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Beat the credit crunch with Swoopo, eBay & Amazon

How to bag a bargain or make a quick buck online

3. You'll receive £10 free credit to use on your first auction. However, this is used in part payment for your first win, rather than in the form of free bids. Having clicked Buy Credits, select the ‘All categories' drop-down list and choose Beginners' Auctions. Here, you have a better chance of winning an auction.

Bag a bargain at Swoopo: Step 3

4. Select a product, then check how many 50p bid credits are involved and when the auction is due to end. Expanding the information page on a live auction will reveal a few more details, such as the latest auction end date and time. Click your user account to see how many credits you have available.

Bag a bargain at Swoopo: Step 4

5. Swoopo works on a countdown basis, with each auction lasting only a few hours or even minutes. However, if someone bids on the item in the final few seconds, the timer adds another few seconds to the auction. This neat trick boosts the overall selling price and is where the Swoopo BidButler comes in.

Bag a bargain at Swoopo: Step 5

6. To use BidButler, specify price parameters at least £1 above the current bid price. BidButler will automatically make bids as necessary to win. Swoopo's advice is to use BidButler to scare off other bidders and to set a maximum price just above a full £1 - most people will use a specific pound as their cut-off point.

Bag a bargain at Swoopo: Step 6

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