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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 8:15 pm    Post subject: How does contingency groups work Reply with quote

Hello, I checked FAQ but I do not see information on how to use contingency groups.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the Settings page where you enable the feature, it says:

Contingency bidding is the opposite of normal group bids. Unlike group bidding, with contingency bidding the remaining snipes in a group are canceled when you LOSE your first item. This feature is available to Gixen mirror subscribers only.

Warning: When using contingency group bidding, you are liable to buy all the won items even if you hadn't won all the items in the group. Use this feature at your own risk.

I think the feature was originally suggested by those that wished to collect whole sets of things, but where it was not worth buying each item of the set individually... or by those that wish to capitalise on shipping discounts where it is only worth bidding on later items if you are already paying for something to be sent to you.

In my (and some others) opinion for both those use cases to work properly the subsequent bids should all be dependant on whether the first is won.. however, for instance if the second is lost it still cancels the third to last.
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