Auction FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When is the auction?
Where is the auction catalog?
I clicked on an item in the catalog but the webpage won’t open for me….what did I do wrong?
How do I bid on an item?
Is there a minimum “starting bid” for the auction items?
Is there a minimum “bid increase” amount for the auction items?
How will I know if I’ve been outbid?
How will I know if I’ve won an auction?
How much is the shipping cost for any items I win?
How do I pay for the items I won?
I didn’t win any of the items I bid on!  Can I still contribute to the FUNdraiser?


When is the auction?

Bidding opens a 10am(edt) on Thursday 11/3  and closes at 7pm(edt) on Saturday 11/5
“edt” stands for Eastern Daylight Savings Time.  For help with converting to your timezone the online World Clock may be helpful.  New York City is a good reference city to use as they are in the edt time zone.



Where is the auction catalog?

There are 67 items in the 2011 FUNdraiser Auction.
Illustrated Auction Catalog (on the blog): LINK
Auction Text Index (on the Message Board): LINK



I clicked on an item in the catalog but the webpage won’t open for me….what did I do wrong?

Patience, Grasshopper. If you click on an item in the catalog before the auction goes “live” (on Thursday 11/3), the Item Thread may not open. Please bookmark the catalog page and revisit during the live hours of the auction (8am 11/3 – 7pm 11/5)


How do I bid on an item?

Registration is required to bid on any item.  If you currently have access to the Message Board (MB) and chat, you are already registered.
Each auction item is offered for bid on a separate “thread” on the MB.
The first post in the thread includes a large photo and description of the item
Bidders make comments, ask questions and post their bids using the “Quick Reply” text entry box at the bottom of the thread page.
NOTE: be sure to advance to the LAST page in the thread to see the latest bid.


Is there a minimum “starting bid” for the auction items?

There is no minimum starting bid. Starting bids are left to bidder’s discretion.


Is there a minimum “bid increase” amount for the auction items?

There is no minimum amount for bid increases.  Bidding amounts are left to bidder’s discretion.


How will I know if I’ve been outbid?

Option 1: Bookmark the page and check the Item Thread for the latest post
Option 2: Use the MB “subscribe to this thread” feature to receive a notice when someone posts to the thread


How will I know if I’ve won an auction?

Item Threads will be closed at 7pm on 11/5.  Check the thread(s) for the item(s) you were bidding on.  If you have the last (and highest bid), you have won the item.



What are the shipping/handling costs for any items I win?

SMART pays s/h, however you may wish to consider adding something extra to your auction payment for items won to help offset postage costs


How do I pay for the items I won?

Full instructions:  LINK


I didn’t win any of the items I bid on! 🙁 Can I still contribute to the FUNdraiser?:

Yes!  Thank you for your interest in contributing to SMART Recovery Online.  All donations are appreciated.
Full instructions to make a donation: LINK



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