If you're running a silent auction, setting the proper starting bid, bid steps and buy-it-now price will result in higher bids and bigger donations.

Here are some rules of thumb:

  • For TravelPledge items, use the TravelPledge-provided starting bid, available within the experience details. Learn more.

  • For non-TravelPledge donated items, start the bidding at 30% of the fair market value (FMV).

  • For fixed-price consignment items, add 10% to your cost if the item sells.

  • Your bid steps should be about 10% of the retail value of your item. You can view the retail value of TravelPledge items within the experience details.

  • You should have 10 to 14 bid steps, with the 1st step being the starting bid and the 14th step being the “Buy-it-now price”.

Example: Suppose you select a vacation on TravelPledge with a retail value of $1000 and a starting bid of $300. The following bids should be $400, $500, etc... all the way until your buy-it-now price of $1,600.

For more information about running your silent auction, check out The Definitive Guide to Silent Auction Fundraisers.

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