A NOTE FROM THE MODERATORS: If you are found to be using multiple accounts to bid on your own auctions all your accounts will be banned. No questions asked, zero tolerance. DisclaimerThese are suggested guidelines. It is highly recommended you follow most or all of them, but the auctioneer has final say in their auction. Important DefinitionsIt is in your best interest to know these terms. 1. Reserve - The minimum card(s), ticket(s), or other item(s) of value that is/are capable of winning the auction. If the winning bid at the end of the auction is not at least the reserve, the auction ends without a winner. 2. Minimum Bid - The minimum card(s), ticket(s), or other item(s) of value that must be included in an offer. Any bid that does not contain the minimum bid is an invalid bid and will be ignored. 3. Instant Win, a.k.a. Buyout - Any bid containing or comprised exclusively of the buyout will win the auction immediately, no questions asked, and the auction will be closed. Extremely Highly Strongly SuggestedYou should probably do this for your auction. 1. BE SPECIFIC! Don't just say, "best offer wins if no offer is made that I like I will close without a winner". That is not helpful at all. What do you expect to get? Which cards are valued higher for you? What about remotes? Tickets? Strongly SuggestedBe aware that these rules are almost considered mandatory for auctions to be well run. 1. Include a specific end time, with time zone. Alternatively, you can opt to use this website: http://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/create, or even both. 2. No PM bids or in-game bids, it's too easy to fake to try and drive up prices. All bids should be posted as a reply to the thread. 3. It is highly recommended, that if you're not using a point system, to explain why certain bids are ranked higher than others. Then people know what you're looking for, and how you value cards/remotes/tickets. 4. Add SPECIFIC rules regarding the retraction of bids. For example: "The top bid is prohibited from retracting their offer. If you make a bid, and I am not here to determine if it is the new top bid, you may NOT retract it until further confirmation. If you are not the top bid, feel free to retract your offer." 5. Do not cancel your auction, unless the reserve is not met. SuggestedThese are more optional, but can help make an auction run smoothly. 1. Add a period of extra time to prevent sniping. For example, "auction officially ends at the end time or 10 minutes after the last new winning bid, whichever is later". 2. Add a notice before the auction ends to remind people about end time - 2 hour and 1 hour bumps are a good place to start. 3. Add a minimum bid or a reserve, or even both. (See the top for definitions; use properly, please.) This protects you from getting a lowball offer, and being forced to accept it. BE SPECIFIC! 4. Insant win clauses, or buyout: BE SPECIFIC! PunishmentsShould someone break the auction rules (auctioneer included), some good consequences can include the below. 1.Leave negative feedback. Please only do this if the action is warranted, and if you specifically state that negative feedback will be a consequence. Be careful with this. 2. Ban the rule breaker from your future auctions. 3. Let other people know what the person did, and to be careful when accepting their bids. 4. A good way to implement #2 and #3 is to include a list of banned people from your auctions in your signature, along with what they did. 5. Be specific with your punishments. Let others know ahead of time that breaking "this" rule will lead to "this" consequence, and "that" rule leads to "that" consequence. Specifically state what you will do and what actions are disallowed, so ignorance cannot be an excuse. My Personal Auction Template (Sample) Immediately followed by: Final NotesIf you take away one thing from this... BE SPECIFIC! I can't stress this enough. The more, the better.