-Place bid on AH item. Ensure bid is significantly greater than current winning bid.
-Go to Auctions tab. Select auction.
-Select "Bid." Place minimum allowable bid (more than current winning, less than current max).
-You will receive an outbid notice. You will receive the new bid back. You will not receive old bid back.
-You will be listed as "Not Winning" the auction. Any subsequent bids less than original max bid will result in outbid notice. You are now bidding against yourself.
-Place bid higher than original max bid. You will receive original max bid back, without outbid notice.
- Basically, placing a bid between current winning bid and your own maximum bid results in leaving the "ghost" maximum bid behind, and you are now bidding against yourself.
- Suggestion: If a player places a bid between their own current winning bid and their own max bid, ensure that previous maximum bid is returned to player (to allow downbids to current winning bid).
Placed 27M bid on item. Minimum bid shoots to 15M (there was another bidder previously).
Heading to bed, decide I want to bid more on the item. But I have 27M locked up in the current bid. But I notice that it will allow me to create a bid of just 15.75M, so I think to myself that maybe this is a way to allow players to lower their max bids, provided nobody else has bid the item up (I was wrong, but this is a separate issue I'll address at the end).
So I bid 15.75M.
I get an "outbid" notice, and my 15.75M back. My bid on the item now shows as 15.75M, and "Not Winning."
I bid again, minimum upbid. Outbid notice. Bid goes up, still "Not Winning."
I have NOT received my 27M back at this point. I quickly figure out what's going on here.
Bid 40M. Get a "Bid Accepted" notice, and my 27M back. Minimum bid now at just over 27M. When I placed the 15.75M bid, it left behind my "ghost" bid of 27M, and I was now in a hot bidding war....with myself. I'm calling this a bug. I have no idea what would have happened if the auction had resolved with that "ghost" bid as the winner, though I imagine I'd have gotten the item...but had no idea until it happened.
On a side note, the main problem here is that there's no way to increase a bid using available funds if you've already bid more than half your stash. Like, if my current max bid is 40M, and I have 20M in stash, I can't increase to 60M. Can't be done. Because my 40M is "locked" into the bid, but I can't use available funds to up it...just place a whole new, higher, bid. This is poor design. And apparently also leads to bugs like the above.