# Introduction To Bidders (new)
Every person that will be completing a transaction that includes a winning bid or purchase of an item through the auction website will require a Bidder record be created either before or after the transaction occurs.
Bidder records are created to capture individual guest information such as their name, email address, meal preferences, etc. and to register Credit Cards (if credit card processing is enabled).
Auctria requires a bidder# for every bidder. Even if you are not using bidder#'s in your event.
For example, a guest purchases a raffle ticket through the website. It is a one-time purchase and they pay for the purchase through the website. The software requires a bidder record to record the transaction and the payment history for that guest, even if the guest will not be further involved with the auction. This will create a bidder# during the process.
# Adding Bidders
Bidders can be added individually through the dashboard using the Add New Bidder functions, imported from an Excel
XLS file, or Bidders may be able to register themselves online if enabled. This would also include registering as part of purchasing Tickets for an in-person event. See Bidder Registration for more details on this.
Bidders are saved at the auction/event level and are required to register for each event they will be involved in even if they have been involved in a previous event held on the Auctria platform.
# Add Bidder During Check-In
During an event you can use the Check In Bidders page to quickly check bidders in. Bidders can be assigned a new bidder# at this time, if necessary, or added as a new bidder as they arrive.
# Add Bidder Via Text Message
# Managing Bidders
The Bidder details can be changed at any point through their respective Bidder Details pages. There are more details about working with bidders available in our User Guide under Bidders in the Running Your Auction section.
# More About Items
The following User Guide sections and pages about Items may also be of assistance.