Bidding Against Yourself At An Auction - Would You Do It?

This poll-dividing strategy ended in the successful purchase of their dream home, so most conclusions must lead to say that the strategy worked! But would you be game enough to give it a go?

Onlookers were baffled by Ben who had his hands raised through-out the entire 20-minute auction and was bidding against himself a number of times to throw the competition off-guard.

“I think most people in the crowd thought I was crazy,” Ben said.


Ben’s Strategy:

“As soon as they bid, I bid straight up against them by $1000, waited 10 seconds then bid another $1000, and kept doing that. The longer they waited the more I put in additional incremental bids to try to effectively put them off.

“The rationale behind it was to let them know we were really keen on it and secondly I was trying to put them off,”

“I wanted any counter bidder to think we’ve got endless money to bid on this property.”

“The truth behind it was that there was a very definite end result and once I had hit our limit I was going to drop my hand. I was only increasing the bids by small amounts, so people thought it was crazy for us to do it”


Ben’s fiancé was in the crowd and had no idea that he was going to bid with this unique strategy, a strategy that auctioneer Gary Peer had never seen before in his 36 years in real estate, “it really did throw me.”


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