Auction Types

This user guide is for the older release of the site. Most of the documentation for the current 2017 release can be found in the Auctria User Guide v3

Auctria can be used to run a number of different styles of auctions and events.  You can mix and match different styles as well, creating a varied fundraising approach.

This page gives a brief overview of the terms we use so you can see which type of event best fits your goals.

Live Auctions

Live auctions have items being bid on one after the other, with an auctioneer running the auction process.  See Live Items for more details on how live auction items work.

Silent Auctions

A silent auctions traditionally uses paper Bid Sheets to let bidders record their bids.  The bidding may take place on a single evening or happen over a period of time.  With Auctria, you can produce the Bid Sheets you need for a silent auction.

See Working with Bid Sheets for more information.

Optionally, with silent auctions you can enable online  pre-bidding, so that you can collect bids online before the event, and then roll the highest online bid into the starting bid for the silent auction portion of the event.

Online Auctions

Online auctions are run entirely electronically, there are no paper Bid Sheets or auctioneer involved.  The items are offered for bidding over a pre-selected time period and bidders place their bids via the Auctria website.

Online bidding can be used to enable electronic bidding at an event via Kiosk Mode and through the use of

On occasion, there may be confusion between a full online auction and online pre-bidding for a silent auction. Refer to Silent Auction Pre-bidding vs. Online Bidding for more details on this topic.

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