How To Set Up Online Pre-Bidding

To Set-Up Online Pre-Bidding for biddable items (specifically Silent and Live type items) at an online auction will require each item specifically Enable Online Bidding and set appropriate Online Bidding Times for the item. By default, the Online type item will enable this option.


Online Pre-Bidding
What Are Biddable Items?
Online Bidding Times

By default, biddable items will have default Online Bidding settings configured to allow the item to accept bids on the event website. The key is to have Participate in online bidding enabled.


The default settings of the Online Bidding section when adding a Silent or Live type item.
The Online type items have this option as their default; you cannot modify it.

You can modify these settings by editing the existing item as needed.

See Edit Item Details for more information.

It is best to set the auction's default Online Bidding Times so there is a baseline to work from.


An example Online Bidding date and time set as auction defaults.

Next, you would set the item's Override online bidding... times. Setting these times sets a "window" for bidding for the item.


An example of Override date and time allowing the item to have Online Pre-Bidding.

You can modify these settings by editing the existing items as needed.


The Override dates and times will precede the default Online Bidding date and time. If no default dates and times exist, the item will use the Override date and time settings for the item's online bidding.

Edit Item Details
Online Bidding
Online Bidding Times

Most items available for Online Pre-Bidding will be biddable items. They may require additional actions when the actual in-person event starts, although the idea of Online Pre-Bidding can also be applied to For Sale and Donation type items.

Item Type Examples

With Silent items, and since their final bids are being recorded on "paper" at the in-person event, Bid Sheets should be printed and will have the Online Pre-Bidding highest bid as the item's starting bid.

Silent Items
Bid Sheets

For Live items, the "Auctioneer" can be made aware if there is a starting bid to work up from for any specific items that received Online Pre-Bidding bids.

Live Items
Auctioneer Experience

"Early Bird Tickets" are an everyday use case where the organization has incentivized guests to purchase their tickets for the fundraiser event earlier than regular ticket sales.

For Sale Items
How To Add Early Bird Tickets

By default, For Sale and Donation type items are always open until the auction website is archived. Using the Override online bidding... times settings is the easiest way to remove these items from the auction website by setting their end times in the past.

In most cases, it is best to create your Donation type items early and have them available for your guests to make pledges against, but, more importantly, leave these items open after the main event to allow guests to continue giving after the fact.

Donation Items
How To Add A Donation Page

Last reviewed: January 2024
How To Set Up Online Pre-Bidding
How to set up your items to allow guests to bid on them before the in-person event.