Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response to. That’s when I feature them on the blog. This is one of those days.
The previous two weeks, I’ve held auctions and the confusion with the auctions has increased rather than gotten better.
I had a comment come in from one blog reader about these little sewing machines.
She felt bad because she was really interested in the machines but she had no idea how to bid and thus didn’t.
This was days after the auction had ended. I guess being I do so much with the blog I take a few things for granted and assume everyone knows stuff. I also have my adult kids that live close who I see often so I can bounce questions like this off of them. I apologize for assuming others might know things that I know or have the same resources I have.
Then this comment came in after this auction…
“I need help understanding how to access your blog and where to bid. I get an email from you every day, is this your blog?
How do I tell you what item I want to bid on and see the preceding bids?
I enjoy your daily posts.”
I decided that I need to write a blog post on how to bid when I host a postage auction here. So, here goes. I am taking picture from one of the previous auctions so I can show you what to do.
First…at the top of the page you will see the comment section. It’s right below the title of the post. See where the curser is pointing and where it says 125 comments. You need to click there to leave a comment or a bid. You can click there any time you want to respond to any post I write. It’s a great place to get to know other readers, see comments other readers made or check for clarification. At time I might write something in a blog post recipe and write that the recipe needs 2 t of cinnamon. Someone in the comments might write, “do you mean teaspoons or tablespoons?’ I will answer back and say teaspoons.
Reading the comments on any post really adds a lot to any blog reading. I know one time I wrote a post about making hamburger gravy. Oh, my word. There were 130 people who commented about hearing or not hearing about hamburger gravy before. You can read the post HERE if you are curious. It was a lot of fun reading the comments and it really added a lot to the post. My husband was alive at the time I wrote it and he was so interested in the comments too. Many of us decided hamburger gravy was likely a regional food.
Anyway, bidding is much like leaving a comment. Once you hit the button that said comments, which was under the title of the post, it will take you to a page like this. On auction days, I have tried to really quickly get there before any of you do and wrote comments in.
Your job is to find the item you want to bid on. Let’s say #4, the Embroidery Books was your wanted item. You scroll down to the spot where it says Jo and #4. This is what it looked like on this day. You will look and see the prices previous bidders had bid. You decide that you would like to bid more. Scroll to the bottom of the #4 section BEFORE it says anything about #5 and you click the reply button.
It brings you here. There will be a spot for you to write a bid. It works best if you type ” #4 Embroidery Books plus postage” and then type the amount you want to pay. Type in your name and email. If you have a blog or website you can type it in but it isn’t necessary. Then submit your bid.
Your bid doesn’t always show up immediately. Sometime you might need to refresh your page. That’s this little symbol at the upper left of your page.
Another problem that can happen is if you have never left a comment here on the blog before. All first-time comments are held and I have to approve them. Sometimes I’m busy and don’t get to them because I am upstairs sewing or you submit a bit when I’m sleeping because you live in a different time zone. I hold first-time comments because I get so much spam in the comment section if I don’t. We had a glitch and lost the program that controls spam. I had over 250 spam comments in a day that I had to manually go through. It’s terrible.
Once I approve you as a commenter, you are allowed to freely comment after that.
Now comes the fun part. You and others are all bidding. You might want to go back to the blog post and check your bid to see if you are the highest bidder. You can repeat the same process I listed above and bid again. You can bid on as many things as you want and raise your bid as many times as want. I’m warning you though. Some people are tricky and wait until five minutes before the auction closes and put in one last bid with the hope they will win.
So…I’m warning you all that love the auctions or want to bid at an upcoming auction that there will be an auction in the next three weeks or so. Between now and then is your time to learn how to bid…or to simply learn how to leave a comment. Feel free to follow the instructions I’ve laid out for you in this post. If you can’t think of something to write in the comment section, simply write, “Hi, I’m a first-time commenter”. This will be good practice for you, and it will put you a step ahead when the next auction comes along because I will approve your comment and you’ll be in to freely comment after that.
If you want you are also welcome to go back to a previous old auction post…I suggest clicking on THIS LINK and commenting on that post. That auction is long over with and you can make a “fake bid” so you can practice how to bid. In the bidding section just write “practice bid” on the item you would bid on and submit it. It is totally okay to do. I think it’s great practice and will build your confidence for next time.
I hope that helps…So watch out all of you who know how to bid. I think there might be more bidders at the next auctions.