Enter the amount you would like to earn in the “Starting” field on the bid form. Your fees will automatically be calculated so you can see your Starting Total Bid, which is the amount the customer will see and the bid price you should reference in all communication (to enter a total bid amount with fees already included, uncheck the “Add uShip fee” box on the bid form).
You can also place an optional Lowest Bid to automatically underbid other transporters until this price is reached. This will also lower your price if a customer declines a bid and is a great way to bid competitively when you’re on the road.
If you are not the first bidder on a shipment, you may place a Lowest Bid without entering a Starting Bid - this will place a Starting Bid that underbids the current competing low bid (see table below for underbid amounts).
Why should I set a Lowest Bid?
- Never get outbid - Set your lowest bid to automatically underbid competitors until your lowest bid is reached.
- Save time - No need to micromanage each listing.
- Compete on the road - Don’t miss out on bidding opportunities while you’re driving.
- Make more money - Setting a Lowest Bid allows you to set a higher Starting Bid and remain competitive.
How does a Lowest Bid work?
- When placing a bid, enter a Lowest Amount/Bid.
- If a competitor places a bid below your starting bid, you will automatically underbid them after two hours.
- You will also automatically place a lower bid if the customer declines your bid.
- Your bid amount will only lower to your Lowest Total Bid.
You know you can move a vehicle for $500, but nobody else has bid on the shipment, so you place a Starting Total Bid of $650 (A) with a Lowest Total Bid of $500 (B). A few hours later, you are on the road when another service provider bids $600. After two hours, if the shipment is still active, you will automatically underbid the other transporter, placing a bid of $580. The customer accepts, and before you even stop driving, you have a booked shipment.
This helped you two ways:
- 1. This allowed you to place the higher bid of $650 without worrying about being underbid. Had a customer accepted immediately, you would have made $150 more than your lowest price.
- 2. In this case, you ended up winning the job for $580, making $80 more than your lowest price.
Without setting a Lowest Bid, the only way you would have won this job would be to make your initial bid $500. Assuming the other service provider could match your lowest price, they would have been able to underbid any initial bid you placed above $500, and by the time you knew it, the job would already have been booked.
Setting a Lowest Bid from Active Bid Table
In My Active Bids, bids in green (C) indicate that you have an active Lowest Bid. You may edit or remove your Lowest Bid settings by clicking the pencil icon (D).