All About Bidding - Proxy Bids/Automatic Bidding

When you place a bid, you enter the maximum amount you’re willing to pay for the item. The other bidders don’t know your proxy/maximum bid.

The auction software will place bids on your behalf using the automatic bid increment amount, which is based on the current high bid. It will automatically bid only as much as necessary to make sure that you remain the high bidder, up to your maximum amount.

If another bidder places the same maximum bid or higher, we’ll notify you via email so you can place another bid. Your maximum bid is kept confidential until it is exceeded by another bidder.


The current bid for an item is $50.00. Tom is the high bidder, and has placed a maximum bid of $75.00 on the item. His maximum bid is kept confidential from other members.

Laura views the item and places a maximum bid of $90.00. Laura becomes the high bidder.

Tom’s bid is incremented to his maximum of $75.00. Laura’s bid is now $80.00 (the next increment.)

We send Tom an email that he has been outbid. If he doesn’t raise his maximum bid, Laura wins the item.

Proxy bids are especially useful when you are bidding on many items that are closing within minutes of each other.

Am I bidding on the item in the photo or the description of the item?

Always bid on the item description. Only use the photographs as a guide.

Am I notified if I am outbid?

If you have been outbid you will be notified by email, however keep in mind that email deliverability is often an issue. Notifications may end up in your spam folder.

In the last few moments of an auction, bids will often come in more quickly than the email notifications would even allow, so make sure to review all of your bids to see if you're still the winner.

To quickly review your bids and see if you have won you can utilize the “Current Bids” or “Won Items” feature by logging into the auction website.

Bidding Increments

After the initial bid on an item, bids increase automatically with the following rules:

Range Increment
Under $99 $5
$100 - $499 $15
$500 - $999 $50
Over $1000 $150

Can I raise my bid, even if I am the highest bidder?

Yes, you can. Simply return to the auction item’s page, and place a new bid.

Your proxy bid will be increased, but your existing bid will not increase unless you are outbid by another participant.

How can I view all bids I’ve submitted?

To quickly review your bids:

If you are on a mobile device you’ll need to click on the menu button on the left side of the page to make the menu slide in.

I’m concerned about my safety online. What do you do to protect me?

Presbyterian Day School takes your personal online security very seriously. We will accept checks for all items if you’d rather not pay online. Our online payment runs through and is protected by SSL encryption.

Your credit card information is not stored by Presbyterian Day School as part of the transaction.


No more getting sniped at the last minute!

If a bid is placed on an auction item with two minutes or less on the clock, the item automatically goes into overtime and the clock is reset to two minutes. This repeats until there are no more bids placed.

Picking Up Items

Please pay for your item by accessing the Won Items page in the Members Area of the auction website.

Please pick up and pay for unpaid items from the Auction Showroom (conference room next to Reception desk at the PDS main entrance)

  • Wednesday, April 4, 2018 8:00 - 10:00am
  • Thursday, April 5, 2018 8:00 - 10:00am and 2:00 - 3:30pm

It is the winner’s responsibility to pick up their winning items during the scheduled pick-up times or email Lee Rantzow at to make other arrangements.

Most opportunities expire by March 2019 unless specified by the donor. Please make every effort to redeem and utilize your win as it may be impossible to extend the redemption deadline.


The March Mania site is not pre-populated with PDS parent accounts.

When registering you will be asked to complete a short form which includes standard information such as your contact details, preferred login credentials etc.

Mandatory fields include:

  • Name
  • City
  • State/Province/county
  • Zip/Post Code
  • Phone Number
  • Birthday
  • Username & Password
  • E-Mail address
  • Confirmation of terms an conditions acceptance
Please register with your real name, but feel free to be creative and keep your identity a mystery by coming up with a unique username for bidding!

Once registered you will receive E-Mail confirmation.

Register for your account

Should you encounter any registration difficulties please contact us.

Restricted Items

Some items are only available for members of the PDS community: PDS current and former parents, grandparents, faculty and staff, Board of Trustees, and alumni.

Should I bid while the auction is closing?

Many of our bidders begin bidding actively as items are closing. However, to assure you do not get caught up in the frenzy of last minute bidding, consider using the bidding the maximum you are willing to bid. The site will bid on your behalf-using only what it needs to keep you the “winner.”