Auction Types and Features

Here are the types of auctions you will encounter on this site.

Sell a Single Item (Standard)
Users bid the highest price they are willing to pay for an item and bidding activity stops when the auction duration is complete. The item is sold to the highest bidder at their bid price.

The seller has the option to specify a reserve price below which the item will not be sold.

Sell Multiple Identical Items
"Sell Multiple Identical Items" can be used when a seller has a number of identical items to sell. The seller should specify the minimum price (starting bid) and the exact number of items that are available at that price. The bidders bid at or above that minimum price for the number of items that they are interested in buying. At the end of the auction, the highest bidders earn the right to purchase those items at the minimum successful bid.

Here is an example, say there are twenty-five widgets being sold at $75.00 and forty-five bidders bid for one widget each, at $75.00. In this case, only the first twenty-five people will be the bidders who get their product successfully. Since the bid amounts are the same, the earlier bids will take merchandise.

Now, let's say that one of those people bids $100 for one widget. Since his bid is higher than all the others, he will certainly be one of the bidders to get the merchandise.

If bidders continue to bid higher than the starting price enough times, then the final bidding price will increase as well. In another instance, if less than twenty-five people bid in our example auction, only that number of widgets will be sold at the opening price of $75.00. For the selling price to increase past the opening price specified by the seller there must be a higher or equal level of demand than the supply indicated.

In a case where a bidder bids for multiple quantities, the bidder who bid the lowest will not always get the merchandise that he/she bid on. If the bidder who made the lowest bid requested a quantity of four widgets, he/she may not even be entitled to one widget. For instance, if 12 other higher bidders each bought two widgets, there would only 1 widget left. In this case, the original bidder would only be entitled to one widget, even though he originally bid for four. The way around this is to ensure that you are not the lowest successful bidder.

Reverse Auction (Advertise to Purchase)
Prospective buyers (advertisers) can list any items that they wish to buy, and then sellers bid to provide the best price. The buyer decides the exact specifications of each item, instead of the specifications being dictated by the seller.

Sellers bid the lowest price they are willing to sell an item for and bidding activity stops when the auction duration is complete. The items is bought from the lowest bidder at their bid price.

Buyers (advertisers) are allowed to specify a reserve price above which the item will not be bought.

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