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The term Anti-Sniping (see Bid Extension) is used to describe the measures employed to address bidding practices where a bidder tries to win an item at the last second by placing a bid as late as possible before the online bidding ends. This is often just before the bidding end time with the idea of not giving other bidders time to place a higher bid.
# Biddable Items
These are Item Types participants can place bids for.
|Item Type||Common Usage|
|Online Items||Primarily "online", or electronically, taken bids where bidding automatically closes at the end of the Online Bidding Time set for these items.|
|Silent Items||"Final bids" are generally taken from "paper" bid sheets but can be bid online "pre-event" although these items will not automatically close by default.|
|Live Items||In most cases, these are items auctioned at an "in-person" event with bidding led by an auctioneer, emcee, or similar "host" at the actual event venue where their "Final Bids" will be recorded.|
# Bidder Access Code
BIDDER ACCESS CODE
A Bidder Access Code (or Token) only provides access to the specific event's Auction Website it was issued from. The Bidder Access Code will provide your guests with access to bid, make donations, purchase items, etc. and settle their outstanding account via their My Account page on the Auction Website.
NOTE: If a bidder is signed in with a Bidder Access Code, they do not actually have access to their Your Profile page. Access to their bidder profile is linked to their email address/password credentials and requires being logged in with those.
# Bid Extension
The phrase Bid Extension (aka Anti-Sniping or Soft Close) is meant to describe the measures used to address bidding practices where a bidder tries to win an item at the last second by placing a bid as late as possible before the online bidding ends. This is often just before the bidding end time with the idea of not giving other bidders time to place a higher bid.
# Buy It Now Only
BUY IT NOW ONLY
If an item is a Buy-It-Now Only item, clicking the "Buy Now" button will add it immediately to the bidder's account (not their shopping cart) and the item will be reserved -- just like winning an auction item. The bidder cannot cancel this "purchase" and it will be immediately visible in the auction dashboards.
# Dessert Dash
A "Dessert Dash" is an in-person event fun way to help increase your fundraiser income. You will need a table full of desserts (one for each table of guests). The desserts are displayed for your guests to choose from; and, at the guest tables, each guest writes down the amount they want to contribute to the collective table bid. The table with the greatest bid wins first choice. The next highest table bid would chose second and so on.
# For Sale Items
FOR SALE ITEMS
A For Sale Item will immediately appear in the purchaser's "shopping cart" although the purchaser will not have bought the item until they checkout -- there is no quantity reserved. The purchaser could get a 'sold out' message on checkout. The purchaser can also choose not to complete checkout (i.e.: remove the item from their cart). You will not know about these "sales" until they are paid for -- there will be no record on the dashboard until that point.
# Maximum Bid
aka Max Bid (formerly Proxy Bidding)
When enabled, the Maximum Bid feature set will allow bidders to set a maximum amount they are willing to bid. Then let the Auctria platform bid for them until another bidder places a higher bid than their maximum amount. This feature set is only available with Online type items.
# Online Pre-Bidding
What Is Online Pre-Bidding?
Online Pre-Bidding is something used with Silent Item and Live Item types. It often helps generate a higher Starting Bid and more interest in these items leading up to an in-person event where the items will have their Final Bids recorded.
The general idea is these "biddable" items, which generally have their final bids placed at an in-person event, are available to be previewed online before the event starts. The "pre-bidding" part allows bidders to place bids for these items before the event; and, the respective highest bids would be considered the Starting Bids of these items at the in-person event and if the item's online bidding end time has passed.
The Online Bidding End Time would be taken from the default auction online bidding end time or from the item's Override Online Bidding End Time.
# Proxy Bidding
A feature set in Auctria allowing a bidder to set a maximum amount they are willing to pay for an Online only item and then allow the computer system to bid for them until someone places a higher bid than their maximum amount.
# QR Code
QR (Quick Response) Codes can be read and understood by mobile devices through the digital camera in the device. In Auctria, QR Codes are often used to share information for the event such as the auction website address, bidder access, item information, etc.
# Raffle Tickets
Raffle Tickets are created as For Sale items and only provide the means to sell "lots" that represent "raffle tickets". Auctria has no means to generate a random number or select a random winning ticket.
Auctria Tickets are an item only to be used for event admissions or other similar gate-keeping measures such as limiting bidding to ticket holders only. Auctria Tickets should not be used for other kinds of "tickets", such as raffle tickets, drink tickets, etc.
A User is a person with login credentials to the Auction Dashboard and generally will be helping with organizing your fundraiser on the Auctria platform.
Last Revised: July 2022