Adding lots individually would be very inconvenient for you especially in an auction with many lots, so take ease with Aucto’s sophisticated bulk upload feature saving you time and effort. To bulk upload lots in an auction follow these steps:
Starting from the Aucto homepage hover over seller tools and click on manage auctions.
Under manage auctions > current auctions.
Click on edit, on the auction you wish to bulk upload lots to.
Click on add bulk lots.
To use this feature you will need access to an Excel or spreadsheet program, a CSV file can be created in Microsoft Excel or Google Spreadsheets.
How you make a CSV file is very simple, download our Example CSV file and open it using Microsoft Excel and you can begin to input auction data into the file.
Lot ID number – You can make this any number you like, however two separate lots cannot have the same lot number.
The lot title is very important, ensure there is a make and model number.
Details are optional, this is just any additional information that you would want potential buyers to know about the lot.
Starting bid is where the price for this lot in the auction will begin, typically you want this to be a lower amount to entice potential buyers to start bidding.
Increment is how much the price will go up when someone places a bid, this number must a be a multiple of 5, we would recommend you use the Auto Increment feature which will increase the incremental amounts as the bidding price rises – to activate this feature from the spreadsheet document enter “0”.
Specify a removal cost, if you want to charge the buyer a removal fee you can set a fixed amount, enter “Q“ for contact for quote, enter “p“ to select pickup only.
Reserve value is the minimum amount that the lot will go for, if the lot does not meet the reserve amount in the auction then the lot will not be sold.
The buy it now price is optional.
Enter brand and model number.
The reserve price, buy it now price, manufacturer and model number are optional entries in an auction
Once you have uploaded your CSV file, you can see all of the lots are uploaded. The next step you want to take is to upload photos in bulk.
From the lots page in the auction editor, click on upload photos
Create a folder to put all of your pictures in for this event, and begin renaming the photos to the correct format – The lot number comes first then you put an underscore and type in the photo name for example 100_1, 100_2
Upload your folder
That completes the process for bulk uploading lots in an auction