How to activate Pre-Bidding and generate Bid Sheets

If you would like to activate pre-bidding and generate bid sheets for your upcoming auction or as a back up to a mobile auction, this article will walk your through all the steps for setting up your items.  

Note: If you have already have your items added with listing type "Online Auction", scroll down to the bottom of this article for information on making bulk edits to activate Pre-Bidding on all your items already listed.

Bid Sheets are only available when Pre-bid is activated on your items.  If you're going to be printing bid sheets as a back up to your Mobile Auction, you can use the bulk edits at the end of this article for the correct steps to follow.

Important: You can only activate pre-bidding and print bid sheets if you have a Pre-paid auction plan.  This feature is not available with our Free plan.

Step 1) From the "Edit" tab, scroll down until you find the "Listing" Type option. In the Listing Type drop down select "View Only".  You will see a Note appear that talks about pre-bid.

Step 2) In the grey submenu, click on "Live Event Options > Event Setting". To the right, click on "Yes" next to "Pre-bidding on view only items".

Step 3) Now head over to "Add A New Item".  When you select "View Only" as the listing Type, you will see an option to activate Pre-Bidding. Select "Yes".

Step 4) On the all items page, we put a "Pre-bid" tag next to all the items that are setup with pre-bidding.  If you don't see a pre-bid tag, follow steps 1-3 again and make sure to "save" any changes.

Step 5) Bid sheets will be available to print at anytime.  We suggest waiting until your pre-bid auction closes to print the final version of your bid sheets. All online bid history will be on the bid sheets.

Making Bulk Edits to items already added or printing back up bid sheets to a mobile auction:

If you're looking to print back up bid sheets or need to activate pre-bidding on items you already added, you can follow these steps.

Step 1) Complete steps 1 & 2 from above.

Step 2) From the "All Items" page, select all the items you need to make a bulk change to.

Step 3) In the Bulk Actions dropdown, select Edit Items.

Step 4) In the Edit Bulk Items popup, change the Listing Type to "View Only". When the Pre-bidding option appears, select "Yes".  Save and Exit. 

Step 5) Bid Sheets will not be available to print from Live Event Options > Bid Sheets.

Step 6) If you were just printing back up bid sheets, you will need to follow Steps 2-4 to make bulk edits to change the item listing type back to "Online Auction".


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