# Text Commands

The following text message based commands can be sent to the auction phone number (if texting is enabled for the event, see Texting Set Up for more details).

# balance

Shows the current closed balance on the bidder's account.

If the bidder is the high bidder on items that are not yet closed the response message will also note the number of items with a winning bid although it will not include those amounts in the total.


# bid

This is the main text command for placing a bid on an item.

text: bid <amount> for <item#>

For example: bid 400 for #123


You can optionally use item# 203 instead of just #203.

text: bid 400 for item# 203

Bids placed this way will be proxy bids by default allowing you to set your maximum bid for the item. You will still receive an outbid notification for this item.

# claim

This command is used to associate (claim) a bidder# with the cell phone number sending the message. See Enable Bidders To Claim Their Bidder Number on the Bidders & Phone Numbers page for more details.

Make a straight donation which is added to the bidders account.

Example: donate $99

# Video: Auctria Donate-by-Text demonstration

# hello

Checks that the texting feature is working, the auction will respond identifying the event attached to this phone number. This command will give a more personalized response if you are registered (equivalent of web). If you are not registered it will prompt you to register (Bidder Registration must be enabled for this).

# help

Send more information about the different commands.

For a full list of topics text: help topics

For a special topic text: help <topic> for example help bid

# item

Retrieve informations about a specific item, you should text the word item with the corresponding item's number.

Example: item <item#>

# register

This command is used to register as a bidder# using the cell phone number sending the message. See Enable Registration By Text for more details.

# Video: Auctria Register and Bid-by-Text

# resume

The resume command will allow you to start receiving pushed notifications, again, if you had previously sent the stop command.

To search for items matching a specific search string, you'd text search and specific descriptive criteria related to that item.

Example: search <search term>


# set

The set command allows you to set specific information about your account.

Currently the only supported option is:

set name <your name>

# start

The start command works exactly like the hello command.

# stop

The stop command will allow you to "pause" the pushed notifications being sent from Auctria (eg. communications & out bid texts). Replies to texts you send will go through as normal.

# web

Request a customized link to the auction web site that will automatically sign you in as the same bidder you are texting as.

# who am i

Use the who am i text command to checkout who you are bidding as.

# winning

View a list of the items you are currently winning.

Last Updated: 9/17/2020, 3:52:31 PM