Run My Auction - Auction Check-in/Check-out Hardware/Software and Consultation
Run My Auction

Benicia, CA 94510 | 707.747.4747

About Run My Auction

Run My Auction was created specifically for fundraising auctions. I volunteered for local non-profits trying to raise money for a good cause. I found working their auctions extremely frustrating. Bidders stood in line waiting while volunteers bent over pads of paper and calculators tallying up the totals and trying to figure tax on items won by the bidders. The process was very time consuming, difficult, and fraught with errors.

I decided there had to be a better way. I worked one auction and the check-in/ check-out crew were using computers, and I thought finally, someone is doing it right. The company had two Windows computers running Access. At the end of the auction, they had to take a half hour to "syncronize" their computers before they could start the check-out process. Then, fifteen minutes into the process the computers crashed, another 20 minute delay.

The right answer was still waiting to be found. The software to track the auction items, bidders, and winning bids had to be a web application. This way, there would be no software to buy, install, or learn, and if the software was like a website, it would feel familiar to people. However, Miyoji Productions is headquartered in a small town and wireless internet is not available everywhere, another complication.

Finally, the solution, Macs. Because of their reliability and their ability to run a web server and a database server, Macintosh computers were the right choice. This way even in a venue without reliable internet service, the Macs could act as a web server and database server and the web application could run over a local network.

So, I wrote the web application to track bidders, items, winning bids, and then bring all the information together for check-out. This web application combined with Apple hardware was the right combination.

The Macs are only required to be the web server and database server. The other computers which connect to the network can be any computers which run a web browser. Also you can have up to 256 computers connected to the local network and running the web application. So the check-in/check-out system can expand to serve any size of auction.

The software is as simple as filling out a "contact us" form on a website. So the training is simple and quick, even for first time volunteers.

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