Setting Up A For Sale Items Auction
Although the essentials are still the same as an Online Auction there are some exceptions and modifications to take into consideration.
1. Add Your Items
You will be starting with creating For Sale Items for your "auction".
For Sale Item Pricing
You will need to set your Pricing details for each item.
The most important property in the Pricing section is the Value. This is the price of the For Sale item you are listing. More information on the Pricing properties can be found at:
Ticket Items And Availability
You will also need to review the For Sale Items details for each item.
In most cases, there will be three values to consider:
- Quantity (recommended) This is the number of the For Sale item you have available. Leaving this value as blank (or zero) means an unlimited amount. Setting the quantity available here is recommended although not specifically required.
- Coupons (optional) This would be the place to offer discounts on the item. See Coupon Codes for more details.
- Online Purchase Behaviour. The default is Immediate Payment Only and would generally be left as-is. See Online Purchase Behavior for more information on this option.
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2. Creating Your Auction Website
To Create A Website click on Website from the main Auction Dashboard or click on the "Event Website" block.
Scroll down to view the available website templates in the Create Website section and click on the Select this template button to create your website.
There are several template categories you can start with to create your Auction Website.
Define the Website Address
After the website has been created you will still need to set its "address". Click the "pencil" icon to edit the Event Website ID address field.
Website Addresses should only use letters, numbers, and hyphens (
-). The use of any other type of "special character" or "punctuation" could potentially make your auction website unreachable.
The Event Website ID is the portion of the URL after
www.charityauction.bid/. In this case, the default Preferred Domain is being used. There are more auction domains you can choose from, see Set The Website Address for more information on these options.
Generally, your guests should be able to easily recognize the address being connected to your organization or to the current fundraiser event.
Make certain to click the "checkmark" icon to save the Event Website ID you entered.
3. Configure Auction Catalog
Clicking on the Configure button will open the Select Items window.
Most Auction Catalogs will be configured to display the "Biddable" item types... you will be changing this to the For Sale Items type.
Once you have set your items to be displayed as the For Sale type, you can then set a more appropriate item card for the catalog. In many cases, using an "Immediate" style of card will provide for a better buyer experience.
You may also want to toggle off the "Allow Drill To Details" option which will then have the items go immediately to the shopping cart. Leaving the option enabled will allow potential buyers to click through to the Item Details which may be used to provide in-depth information about the item.
4. Bidding Rules
More Options To Consider
You can now continue to add items to your event and make further customizations as needed.
Reviewed: January 2023