Auction list

The ‘Auction list’ is an oversight of all your auction products. If there aren’t any auction products, you can click on the button to start creating your first one.

auction list page

Once there are auction products, you can find the complete list on this page. In the ‘status’ column you can see the current state of the product, like finished, started, not started etc.

auction list

Here you will find the ‘add new auction’ button once again, that will redirect you directly to the product edit page, to create a new auction product.

auction creation

General settings

From the YITH > Auctions > General page, you’ll be able to set the general plugin options. You will be able to override some of these options on product-level. We have indicated for which options this is possible.

general settings

  • Show auctions on shop page: Auctions will be visible in the general store page, if you disable it, they will only be visible on the page with the auctions shortcode.
  • Hide out-of-stock auctions: Auctions that are out of stock are not visible.
  • Hide ended auctions: Auctions that have ended are no longer visible.
  • Hide future auctions: Auctions that haven’t started yet, are not yet visible.
  • Show countdown in loop: Show countdown in shop page. If disabled, it will only be visible on the product detail page.

countdown example

By default the days (D), hours (H), minutes (M) and seconds (S) will be shown like the example above.

general settings

  • Hide ‘buy now’ when a bid exceeds the buy now price: Buy now option will disappear if the price has been exceeded.
  • Hide ‘buy now’ after the first bid: Buy now option will disappear if a bid is placed, regardless of the amount. (For more details about the ‘buy now’ option, check this page).
  • Set bid type: Manual; the customer adds the amount he wishes to insert or automatic; the system automatically places a bid with a preset amount set by the admin. Check this page for a detailed explanation of automatic bidding.
  • Show the bid increments in the page: Show the user the ‘bid up’ you have set.
  • Show automatic bidding modal info: By clicking on the question mark icon, the user will see an explanation of the automatic bidding option.

popup info example

general settings

  • Ask for confirmation before a bid is confirmed: After inserting an amount and placing a bid, a popup appears where you confirm the bid.

Confirmation popup example

  • Ask fee payment before bidding: Users have to pay an xx amount in order to be able to bid, can be disabled per product, for more details check this page.
  • Default fee amount (€): General fee amount, can be overwritten on product level.
  • Set overtime: Postpone the expiration date, when someone places a new bid xx minutes before it ends.
  • Overtime settings: If a bid is placed xx minutes before it ends, the auction will be extended by xx minutes.
  • Show higher bidder modal: 
  • Enable watchlist: A way for users to follow ongoing auctions without bidding themselves. For more detailed information about these settings check this page.

Cron settings

To enable the possibility for your users to subscribe to an auction (without bidding), go to YITH > Auctions > General > Cron settings.

cron settings

  • Allow users to follow auctions: Send email notification to customer when auction is about to end.
  • Send emails to bidders before the auction end: Active bidders will receive an email when auction is about to end.
  • Send email to bidders that loose an auction: Bidders that lost the auction, will receive an email once it ended.

For more information about email settings, check this page please.

Auction rescheduling

Go to YITH > Auctions > General > Auction rescheduling.

Rescheduling an auction means that it will erase all the bids that have been made previously . The auction will start again from the initial starting price, for the length of time you give in.

Within the ‘Auction rescheduling’ section, you can find a couple of options to automatically reschedule your auction.

reschedule option

  • Reschedule ended auctions without bids: Auction will get a new end date (and resets itself), if no bids have been placed.
  • Reschedule ended auctions with reserved price not reached: Auction will get a new end date (and resets itself), if the reserve price is not reached.
  • Auction will be rescheduled for another: Set minutes, hours, days to postpone the expiration date. This time frame applies to above enabled option(s).

Example: If the auction is planned to expire 1 August, and up to that date no bids have been placed. The new expiration date will be set to 21 August (+20 days). The auction will reset itself to the original auction product settings and all bids will be removed.

Reschedule non-paid auctions

reschedule option

  • Reschedule non-paid auctions: decide to reschedule (and reset) the auction if the winner did not pay.

The next option reflects on the payment of the auction. You decide what will happen if the winner does not pay for the auction he won. This specific option exists of 3 scenarios:

Scenario 1: Reschedule the auction

reschedule option

  • Set how to reschedule non-paid auctions: Set the time-frame in which the user has to pay for his auction (minutes, hours, days).
  • Non-paid auctions will be rescheduled for another: Time frame for which the auction will run again. The auction will reset itself to the original auction product settings and all previous bids will be removed.

Example: If the winner does not pay within 20 minutes, a reminder email will be sent. If he does not pay, the auction will be rescheduled for 30 days. The auction will reset itself to the original auction product settings and all bids will be removed.

Scenario 2: Send a payment reminder and reschedule

reschedule option

  • Set how to reschedule non-paid auctions: Set the time-frame in which the user has to pay for his auction (minutes, hours, days), and a second time frame for after the ‘reminder email’.
  • Non-paid auctions will be rescheduled for another: Time frame for which the auction will run again. The auction will reset itself to the original auction product settings and all previous bids will be removed.

Example: If the winner does not pay within 20 minutes, a reminder email will be sent. He will have another 7 days to pay for the auction. If he does not pay, the auction will be rescheduled for 30 days. The auction will reset itself to the original auction product settings and all bids will be removed.

Scenario 3: Send a payment reminder and send a winner email to second highest bidder

reschedule option

  • Set how to reschedule non-paid auctions: Set 3 different time frames:
    • Time the winner gets to pay for his auction.
    • Extra time the winner gets to pay for his auction (after reminder).
    • Time the second highest bidder gets to pay for his auction.
  • Non-paid auctions will be rescheduled for another: Time frame for which the auction will run again. The auction will reset itself to the original auction product settings and all previous bids will be removed.

Example: If the winner does not pay within 20 minutes, a reminder email will be sent. He will have another 7 days to pay for the auction. If he still hasn’t paid, an email will be send to the second highest bidder. He will have 3 days to make the payment. If does not pay either, the auction will be rescheduled for 30 days. The auction will reset itself to the original auction product settings and all bids will be removed.

(Note: As soon as the second highest bidder receives the email, the first winner will no longer be able to pay for the auction).

 

Ajax refresh

 

Ajax refresh

  • Automatically refresh the auction page in ajax: Shows auction updates in auction page automatically, without having to reload the page.
  • Refresh auction page each: Set the time in seconds
  • Automatically refresh info in My Account > My auctions in ajax: Shows auction updates automatically without having to reload the page.
  • Refresh “My Auctions” section each: Set the time in seconds

Auction winner options

What happens when a user wins an auction?

Auction winner options

  • Within the email notification, redirect the auction’s winner: The winner email will contain the redirect link to:
    • the auction page.
    • the cart page with with the auction product already added.
    • the checkout page.
  • Button label in email notification: Enter the button text you wish to show.
  • Show winner badge on auction image: If you are the current highest bidder you will see a ‘winner’ badge on the product image.
  • Winner badge: Select the badge you want to show.

badge example 1

As soon as you are the highest bidder, you will see this badge on the product.

Auction winner options 2

  • Custom message to the winner: Customize the message that the user will see on the product page, after he wins the auction.
  • Show ‘Pay now’ button in the product page: A button so the user can directly go to the checkout page to pay for the product he won.

auction winner

The page shows a block with a custom message (set by you), the pay now button and the ‘Other auctions you can like’ section which is there by default.

  • Possibility to add auction product with other products: When disabled all products you previously added to the card will be removed, and only the auction product will be added.

Auction page tab

The options you can set from this page, apply to the auction product page.

Auction page options 1

  • Hide auction badge on product image: Decide if you want to show an auction badge on the product image.
  • Show items condition: Shows the state the product is in; new, second hand etc.
  • Show end date of auctions: Shows the fixed end date.
  • Show product stock: Stocks is always 1 (by default) you cannot change it.

example in frontend

The product page displays the auction badge, the stock, the condition of the product and the end date.

Auction page options 2

  • Show if the reserve price has been reached: Shows a confirmation that the reserve price is exceeded.
  • Show if the auction is in overtime: Shows a notification if the auction is in overtime (for more details about overtime, check this page).

Auction page options example 2

There is a message that says that the reserve price has been exceeded, and that the product is in ‘overtime’ at the moment.

  • Show how the auction has ended in the auction page: Shows the reason why the auction ended.

Auction page options example 2.1

The product either shows a message that the auction is no longer active because it ended, or because someone bought it through the ‘buy now’ option.

Auction page options 3

  • Quantity buttons in bid amount fields: Decide to show and how to show the quantity buttons.
  • Show the next available amount in the bid input field: Show current bid + increment. (Either +1 by default or the minimal increment amount set in the product edit page). If you want to show an empty field, disable this option.

Auction page options example 3.2

The next possible amount (current bid + 1) and the button-options to increase the amount, are visible.

  • In bid tab show: Decide to show full user name or a hidden user name.

Auction page options example 3.1

You can either see the full user name or only the first and last letter of their name.

Auction badge

From the Customization tab we can change manage the badge that is show on auction products.

Customization 1

  • Show auction badge: Decide if you want to show the auction badge on the shop page. If you turn it off here, it will still be show on the product detail page.
  • Upload auction badge: Select the badge you want to show

shop badge example

The badges are visible on auction type products in shop page.

From YITH > Auctions > “Auction page” we can manage the badge on the product detail page of auction products.

Customization 2

  • Hide auction badge on product image: If disabled, you will not see the auction badge on the product image in the product detail page.

shop badge example 2

The badge is shown on the image in the product detail page.

Countdown

These options let you manage the countdown option that is visible on the product detail page.

countdown options

  • Show countdown: Decide if you want to show a countdown option in product detail page.
  • Date format: Which date format do you want to use.
  • Time format: Which time format do you want to use.

countdown style

  • Countdown style: Choose from 4 different styles, default, compact, big blocks or small blocks (the style applies to all products, you cannot override it).
  • Countdown color: Select the color of the text, the section background and the block backgrond (applies to ‘big blocks’ style).

Default style

default countdown

Compact style

compact countdown

Big blocks

Big blocks countdown

Small blocks

small blocks countdown

The last settings you will find on this page, refer to changing the color of the countdown text, when approaching the expiration date.

countdown end color

You can set xx minutes, hours or days before the auction ends, to change the color automatically. Both on the shop page, as on the product detail page.

Shop page

shop page

Product page

product page

Automatic bidding

How does automatic bidding work?

In YITH > Auctions > General you can find the options to set ‘Automatic bidding’.  

Let’s say that you wish to spend a maximum of 300€ on a painting, you go to that product detail page and see that there is an ‘bid up’ of 10€.

You insert the amount of 300€ and you let the system basically do the rest.

maximum bid example

As you can see your initial bid has been added to the ‘bids’ list. But wait, this is not the 300€ you inserted?! That is right, this is the way the automatic bid up works. Each time another user bids, you will automatically bid ’10€’ until you reach your max of 300€.

[example]

How to set up an auction with Automatic bidding?

Step 1: Set bid type to > Automatic

automatic bid type

Step 2: Choose the automatic bid type:

  • Simple: set one fixed amount.

Automatic bidding simple

Example: 10€ increment regardless of the current bidding amount.

  • Advanced: set different amounts based on price ranges.

Automatic bidding advanced

Example: It starts off with an amount of 5€ and depending on the current bid amount, the automatic bid increments will change, to 10€ in the second price range. And if the current bid amount exceeds 251€ it finally changes to 25€.