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Host Auctions from Your WordPress Blog

As WordPress plugins go, WP Auctions is just plain cool. With an extremely simple widget format, you can host auctions directly from your WordPress blog.

If you’ve ever used eBay — I had an eBay store and was an eBay PowerSeller in 2003 — you know how the endless fees can eat your profits alive. Equally, you’ll know that you could make pretty decent money if you got to keep what you earn. Now you can, with WP Auctions!

This extremely easy-to-use plugin’s will let you:

  • Create, Manage and Edit as many auctions as you like
  • Enter your own bid increments
  • Enter a specific ending date and time
  • Upload multiple images for each auction
  • Show your auctions in a AJAX powered popup, or place auctions in a post or page
  • Hold auctions for registered users only
  • Accept PayPal, wire transfers, or checks
  • Add a shipping price, shipping to, and shipping from location
  • Sell items on “Buy It Now” basis
  • Show 3rd party ads when there are no auctions
  • RSS feed for your auctions
  • Set your own currency
  • Get bid notifications via email
  • Bidders get email notifications when they get outbid
  • Winning bidders get email notification with payment instructions
  • Accept bidder URL or use custom contact information
  • Delete fraudulent bids
  • Compatible with Google Adsense and any other CPC program
  • 5 free color styles to match your blog

Check out WP auctions and try the live demo. See what it can do for you!

{ 18 comments… add one }
  • SerenaT June 1, 2010, 12:31 am

    I have been thinking that is the perfect plugin. I just didn’t know anyone had already created it. Will check it out tonight!

  • Tek3D June 22, 2010, 12:38 pm

    Great plugin. However, it will just be useful for famous bloggers. For less known bloggers, it will be very difficult to work as theirs sites don’t attract many visitors. That is why they need websites like eBay to sell their products.
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  • Savannah Beckett June 24, 2010, 12:56 am

    Cool plugin. Is it possible to get commission from ebay by hosting the auction?
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  • Ileane June 25, 2010, 7:41 pm

    Hey Alison, thanks for sharing this plugin. I never spent much time with eBay and it’s good to know there are some alternatives.
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  • sascha June 26, 2010, 5:30 am

    Woow this is a great idea. Many things possible with such a cool plugin. I will see what i can put for an auction 🙂
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  • Nick Johnklite July 1, 2010, 11:41 am

    I do have a blog of wordpress but developing a multiuser blog. Do you think this plugin can work over it fine?

    I have bookmarked your blog as well as i think i would be finding much useful information from it!

  • Alan July 6, 2010, 3:45 am

    I used it earlier and it was fairly useful for selling unique hand-made stuff.
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  • Alison Moore Smith July 11, 2010, 12:16 am

    Savannah, not sure what you mean. Could you clarify? This plugin is not related to eBay. Just allows you to host auctions on your own site.

  • Alison Moore Smith July 11, 2010, 12:18 am

    Ileane, I was an eBay Power Seller in 2003-2004. But after about a year, they changed the price structure to try to pull people out of the store model and back into the auction model. With the new pricing, eBay was no longer a good fit for my online business, so I closed the store. I still buy things there on occasion but, like you, things it great to have an alternative model.

  • Alison Moore Smith July 11, 2010, 12:24 am

    Nick, having a multiuser blog shouldn’t be a problem with any plugin.

  • SQL Training July 14, 2010, 6:31 am

    I too do not like ebay, It has such huge fees for sales 🙁 Thanks for sharing this plugin, I will check it

  • Zelda August 1, 2010, 12:19 pm

    This is a great idea. Ebay is a very famous, but also a very old fashioned site, and honestly I reckon that managing your own site’s auctions through ebay would just put some people off.

  • Rui Grilo November 26, 2010, 7:10 am

    Can i use that with blogspot ??

  • Alison Moore Smith November 26, 2010, 11:18 am

    Rui, this is a WordPress plugin. Blogspot is a different platform. WordPress plugins only work with WordPress.

    If you have a business website of any kind — or hope to make money with your blog — I highly recommend getting a self-hosted WordPress blog to maintain ownership and control of your site.

  • Jared February 8, 2011, 1:45 pm

    I used to be a big fan of ebay until recently. With so many changes to policy and bad customer service, they have really turned me off. I’m sure ebay is still a good resource for some business owners though, more power to them.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 9, 2011, 11:56 am

    Jared, I used to be an eBay Power Seller. In 2003 I set a goal to reach PS status in the minimum three months. I set up a storefront and reached that goal. But within the year, eBay changed all the store pricing, making it relatively inexpensive to list inventory. Soon after I closed down the store. Still buy and sell on occasion — it’s always a great place to compare prices — but it lost a lot of its appeal for me then.

  • Daisy2011 February 18, 2011, 6:04 am

    This is cool Plug-in. I am interested to learn this plug-in ,for sure it will makes a big difference to my sells. Without too much fees charge.
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  • John July 17, 2011, 2:58 pm

    This is very interesting, I’ve been searching for exactly such plugin. I’ll start with the free version but if it works good, I’ll go with the pro. I’m also happy to hear there should be no problems with the multisite.

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