10 outbiding Member A).
    If Member A wishes their original quantity again of 15 items, they would have to make a new higher bid than Member B per item, and so forth untill the end of the auction. In conclusion, at the end of a quantity auction, there can be multiple winners of a quantity of items with the highest bidding member awarded the total quantity requested by that member. If other winning member(s) and a quantity available remaining, the members will be awarded the remaining quantity depending on the bid and the quantity available (see example table below).
     
    Quantity Available: 25
     
    Username:
    Bid Amount/Item:
    Proxy Bid:
    Date:
    Quantity:
    [Requested - Awarded]
    Member C (second bid)
    2,40€
    2,50€
    03 Apr. 2014 20:36:50
    5 - 5
    Member A
    2,20€
    2,20€
    03 Apr. 2014 18:10:09
    9 - 9
    Member B
    2,00€
    2,00€
    03 Apr. 2014 18:03:53
    20 - 11
    Member C
    1,50€
    1,50€
    03 Apr. 2014 16:29:36
    5 - 0
    Member C was able to regain the quantity requested, lost with Member A's bid, by adding a new higher bid and winning the quantity requested. Member A wins quantity requested at lower bid because the quantity remaining was sufficient to cover the offer and was not outbid by Member B. Member B was outbid by Member A and Member C and there was not a sufficient remaining quantity to cover the requested quantity because of priority to the higher bidders. Member B therefore wins the remaining quantity at the lower bid. In fairness, buyer Member B can agree to buy the remaining awarded, but because lower than requested, the buyer can ask from the seller the total quantity requested (if available by the seller), or to cancel the transaction as the seller gaines on the higher bids and is not able to supply the quantity requested.
     
    AutoBid
    Bids-Plus has an AutoBid feature. AutoBid is activated automatically on all auctions unless the seller disables AutoBid when listing the item(s). An AutoBid is a maximum bid by a bidder (buyer) held confidentially (private) by our system. Bids-Plus will place an automatic bid (a proxy bid for the bidder) only as much as the maximum bid necessary to maintain the bidder's top bid position or to meet the reserve price. When placing a bid, bidders can either place a normal minimum bid (public), or a maximum bid ( private - not used nor shown to other members) and the system will place an automatic new bid only if the bidder losses the top bid position to another bidder, even at the end of the auction. The advantage to a bidder is that they have a better chance of winning the item(s) with a maximum bid, and that the winning bid will always be inferior and/or limited to the maximum bid of the bidder or (in the case of) the reserve price.
    Example:
    - An item is on auction for a start price of 10€.
    - Member A places a minimum top bid of 12€ (bid increments of 2€).
    - Member B places a maximum top bid of 20€.
    - Member B is now the top bidder at 14€ (still bid increments of 2€), and even if Member A places a new bid of 16€, the system will place an automatic top proxy bid (AutoBid) for Member B at 18€.
    - Member A would have to place a new top bid higher then Member B's initial maximum bid of 20€ to be the new top bidder, or enter at any time a new maximum top bid higher than Member B's initial maximum bid to be the new top bidder... and so on.
     

    Buy Now

    Members can purchase immediately an item if the Buy Now option is available on the listing. The Buy Now option can be available in the following listings:
    - Site and/or Store listings
    - Standard Single or Quantity Auction listings
    - Full, Quick or only Buy Now listings
    The Buy Now option is not available for First Bidder auctions as it is the first bidder who automatically wins the auction. The Buy Now option can also be linked with the Direct Payment option where if sellers propose a direct payment method on the item, when purchases, the buyer will have a total of 72 hours (3 days) to complete the payment.
     

    Make Offers

    Members can make an offer on an item if the Make Offer option is available on the listing. The Make Offer option may be available in the following listings:
    - Site and/or Store listings
    - Standard Single or Quantity Auction listings
    - Full, Quick or only Buy Now listings
    The Make Offer option is not available for First Bidder auctions as it is the first bidder who automatically wins the auction. The offer range is determined by the seller and is indicated just below the make offer button on the item's description page. If a quantity auction, offers can be made for a quantity of items where the offer made by the buyer must be within the range and is the offer price per item. All members can manage offers made from the member's account.
    Offers from Buyers
    Buyers can consult the offers made for an item on the Items With Offers page of the member's account. Buyers can view the details and manage the offer by clicking on the View Offers link for the item offer. All information about the offer is available from the View Offers detailed page for the respective item. This information includes the item details and summary of the payment and shipping methods available, the offer type (Auction Offer, Swap Offer, Second Chance Offer) and offer details (username, quantity, amount, status and options). Buyers can consult and modify the offer using the offer options. Buyers are able to withdraw the offer using the options if the status is pending. If the offer is accepted by the seller, the item is won by the buyer, the transaction initiated, and the status changed to accepted. The buyer can then proceed to the Won Items page of the member's account to pay for the item and complete the transaction. Offers that are withdrawn by buyers, or declined by sellers, are also indicated as by the status on the View Offers detailed page.
    Offer to Sellers
    Sellers can consult the offers made for an item on the Bids / Offers page of the member's account. Sellers can view the details and manage the offer by clicking on the View Offers link for the item offer. All information about the offer are available from the View Offers detailed page for the respective item. This information includes the item details and summary of the payment and shipping methods available, the offer type (Auction Offer, Swap Offer, Second Chance Offer) and offer details (username, quantity, amount, status and options). Sellers can consult and modify the offer using the offer options. Sellers are able to accept or decline the offer using the options if the status is pending. If the offer is accepted by the seller, the item is won by the buyer, the transaction initiated, and the status changed to accepted. The seller can then proceed to the Sold Items page of the member's account to manage and complete the transaction. Offers that are withdrawn by buyers, or declined by sellers, are also indicated as by the status on the View Offers detailed page.
     

    Swap Offers

    Members can make a swap offer on an item if the Swap Offer option is available on the listing. The Swap Offer option may be available in the following listings:
    - Site and/or Store listings
    - Standard Single or Quantity Auction listings
    - Full, Quick or only Buy Now listings
    The Swap Offer option is not available for First Bidder auctions as it is the first bidder who automatically wins the auction. The offer details determined by the seller are indicated on the item's description page. Buyers are also invited to contact the seller for any more details before proposing a Swap Offer. If a quantity auction, offers can be made for a quantity of items, where the details of the offer made by the buyer must be indicated in the description when posting the offer. All members can manage offers made from their member's account.
    Consulting and managing the Swap Offers is the same for buyers and sellers respectively as described in Make Offers above, except for that the Swap Offer description is indicated in the View Offers detailed page instead of a price, and if the swap offer is accepted by the seller, Item Swapped is indicated on the Won Items page for the buyer, on the Sold Items page for the seller, and where appropriate instead of the sale price.