Pricing Policy

January 2023: the current dashboard release has new graphics and some interface changes. Many screenshots still reflect the older release and will be updated shortly.

You can apply a Pricing Policy to set the Starting Bid, Minimum Bid Increment and "Buy It Now" values for your auction items. These are the prices set in the item's Bidding Rules section and are applied to Biddable Items only (What Are Biddable Items?).


The Pricing Policy calculations are based off the item's Value entry. Also to note, the minimum starting bid and bid increment is $1.00.


Pricing Policy is applied as a "one-off", meaning it is offered as a single price adjustment and will only occur once. The Pricing Policy feature set does not establish a default policy to be used when you add new items.

Applying A Pricing Policy

From the main Item Dashboard, under its Actions sidebar menu, click on Pricing Policy.


This will open the Item Pricing dashboard.


An example showing demo data items the Pricing Policy will be applied to.


Any pricing that is changed on individual items after a Pricing Policy has been applied, will override the policy calculated for those items.

Pricing Settings



The Price Settings section requires the item have a value set for its calculation to be applied. There is no "default" value that is set for an item Value.

The Item Pricing page lets you set the following as a percentage of the item Value:

  • Set the starting bid as a % of the item's value;
  • Set the bid increment as a % of the item's value; and,
  • Set the buy-it-now price as a % of the item's value.

The calculation used for this will attempt to round the amount to a whole number, with the amount of rounding-up consistent as the value gets bigger.


There is no requirement to set all three values for the Pricing Settings. If no value is entered then that part of the calculations will simply be skipped.

Pricing Options

Use the Pricing Options to override the calculations as needed.



Leave this blank to use the "smart rounding" (noted above) which scales with the item's value; or, enter the nearest dollar amount to round calculated values to, for example, round to nearest five dollars would require entering a 5 here.

Smart Rounding For Starting Bids And Bid Increments

By default, Auctria will use "smart rounding" where the amount of rounding applied varies based on the Value entry for the item. For example, a $100 item should round differently than a $10 item to set more appropriate Starting Bid and Bid Increment values. However, if you want to force rounding to a given multiple then you can enter that multiple in the Rounding field.

Item Value"smart rounding" Starting Bids
$100 or greater$10
less than $100$5
less than $20$2
less than $10$1

For example, if you have an item with a value of $107 and set a Starting Bid calculation value of 10%, the Starting Bid will be adjusted to $10, not $10.70.

Item Value"smart rounding" Bid Increments
$100 or greater$5
less than $100$2
less than $20$1

NOTE: the minimum amount used for any calculation is $1.

Force any buy-it-now prices to be a multiple...

Force any buy-it-now prices to be a multiple of the bid increment over the starting bid - if you are setting a Bid Increment and a Buy-It-Now price then usually you would want the Buy-It-Now price to be a fixed number of Bid Increments over the Starting Bid.

If this checkbox is cleared the system will not enforce this ideal.

Overwrite the values on items...

Overwrite the values on items that already have values set for a given field - if an item has a value for a field that is being specified by the Pricing Policy calculations then normally the existing value is left alone. You can use this option to force the newly calculated value to overwrite the existing value.

The default is for this option to not be enabled and means the new Pricing Policy calculated value will only be applied when the existing value for that item field is blank or 0.

Choose Items

Use the Choose Items Filters functionality to select the items.


The default is All items.

Once you have the appropriate items selected, click the Apply Pricing button under the Actions sidebar menu to use the Pricing Policy options you have set.



You can apply the "policy" as many times as you like although the recommended approach is to add your items and then apply the Pricing Policy towards the end when the items are mostly complete.

Related Information

See Mass Changes for another method to modify multiple items at the same time.

Reviewed: March 2023