Creating an Auction

To create a new auction click on New Offer in the Reverse Auction Factory Menu.

On the top of the page you can see information about your balance and the listing price, if required.

In order for an auction to be shown on the website it must be published, if you are not yet ready to start it you can leave it unpublished, save, and return later with more details or just to publish it.
Select which Type of Auction you wish to use:

  • Public Auction : Regular auction where every user and guest can see the list of bids and messages.
  • Private Auction : The bids are hidden from all others except from you and the respective bidders. The bidders on the auction are hidden from other users, only you, as the auctioneer, have the option to see them. Messages are also hidden, you can see all the messages but each bidder can only see their own messages.
  • Invite Auction : This will allow you to open bidding only for specific users or whole user groups based on invitations.

By selecting the Invite Auction type, you will need to set which users/user groups can view and bid on your auction, click on Invite bidders to do so.
On the popup window that will appear you can click the users and groups that will be invited to your auction, uninviting a user/group will delete their bids. Uninvited users won't be able to access the auction.

Add a Title and select the Category which fits your action, the available categories will be different depending on what the administrator has set.

Select a starting and an ending date for the auction, hovering with the mouse on the exclamation mark it will show you the maximum period of time on which you can keep it published.

Add a short and a detailed description related to your auction as well as some tags for it, tags allow people to find your auction when using the search option, write appropriate tags for your auctions and separate them with a comma.

You can set Google Maps coordinates for the auction here, you can either choose new coordinates, or the ones you had set on your user profile.

Add a maximum accepted bid price and in which currency as well as a timeframe for the respective request.
You also have 2 display options that you can switch, to display the number of bidders and the best bid.

Reverse Auction Factory also allows you to add pictures and files to your auction. You can upload a Non Disclosure Agreement and another file you find necessary.
Some pictures can also be uploaded, the first picture will show on the main display of the auction and the additional pictures will be found in the picture gallery of the auction.

Pressing save will show your newly created auction and its information.

If applicable, check the Payment Plugins documentation for further information on publishing auctions and extra features.

(!) Documentation based on Reverse Auction Factory version 4.3.3