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Old Auction Archive These threads are all specific to our legacy version of the BoB Auction which is no longer functional as of 2/3/05.

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Old 01-17-2004, 06:35 PM   #1
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Listing an auction...

Listing an auction.


1) Log in
2) Click on “Sell An Item” in the yellow bar near the top of the page.
3) In the item Title, but a brief description of the Item
4) In the Item Description, give a more detailed description of the item you are selling. If you understand HTML, go right ahead and use it, but don’t worry if that means nothing to you. Also, enter here if you are willing to combine shipping if you have multiple things to sell and the same person gets it.
5) If you have a picture of it, you can
a) upload it to a website, and then provide the URL in the “URL of Picture” box. If you do that, make sure the round button to the left of the text box is checked.
b) If the image is on your computer, you can upload it directly to the website, but you are limited in size. Use the Browse button to find the picture on your computer. Also, make sure the round button to the left of the text box is checked.
6) We’ll assume for now it’s a regular auction – we’ll discuss Dutch auctions later,
7) As it’s a standard auction the quantity will be 1, so you can leave that too.
8) Enter the starting price of the auction in the “Auction starts with” box
9) We’ll leave the reserve price and Buy-it-now for now and come back to them later.
10) Bid Increment. Usually, you’ll want to leave it to use the built-in increments. This means that when the price is low, like $1, the bid increment will be 50c. When the price gets higher, like to above $20, it might change to $1 increments. However, if you want to, you can make it a fixed increment by checking the box, and entering the fixed increment amount.
11) Change the drop down box for the duration, 1, 3, 5, or 7 days. The longer you make it, the more eyes are likely to see your auction, but the longer it will take you to get your money.
12) Enter your country. This defaults to USA so most people won’t need to change this
13) Enter your zip. This is so bidders can see where it’s being shipped from which may affect shipping costs.
14) Enter the shipping conditions, if you or the buyer is going to pay shipping, or if you’ll ship to another country.
15) Payment methods – check the ones you’ll take. Everyone should be able to take a money order. Taking checks is at your own discretion. Most people won’t be able to take credit cards, unless you have a business with a merchant account. You can also take paypal payments. Note, though, that with a personal account, you can only take paypal payments from someone that got the money into their paypal account either from another paypal transaction, or from their bank account. If you upgrade your account with Paypal, you can accept credit card payments through paypal, but paypal will charge a sall percentage of any payments to you. See http://www.paypal.com for more information.
16) Choose a category from the drop down list. If what you have really really doesn’t fit in any category, choose the closest one, and then enter your suggested subcategory in the “suggest” box.
17) If you want a special feature, check one of the boxes. Note that although this may give your item more visibility, there may be a small charge.
18) Click submit auction.

IMPORTANT! Your auction is not yet submitted. You now get a screen that shows what your auction will look like. If you are happy with it, enter your password in the box at the bottom. This confirms your auction. If you want to make any changes, you can click at the link that says “you can still make changes” at the top, and you can edit your auction. NOTE! If you make a change, you will have to repeat step 5 above to enter a picture.

What if I have more than 1 of the same thing to sell?

You can either set up separate auctions, or you can do a Dutch auction. A Dutch auction allows you to sell multiple things that are exactly the same to different people. You just change the drop down box to “Dutch auction” and enter the number of items you have for sale. If you have 5 items for sale, you’ll enter 5. If more than five people bid, then the top five bidders win the items, but at the price of the lowest of those five bids.

What’s the reserve price for?

The reserve price is the minimum you’ll allow your item to sell for. If you have an item that you want to sell for a minimum of $5, then enter 5 in the reserve price box, making sure you check the “yes” box too. If the auction does not reach $5, you don’t sell the item.

But if I want an item to sell for a minimum $5, why don’t I just put 5 in the “Auction starts with” box?

Well, here’s where the psychology fits in. If someone sees an item for $5, their initial thought might by that they don’t want to pay that, so they move on, and don’t give that auction another thought. If, however, they see an item for $1, they might be willing to pay that, so they bid $1. Someone else comes along, and bids $2. The first person goes back and bids $3, because they have a vested interest in it now. The second person bids $4, and the first person doesn’t want to give up on the item they bid for so they now bid $5. They bought it for $5, because they had a vested interest in it, once they had bid, even though they probably wouldn’t have bid $5 if that had been the starting price. You still make sure that it doesn’t sell for less than $5 by setting a reserve.

So what’s Buy It Now?

You can set an acceptable price in “Buy It Now” that you’d be happy for it to sell for. If there have been no bids on it, or, if it has a reserve price and the reserve has not yet been met, the Buy It Now will still be available. The buyer can use that to buy the item at that special price, and the auction immediately closes. This gives a buyer the chance to buy an item knowing that they will win. If regular bidding has started, and it meets the reserve price, if there is one, the Buy It Now option disappears.


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Old 01-03-2005, 02:36 PM   #2
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Woohoo!! Glad this is here still.

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Old 01-03-2005, 11:58 PM   #3
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Darn it!

I thought Timothy was back until I checked the date.
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Old 09-28-2007, 02:28 PM   #4
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Are these instructions still valid?


I found the newer post with instructions.

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Old 02-08-2008, 01:00 PM   #5
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Are these instructions still valid?


I found the newer post with instructions.
Where's the newer post...?
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Old 02-08-2008, 01:50 PM   #6
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Old 02-08-2008, 02:37 PM   #7
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