Give it a go
This program runs entirely on your computer and does not connect to any other machine on the Internet, so you can run it as much as you like and bid as often as you like. As the bids are not transmitted, bidding will never lead to accidental purchases. In fact the demo program is an ideal opportunity to test the system out, make a few mistakes and work out how you like to use it.
The demo program automatically delays all bids a half a second to simulate the delay of a real bid going from your machine to the server, on to the webcaster at the auction and back to the client. So don't be surprised if you are told that a bid did not arrive in time even though you made the bid before the auctioneer called "Gone". When you set a bid limit there is no delay in the auction system placing a bid on your behalf, so it is good practice to set a limit near your maximum and have the auction system bid rapidly for you. The system will only increase your bid one increment at a time so others stop bidding you can get the lot for less than your limit.
You can set a bid limit for the system to bid up to by clicking on any of the "Bid up to" buttons. Details of your bid limit will be displayed and you can confirm your limit by clicking on the same button (which is now labeled "SUBMIT"). Once you are confident with the system and sure of the amount you are bidding you can save vital time by simply double clicking a "Bid up to" button.
The demo program generates random bids for both imaginary bidders present at the live auction and for other imaginary bidders on the Internet. The bidding starts at $200 for all the lots in this demonstration and the imaginary bidders will rarely go over $400.
Set a bid limit ahead of time
You don't have to wait for a lot to be offered to set a bid limit, try setting a limit for a future lot. Either simply scroll down the catalogue and click on a lot or enter a lot number several lots ahead into the field next to the "Go to lot" button and then click that button. Either way this will enable you to look at a lot that will be auctioned latter. Now you can place a bid limit (really an absentee bid) for that lot by clicking on one of the "Bid up to" buttons and confirming the limit. Then click on the "Return to the auction" button to watch the auction. When the auction gets to the lot, with your bid limit, you will see the demo program place bids on your behalf till the other bidders drop out or your limit is beaten.
Restarting the Demo
You can restart the demo by clicking the "Refresh" or "Reload" button on your web browser.