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    Upgraded Features: Product Auction for Shopify – [User Guide]

    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

    Visiting the auction configuration in the configuration section of the app. Here you can configure the settings for this joining fee feature.

    Before proceeding towards creating an auction, let’s look into this :

    Auction Joining Fee
    The customer will be able to enter or join the Auction only if he pays the Joining amount.
    Now Admin can set this amount from the Auction Configuration section and then click on save.


    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.

    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.

    Enable Bootstrap Grids

    Now the option to enable or disable the Bootstrap Grid is here. From the Configuration section, you can enable/ disable this feature in accordance with your theme.


    Enable Twilio SMS Gateway

    This section of the app will let you configure Twilio settings including the SMS contents. We have introduced the Twilio Gateway which you can integrate with our app to send messages (predefined) to customers/bidders.

    For this, you must have your own Twilio account and your messages and charges will be borne by yourself on the basis of Twilio charges.
    Hence to enable this, you have to first enable the Twilio option from the configuration. (ref image below)


    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”

    Enabling this option, all of those auctions on which joining fee feature is enabled- bidder can directly buy auctioned product by clicking on BUY NOW button & hence will be the winner for the selected auction.

    Admin can configure & choose the payment option for auction winner out of the two methods given.
    Either: Booking Amount
    Bidding Amount

    Now when the booking amount is chosen, the admin will enter the amount which he wants the winner of the auction to Pay, this amount may or may not be the price of the product. This amount is paid by the winner to book the product which he has just won in the auction.

    In case of Bidding amount: the winner will have to pay the highest Bid on which he has won the auction.

    *** There will be a time frame or window given to the winner to pay this amount and if winner failed to pay this amount in the set time frame, the second higher bidder will become the winner and so on & this loop will continue till the auction reaches the reserve price.
    Admin can set or change the time duration to pay the booking/bidding amount from the auction configuration section.


    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

    Auction in two different tabs for:

    Running Auctions & Upcoming Auctions:


    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.

    Edit Bid

    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:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.

    sort by feature

    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.

    select sort by



    Furthermore for any kind of technical assistance, just raise a ticket at for any doubt contact us at [email protected]

    Current Product Version - 1.1

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