Yes, bids are real! All items on the platform are really for sale, and each bid is considered a legitimate offer. Payment is expected immediately after winning.

Bids are completely free; there are no fees of any kind for bidding on Tophatter. You will only pay when you purchase an item through Buy Now, or when you're the winning bidder on an auctioned item.

Bidding starts with a predetermined opening bid amount. Live shoppers place subsequent bids in real-time, increasing the price. The price increase for each bid is based on the current bid amount, and bids increase in higher increments as the price goes up. When a new high bid is recognized, the viewing time for the item is extended by a few seconds.

The final winning bid is the price at which the item will be sold. Items may have an additional shipping price, which is indicated on each listing. The button next to any item shows the bidding status:
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Last updated Aug 30, 2018 10:13AM PDT.