What is Proxy Bidding?
Proxy Bidding is a concept in which the system automatically bids on your behalf up to the maximum bid amount that you have chosen. This is simple to make the online auction process much easier and less time-consuming.
Proxy Bid is the Maximum Bid and not the Current Bid.
How Proxy Bidding actually works?
Let’s understand this with a scenario:
Suppose an auction starts with $10 as the starting bid. Now, a bidder A places a proxy bid of $20.
So, now the system will automatically start bidding from $10 up to $20 on the behalf of bidder A.
Now, if a bidder B comes to place a bid, he will see the current bid= $10. Suppose, Bidder B places a bid of $15. Then, he will be immediately outbid by bidder A with a new minimum bid of $16.
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Thus to outbid bidder A, some other bidder has to place a bid of $20.01 or more.
Now, if bidder B places a bid of $20 then it will be equivalent to bidder A’s maximum bid. But still, bidder A will be the highest bidder and the new minimum bid will become $21.
So, this is how the flow of proxy/automatic bidding goes.
Product Auction: Proxy Bidding Feature
So to configure this, visit Product Auction app from Shopify backend > Configuration > Auction Configuration:
On this page, the Admin can configure whether how winning amount will be calculated if the winner is a proxy bidder.
- It can be the last bidding amount according to the bidding increment rule.
- Or it can be equivalent to the highest proxy amount.
After this, save the configuration.
How to enable proxy bidding features on products?
The Admin can enable the proxy-bidding (automatic bidding) option while creating an auction product.
When the Admin creates an auction product, he can enable/disable the proxy-bidding option on the particular page itself. Refer screenshot:
Allow Customers to Place Normal Bid & Proxy Bid with a Single Button
The Admin can also configure the mail that will be sent to the proxy bidder if he loses the auction from the Configuration > Mail Configuration section:
Note: Disable the status if you don’t want the proxy bidder to receive an email notification on losing the auction.
On the frontend, the bidder needs to click on the Place Automatic Bid option (refer screenshot below):
This action with giving the bidder a pop-up where he needs to enter the proxy-bidding amount and place it (refer screenshot below):
Demo of this feature
Visit the following link to check the frontend demo:
Product Auction User Manuals
- Main Blog: Product Auction for Shopify
- Product Auction for Shopify- Upgrade
- How to Paste Codes in Liquid File
- Multiple Winner & Braintree Autopay
- Bid On Multiple Units feature
- SMTP configuration
- Edit & Delete Bid
- on for Shopify: CSV Feature
- Add Auction to Product