auction form ?

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    guest_23042218107037
    Asked on October 31, 2012 at 09:58 AM

    Someone asked if they could set up an online auction form. The answer was no as this was too complicated. Why then is there an auction form template in Jotform which allows bidding.? Does it actually work ?  I have just embedded it in my iweb page and it does send the bids through to my email address. This however is just in test mode at present. One question though, will it update the bidding and work like a proper auction site when I publish my website and make it live. At present I don't see the current bid updating itself.  Does anybody know much about this.

    Thanks -  Brian.

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    Deygus
    Answered on October 31, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Hi Brian, I apologize for that, could you please provide us with the link to the particular Form Template you are referring to so that we can take a look at this for you?

    Also could you please provide me with a link to the thread that you recieved your previous answer from?

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    artiquarius
    Answered on October 31, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Hi Deyguss,

    I believe this is the info you are seeking. -  The link to the only thread I could find regarding auctions which I recieved my previous answer from is ......                                    http://www.jotform.com/answers/66268-can-I-set-up-a-form-for-an-online-auction-with-bidding-abilities

    The link to the Auction form in the templates list is ..........                                       http://www.jotform.com/form-templates/search/silent%20auction   It seems there is only one form related to Auctions and this is it.
    Can you tell me if it actually works. i.e. will it change the bidding amount automatically when I publish my Iweb site to the web.  I know it dosen't have a start time and end time like ebay nor a count down clock or proxy bidding or any of the stuff ebay has but I will only be selling one item of a similar nature each day so I may be able to work around this. The important thing is that I know it works as it should before spending a lot of time building a website around it.  Many Thanks - Brian.

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    pinoytech
    Answered on October 31, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Hi Brian,

    This Auction form template isn't working fine as you want. It won't automatically update/change bidding amount if someone submits their bidding amount for a certain item. As my colleague Neil stated on this thread you can use 3rd party service like EBAY to be able to do this job.

    Thank you!

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    artiquarius
    Answered on October 31, 2012 at 01:05 PM

    Why do you have this form available if it dosen't work, it's very misleading and I spent four hours today playing around with it. What a waste of time. I have searched for weeks off and on for something exactly like this and thought at last I had found it. What a disapointment now to find it is only a sham.

    Thanks but I don't want to use ebay it's far too crude and ugly. I wan't to set up a sophisticated looking art site with three or four pages and on one page incorporate a simple personal auction for daily paintings. This would have been ideal. As it does actually send bid amounts through to me on my email maybe you could get your experts to look at the bit which dosen't work i.e. the current bidding figure. If you could get that to change with each bid then you would have something pretty good as there is nothing on the market which will do that so simply.

    Let me know when you have sorted yourselves out.

    BRIAN PATERSON.

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    EduardoMendez
    Answered on October 31, 2012 at 01:39 PM

    @artiquarius 

    We apologize for the inconveniences.

    It seems that what you are looking for can be accomplished.  However, not using our form builder alone.

    There would be much work to customize a complete system. You see, our forms would work great in order to gather the information submitted, however, the updating of the bidding price and also engaging users so that they are obliged to honor their bid could be tricky.  It would take a web developper to put something like this together.  Our forms and what we offer can be used to accomplish a vast number of the functions needed but not all of it - you would need extra programming.

    At any rate, I will look to see if there is a woraround that you may use, but can not promise anything at this point.

    Thank you for looking into our product and services!  

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    artiquarius
    Answered on October 31, 2012 at 02:41 PM

    Thank you your reply and I do understand what you say. I know nothing of coding myself but you seem so close with this and as a layman I am thinking, would it really be so difficult to tell that part of the code to reflect and change each new price when it comes in. As for the honouring of a bid, that's another issue. I think one man band businesses like me can only rely on honesty and I think as long as there is an efficient and immediate checkout system then someone bothering to go through the bidding would I hope still be keen to acquire the item if they won. - I would imagine in my own case each auction would be a 24 hour one so as long as i posted the start and finish time there would be no need for a countdown type of clock. I would merely look at the last bid to come in and send the winner a selection of online payment options.  For the time being then I will have to work with setting a fixed price but this is not ideal and could lose me the potential to maximize my income. If you do manage to find a work around I would be most grateful and interested ( but i can't do coding ). Many thanks for your help.

    BRIAN PATERSON.

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    Deygus
    Answered on October 31, 2012 at 03:51 PM

    Hi Again Brian, I noticed one of your previous questions had been missed somehow...

    Why do you have this form available if it doesn't work, it's very misleading and I spent four hours today playing around with it. What a waste of time. I have searched for weeks off and on for something exactly like this and thought at last I had found it. What a disapointment now to find it is only a sham.

    To answer that question, the reason this has happened is because it was most likely " Shared " or created by someone else but it was never completed which is why it looks like it is working correctly but is theoretically broken. It is also possible that someone came up with the form as an idea and was hoping by sharing it that someone would finish it. When you share a form it goes into our Form's Templates Gallery. Also I would like to point out that when our staff shares a form we do it only when it is one that we have created or modified to to ensure it benefits other jotform users and that it is working correctly as well. We moderate them to an extent of deleting the ones that are spam and inappropriate but if something isn't working such as the mentioned form then that is something we may not catch right away.

    You can " share " forms by going to My Forms > Select Your Form > More > Share on Form Gallery

     

    Based on what I know, this is something that is surely possible but it will take time to produce and as my colleague as stated we really can't guarantee this since it requires custom programming and in doing so that is already outside of JotForm itself. We will see what we can come up with and get back to you as soon as we can.