To use the Wisconsin Surplus Online Auction, first register on the website, and then place a bid either by entering a set bid amount or a maximum bid. The maximum bid option automatically bids until the bid amount reaches the maximum amount.
If using the regular bidding option, enter the bid amount in the Your Bid box. The current bid amount increases to the amount of the bid. Submit the bid, read the terms and conditions, check off the boxes indicating acceptance, and then click the Continue button. Review the bid, and then either submit or cancel the bid. If another bidder outbids the bid, an email indicates that it is possible to bid again. Keep bidding until the auction is over, or until the bidding is too high.
For the maximum bid option, enter the highest bid for the item, and the bid increases over time as others bid on the item. For instance, if an item is currently at $500, but the maximum is $2,000, another person may bid $750 on the item. At this point, the system automatically makes a bid of $1,000. This happens until reaching the $2,000 mark.
When the auction ends, the item belongs to the highest bidder.