Auction Concepts

Auctions (also referred to as events) are central to Auctria. All activity takes place within an auction that is associated with your Organization.

There are several different types of auction that generally refer to the types of bidding used at the event.

Auction Types

Auctria can be used to run a number of different styles of auctions and events. You can mix and match different styles as well, creating a varied fundraising approach.

This page gives a brief overview of the terms we use so you can see which type of event best fits your goals

Silent Auctions

A silent auction traditionally uses paper Bid Sheets to let bidders record their bids. The bidding may take place on a single evening or happen over a period of time. With Auctria, you can produce the Bid Sheets you need for a silent auction.

Optionally, with silent auctions you can enable online pre-bidding, so that you can collect bids online via the auction web site before the event. The highest online bid is then rolled over to the first bid on the bid sheet for the silent auction portion of the event.


Live Auctions

Live auctions have items being bid on one after the other, with an auctioneer running the auction process. Live item bids are recorded in the same way as silent auction bids.

You can print a live reporting sheet to help you capture the winning live bids on paper before entering them in the system.

Online Auctions

Online auctions are run entirely electronically, there are no paper bid sheets or auctioneer involved.

The items are offered for bidding over a pre-selected time period which may extend over multiple days or weeks, or be focused on a few hours at an event. Bidders place their bids via the event website, mobile app or by text message.

Online bidding can be used to enable electronic bidding at an event via kiosk mode.



There is sometimes confusion between a fully online auction and online pre-bidding for a silent auction. Refer to Online Pre-bidding vs Online Bidding for more details on this topic.

Last Updated: 5/7/2019, 8:00:55 PM