Adding Text Messages and Wireless Alerts
eBay can alert you about an auction ending or when you are outbid on an item. You can receive alerts by the following:
You can subscribe to IM alerts in My eBay and start receiving notifications for when you've been outbid or when a listing has ended. If you enable these alerts, you’ll see the word "outbid" or "end" followed by a short description, item number, and bid amount. For example: Outbid! - Snoopy PEZ dispenser - item #3536992432 - $7.50.
If you receive an alert, you can then respond to the alert and bid again.
IM alerts are instant messages sent to your chat window.
To add an IM address:
Go to My eBay. You may be asked to sign in.
Hover over the Account tab and click Communication Preferences.
Click Show in the Delivery Options section.
Click Subscribe to sign-up for instant messages.
Select your instant messenger provider, and click the Continue button.
You will be sent to the provider’s site for verification.