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Setting up- Auction Product using AFM

Auction using WooCommerce Simple Auction

Auction products helps you start auctions or bids for a particular product.

Installation & Licensing

To know about the installation and licensing of AFM please visit our installation and licensing guide here.

After you’ve activated and licensed your copy of Advanced Frontend Manager, install and activate WooCommerce Simple Aution.

Allow vendors to upload Auction Product Type

Check the box for “Auction” under Capabilities in WCMp Settings. The configuration couldn’t be simple enough! ūüôā

Add Auction product type using AFM

Go to Add Product page under Product Manager from the Vendor Dashboard.

  1. Add a Product Name (title), description, product image(s) in the first section.
  2. To add an image or an image gallery that your product will reckon with, click on the “Featured Image and Product Gallery” section. Then click on the Upload button to upload a featured image whereas to add a gallery of images, click on the Add Product Gallery Images to add more images to your gallery.
  3. Moving to the second section РSelect Auction Product from the Product Type drop-down menu.
  4. Enable the Virtual checkbox, if your product is a digital product or does not require shipping. This removes the Shipping tab from your product.
  5. Enable the Downloadable checkbox, if you have downloadable files that need to be made available to your customer after purchasing the product.
  6. General Tab – Appears only if Downloadable is checked.¬†Here you can add your files that will be available after purchase. “Download Limit” and “Download Expiry” is to be set here. Click on “Add File” to add more files for download.
  7. Inventory Tab – You can add a product SKU here(unique to each product).
  8. Shipping tab – An optional tab depending whether it is a digital (virtual) product or not. In this tab, you can configure the weight and dimensions of the product as an entirety and set the shipping class for the product.
  9. To add similar items to the current product that is being viewed or has been ordered for, add your products in the Up-sells or Cross-sells as required under “Linked Products
  10. Attributes define a product. You can either add a new attribute that was not previously created or you can choose from a pre-defined global list of attributes set by the admin.
  11. Advanced tab РAdd a note that can be sent to the customer after the product is purchased in the Purchase Note textarea. The ordering position of the product is determined by the number entered in Menu order. Enable/Disable customers feedback for the item by checking/unchecking Enable reviews.
  12. Auction Tab
    • Item Condition– Details about the product that you are about to auction, whether it’s a new or a used one.
    • Auction Type– “Normal” auction type means the normal way of bidding – the highest price gets the product. “Reverse” auction type is just the opposite – the lowest bid gets the product.
    • Proxy Bidding– Proxy Bidding/ Automatic Bidding is a method where a customer can choose to enter a maximum amount he/she feels comfortable paying. Once they’ve set the maximum, the system will keep an eye on the auction on behalf, and if he/she gets outbid the system will automatically bid again on behalf, up to the maximum limit. Therefore the system acts as a proxy of your presence. Enabling this enables this feature.
    • Start Price– The initial start price of the biddable product. Bids will be taken greater than the set start price.
    • Bid increment–¬†Bidding increment is done so the customer can bid in increments of the set number as the starting bid after a bid is placed, for example if you set bid step of say 5, the customer would be able to start a bid in 5, 10, 15 and so on and so forth.
    • ¬†Reserve price–¬† The lowest price at which you are willing to sell your item. If you don‚Äôt want to sell your item below a certain price, you can set a reserve price. The amount of your reserve price is not disclosed to your bidders, but they will see that your auction has a reserve price and whether or not the reserve has been met. If a bidder does not meet that price, you are not obligated to sell your item.
    • Buy it now price– Setting this price will allow the customers to directly buy the product at that price without submitting a bid. However, the Buy it now button disappears when bid exceeds the Buy it now price for normal auction, or is lower than reverse auction.
    • Auction Dates– Set the starting and the ending date of the auction, this will show a countdown timer on the single product page, reminding customers of the time left to enter in the bids.
    • Relist– This button appears only if an auction has failed / expired / finished. Clicking this,¬†Relist Auction Dates fields appear so that you can restart your auction from a set date.
  13. Automatic relist
    • Automatic relist auction–¬†It enables you to automatically relist expired / finished / failed auctions if the customer still has not paid for won auction.
    • Relist if not paid after n hours–¬†¬†
  14. Policies tab – Add shipping, refund or cancellation/return/exchange policy.
  15. Under the “Product Category & Product Tags” section, tick those categories which fit your product. Select your own product tag or you can add your own tag in the product tags section.
  16. Add a short description of your product in the following section.
  17. If a auction has ended the Auction History is displayed at the bottom. This shows every information regarding the bidders and their bids.

For more information about WooCommerce Simple Auctions check this document here.

Auction using YITH Auctions for WooCommerce

Auction products helps you start auctions or bids for a particular product.

Installation & Licensing

To know about the installation and licensing of AFM please visit our installation and licensing guide here.

After you’ve activated and licensed your copy of Advanced Frontend Manager, install and activate YITH Auctions for WooCommerce.

Allow vendors to upload Auction Product Type

Check the box for “Auction” under Capabilities in WCMp Settings. The configuration couldn’t be simple enough! ūüôā

Add Auction product type using AFM

Go to Add Product page under Product Manager from the Vendor Dashboard.

  1. Add a Product Name (title), description, product image(s) in the first section.
  2. To add an image or an image gallery that your product will reckon with, click on the “Featured Image and Product Gallery” section. Then click on the Upload button to upload a featured image whereas to add a gallery of images, click on the Add Product Gallery Images to add more images to your gallery.
  3. Moving to the second section РSelect Auction Product from the Product Type drop-down menu.
  4. Inventory Tab – You can add a product SKU here(unique to each product) and set the stock status of the product.
  5. Shipping tab – An optional tab depending whether it is a digital (virtual) product or not. In this tab, you can configure the weight and dimensions of the product as an entirety and set the shipping class for the product.
  6. To add similar items to the current product that is being viewed or has been ordered for, add your products in the Up-sells or Cross-sells as required under “Linked Products
  7. Attributes define a product. You can either add a new attribute that was not previously created or you can choose from a pre-defined global list of attributes set by the admin.
  8. Advanced tab РAdd a note that can be sent to the customer after the product is purchased in the Purchase Note textarea. The ordering position of the product is determined by the number entered in Menu order. Enable/Disable customers feedback for the item by checking/unchecking Enable reviews.
  9. Auction Tab
    • Starting Price– The initial start price of the biddable product. Bids will be taken greater than the set start price.
    • Bid up– The automatic raise of the next bid after a bid has already been placed related to the¬†Show bid up setting.
    • Minimum increment amount–¬†Bidding increment is done so the customer can bid in increments of the set number as the starting bid after a bid is placed in short it is the minimum amount to increase¬† manual bids.
    • Reserve price–¬† The lowest price at which you are willing to sell your item. If you don‚Äôt want to sell your item below a certain price, you can set a reserve price. The amount of your reserve price is not disclosed to your bidders, but they will see that your auction has a reserve price and whether or not the reserve has been met. If a bidder does not meet that price, the product cannot be purchased.
    • Buy it now price– Setting this price will allow the customers to directly buy the product at that price without submitting a bid. However, the Buy it now button disappears when bid exceeds the Buy it now price for normal auction, or is lower than reverse auction.
    • Auction Dates– Set the starting and the ending date of the auction, this will show a countdown timer on the single product page, reminding customers of the time left to enter in the bids.
    • Time to add overtime– Number of minutes before the expiration date on which postpone the auction if a new bid is available.
    • Overtime– Number of minutes to extend the duration of the auction if a new bid is registered before its expiration.
    • Time value for automatic rescheduling–¬†
    • Show bid up– Proxy Bidding/ Automatic Bidding is a method where a customer can choose to enter a maximum amount he/she feels comfortable paying. Once they’ve set the maximum, the system will keep an eye on the auction on behalf, and if he/she gets outbid the system will automatically bid again on behalf, up to the maximum limit. Therefore the system acts as a proxy of your presence. Enabling this enables this feature.
    • Show overtime– If you want show overtime in product page, enable this option.
  10. Policies tab – Add shipping, refund or cancellation/return/exchange policy.
  11. Under the “Product Category & Product Tags” section, tick those categories which fit your product. Select your own product tag or you can add your own tag in the product tags section.
  12. Add a short description of your product in the following section.
  13. If a auction has ended the Auction History is displayed at the bottom. This shows every information regarding the bidders and their bids.

For both the plugins, go to Auctions under Product Manager to see all the auctions. This page shows a briefing about an auction, it’s start date, end date, it’s status and the max bid entered.

For more information about YITH WooCommerce Auctions check this document here.

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