How To Use The Bidding And Sales Dashboard
You open the Record bid, purchase, or donations dashboard from the main Event Dashboard by clicking the Bidding/Sales menu item.
The Record Bid tab provides for finding the item being bid on by its Item# (or its Live#). During an In-Person event, this is often the easiest and fastest way to locate the item.
# Choose item
When you start typing in the item number, the Item field will auto-populate matching items.
Once an Item has been selected, the selector will close, and the focus will be shifted to the Bidder field. Looking up the Bidder is very similar to looking up an item.
# Choose Bidder
The Bidder field will start auto-populating with matching results as you type. You can use letters or numbers as the Bidder Number, and the Bidder Name will be searched for matching results.
Once the item and Bidder have been selected, you can continue entering the Amount details.
# Enter Amount
The Amount field portion will dynamically change to match what you are recording on the Record bid, purchase, or donations dashboard.
In the case of Recording Bids, you will also be presented with the option to make the bid a Final Bid (closing bidding and awarding the item to the Bidder) or have their bid recognized as a Maximum Bid and the system will manage the Bidder's future bids on the item up to their "maximum bid" amount.
The Record Purchase tab uses a very similar layout and approach as the Record Bid tab (above).
The Record Purchase function is not meant to be used for selling Tickets. The purchaser will not be properly registered with their tickets unless you use thefunction from the Event Dashboard under the section.
# Purchase Amounts
With the Item and Bidder selected, the default for the Amount will be the item's value of a single quantity based on the Total Amount.
Changing the quantity will automatically calculate and update the amount fields.
Changing to the unit price option allows you to set a different unit price than what the Item Details value has been set at.
In general, you would select a Donation Item and a Bidder to record their donation with the same Amount options as the Record Purchase tab (above).
There is also the option to record a Cash donation under the Record Donation tab by not selecting an Item (using an empty Item field).
A Cash donation will not be specifically assigned to any particular project for the fundraiser. Suppose you know where the donations are targeted. In that case, it is best to usetype items and select an appropriate item when recording donations.
When you Record bids, purchases, or donations, the default payment method selected is None.
By default, the dollar amount being recorded will be applied to the Bidder record and be an outstanding balance on their account.
The Record Bid tab will only use the Payment section if the recorded bid is a Final Bid.
To record a bid only, keep the NONE option; otherwise, to record a payment, select either the Credit Card tab or the Other tab (or the Registered Card tab, if available).
# Enter payment
When recording a purchase, you may also want to record that it has been paid. For example, if you enter purchases before the event, you may wish to register pre-payments. See thefor more details.
At the top of the Sidebar: Actions menu is a dynamic blue button for recording the bid, purchase, or donation. It will match the tab on the dashboard that is being viewed.
# Enforce All Rules
Clicking this opens a drop-down selector to choose if/when bid rules are applied.
- Enforce All Rules (default)
- Suppress All Rules
- Suppress Once
# Clear Page
This clears all of the current information from the fields on the screen.
Clicking this will open the "Bidding Checks" window. The rule values are used for the Enforce All Rules options.
- Check bid values against the starting bid (default:
Yes) will ensure the recorded bid equals or exceeds the Starting Bid value.
- Check bid values against the bid increment (default:
No), if enabled, will ensure the bid is a multiple of the Bid Increment value (plus the Starting Bid value).
- Bid value warning multiplier (default:
1.33) will provide a warning for bids entered much higher than the current winning bid.
- Check if the Bidder has a registered card will check if the Bidder has a registered credit card on file. This is used with the Require A Registered Credit Card To Bid option under Online Bidding Behavior.
You can "pin" the item, Bidder, or Amount to quickly record multiple bids. See Pinning Fields for more information.
# Additional Options
- Send item won notification
Enabling this will generate and send a winning bid notification to the Bidder.
- Push website notification
This sends a pop-up notification to the Event Website.
- Automatically advance to the next item
Enabling this will advance to the next item# after recording the transaction.
- Hide payment options
Enabling this option will hide the Payment section.
# Sidebar: Bidding
- Quick bid entry Quick Bid Entry page. opens the
- Open/Close Bidding Open/Close Bidding page.
- Validate Bids Validate Bids page. opens the
# Sidebar: Website
- Online Bidding Online Bidding page. opens the Website
# Sidebar: Shortcuts
If you are entering many bids at once, using the keyboard shortcuts for this dashboard may save time.
S to record bid
B to focus on bidder
I to focus on item
A to focus on amount
Q to focus on quantity
- See the Bidding/Sales section of the User Guide for more information.
Last reviewed: November 2023