When I look at the active auctions I see that they are all based in the Greater Victoria area. Why is this? We will be looking for the greatest possible exposure for our auction (if we choose to use GoBid). Does GoBid network with other charity sites such as Charity Village? Is there any reach in to the U.S.?
Are fees charged if an item does not sell?
Good morning Michael:
thank you for your email.
GoBid has been in operation for 17 years and yes, we are based in Victoria, BC. However, we have a user base of over 4000 people from across Canada and some in the US as well. Our following is very loyal and our charities do quite well with their auctions. We bought GoBid back in February from Cathy Noel who ran the company for 17 years. We re-designed the entire site, added new features and functionality and overall the feedback has been very positive.
We promote our site via our own social media channels, newsletters and of course direct communication with our user base when auctions are launching, etc.
When an auction closes, the fees are levied against items sold as that’s the only monetary transactions that have occurred. Items that are not sold remain in possession of the charity whose auction they were posted on.
All payments happen online-obviously- and each charity has their own Stripe account set up so that payments for items go directly into the charity’s accounts (our fees are taken off separately and automatically).
This allows the charity to receive their funds faster and directly rather than waiting for us to cut them a cheque; and our fees are taken off automatically as well.
We own another company called BeGiving.ca which is a fully functional online fundraising platform for charities so our primary focus is based in the non-profit and charitable sector, meaning we do a great deal of cross promotion within both of our platforms.
I hope this answers your questions? We would love to have your company join us for your online auction.
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