Free to try (The demo contains a sample auction for editing and printing. Creating new donations is blocked.); $19.95 to buy (Buy it now)
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Silent Auctions are easy with the right software. Silent auctions are fun with Pearl Bids: silent auction management. Pearl Bids prints bid sheets and lets you brand you auction and manages your donation. Set the starting bid, the bid step increment and the market value. Pearl Bids calculates each bid increase for you for the bid sheets. Organize you donation by table (Tavel table, Spa table, dining table) Print beautiful bid sheets, for the selected donations or for each table. Keep track of your donors and write them thank-you letters. Email an accountant donation report. Collect each attendee information and assign bidding number. Print personalized attendee sign-in sheets with a big bidding numbers for a life auction. Print personal receipt with the winning bids. Or email them with a PayPal 'buy now' button. Email an accountant bidding report. Pearl bids makes silent auctions a breeze.
What's new in this version:
Now includes personalized auction sign in sheet with bidding numbers.
We've been running silent auctions for our non-profit (school) for years and it is always a lot of manual work. PearlBids has made it a lot easier. I checked out some of the other programs available and some on-line ones too, but we couldn't afford them... we are a non-profit, as in no money! I can't say whether PearlBids is better than the others, because I couldn't try them, but I can say that it works for us and the price is right.
It took me a bit longer than expected to figure it out.
A good, relatively simple, downloadable, silent auction management package at a price I can afford.
I like having this be so easy to enter our information - before, we used contact lists, paper and many more separate docs; this is all inclusive; MUCH cheaper than what I have seen listed for BFG and the PearlBids does not keep any profit.
One of our parents has a PC and was not able to use the program - my Mac loves it tho
I like this system of managing our fundraising auctions and recommend it to others.