Manage online auctions to sell your products: the business model users just can’t resist.
Do you know what an online auction is?
I bet you do, and you probably have already considered selling products on eBay, the number one network in this field that built an empire on this kind of sales and got millions of people used to buying online through their bids, taking part in a sort of race to purchase.
Users who are interested in auctions are moved by the chance to get items at low prices and motivated to place a bid which in most cases turns into an immediate price rise as soon as they are outbid.
Auctions are simple: anybody can place a bid for a specific product and if no other bid exceeds the previous one, then they win the item. This allows buyers to grab products for their best price and allows vendors to generate a profit sometimes bigger than anticipated.
Using our YITH WooCommerce Auction plugin, you will not only be able to make auctions for your products but thanks to the integration of our YITH WooCommerce Multi Vendor you will have the chance to create a real portal for online auctions, allowing all of your vendors to create auctions of their own and letting you earn a share on each one of their sales.
Set a start price, a reserve price and a “buy now” price
For each auction, you can define a start price, a reserve price (the minimum price you are willing to accept for the product), and a selling price to allow users to purchase the product immediately, without taking part in the auction.
Choose to set the auction with manual or automatic bids.
For every auction, you can decide if users must place their bids manually or if they can enter the maximum amount they’re willing to pay in order to let the system raise bids automatically until reaching the limit they set.
Create a standard auction or a Dutch auction where the winner is the user who made the lowest bid
In a classic auction, the highest bid is the one winning the auction, whereas, in the Dutch auction, the lowest one wins.
Set secret auctions to hide bids
You can set an auction as “secret” to hide the bids made so far from other users.
Set a “fee” to sign-up and take part in the auction
For each auction, you can set a fee that users have to pay before placing their bid. To pay the fee, they will be redirected directly to the checkout.
Choose whether to apply an extra commission to the auction winner
Since version 3.0 you can make sure that the auction winner pays an additional commission to cover side costs like taxes, management or legal costs, etc. You can show the commission cost on the auction product page or only on the checkout page when the winner is going to pay for the won item.
Choose from 4 different countdown layouts (or show the auction duration only)
The plugin offers 4 modern and captivating countdowns to show users when the auction ends. You can choose the style that fits your theme better, customize colors, or disable the counter to show only the end date of the auction.
Choose whether to enable the “Watchlist” to let users keep track of the auction they are interested in or not
Let your users choose from signing-up to the auction and receive email notifications or adding the auction to a “watchlist” they can track through the related widget or on their account.
Ask users for confirmation before publishing their bid
Reduce the number of bids made only out of curiosity or without real interest by requesting users a confirmation before publishing their bids and informing them of the obligations if they win the auctions.
Request users to register or log in and set a valid credit card to be able to bid
By integrating our YITH Stripe, you can improve your auction site safety by requesting users to insert a valid credit card in order to make a bid.
When the auction ends, automatically generate an order with the “pending payment” status to pay for the auction item
Sending an email to the auction winner and asking to pay for the item without giving any reference to how and when could be a double-edged sword: to streamline the payment process for the auction product, you can enable the dedicated option and generate the order to pay for this item in a totally automated way. The generated order will take on the “pending payment” status and the auction winner will be redirected to the checkout page from the link in the email.
Automatically charge the auction winner’s card
Thanks to the integration with our YITH Stripe plugin, you can automatically charge the auction winner’s credit card when the auction ends. This new feature will make your site much more solid and will dramatically reduce the rate of unpaid auctions.
Decide how to manage auctions not paid for or those that haven’t reached the reserve price
If the winner of the auction doesn’t pay the product, choose whether to send the notification to the second-highest bidder or reschedule the auction and publish it again automatically.
Use widgets, shortcodes, and Gutenberg blocks to show your auctions where you want
Thanks to the shortcodes, you can create custom pages to show active and scheduled auctions or only those belonging to specific categories. Use the widgets in sidebars or any widget area of your theme. If you use Gutenberg, you can benefit from the related blocks to show your auctions on any page.
Keep your users up-to-date with a wide range of notifications
Send notification emails to users who keep track of the auction and to all bidders when there is a new bid, when the auction is about to end, when someone outbids them(encouraging them to place another bid) and when the auction has ended.
Create unlimited auctions in your shop
Create standard auctions: the user that bid the higher offer win
Create reversed auctions: the user that bid the lower offer win
Create sealed auctions: the current bid and the list of bids will be hidden
Create auctions with fee: users has to pay the fee before to place a bid
Set a start price for the auction
Set a minimum increment amount
Set the reserve price for the product: no one will win the auction below the specified amount
Set a “buy now” price and let users end the auction by purchasing the product via the ‘buy now’ option
Set the start/end date and time for the auction
Hide automatically the “buy now” button after the first bid is placed or when a bid exceeds the auction reserve price
Enable an option to automatically extend the end date of an auction if a bid is placed a few minutes before its end
Show an optional countdown in the auction page or loop. Choose from different styles and customize the colors of the countdown.
Enable the “manual bidding”: when a new higher bid is placed, the bidders will get a notification to push them to bid again
Enable the “automatic bidding” (Ebay style): the user enters the maximum he is willing to pay for the item. The system will automatically bid for him with the smallest amount possible every time, until the user's maximum limit has been reached
Enable a popup to ask the user to confirm the bid before it is placed
Enable a popup to ask the user to pay a fee before to bid
Auction winning & payment
Force users to add a credit card before placing a bid
Automatic creation of an order with “pending payment” status assigned to auction winner NewHot
Automatically charge the winner's credit card when the auction ends through our Stripe plugin integration NewHot
Option to charge a commission fee to auction winner New
Show a different badge for the highest bidder and/or winner
Show a custom message for the winner on the auction page
Automatically reschedule an auction when product doesn’t have any bids
Automatically reschedule an auction when bids don’t exceed the reserve price
Automatically reschedule an auction when the winner did not pay for the product (you can choose to send a pay reminder to the winner, to send the winning notification to the 2nd higher bidder or to reschedule the auction)
Choose to show or hide the auction products on your shop
Hide ended or not started auctions on shop page
Show the complete list of auction products on any page of the site using the shortcode
Suggest similar auctions on the ended auction pages New
Check all bids placed on a specific auction from its product editing page
Export a CSV file of the complete ‘auction list’
Set the date and time format for auction products
Override the global options on each specific auction
Encrypt or show bidder usernames when they make a bid on the product
Ban users from bidding
Tools for bidders
Users can add auctions in a watchlist to stay updated
Users can follow an auction by entering their email address
Users can unfollow auctions through an “unsubscribe” link in the emails New
Users can check their watchlist, current-, past-, future- auctions in the sidebar through the widgets
Update the auction page and 'my auctions' page automatically with Ajax to show new bids in real time
Bidders can check the complete list of placed bids directly from the "My auctions" page
Receive an automatic email when the auction expired and the product has no bids or the the reserve price hasn’t been reached
Receive an automatic email when the auction expired and has a winner
Receive an automatic email when a customer places a bid or a bid has been removed
Receive an automatic email when an auction is automatically rescheduled
Notify any new bid to bidders
Notify any new bid to users that follow the auction
Send an email to bidders when the auction is closed
Send an email to bidders when they successfully placed a bid
Send an email to bidders when they won or lost the auction
Send an email to bidders when their bids are been exceeded or when their highest bids didn’t reach the reserve price
Send an email to bidders when their bids are been deleted
Send an email to bidders when the auction ends for “buy now”
Send a payment reminder to the bidder that won the auction and hasn’t paid yet
Send a winner email to the 2nd highest bidder if the winner not pay for the item
Daily Cron Job to resend failed emails to winners
YITH Easy Login & Register for WooCommerce - to allow users to login or register directly from auction page without having to be redirected to My Account page
YITH Stripe - to automatically charge the user’s credit card after winning the auction NewHot
All the products in our YITH catalog are developed on the same shared framework. This grants full compatibility among all our plugins and allows combining them together to get even more powerful results and more complete solutions.
We do our best to also include compatibility with the most popular WordPress and WooCommerce plugins available on the market.
You can use this plugin with*:
YITH WooCommerce Badge Management
YITH WooCommerce Badge Management allows you to show graphic badges on your products to highlight discounts, promotions, or unique selling points.
The integration with YITH Auctions for WooCommerce allows creating badges and automatically assigning them to your auction products set with the status "not started", "started", and "finished".
YITH Easy Login & Register Popup for WooCommerce
The YITH Easy Login & Register Popup plugin makes the login, registration and password reset processes easier during the checkout and reduces the cart abandonment rate. The combination of the two plugins allows you to force the user to login before placing a bid, using a popup. This way the user can login or register directly without leaving the page.
YITH Frontend Manager for WooCommerce
YITH Frontend Manager for WooCommerce adds a frontend dashboard to your site through which the administrator and shop managers can manage orders, products, and coupons as they would do from WordPress dashboard. Thanks to the integration with YITH Auctions for WooCommerce, you will be able to manage auction products from the frontend.
YITH WooCommerce Customize My Account Page
YITH WooCommerce Customize My Account Page helps you customize your “My Account” page in your website in a few simple steps. You can add new endpoints and edit the default WooCommerce ones. Thanks to the integration with YITH Auctions for WooCommerce, a new endpoint will be added to the ‘endpoints’ section automatically.
YITH WooCommerce Multi Vendor
YITH WooCommerce Multi Vendor allows you to turn your store into a multistore where vendors manage their own product and earn a commission on every sale. The combined use of YITH Multi Vendor and YITH Auctions allows you to offer an auction system to all the vendors in your store. Vendors can create their own auction type product, and will be able to handle:
required amount for a rise
a chance to automatically schedule the next auction for each product
YITH WooCommerce Stripe
YITH WooCommerce Stripe enables your store to accept credit card payments.
If used with YITH Auctions for WooCommerce, it allows preventing users from bidding if they don't have a valid credit card linked to their account. A message to inform users of this requirement will show on the auction product page. You can also enable the option to automatically charge the credit card of the auction winner, for the winning amount.
* All the plugins listed in this section are not included in YITH Auctions for WooCommerce. In order to take advantage of a specific integration, you need to purchase and activate the premium version of the related plugin.
General auction options
Cron settings & user notifications
Ajax refresh settings
YITH Stripe integration options
Auction winner options
Commission fee settings
Ended auction page
Customization – auction badge
Customization countdown settings
Auction product settings
Auction with a fee
Auction with buy now option
Auction with reserve price
My account – My Auctions
My account – My watchlist
Gutenberg blocks and widgets
Placed a bid
Auction about to end
Started following an auction
New bid for the item
Auction ended with ‘Buy now’
First failed payment attempt – card need verification
Second failed payment attempt – card need verification
Third failed payment attempt – order cannot be completed
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Here you can find some frequently asked questions about this plugin. If you can't find a reply to your doubts, ask a question: we will reply in a very short time
How can I show out-of-stock auction products on my site pages?
You can use the shortcode [yith_wcact_out_of_stock].
Is the plugin compatible with any currency plugin?
Yes, it’s compatible with WPML Currency Switcher.
Is there a way to increase the amount of time left for bidding after someone’s bid?
The plugin has an option to postpone the expiration if someone makes a new bid some minutes before the auction ends. You can find the option here.
Does it work with both simple and variable products?
No, an auction product is an 'Auction product' type, just like a 'Simple product' and a 'Variable product' are product types. It is therefore not possible to create a simple/variable auction product, as these are all different product types.
Can I remove the countdown timer and have no end time or end date for the auction?
Yes, you can show or hide the countdown option as explained here, and show or hide the end date. Check this page for the settings.
Can an admin generate an order (invoice) after the auction ends, or must it be done by the bidder?
Yes, the admin can generate an order after the auction ends. Another possibility is to enable the "Automatically create a "Pending payment" order assigned to winner" option, that way after winning an auction, the system will automatically create a pending payment order. The auction winner will see the created order on his/her My Account page.
Does the plugin use auto reload for the page or is it using AJAX?
The plugin uses AJAX and you can set up a time interval to trigger the automatic refresh of the page, check out the settings here.
Can I show an icon on auction products?
Yes, the plugin has the option to customize the icon/badge shown on the auction product, check out this page for more information.
Can a single bidder win multiple auctions and pay for all of them in a single transaction?
Yes, the plugin gives users the possibility to win multiple auctions and pay them with a single transaction.
Is there a way to put a minimum to the bid increase, so that clients don't start overbidding each other one cent at a time?
Yes, it is possible to set a 'minimal increment amount' for manual bids from the product editing page.
Where can I see the bidding history of all products?
The user can see the bidding history of a specific product only in the related tab on the product detail page when the auction is in progress. The admin can see the bidding history in the backend either on the product edit page, or from the 'Auction list' tab by clicking on the 'eye' icon as explained here.
Once a buyer wins there is a pay button which will appear on the item page, can the customer also pay in any other way?
Yes, the plugin allows paying by:
- Clicking on the 'pay now' button on the product page.
- An email that is sent to the auction winner.
- Entering the My account > Auctions section.
- If enabled, using the 'automatic pending order creation' option, so the customer can pay the order directly from the My Account > Orders section.
- If enabled, using the YITH WooCommerce Stripe integration you can automatically charge the linked credit card of the auction winner.
For more details on auction winners settings, check this page here.
Can the plugin only allow the bidder to use the account funds for bidding?
Yes, as the bids are placed without the use of any payment method. The winner of the auction however, can choose to pay the product by using the funds.
Can I add the auction time widget on the shop page?
Yes, the plugin has a widget to show the latest auctions, each of them with a countdown. Note: you can add the widget to the shop page only if the theme you are using allows showing the widget in a specific sidebar only on the shop page.
For more information on all included widgets, check this page here.
Is there a shortcode to show auction items on a separate page?
Yes, you can use the following shortcode [yith_auction_products], read more about all shortcodes here.
Can we make something like eBay, where users can submit products and for selling them they get a percentage?
Does the plugin run a log of bids visible to everyone and does it show the exact time the bid went through?
Yes, it does. All bids will be shown for each auction. They will include the time and the users’ names. As a matter of privacy, the administrator could protect users' names by asterisking them, e.g. Anthony will turn into A*****y.
Is there a reserve option so that if bids don't reach the seller's minimum sell price, it doesn't sell?
Yes, this is certainly possible, as you can see in this page of the plugin’s guide.
Does the plugin have overtime capabilities?
Yes, the plugin has this feature. You can refer to the plugin’s documentation here to find them.
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