Our Livestock Auction Features
We built our first auction for the Pacific Coast Cutting Horses Association back in 2007. Since that time we have worked with over 25 various organizations to design and build auctions that work for them to make them money. We have listened to all the feature requests and have rolled them all up into a modern design that is easy for the bidders AND easy for the organization to manage.
This is probably the biggest issue we have heard over the years - deadbeat bidders. People who bid, but then never paid. The organizations had little recourse. Now you can require a credit card be entered securely before people can bid!
The software allows the bidder to pay online for their purchases, as well as allowing an Administrator to process them.
Along with the credit card processing, the software can be configured to add a percentage to the total to help organization recover their added costs of using credit cards.
Just like eBay, a bidder can put in a Maximum Bid and the software will continue to automatically increase the bid by the minimum bid increment until the Maximum Bid is reached. This way a bidder can set a bid and forget it. But don't worry, they will get an email when ever the automatic bidding kicks in. They will always know where they stand!
This is a configured
amount of time, for example 5 minutes, that is added on to the time left to
bid for each item at the end of the auction. This allows bidders to
continue bidding past the auction conclusion and there is no longer a race
to get your bid in at the last possible second!
Consider this scenario: A bidder Jones enters a bid for Sparky for $1000 with 3 minutes left in the auction. Sparky's time to the end of his auction is extended 5 minutes, 2 minutes past the overall conclusion of the auction. Bidder Smith really wants Sparky. Smith bids $1500 for Sparky when there was 1 minute left on Sparky's extended time which extends it another 5 minutes. Jones decides he has had enough, puts in a bid for $3000! Smith decides that he does not want poor Sparky that bad and stops bidding. 5 minutes after Jones's last bid, Sparky's auction closes for good.
Bidders can choose items as Favorites and only view their Favorites. This helps when there are lots of items in the auction as it allows the bidders to more easily keep track of the items they are interested in.
Bidders at anytime can view all their bids, only the bids they are winning or only the bids they have lost. This ensures bidders know exactly what they have bid and where they stand.
When a bidder registers, they are sent a link to verify there email address. This helps prevent spammers and fraud as the email address used for their account must be legitimate.
Bidders receive emails when they register, when they bid, when they are out bid, when they have won the auction, and when they purchased an item at the 'Buy It Now' price.
When items are unsold, Buy It Now kicks in which allows items to be purchased AFTER the auction concludes. This price is set in the administration area. The length of Buy It Now is configurable to any amount of days.
Items can have as much information as needed, along with as many images as they want that will display on the item's detail page.
When a bidder has bid on an item, that item will have a bright border around it and will let the bidder know visually if they have the winning bid or if they have been outbid along with text. No confusion on the bid!
Allows searching for any items name/title.
Works and looks great on any size device, from a TV to a Phone.
Bidders can have an email sent to them to reset their password when they forget it.