|1- Time Left: By clicking this button, a window will pop so that you can set a countdown timer.
In the bidder applet, the message:
"Approximate time left to scheduled auction start" followed by the countdown HH:MM:SS will show.
Note: this button is visible only if the auction as not started.
|2- You may click on tabs to access controls and settings for the auction.
Overview of a lot sent to the Selling Ring
Before going into the details of each fields in the above figure we define the 4 types of users.
- The Auctioneer is a user of the system and therefore has a login name. The auctioneer's login name must be made of 2 to 7 characters. It must start with a letter and must not contain white spaces and some reserved characters.
- An Internet bidder has a login name made of 2 to 7 characters. It must start with a letter and must not contain white spaces and some reserved characters.
- An On Site bidder has no login name but is identified to INetAuction by the words "On Site" or by a name that starts with a digit (0 to 9). This identifier must be made of 1 to 7 characters (e.g.. 1bob, 1329, 55supra).
- An On Behalf bidder is a bidder for which you the auctioneer is placing bids. The naming convention for these bidders is the same as for Internet bidders. The distinction between these two types of bidders is made when the bidder is first created in the system. The On Behalf bidders are created by the auctioneer in the "All Users" panel while an Internet bidder is created when the user first registers. Both types of bidders are maintained in 2 distinct lists in the "All Users" panel.
Multi-Buyers checked box could be applicable for the following: a lot or a group of lots with choices in numerical order that have 1 as quantity for each lot.
In the event that the winner do not choose the whole quantity, potential buyers that wish to buy at the same price could send their chosen quantity while the winner is choosing. All offers related to the lot(s) that meet the winning bid will be considered(excluding the offers of the winner). See the image below that show the result of the action generated by clicking the "Choose" button.
|1- Clicking this button will pop a small window were you can select an online user(s) in order to communicate a message.
|2- This input field is used to change the quantity. You may have more then 1 item in a lot. If it is the case, a check box will appear at the right that will say "each". If checked, the lot will be offered as the bid times the quantity and the quantity will appear in front of the lot title.
ex: Qty: 2 Da Vinci - Mona Lisa
|3- Clicking this button will hide the list of offers and turn the background yellow. The use is to receive the information that a bidder have his mouse over his bid button and show the last amount that he did bid for the lot.
|4, 5, 6- Reserve: this amount (if any) must be met before the auctioneer can sell the lot. The reserve is shown in red if it is not met. At any time the auctioneer can lower the reserve or increase it by entering a new value in the input field beside it. The original value inside parentheses is kept for further reference. The original value is the value you assigned when you created the lot.
|7- If checked, offers that could meet the asking are displayed.
8- Display offers that could meet the asking.
9- List of offers: At any time you can select the bidder’s login name and type the letter "i" to view his information, that information will be displayed in the participants panel if the user is currently logged in. Note that a "~" in front of a username means that the bidder is not approved to bid but was at the moment he made his offer. To approve that bidder you need to select the offer in the list and type the letter "A".
10- A colored bar (red or green) will show if an offer was just received.
11- By clicking this button, the offer selected is taken as a bid in accordance with the asking amount.
|12- "Bid on behalf of" list. To modify the "Bid on behalf of" list, click on the "On Behalf" tab.
13- Clicking this button will place a bid with the selected name as the bidder and the current asking amount as the bid amount.
|14- Clicking this button will send the sentence contained in it to all bidders. Then the button will contain the next message (if any). See "Participants" Tab.
15- Checking the check box will change the color of the amounts contained in the list of Increments to blue. Also it will uncheck the "Asking = HighBid + new Inc." check box.
16- Checking the check box will change the color of the amounts contained in the list of Increments to red. Also it will uncheck the "Replace Inc." check box.
17- As for the increment list described in # 19, specifying an amount in this input field will result in different actions depending on the state of the "Replace Inc." check box. The actions carried out are the same as the ones described above, except that instead of clicking an amount in the increment list, you specify it manually.
18- Increment: This value is used to compute the next asking amount when a new bid is received. If the increment is 0, a "?" is displayed.
19- Increments list: If the increment is 0 (i.e. undefined) a "?" is displayed under the increment label (above the list) and the list of default increments is displayed in the increment list.
Note: the values displayed in this list can be changed. To add an increment in the list, type the value in the input field( # 17 ) then press the Enter key. To remove an increment in the list, type the value in the input field( # 17 ) then hold the Ctrl key then press the Delete key. Also the list can be modified by editing file applet.htm of directory auctioneer.
Clicking an amount in this list generates different actions depending on the current state of the "Replace Inc." check box:
"Replace Inc." NOT checked:
Again, clicking an amount in the list box generates different actions depending on the high bid, asking and increment values.
case 1: high bid = 0, asking = 0, increment = 0"Replace Inc." checked:
The increment list contains all the values from file applet.htm: 1, 2, 2.5, 5, 10, 12.50, 20, 25, 50, 100, etc.
Clicking 25 will result in setting the asking amount to 25, leaving the high bid and the increment unchanged. This leads to case 2 below.
case 2: high bid = 0, asking = 25, increment = 0
The increment list contains all the values from file applet.htm: 1, 2, 2.5, 5, 10, 12.50, 20, 25, 50, 100, etc.
Clicking 50 in the list will place an On Site bid equals to the asking amount (i.e. 25), will increment the asking amount by 50 (setting it to 75) and will set the increment value to 50.
The net result will be: high bid = 25, asking = 75, increment = 50. The asking list now displays: 75, 125, 175, 225, etc. and the list of increments now displays: 1-, 2-, -2.50, 5-, 10-, -12.50, 20-, 25-. The "-" beside an amount means that the asking will be decremented if this increment amount is clicked. This leads to case 3 below.
case 3: high bid = 25, asking = 75, increment = 50
The increment list now contains: 1-, 2-, 2.50, 5-, 10-, 12.50, 20-, 25-.
Clicking 20- will leave the high bid amount unchanged, will decrement the asking amount by 20 (setting it to 55) and will set the increment to 20.
The net result will be: high bid = 25, asking = 55, increment = 20. The asking list now displays: 55, 75, 95, 115, etc. and the list of increments now displays: 1-, 2-, 2.50, 5-, 10-, 12.50, 20-, 25-.
case 4: high bid = 0, asking = 0, increment = 25
The increment list contains all the values from file applet.htm: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, etc.
Clicking 100 will result in setting the asking amount to 100, leaving the high bid and the increment unchanged.
The net result will be: high bid = 0, asking = 100, increment = 25. The asking list now displays: 100, 125, 150, 175, etc. and the list of increments now displays: 1-, 2-, 5-, 10-, 20-, 25-, 50-.
The list of all values from file applet.htm is displayed. Clicking an amount in the list (or specifying one in the Input field above the "Increment list"), will set the increment value to the clicked amount, leaving the high bid amount and the asking amount unchanged.
Asking: the amount the auctioneer is allowed to accept. The user cannot bid less than the asking amount. The asking amount cannot be set to a value that is equal or less than the current highest bid. If the asking is 0, a "?" is displayed. See also "Asking list"(# 22), "Asking input field"(# 21) and "Asking button"(# 20).
20- if an amount is showing on the button, that amount corresponds to the current asking minus the increment. You click it to decrement the asking amount by the Increment value, provided that the new asking amount remains greater than the highest bid.
21- Use this field to set a new asking amount. The new asking amount must be greater than the current high bid value.
22- The asking list:
Clicking in this list generates different actions depending on the current values of the asking and increment amounts. There are 3 cases:
case 1: the asking amount has not been specified yet (i.e. the lot has been created with a blank asking amount). In this case the list contains only one entry, a question mark ("?"), clicking it does nothing.
case 2: the current increment value is 0 (i.e. "?") and an asking amount has been specified, either when the lot was created or using the input field below the list. In this case the list contains only one value, the current asking amount. Clicking it, will make a bid of that amount, will set the new asking amount to twice that amount and will set the increment to that amount.
For example if the list contains 500 only and the current increment is 0, clicking the 500 will result in the following new values: high bid = 500, asking = 1000 and increment = 500.
case 3: both the increment and asking amounts are greater than zero. In this case the list will display the current asking amount followed by a sequence of amounts, each being greater than the preceeding one by one increment value.
For example, if the first amount in the asking list is 9975 and the increment is 25, the list will contain the following values: 9975, 10000, 10025, 10050, 10075, 10100 ...
Clicking any of these values will make an On Site bid equal to the clicked amount. For example, if you click 10025, this will generate an On Site bid of 10025, the new asking amount will be set to 10050 and the increment will remain unchanged. The new displayed values will then be: 10050, 10075, 10100, 10125, 10150, ...
This list is useful when the pace of the auction is very fast. Consider the case where 5 bidders raise their hands one after the other and the last one is for the 10075 asking amount. You don't need to click the On Site Bid button 5 times, simply click on 10075. 10075 will become the new high bid and the new asking amount will be set to 10100.
23- Checking this check box will force the use of a preset table of increments. Controls related to increments settings will be hidden.
|24- +: Clicking this button will select the next image of a multi images lot. Example of a set of images names: 1-1-3.jpg, 1-2-3.jpg, 1-3-3.jpg. 1-2-3.jpg is the second image of a set of 3 related to lot# 1. On the left side of the "+" button an image selector can also be used to select. The selected image is also showed in the bidder applet.
|25- By clicking this button a bid that match the asking amount is made under the username contained in the button. The username is in relation with the first offer in the list of offers that match the asking amount. This button shows only if an offer can match the asking amount.
|26- High bid: If the high bidder is not "On Site" the label "High Bid is red or green. Under the label the message "No offers yet" is displayed if no bids were made. Otherwise the Highest bid amount is displayed.
|27- OnSite Priority:By clicking this button, a highest bidder is replaced by an "On Site" bidder. The Internet bidder that made the last bid gets a message that say:
"*** Auctioneer recognized On Site Bidder. BID AGAIN ! ***"
|28- Undo: By clicking this button, the highest bid gets cancelled if the status of the lot is blank, i.e. sellable otherwise the status is set to blank.
|29- (SELL): By clicking this button, the sale becomes a conditional sale. If the winner is online, a message is sent that say ex: "Lot 1 was sold to you for 9,250 USD. This sale is conditional to future acceptance by the consignor."
|30, 30A, 31- To submit an "On Site" bid (see also Asking list(# 22), Increment list(# 19)) you either click the "Bid"button(# 31) or you press the Enter key in one of the 2 input fields to its right. The first input field (# 30) is used to specify the bid amount while the second(# 30A) is used to specify the On Site buyer number. You can specify a value in both input fields, in only one or in none of them. If you don't specify the bid amount, the current asking amount will be used. If you don't specify the Buyer number, the words "On Site" will be used.
Being allowed to specify no values at all is useful during the auction when you're in a rush and have no time to enter the actual buyer number. The good news is that at any time you can change a buyer number to reflect floor reality, here is how to do it: in the first input field(# 30), specify the amount of the bid for which you want to change the buyer number, in the second field(# 30A) specify the new buyer number and press Enter.
|32- The "Once"/"Twice"/"No regret" button is used to warn the bidders that the current lot is about to be sold or passed. This button is enabled only if the Reserve is met or if no bids were made. Every time you click it, it changes its state from "Once" to "Twice" or from "Twice" to "No regret". As soon as a new bid arrives its state is reset to the "Once" state.
At each click a sound will be played and a message will be displayed at the bidder's sites. Note that the "No regret" message will not be displayed and the sound will not be played at a bidder's site if the bidder is currently leading.
|33- SELL: this button is enabled only when there is at least one bid and when the Reserve is met. If no other bids are made, the lot is sold to the highest bidder. The bidders' applets will play the sound "Sold" and will display a message like "Sold for $8500 to albert".
|34- PASS: this button is enabled only if there are no bids for the lot. The bidders' applets will play the sound "Pass" and will display the message "PASS".
|35- Next: this button is enabled only if the current lot is sold or pass and if the next lot is available for sale (that is if the next lot is not already sold, passed or removed).
|36- A colored bar(red or green) will show if a bid was just received.
|37- List of Bids: A small list box shows all bids and bidders for that lot. Bids are listed from highest to lowest.
If a bidder is part of the "on behalf of" list an asterisk is displayed to the right of the bidder's name.
At any time you can click on the bidder’s login name to view his information, that information will be displayed in the participants panel if the user is currently logged in.
|38- Time Left: By clicking this button, a window will pop so that you can set a countdown timer that will show in the panel ring and also in the bidder applet. In the bidder applet a message like:
"Approx. time left to auction resume 0:15:57" will show at the top of the left pane.
|1- In this example we have a group of 7 lots that is sold as a choice in numeric order. The quantity of each lot is 1. This window is used to select the Internet bidders that wish to buy the lots that the winner might not take.
|2- CR! is to signify that the bidder has gone over his credit limit.
|3- Offers related to any lots in the group that meet the winning bid are added to the list.
|4- The red label is used to capture the attention of the operator since the winner is an Internet bidder and there is a chance that all lots can be sold over the Internet. Below we see an orange label that tell the selection of Internet bidder(s).
|The winner has chosen 2. At this point you can click on the "Select" button.
|1- You may enter the requested quantity by the OnSite bidders and their paddle#.
|2- Selected Internet bidders.
|3- 7 lots are available but the total selection is 8 (including the Internet winner).
|4- You may change the quantity to match the availability.
|1- The "~" signify that the quantity as been changed.
|2- All 2 labels are red. It means that all the group is bought by Internet bidders.