Start your Own Online Auction Website!
Start your Own Online Auction Website!
Penny auction which is characterized by the low prices for auctioned items and high profits for the operator is the “win-win” concept.
The price for auctioned items starts at zero and then increases with each new bid. The price increase is usually set to a minimum amount. To place a bid however, the bidder must pay a fee to the operator. The price of one bid is higher than the amount of increase.
Additionally, each new bid resets the timer to allow others placing their bids, too. The most active bidding begins when the auction timer almost expires.
How long does it take to start Penny auction?
Out-of-the-box solution with a pre-defined set of functions and modules (which are selected in the order page) together with a standard skin can be deployed within a few business days. The time of deployment depends on whether the client has already created accounts in the payment systems or not.
In case of an individual design creation and heavy customization, the time of deployment is from 15 business days to several months (depending on the complexity). It is critically important that the client invests their time and stays in close cooperation with the development team providing timely responses and approvals of the suggested options.
What costs do I carry when launching Penny auction website?
– Penny auction software cost.
– Monthly costs of the server rent.
– Support. Our experience shows that having an agreement for continuous support is more cost effective than handling each new fixture as a separate order (getting an estimate for each task, approving the estimate, signing an order and making prepayment). E.g., if your server is down and you don’t have an agreement for technical support, you will lose valuable time for settling formalities instead of having the issue fixed immediately.
– Auction administrator salary (in case you are going to hire a person for this position).
– Marketing costs.
What marketing steps I should follow when launching Penny Auction?
Marketing is the king. If you don’t invest enough of you time, efforts and investments in your platform marketing and promotion it won’t be used by people.
Make your auction participants feel like a community. Find the right communication channels. All successful online auction businesses have a strategy for attracting customers to their sites. Without a carefully thought-out plan, turning a profit becomes much more difficult. Various marketing options online businesses have at their disposal include SEO, PPC advertising, email and SMM campaigns.
Additional options include bonus and partner programs which can help either to attract new clients or retain the existing ones. Try as many instruments as you can and find out what works best for you.
Think of your future clients’ retention by organizing special advertising campaigns for existing clients, get feedback and improve your business.
What losses Penny Auction owner can bear at start?
It’s a standard situation when an auction owner bear losses at the initial stage because the number of users is limited. At first you need to attract users, make them feel the taste of victory and give them a possibility to share it with their friends. About 60% of goods are sold at a loss in the initial phase, but the other 40% cover the losses.
What are the legal aspects of Penny Auction?
Due to the possibility of participants spending a lot of money and still losing an auction, or ultimately spending more than the retail value of the item they end up winning, some analysts have criticized the model or compared it to gambling, even when operating without fraud.
That is why in some countries Penny auctions are under restriction.The open legal question is whether the outcome of the penny auction is determined by chance or by skill. If chance, then penny auctions likely would be illegal gambling and/or illegal lotteries. If skill, then the penny auctions are likely legal, but still dangerous. At the end of the auction, the”winner” has not won the item, but rather has won the right to buy the item. Without full, clear and conspicuous disclosures, a penny auction site may deceive a consumer who does not understand the process.
If you are a penny auction owner, it is critical that you consult with an experienced eCommerce attorney with the background to advise you about the latest information in the online penny auction industry in your country, specifically with regard to fair and safe bidding practices.
How can I receive payments on Penny Auction website?
Merkeleon offers the following payment solutions that can be integrated to the website:
1. Online Payment.
The following payment systems can be integrated in the trading platform upon request:
The only thing you need to do to start using payment system is to register merchant account and inform Merkeleon about registration data. All further steps are taken by us.
2. Offline Payment
Invoice system integration allows a user to generate an invoice and pay for the services by bank transfer, for example.
How do I choose server and hosting service provider?
Merkeleon covers all technical issues, taking care about the hosting and server. We provide dedicated servers for each of the projects which is a guarantee of impeccable platform working.
What kind of customization is available?
All levels of customization are available for auction platform. Additionally, new skins can be developed to create a completely unique design. The flexibility of “Merkeleon” system does not restrict any sort of changes and allows realizing practically any ideas. It is even possible to create multiple designs that can be rotated or switched by one button click in admin area.
Day/ Night Auctions
Auctions for Newcomers
Auction with Bids Compensation
Limited Bids Auction
Auction with Price Compensation
Voting for putting a product up for auction
Affiliate and Bonus module
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