I’m planning on coding in an auction for
Final Furlong. It will be similar to eBay type auctions in that it won’t be live, in the
chat room. (If members still want live auctions, we can do that, too). I’m hoping to have
this done by the time 2006’s Foal Auction occurs, but no promises.
I’m trying to
come up with ideas for features. So far I have:
-Bidding done in at least $500
-Horse sale will be determined by length of time since last bid (i.e. 6hrs,
12hrs, 24hrs, 48hrs, etc), unlike eBay which has a set ending time.
-All bidding will be
automated and immediate
-Max bids will be enabled-like eBay, you can say you want to bid a
max of, say, $20,000 and it will keep automatically bidding for you until it reaches that
-E-mail notification of sale/outbid - this can be turned on/off depending on
member’s specific preferences
-Max prices - a horse will be sold once it reaches a
certain price, regardless of bidding (not sure exactly how this will work)
- owner can refuse sale if the price is too low
Any other suggestions? I’m planning
on setting this up so that members can also create their own auctions, assuming they have at
least, say, 5 or 10 horses to auction. I’m hoping that by having it set up so that the
horse is sold after it hasn’t been bid on for a certain amount of time, this will eliminate
some of the problems of other automated auctions, like sniper bidding and not being online
when the auction ends.