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Auction Types

Assigning auction types is a way of differentiating auction items for varying fundraising formats. The software provides a drop-down selection of default auction types that are configured for the most common formats, including Door Prize, Live Auction, Raffle Prize, Silent Auction, Silent Auction–Priceless, and Fixed Price Item(s) (formerly called Ticket Party). Additionally, auction administrators can edit the default auction types or add new auction types using the options in the table below. The Online Program Guide (available with the optional AuctionPromoter™ component) lists the auction items grouped by auction type.

To add a new auction type
  1. Click the Auction Admin menu item and scroll down to the Edit Categories / Auction Types / Donation Tags section.
  2. Click Add Type to access the Add an Auction Type form.
  3. Enter the name of the new auction type.
  4. Complete the remainder of the form (see table below).
  5. Click the Add Type button to save the new auction type.
By default, only the Silent Auction and Silent Auction–Priceless types have the Is biddable option enabled.
Auction Type Field Options
Field Description Notes
Type NameTitle of new auction typeEnter a name in the text box that best describes the type of auction, such as Bakeless Cake Sale.
Has an info sheet?Yes|No radio buttonSelecting Yes generates an info sheet for use by an announcer or auctioneer. Print info sheets from the Auction Administrator page by clicking the Print Auctioneer Info Sheets button.
Is priceless?Yes|No radio buttonSelecting Yes omits from any printed material—including bid sheets and the online program guide—the overall value of the auction item.
Is fixed price?Yes|No radio buttonSelecting Yes makes this a fixed price item. This is also used for multiple winner items. Bid sheets are disabled and auction items with the same title will be grouped together and presented as fixed bid items.
Show bidder name?Yes|No radio buttonSelecting Yes will show the high bidder or bid winner names on the online auction item detail page. If you would like bidders to know who else is bidding, or for multiple winner type items, who else has purchased the item, turn this option on.
Is biddable?Yes|No radio buttonSelecting Yes generates a printable bid sheet for paper-based bidding or allows bidding on the item if you have purchased AuctionOnline and the item is put online. It also enables the Print Bid Amounts and Has Buy-It-Now options.
Print bid amounts?Yes|No radio buttonSelecting Yes prints a range of pre-defined bid amounts on the bid sheet using the specified minimum bid, bid increment, and maximum bid values. This is the recommended option as it prevents bidders from writing their own bids and possibly breaking the specified bid increment.
Has a Buy-It-Now price?Yes|No radio buttonSelecting Yes prints the Buy-It-Now section on bid sheets or enables the Buy-It-Now option for online bidding for this Auction Type.
Has a tracking sheet?Yes|No radio buttonSelecting Yes generates a table for tracking auction types for which bid sheets are not practical, such as live auctions, raffle tickets, and fixed-cost direct sales. The tracking sheet table shows the Item Number, Bid Winner, Amount, and Auction Item Title. Print a tracking sheet from the Auction Administrator page by selecting the auction type from the Print Tracking Sheet drop-down list and clicking the Print Tracking Sheet button. For AuctionDay users, the results that are manually recorded on the tracking sheet must then be entered into the database. See the Section Close Functions table and click the Enter Bid Results button.
Show in program guide?Yes|No radio buttonSelecting Yes (the default setting) includes auction items of this Auction Type in the online program guide and printed program guide. This also affects the display of items in the leaderboard marquee.