I sometimes place bids on Snapnames auctions that have other bids, even if I am not interested in buying the domain name. Generally, if a domain name has a bid already and you place a bid, you are considered the losing bidder when it goes to auction, as the person who places the first bid takes the lead.
I recently found out that this isn’t always the case. I placed a bid on a domain name shortly before it was scheduled to go to auction after I saw it in a list of names with bids. I was curious to see how the name would perform in auction, but I wasn’t sure entirely sure I wanted the name. I was surprised when it went to auction and it showed me as the high bidder (of 2 bidders).
Apparently, someone had placed a back order on the domain name a long time ago, and their credit card on file had lapsed or something else happened to their account between the time they placed the back order and the time it went to auction. As a result, I was the top bidder, and I ended up winning the auction without placing an additional bid.
I am not upset that I won because I like the name, but it’s something to be mindful about if you place bids on auctions that already have bids thinking you aren’t going.