How Mobile Auctions Work

Scroll down for steps on how we run mobile auctions.

Create a mobile auction in 5 mintues

The auction setup wizard makes it easy for all skill levels.

Live Event Registration Kiosk

Easily register bidders and send your auction link by text message.


Keep guests up to date with Top Items, Items with No Bids, Totals, & Sponsors.

Works with Auctioneers

Add live items on the fly that sell offline.

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Create Your Mobile Auction

The Auction Setup Wizard only takes 5 minutes to complete and your auction is ready to add items.

How the auction setup wizard works

Is it really that easy? Yes, we took years of data and found all the pain points people had when creating and running mobile auctions. We take the stress out of creating the auction and built our platform around the need to simplify the process.

Choose an Auction Plan

When you're ready to start using CharityAuctionsToday, choose an Auction Plan and tell us how you would like to receive auction payouts. We can Direct Deposit all funds into your bank account within 48 hours, or you can Request a Paper Check by mail.

Are there any hidden fees? No, all of our pricing and fees are laid out on our pricing page. You can choose a free plan where we just take a small performance fee or, if the auction is going to raise over 20K, we have pre-paid plans to help lower your costs.

Upload Items

There are 3 ways to add items into our system.

  1. Enter items one by one.
  2. Import items in bulk.
  3. Create an auction item link and have your donors submit items online. Once you edit and approve, items will be live.

What if I don't have all my items yet? No Problem, you can continue to add items even when your auction has launched. If you need items, we have partnered with some great companies that will give you items on consignment so you can list them Risk Free.

Design Your Auction Website

The auction designer will create a great looking auction every time. Choose between 12 predesigned themes or have your designer match the look and feel of your website.

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I'm not a designer? No problem, that's why we created the 12 pre-designed themes. Just click on the design you like and preview it in our design editor. Again, we make things easy ;)

How Live Events Work With Mobile Auctions

Registration Kiosk

As guests arrive at your live event, they will register on the Registration Kiosk. When they complete registration, our system will send a text message to their phone with a link to your mobile auction.

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Can I use an Ipad or Laptop? Yes, put our registration kiosk link onto any device and place it at the Check-In table. When guests arrive, they fill out a few fields, and hit submit. Our platform will send them a text messge with a link to your event. They will be logged in and ready to place bids in about 30 seconds.

Bidders Without Smart Phones

Bidders without a smart phone can use a Public Bidding Kiosk. This kiosk can be put on a tablet or laptop. Bidders will still register on the Registration Kiosk to create a bidder account. When bidding on the Public Bidding Kiosk, bidders only have to enter their bidder number or email along with the bid amount.

How does the public bidding kiosk work? You will place our public bidding kiosk link on a tablet or labtop so bidders without a smart phone can walk up and place a bid with either their email, username or bidder number. They will register the same way on the Registration Kiosk.


Display the leaderboard on a screen or wall to give your guests a great visual of the Top Items, Items With No Bids, Auction Totals and to Thank Your Sponsors.

Does the leaderboard update in realtime? Yes, anytime a bid changes on your auction, the leaderboard will update in realtime.

Out Bid Notifications

Any time a bidder is out bid, our system will send them an out bid notification email. We will also send an out bid text notification with a link directly back to the item. This will allow bidders to rebid from anywhere.

Are out-bid text notifications free? Yes, we don't nickle and dime you for every little thing. We have a vested interest in your auction succeeding. We will help you any way we can to make sure it's successful.

Fast Check Out

When the auction ends, the system will generate and send invoices by text message. As bidders make a payment, invoices will be marked as paid in real time. To speed up invoice payments you can force bidders to have a credit card on file before they bid.

Will items from my live auction and mobile aucton be on one invoice? Yes, our platform will combine all items onto one invoice. This will make check out fast and easy. You can print a "pick list" or "sold item" report to quickly hand out items.

How It Works With Auctioneers

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Can you work directly with my auctioneer? Yes, a lot of our clients have us deal directly with their auctioneer to help manage the event.

Add Live Items to Mobile Invoices

List your Live Auction Items as "View Only" and assign winners once the Auctioneer sells an item. Items can be added to the invoices which were created after the mobile auction.

Will items be separate? Yes, we separate View Only items from Mobile Auction items on the bidders cell phone. This will allow them to quickly switch from the mobile auction to the live auction.

Paddle Raise

Our paddle raise feature will give your auctioneer a hand and provide a fun way to raise more money.

Is CharityAuctionsToday the right choice for me? Yes, we started in 2007 and know what is takes to help our clients run successful mobile auctions. As you probably learned by now, our platform is the easist to use. It's time to to take the next step and join the Charity Auctions Today family!

Trusted by 4500+ of the world's top Nonprofits & Schools

Our team has worked with organizations, large and small, from around the world. Below is a sample list of the clients who trusted us to manage and run their online, mobile and live auctions.

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Create Your Auction Website Now!

Easily customize your auction and start accepting bids today.