# Add A New Item
To Add A New Item, starting from the main Auction Dashboard, the fastest way to start the process is to click on the
+ symbol in the Items block.
This will open the Add Item dashboard where one of the first decisions you will need to make is which item Type you will be using for the specific item you are creating.
NOTE: Also see More Ways To Add New Items at the bottom of this page.
An example showing the default "Online" Type (one of the most commonly used Item Types).
|Item #||Assigned automatically or manually set.|
|Title||The short description or name of the item.|
|Type||Select from pre-set types, see Item Types.|
|Item Category||A category you define to help you organize the items in your auction. An item can only be in one category. See Item Categories.|
|Tags||Tags are used to filter information in an item search and reports. An item can have multiple tags. See Tags.|
# Item Types
To select a different item Type than the default Online option, click on the drop-down selector.
Not all Item Types are created equal, some Item Types will have sections of properties that are used specifically with that item type and some will not have properties that other item types do have.
|Property Section||Online1||Silent1||Live1||Partial||Raffle Prize||For Sale||Donation|
|For Sale Items3||x|
- Biddable item types - these are used to auction items to the highest bidder.
- These properties are only used with "Biddable" item types.
- These properties are unique to their specific item type.
- This property is edited from the Images and Links tab after item creation.
When Adding A New Item changing the item Type will dynamically change the Property Sections that are available to be used based on the item type selected.
The Property Section labels above are clickable!
The main Item section (see example above) is where the Item #, Title, Type, Item Category, and Tags are initially set for the item as needed. These can be edited afterward (see Edit Item Details for more information).
# Item Number
You can either assign an Item # or let the system assign one automatically. Each item in your auction will have a unique item number (often referenced as Item#). Item numbers are not required to be just numbers, you can use combinations of numbers and letters although keep in mind each item number must still be unique.
If you manually enter a numeric value only when creating the new item it will also update the Next assigned item# value in the main Item Dashboard. See How To Set The Next Item Number for more information. You can also Renumber Items later, if needed.
The item must have a Title. This is often best as a one-line descriptive name for the item. The item Title will be used to identify the item on Bid Sheets; in Bidder Statements; and, in the Item Catalog and Item Details elements.
# Common Property Sections
There are a number of Common Property Sections used with all Item Type. These Common Property Sections are all optional and can be updated later as needed.
The Description property section allows for a longer text area providing more information about an item. When shown online, any URLs in the description will be converted to clickable links.
|Description||Text providing more information about the item. When shown online, any URLs in the description will be converted to clickable links.|
|Terms and Conditions||Any Terms and Conditions that would be included on Bid Sheets etc. for the item.|
|Reference Number||An open field that can be used for any external reference for the item.|
If an item was donated, the relevant Donors information can be recorded here. You can note which Organization member Solicited the item as well as set a Receipt-able value and note if the Donor requested a receipt by checking the information only box for Receipt required.
|Donated by||The person or company providing the donated item.|
|Add Another Donor||Use this link when an item has multiple donors.|
|Solicited by||Used for the name of the person that approached the donor about this donation. This is, by default, an internal piece of data.|
|Receipt-able Value||The value to show on the Donor Receipt if different from the item value.|
|Receipt Required||A checkbox to let you track if a Donor Receipt has been issued for the item, this is informational only.|
The Pricing property section is where you set additional values and related costs such as the Value (often used with For Sale Items as the selling price). See Pricing under Edit Item Details for more information.
|Value||The monetary denotation of the item can be shown in the catalog or on a bid sheet. If the value is left blank or marked as |
|Taxable Value||If the item's taxable value is less than its stated value because some portion of the item is tax deductible. This might be used with Tickets items which are, for example, |
|Shipping Cost||Amount to charge for shipping to winners of this item.|
|Sales Tax Category||These are user-defined. You can use these to organize items required to be taxed. See Sales Tax for more information using Sales Tax Categories.|
The Options property section provides various management options for the item.
|Is basket lot/package?||If selected, the Contents tab will become available, allowing you to define the items in the basket lot/package. See Basket And Packages for more information.|
|Is gift certificate||If selected, the item will be identified as a gift certificate. The system can generate a simple gift certificate for each of these items.|
|Highlight item||If selected, this item will be shown when using the Highlights condition in an Item Catalog. See Configure Items Displayed for more information on this.|
|Exclude from catalog||If selected, the item will not be shown in either the online or printed catalogs.|
Images can be uploaded from your computer or be selected by providing the web address (URL) of the image. When an image is uploaded, it will be resized as needed although the aspect ratio is never changed.
For the best results we recommend using images that are approximately square. Images that are narrow and rectangular typically do not look best when formatted into the space available on the different catalog and item pages.
If you are using Internet Explorer and run into problems with images or uploading, we recommend using (and switching to) a more modern browser such as Microsoft Edge (opens new window), Chrome (opens new window), or Firefox (opens new window).
The Consignment property section is used when managing Consignment Items.
|Consignment category||These are user-defined and can help organize the consigned items being auctioned.|
|Consignment Minimum||The minimum cost for a consignment item.|
|Consignment Maximum||The maximum cost for a consignment item.|
The Other properties section allows you to set a Location (mostly used for referencing where an item is being stored) and the Bidsheet Closing Time (and informational field only).
|Location||This can be used to enter the location of the item at the in-person event of storage location, this is often a table number where the items are displayed during an in-person event. It can be shown on some forms.|
|Closing Time||This optional text field is intended to be used when auctioning a Silent type item so this Closing Time can be printed on the item's bid sheet.|
See Other for more details on these settings.
The Forms property section is where you can override and/or add text to be used on the specific forms listed.
|Display Page Text||If set, this text is used on the display page instead of the description.|
|Bid Sheet Text||If set, this text is used on the bid sheet instead of the description.|
|Certificate Text||If set, this text is used on the certificate instead of the description.|
|Catalog Text||If set, this text is used in the auction catalog instead of the description.|
|Statement Text||If set, this text will be shown on the bidder statement.|
The Notes property section provides a free-form text field where you can add notes about the item. These are generally kept as internal notes.
# Biddable Property Sections
The Availability property section for Biddable items enables Allow multiple winners as well as set the Quantity available of the specific item.
|Quantity||The default quantity is 1. If you have more than one of an item, you can enter the actual number of the item you have available. For Auctria to manage bids/sales of multiple items as individual items, Allow multiple winners must be checked.|
|Allow multiple winners||If selected, the system will allow more than one bidder to win the item.|
The following User Guide pages have relevant information on how these settings affect auctions.
# Bidding Rules
The Bidding Rules property section is one of the most important for Biddable items as it sets the key values of the Starting Bid, Bid Increment, Buy It Now Price, and Reserve Price.
|Starting Bid||This is the lowest bid that will be accepted to start bidding on the item.|
|Bid Increment||This is the minimum amount above the current winning bid that will be considered.|
|Buy It Now Price||This is the maximum bid amount that can be accepted for the item.|
See Buy It Now Only Items under Items Concepts for more information.
|Reserve Price||This is the minimum bid amount required to win the item being auctioned.|
If you are stuck on what values to set for your item's Bidding Rules there are a lot of ideas to work with on our Pricing Examples page.
# Online Bidding
The Online Bidding property section sets the Closing Mode for the items as well as offering the opportunity to set specific online bidding start and end times for the item.
|Closing Mode||Controls how the items closes as part of online bidding. This field is intended for use with the virtual live auction controller.|
|Override online bidding starts at:||Use this override field if you need to set a start time/date other than the auction default. If left blank, the auction default time is used.|
|Override online bidding ends at:||Use this override field if you need to set an end time/date other than the auction default. If left blank, the auction default time is used.|
See Online Bidding for more information about setting start and end times within your auction.
# For Sale Items
The For Sale Items property section provides settings for the Quantity available of an item as well as the ability to create Coupon Codes for the item. Aside from the Quantity value (which is optional), you can generally leave all of these fields as-is when creating your For Sale Items.
It is not recommended to create a Tickets item using the Add New Item routine. Please use the Add New Ticket Item function for this.
You can set the initial Online Purchase Behavior for the For Sale and establish a start and end time for the For Sale item to be available (the default Online Bidding times do not affect For Sale items).
The Donations property section manages Donation Items specific values.
Setting a Fundraising Target will only affect the specific item and it will trigger a Progress Tracker element on the Item Details page of the Donation Item.
Also see the following for more information on some of the Donations options:
# Save the Item
Once you have filled in the information needed, click the Save Item button under the Actions sidebar. If the item is added successfully you will see a confirmation message at the top of the screen and a link to the details page of the newly created item at the top of the page. Well Done!
# More Ways To Add New Items
There are a number of ways items can be added to an event.
- By manually adding items from the dashboard as above.
- Duplicating an existing similar item.
- Copying items from a previous event.
- Importing items from an Excel file.
- By allowing donors to enter item donations online and then promoting these to be items.
Reviewed: May 2022