# Setting Up A For Sale Items Auction (updated)
Although the essentials are still the same as an Online Auction (add your items; create a website; and, set up bidding rules) there will be some exceptions and modifications to take into consideration.
# 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:
# For Sale Item Specifics
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.
# Create Your Website
In most cases, the Catalog Basic: Preview Only website template will give a good starting point. See Unknown link 'CreateNewWebsite' for more information.
Any of the website templates will work although most will require some (minor) modifications to work well for a For Sale auction.
# 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.
# 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.
# Bidding Rules
# Enable Bidder Registration
To enable Bidder Registration/Checkout, start by clicking on Website -> Bidder Registration.
This will open the Bidder Registration dashboard. Scroll down to the Online Bidder Registration.
With most new auctions, this option is normally enabled by default. If it is not enabled, you will need to set Enable online bidder registration and ticket purchases to Yes.
Remember to click the "checkmark" icon to save after making changes in a settings section.
Although you will not have "bidder registration" in most cases, you will still need to allow for it as this functionality is part of the Checkout processes.
# More Options To Consider
You can now continue to add items to your event and make further customizations as needed.
- See the Credit Cards Concepts section to learn about how to accept credit card payments through our integrated credit card processing services.
- See the Website Editor section to learn how to customize your event website with more details.
- Add details about your Donors to help promote them online.
Last Revised: 2021-11-15