is simple and takes only a few minutes.To start the signup process,
click on the register link at the top of the page. Fill in all your information and click on the Register button. You will be redirected to a
confirmation page and you will then be sent an activation email from firstname.lastname@example.org to
the email address you provided in your registration form. In order to
activate your account,click on the link provided in the email. You will
then be directed to a screen that tells you your account has been
If the link in the email does not work,you can copy it into
your browser address bar and click enter.
You will then be directed to a
screen that tells you your account has been activated.
IMPORTANT: In order to register and activate your account,you must have your email configured to receive email from
you will receive an activation email. Otherwise it may go to your junk
email.In order to be sure you don't miss an exciting issue of our
newsletter, we also recommend that you configure your email to accept
email from email@example.com
Introduction To Members' Area
After logging in, you will be taken to the Members' Area. This gives
you access to all of the main functionality of the auction system and
to a list of item categories, showing you how many items are for sale
in each one: The main areas of functionality in the members' area are:
Messaging - send and receive private messages about auction items
Bidding - this section gives you an overview of your current auction activity:
§ Current Bids
§ Won Items
§ Invoices Received
§ Watched Items
§ Favorite Stores
Selling - Manage your selling activities
Reputation - view the feedback you have given and received for each item you have bought and sold
Bulk - access Auction Depot's
bulk listing software. This enables you to prepare multiple listings
offline before uploading them all at once
About Me - create your own "About Me" page, to enable other members to find out a little more about you and your interests
My Store - setup and configure your own "stores" - a private shop where only your items are listed
Wanted Ads - view your current and closed Wanted Ads and create new Wanted Ads
My Account - view and modify your account details and carry out other administrative tasks
Messaging - The messaging
section of the Members' Area allows you to read, delete and reply to
all the messages you have sent and received: Click on Received or Sent to
see a list of your messages. To read a message, simply click on the
"To" or "From" user id and the message will load for you.
Bidding - The Bidding
section provides you with an overview of all the items you have bid on
lists items you have won, outstanding invoices and items you are
watching. The Bidding section also provides access to your Favorite
Managing & Placing Bids - At the heart of your auction experience is bidding on items you'd like to buy. You may purchase items in several ways:
Make an Offer
Standard & Proxy Bidding
Standard bidding is the most
common way to bid on an item, and is exactly the same as the process
used in real-world auction rooms. You bid the minimum amount needed to
outbid the current high bidder.
A Proxy bid means that you
bid an amount that is higher than necessary. The auction software will
raise your actual bid to the minimum necessary, but will remember your
maximum. If someone else comes along and tries to outbid you, the
auction software will automatically place additional bids on your
behalf up to the value of your proxy bid. This means you can stay on
top of the bidding without having to be near a computer. Here's how you
1. Find the item you'd like to bid on - either by browsing the
categories down the left of your screen, or by using the search box
just below the navigation bar:
2. To place a bid, enter your chosen amount into the "Place Bid" field in the item listing: Click the Place Bid button to continue.
3. The bid confirmation screen will display the minimum bid needed (standard bid) and will allow you to adjust your bid accordingly.
a. If you wish to place a standard bid, adjust your bid to match the Minimum Bid value shown
b. If you wish to place a proxy bid, enter your maximum bid into the Your Bid field
4. You will now see confirmation that you are the high bidder or a
message telling you that you have been outbid, or that you bid is below
the reserve price. You can place as many bids as you want on an item.
Making An Offer
Some sellers allow potential buyers to make an offer to buy their
items, to avoid having to wait for the auction to finish. If a seller
is open to offers, you will see a logo like this in the item listing:
The Make Offer section of the listing also contains information about the price range in which offers can be made.
1. If you would like to make an offer, click on the icon.
2. On the Make Offer page, enter the amount you would like to offer (Remember - your offer must be in the price range specified):
3. Click Proceed to continue and your offer will be confirmed and submitted to the seller.
Instead of monetary offers, some sellers will accept Swap Offers -
offers of an item of appropriate value in exchange for the item being
sold. The swap offer process works in a very similar way to the
standard Make Offer process.
1. If the seller of the item you are interested in accepts Swap Offers, you will see an entry like this in the item listing:
2. Click on the Make An Offer link and enter a description of the swap you are proposing:
3. Click Proceed and you will see a confirmation message confirming that your swap offer has been passed to the seller.
Buy Out (Buy Now)
Some sellers allow items to be purchased instantly at a fixed price,
regardless of any auction bidding that has taken place. This feature is
called Buy Out. You will see this logo in item listings offering the Buy Out facility. The Buy Out price will be stated directly below the Buy Out logo.
1. To purchase an item with Buy Out, click on the Buy Out logo:
2. You will be taken to a confirmation page showing the Buy Out price, postage costs and payment methods for the item:
Click Proceed if you are happy to continue.
3. Your purchase will now be confirmed and you will be able to pay the seller's invoice:
The Won Items section allows you to see all of your recent purchases and bids at a glance:
Recently-purchased items are then individually listed with their payment status:
When you are ready to pay for the item, simply click on Pay With Direct Payment:
This will take you to a payment screen enabling you to choose you
preferred payment method and make an instant payment for your item:
Once you have completed the payment, the payment status for the item
will be updated in the Won Items table.
Invoices Received - The Bidding section of the Members' Area also allows buyers to see all of their current invoices:
Our software allows users to operate their own stores within the
auction site. Selecting a store as a favorite allows you quick and
easy access to it directly from your Members' Area, without having to
search for it.
1. To access a complete list of stores or to search the store directory, click on the stores link in the navigation bar:
2. At the top of each store's home page, there is an Add To Favorites link.
Click this to add this store to your Favorite Stores: To see a list of
all of your favorite stores, go to Members' Area / Bidding / Favorite
If you would like to track the progress of an auction without bidding on it, you can choose to watch the item.
1. In every item listing, you will see a Watch This Item link. To add an item to your Watched Items list, simply click the Watch This Item link.
2. To view your Watched Items list, go to the Watched Items section of the Members' Area:
Listing An Item For Sale
Here's a step-by-step guide to listing an item for sale by auction,
offer or buy out. Most steps are the same for all types of listing.
1. Start by clicking on the Sell link on the red main navigation bar:
2. Choose whether you would like the item listed on the main auction
site, in your shop only (if you have one) or in both locations. Note
that shop-only items will only be visible to visitors to your store.
3. Choose a main category for your item. The active category list is
indicated by an orange border - each time you select a category, a list
of appropriate sub-categories will be displayed until no further detail
is possible. Simply click on a category to select it: Once the category
has been finalized, the Next Step button will be highlighted:
4. You may select an additional category for your item if you wish.
Some items fit naturally into more than one category, and having an
additional category can help more users find your item.
5. You now need to specify the Item Details. Once you have done this, click Next Step to continue.
auction watch features notifies you of newly listed auctions which
contain keywords you have chosen. For example if you are looking for a
new Digital Camera you could enter in those keywords from within your
members area area. Each time a new auction is listed containing those
keywords you will be notified via email.
The item watch
features lets you keep a close eye on any auction without having to
place a bid on it. This feature means you can be kept up to date on how
an auction is doing and prepares you to place a winning last minute
bid. You can watch any auction by clicking on the “Watch this item”
link on any auction page.
If the option is available you can use “Buy Out” to purchase the item immediately without having to place a bid. Some sellers offer such an option which can be used at any time until a bid has been placed over any applicable reserve price.
“Buy Out” option will appear on the item details page, you will be
asked to confirm your intention to buy out the item before the sale is
concluded. Buy out’s cannot be retracted.
create your account choose the “Register” link on the header
navigational bar or use any of the links available on the home page.
registering you will be asked to complete a short form which includes
standard information such as your contact details, preferred login
Mandatory fields include:-
· Zip/Post Code
· Phone Number
· Username & Password
· E-Mail address
· Confirmation of terms an conditions acceptance
Once registered you will receive E-Mail confirmation.
Should you encounter any registration difficulties please contact us page
Placing A Bid
a bid on an item you are interested in couldn’t be easier, when viewing
the item details page you will have two areas from where you can place
your bid, one next to the item details and a second at the bottom of
To place your bid simply enter the amount you wish to bid e.g. 50.00. Please note no currency symbols are required. The bid will be placed in the auction currency.
done you will be asked to review your bid and you will also be able to
view vital item details such as the shipping conditions before
confirming your bid. To submit your bid simply press the “Place Bid” button.
your bid is high enough to take the lead in the auction a confirmation
message will be displayed to you, however if your bid has not taken the
lead be it due to a higher proxy bid or not meeting the reserve price
you will be invited to make a further bid.
Should you decide to retract your bid this can be done via the “Current Bids” section of the member’s area.
You can also place a proxy bid, proxy bidding allows you to place your “High Bid”. At all times you will only pay the lowest required bid should you win the auction. For example, if the current bid on an auction is 500.00 you can place a proxy bid of 2,000. Should you remain the only bidder you will only pay 500.00. However
should the item receive other bids the site will automatically re-bid
for you (up to 2,000 in this scenario) to ensure you remain in the lead.