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Easy.Auction is an auction site builder that allows businesses and charities to create an auction site online. The system supports automatic bidding, anti-sniping and responsive design. Easy.Auction features website management, ...Read more about Easy.Auction

4.44 (62 reviews)


BidJs is an online bidding software that allows online webcast auctions, asset sales, auctions and timed bidding on a website. Designed for B2B assets, the real-time user experience makes sure auctions are held without any glitche...Read more about BidJs

4.53 (17 reviews)


Promena e-Sourcing is a cloud-based auction management, sourcing and procurement platform. It supports strategic solutions, such as request for information (RFI), request for proposal (RFP), request for quotation (RFQ) and e-aucti...Read more about Promena

4.96 (23 reviews)


WeAuction.IO is a SaaS auction solution that helps B2B companies organize real-time auctions. Users can organize a timed, live, or silent auction, and adjust to every condition possible. Select from an ascending, descending, or co...Read more about WeAuction

4.75 (4 reviews) is a cloud-based auction management solution for nonprofits, charities, schools, clubs and congregations. Key features include donor management, event management, item listings, ticket management, online auctions...Read more about

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AuctionMethod is a cloud-based auction management solution with features such as user-configurable auction websites, consignment management, invoice generation and payment processing. The software suits the needs of organizations ...Read more about AuctionMethod

4.93 (27 reviews)

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Auction Broadcaster

Auction Broadcaster is cloud-based auction management solution that enables organizations to stream auction videos, send messages, add customer details and generate reports. The solution is suitable for organizations of all sizes....Read more about Auction Broadcaster

4.78 (9 reviews)

AuctionWorx Enterprise

Timed Online Auction Platform with Mobile-friendly design and Proxy Bidding, Buy Now, Reserve, Fixed Price, and many more options. AuctionWorx is a ready built online auction platform optimized for mobile, tablets, and desktops. ...Read more about AuctionWorx Enterprise

4.85 (27 reviews)

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OneCause offers fundraising software for nonprofits of any size. It supports activities such as donor management, online fundraising, ticketing and auctions with mobile bidding. The solution gives fundraisers tools for planni...Read more about OneCause

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Bidcoz is a cloud-based auction and event-based fundraising solution designed for small and midsize organizations. Key features include functionality for hosting auctions, selling tickets, soliciting sponsorships and encouraging d...Read more about bidcoz

4.56 (9 reviews)

Silent Auction Pro

Silent Auction Pro is a cloud-based event management solution designed for charitable institutes, clubs and other nonprofit organizations. It provides tools to manage contacts, track donations, bundle auction items, generate repor...Read more about Silent Auction Pro

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Accelevents is an all-in-one in-person, virtual & hybrid events platform that empowers event organizers and marketing professionals to create authentic human connections and drive sustainable growth. As a leading event technolog...Read more about Accelevents

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Tip Top Auction

Tip Top Auction is a cloud-based auction solution for small auction businesses. Primary features include donor management, item management, payment processing, print-material generation, online tickets and fundraising. Tip To...Read more about Tip Top Auction

5.00 (6 reviews)


Maxanet is a cloud-based auction management solution designed for companies of all sizes. It offers online bidding, inventory management, registration, credit card integration, bulk email and an events calendar. Maxanet offers di...Read more about Maxanet

2.00 (2 reviews)


ReadySetAuction is a cloud-based bidding management software designed for small and midsize nonprofits. It offers donation management, guest management, event websites, mobile bidding, cashiering and payment processing within a su...Read more about ReadySetAuction

4.67 (15 reviews)

Instant Marketplace

ILance is an auction management solution that enables users to set up online auction platforms that can support bulk uploads and downloads, shipping management, private messaging and more. The solution can be deployed on-premises ...Read more about Instant Marketplace

4.80 (30 reviews)

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Bidr is a cloud-based auction management solution that enables users to manage auctions, auction-based fundraisers and raffles. Key features include a ticketing engine, silent and live auction management, raffle ticket management,...Read more about Bidr

3.85 (13 reviews)


Auctria is a cloud-based fundraising management solution designed for small and midsize nonprofits. It offers website management, payment processing, bid sheets, donor receipts and reporting functionalities within a suite. Au...Read more about Auctria

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GiveSmart is a cloud-based auctioning and event application that is specifically designed for charities. Advanced algorithms help GiveSmart optimize event processes, increase revenue and help bidders save money. Various types of o...Read more about GiveSmart

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Charity Auctions Today

Charity Auctions Today is an auction organization and management solution that helps create online and mobile auctions. Primary features include private auctions, auto catalog numbers, advance credit card registration, multi-curre...Read more about Charity Auctions Today

4.58 (12 reviews)

Buyers Guide

Last Updated: August 08, 2021

Auctions have the potential to raise a ton of money for your foundation, charity or school. Nonprofit event planners said as much when we surveyed them for Software Advice's 2015 report, “Which Fundraising Event Is Best for Your Nonprofit?"

That's the good news. The bad news is they're a ton of work.

You have to get auction items from donors and promote your event through email, social media and every other channel at your disposal to ensure a good turnout. On the day of the auction, the fun really starts: registering guests, capturing bids, collecting payments and writing receipts. Oh, and don't forget the government's cut. They'll want to see all of those 8282 and 8283 forms come tax time.

It's enough to make a short-staffed organization avoid auctions altogether.

If this struggle sounds familiar, you may want to invest in dedicated auction software—applications specifically designed to help users better manage their auction events.

In this Buyer's Guide, we'll break down auction software definitions, common functionality, pricing information and more to help you decide if auction software is right for your organization and what system might best fit your needs.

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What Is Auction Software?
Common Auction Software Functionality
Benefits of Auction Software
How Much Does Auction Software Cost?
Types of Auction Software Buyers

What Is Auction Software?

Auction software helps users with the event planning, bid capturing, payment processing and compliance management aspects of auction fundraisers. This kind of software can help with a one-time event or ongoing online auctions.

Auction setup in BidPal

These platforms offer a central hub to track item and registrant data and facilitate collaboration between members in your organization. They help make auction events run more smoothly, and improve the effectiveness of your fundraising initiatives.

Common Auction Software Functionality

The various features found in auction software are designed to help users manage the entire auction cycle, from pre-event planning to post-event analysis. Here is a list of some common functions to look for in auction software systems:

Event & item management Track and store auction event details, RSVPs, seating charts and more. Procure, tag and list items for auction.
Auction type customization Online or offline? Live, silent, reverse or sealed bid? 'Buy Now' items? This software helps you manage a number of types of auctions.
Website creation & user registration Create a branded auction event website and allow users to register for auctions online for easy bidding and payment.
Automatic bid capture Capture and update bids on auction items in real time. Automated outbid notifications encourage participation.
Payment processing & receipts Process payments immediately upon sale. Email receipts and acknowledgements to donors automatically afterwards.
Post-event analytics & reporting Gain insight and generate necessary forms. For example, you can find out which items did better than expected and what times had the most bidding activity.

Auction software integrates with other systems within your organization, whether it be fundraising software to see how much an auction contributed towards your goals or accounting software to easily capture event expenses in your general ledger.

Benefits of Auction Software

If you never do auction fundraisers or don't rely on them for significant funding, dedicated auction software can seem unnecessary. On the other hand, if big ticket auction events make or break your organization every year, dedicated auction software becomes a vital investment.

Here are three ways auction software can help you run and manage auctions:

  • Make your auctions more flexible. Traditionally, if attendees miss your auction event they can't bid on items. Guests can also get wrapped up at your event and forget to walk over and see what items are on the table. With features like mobile bidding and the ability to host auctions online, auction software offers more flexibility for participants.
  • Encourage participation. Auction software can send automatic push notifications when a person has been outbid and periodic reminders to guests to donate towards your worthy cause. The result? Higher final sale prices on your auction items and more fundraising overall.
  • Securely capture auction data. Bids, payments, receipts, acknowledgements, appraisals, RSVP lists, catering lists, donor information—losing track of any of this information can sink your auction. Auction software not only offers a place to securely store and process this information, but also weaves them together in an intuitive way to create efficient process workflows.

How Much Does Auction Software Cost?

It would be great if every auction software vendor got together and agreed to price their software using the same method, but unfortunately that's not the case. Some common pricing methods you can run into with auction software include:

  • One-time cost (i.e., perpetual license)
  • Per-auction
  • Flat monthly or annual fee
  • Per-user monthly or annual fee

There are other factors besides the software license cost to consider as well. Some vendors may limit the number of items you can put up for auction in a certain pricing tier or charge a “performance fee" (similar to what you'd pay an auctioneer). Others can charge extra for things like customer support or training.

When researching options, pay special attention to how and when you'll be charged for the software to budget accordingly.

Types of Auction Software Buyers

Nonprofit organizations (charities, foundations, schools) are the primary purchasers of auction software, but they're not the only ones. Here are some other types of auction software buyers from commercial businesses, along with examples of products that cater to each audience:

  • Manufacturers. If you need to run a reverse auction to get the best bid from competing suppliers, check out systems like ProcurePort.
  • Auction houses. If you want to create a private online auction to sell off real estate or industrial equipment, look for platforms like Sharp Auction Engine.
  • Car dealerships. If you need to run an auction to sell off vehicle inventory, research products like Auction123.
  • E-commerce businesses. If you're looking to build a long-term auction business online like eBay, consider software like Easy.Auction.