A reserve is the amount that bidding must reach before an item will be sold. Items that have a reserve will state Reserve Not Met underneath the current bid price until that bid price has been met. Once a reserve price has been exceeded, a notice will state Reserve Has Been Met.
How do I find out how much a reserve is?
The reserve is generally known only to the affiliate running the auction and is not disclosed to bidders. A bidder may contact the affiliate to inquire about the reserve amount, but the affiliate is not required to disclose the reserve.
Can a reserve be lowered?
Affiliates may lower a reserve at any time before or after an auction closes. If the reserve is lowered while the auction is in progress, the applicable reserve message will be updated (Reserve Not Met or Reserve Has Been Met); the asset will sell to the high bidder if the lowered reserve amount is met. If the reserve is lowered after the auction closes, the highest bidder at auction close will receive a winning bidder invoice.