Most item fields are optional:
The 6-7 required fields are all that are necessary to generate bid sheets, award items to the winners/buyers and process the sales transactions:
- Donor (defaults to first on list)
- Item Name
- Quantity (defaults to 1)
- Category (defaults to first on list)
- Type (defaults to Silent)
- Fair Market Value
- Price (for fixed price item types)
The vast majority of fields are optional. Deciding which features/tools are useful for your event early in your planning process allows your team to ignore the irrelevant fields.
Unlike Bid and Description sheets, Gift Certificates must be configured on individual items before they can be generated.
There are several options for entering an item with multiple donors. The easiest is to create a new donor record with each donors' name listed in the Business name field (eg John Smith and Giselle Winery). Other options will provide better tools for donor management with the most time intensive item entry (creating a lot) providing the most precise donor tracking and management.
- Creating a single Silent item with qty = X will generate a shared item number and X separate bid sheets (up to 10).
- Cloning the original item (and adjusting the quantities of all items accordingly) will create items with different item numbers and allow you to place individual items in a lot, on different tables/closing times, and/or in different venues.
- Silent items can only have quantity = 1 to be offered in the Online Auction venue.
FAQ: How do I delete Items?
A: Go to Catalog tab. Select items you want to delete by checking the boxes in the left column. Click Bulk actions button, then Delete Items.
You will be blocked if an items was sold and/or returned. instead of deleting, edit the item to make sure there is zero (0) quantity and that the item is hidden from public view.
FAQ: What is the Tracking Number?
A: The Tracking number is a unique identifier generated when the item is first entered into the software and will not change - making it the preferred identifier for tracking your physical items prior to your event. It is common practice to enter donations into the software then affix a number to the physical item to denote that the item has been processed and to allow items to be moved to your event venue and displayed in an organized manner. Item numbers are often changed at the end of the procurement process (items are added to lots, moved to new tables etc) so it is problematic to track physical items by item number.
FAQ: Why are some/all items missing from a lot?
A: Items are not permanently moved to the lot until the Lot item is saved. We recommend selecting the desired items for a lot, naming the Lot item, then saving the record to ensure your items are saved to the lot before proceeding with edits to the price fields and description/restriction text.
FAQ: How do I enter an item that doesn't have a donor?
A: Create a faux donor record, such as "Friends of _________".
FAQ: Can I make a donor/donation anonymous?
A: Edit the donor's record: check the "Make donor anonymous to public" box and save. If the donor has multiple items and wants some to be public and some anonymous, create two donor records, one for the public items and another for the anonymous items.
FAQ: Do I have to mark items as Status = Complete and/or Print Ready = Yes in order to sell the and/or include them in the catalog?
A: No, those fields have no programming value, they are solely for your team's use to track and report your progress.
FAQ: Can I edit the fonts and/or formatting on the printed materials?
A: No. The printed materials have variable formatting designed to display a wide range of text across items so the formatting cannot be edited.
FAQ: How do I enter and sell a Dessert Dash item?
A: Plus and Premium Subscribers can create a Voting contest using the readymade template. For standard subscribers, there are several ways to set this up but all of them involve creating a single item with adequate quantity and recording the sales using the bulk sales screen on auction night. The variations in entry only matter for tax purposes. The arguments may vary in strength depending on how it is actually done but because we are not tax consultants, we do not advocate any over the others. Your choices:
- Enter as type = raffle with a fixed price acknowledged on the receipt but with no deductibility as a chance game. Each guest is betting that his table will be the highest total.
- Enter as type = sellable with a FMV calculated as the average cost per person of a dessert. The amount entered for each bid number is then applied against that FMV and anything above it is deductible. (Avoid the trap of thinking about cumulative table cost of dessert, donations, etc. as the table is irrelevant to taxes and your software.) Some guests benefit more, some less but this choice makes the argument that the total amount deductible is fairer to the tax payer and collector.
- Enter as type = paddle raise so it is all deductible as as donation. The argument is that dessert was paid for with admission and any benefit from getting to choose a dessert in a different order is so nominal and diluted by the cumulative table effect as to be negligible.