We have updated and upgraded one of the most popular app Product Auction for Shopify. While restoring every old feature and adding a lot new to our customer’s demands.
We have introduced a major feature called joining fee. Where the admin can charge a joining fee from the prospective bidders who want to join any particular auction along with various other features.
Auction Joining Fee
You can set a single joining fee for all the auctions or you can also set joining fee auction wise. In case of auction wise, you will get an option to add the fee on the add auction detail form:
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Refund Joining Fee: If enabled a coupon will be sent to the customer who have joined the auction with discount equal to joining fee.
Options available after enabling joining fee
Enabling this option all of those auctions on which joining fee feature is enabled there bidder can directly buy auctioned product by clicking on BUY NOW button. Hence will be the winner for the selected auction. (we will learn this in detail in other section)
Now once this is enabled and set from the Auction configuration. We will have a set of new options to enter while adding an auction on any product. Let’s try it out:
Go to a product and add an auction. Now you will view a new option on the auction creation page called enable joining fee. Enable that feature and select the rest of the details accordingly.
Enabled Joining Fee
Enter the booking amount: Enter booking amount payable by the winner after winning the auction to book that product.
Enter Buy Now Price: Enter Buy Now price on which the bidder or auction joiner can immediately agree to pay this much and auction comes to an end.
The number of days prior to which customer can join the auction for this product: Admin can set the number of days prior to which the customer can pay the joining fee and join the auction.
Rest everything in the add auction page will be the same as earlier. Hence please note if you are planning for setting up an auction on an upcoming date always click on SAVE if you will click o SAVE & START: the auction will start immediately.
Joining fee for Every Auction Tag
Now you can enable joining fees on the basis of product tag. Admin can add the joining fee rule on the basis of product tags from Configuration >> Auction Confiq >> Joining fee for Every auction Tag
Note: Product must contain the tag in order use this feature. Also if bidder has paid the joining fee for one tag product then he will not be charged joining fee again for the same product tag. For example if bidder has paid joining fee for AUC001 tag then he will not be charged joining fee again for this same tag.
We introduce a new feature, the name is Reconcile Winner, using this feature admin can easily show the list of auctions in which winners have not been declared yet in any manner.
Admin will be able to declare all those winners in just a click by using this feature.
- The admin can only declare the winner of the past 90 days (3months).
- This feature only works in the case of Approve Winner Automatically.
Configurations of Reconcile Winner
Firstly the admin needs to enable Approve Winner Automatically Once The Bid Is Over tab from Configuration->Auction Config:: Approve Winner Automatically Once The Bid Is Over.
Once the admin enable the configuration, a tab will be visible on the auctions tab page as shown in the below image,
Admin can apply a date-wise filter to get the previous winner list who has not declared yet.
click on proceed to view the winner list.
The auction ids will display where the winner has not been declared.
Send Purchase Reminder
Now, the admin can send a reminder to the winner to make the purchase complete and also configure the days , configuring days helps the admin to maintain the reminder gap.
suppose the admin select 1 in days then the reminder will send after 1 day of auction end if select 2 then a reminder will send after 2 days of auction end to the winner.
Configuration of the send purchase reminder
Admin need to follow the path Configuration->Auction Config:: Send Purchase Reminder
Enable Bootstrap Grids
Enable Twilio SMS Gateway
Once enabled, you can visit the Twilio SMS Gateway section and configure Twilio by entering the API KEY.
Note: This API you will get from your own Twilio account.
Options available after ENABLING “joining fee”
The message will be sent to the second and third position holder after declaring the winner, to hold on in case the current winner fails to pay the amount, the next highest amount bidder will win.
Front end display
To join any running or upcoming auction,
-the customer will have to select the auction,
-and click on the Join Now button,
-Pay the joining fee for that particular auction
-and then start bidding.
Include Product Images in Auction Emails
You can now send product images in the product auction emails sent via the app. For this, you need to enable this below feature: Visit Product Auction app backend>>Go to Configurations>>General Configuration.
You will now have a edit bid option for merchant when you manually declared a winner.
Edit/Delete Current Proxy Bid
You can now edit or delete the current proxy bid applied on any auction.
Charge Taxes on Joining Fee
You can now charge taxes on the joining fees. In the app, you need to visit the Auction Configuration and configure the below two options as per your requirement:
- Charge Taxes on Each Joining Fee: You need to select this option if you want to charge taxes with joining fee on each product once the customer joins the auction.
- Charge Taxes with Joining Fee only with Taxable Products: You need to select this option if you want to charge taxes with joining fee only on those products to which tax is applied on Shopify.
App Information Page
A new page for is created for the apps’s information like the tags getting added automatically, or any other details related to the app. You can find the page in Configure Frontend section in the app.
Sorting Feature On Auction Listing Page
We have now introduced the “Sorting” feature on the “Products On Auction” page – A page where all the auctions get listed on your storefront.
To display the Sorting feature for your customers, you need to visit the App admin panel>>General Configuration & enable the settings.
Once enabled, select the options that you want to display for your customers.
After that, all the “Sort By” options will appear on the Product Auction Listing page. Now, the customers will visit & sort the auctions by Alphabet, Current bid, Auction Ending Soon, Latest.
Pagination for products listed on the Auction page
We have now added the pagination option for the appearance of product listing on the auction page.
To display the auctioned product listing in the pagination style on the auction page, you need to visit the App admin panel>>Auction Configuration & enable “Pagination for products on auction page”>> save.
After enabling the configuration, the products will be listed in pagination style i.e, 12 products listed on every page, and on disabling the configuration, the product will be listed in “infinite scroll” style.
Edit winning bid
The merchant can now edit the winning bid after the auction ends and the winner is declared AND before the winner has purchased the winning item.
To be able to edit the winning bid, the admin has to enable this configuration from App admin panel>>Auction Configuration & enable “Edit winning bid” >> save.
After enabling the configuration, the admin can edit the winning bid of the ended auctions from the “Auctions” section(Auction app >> auctions >> view.)
Clicking on the “Edit” button, A window will pop up and you need to enter your updated bid and a message for the customer which will be received by the customer on their email.
Please NOTE: You can only enter a greater bid than the winning bid while editing the bid.
After submitting, the new Bid will be updated as the final bid and you can also view the history of edited bids by clicking on the “view” button.
Send Notification To Highest Bidder In Case Reserved Price Has Not Met
We have introduced another feature where Admin can send the email notification to the highest bidder in case the reserved price has not been met and the auction is going to end.
Merchant can set up the time frame prior to which email notification will be sent to the highest bidder before the auction is ending. This will reduce the chances of failed auctions.
Set the time frame:
Merchant can configure a time frame prior to which the highest bidder will receive an email. To set a time frame, Navigate to Configuration > Auction Configuration > Mail To Higher Bidder
Configure Highest Bidder Mail
Admin can change the content for the mail that is been sent to the highest bidder.
PLEASE NOTE: Do not change the variable as every variable retrieves its corresponding values.
For making changes to the mail template, navigate to Configuration > Mail Configuration > Select Highest Bidder Mail template
We have added a new feature in our Product Auction app where admin can allow bidder to add username while bidding on auction product, Navigate to Configuration > Auction Configuration > Bidding Username
Extra field will be added in auction product from where bidder can add their username. Bidder can also update their username from their respective accounts page as well.
Banned Username Keywords
Admin can add banned keywords which bidder cannot use. If bidder tries to use the banned keywords then they will get error message to use another bidder username.
Current Product Version - 1.1