Starting auctions at a specified time gives you the opportunity to make them end when more users are on eBay, thus increasing the probability of gaining of high bids.
GarageSale supports two ways to make your auctions start at a certain point in time:
The majority of GarageSale's users uses the built-in scheduler instead of eBay's scheduler, because it doesn't cost extra and allows scheduling of several auctions at once.
eBay's Auction Scheduler
You can use eBay's auction scheduler to schedule single auctions by setting the auction start time in an auction template's advanced options in the Inspector window. eBay will charge you an extra fee for using their scheduling feature.
In the scheduling panel, specify the date and time for your auction to start using your local time zone.
When eBay's scheduler is used, you need to use GarageSale's 'Start Auction' command to upload your auction to eBay before your start date is reached. Once your auction is uploaded to eBay, you don't need to leave GarageSale running. eBay will make sure your auction will start at the point in time you specified.
GarageSale's built-in Auction Scheduler
GarageSale's built-in scheduling feature gives you the opportunity to schedule several auctions to start at a specific time without having to pay any additional fees. Optionally, you can put a 'time gap' between auctions in order to give a winning bidder enough time to bid on your second auction, too.
Don't miss the tutorial video: Scheduling Auctions
Create new scheduler events
To make an auction start at a certain point in time, you need to create a new scheduling event in GarageSale. To do so, select the auction templates you want start at the same time and hit the 'New Event' button in the main window's toolbar. You can select several auction templates at once by holding down the shift key on your keyboard while selecting templates on the left-hand site outline view.
GarageSale will create a new event containing the templates you selected visible in the left-hand outline view's event section. The event's name is set to the first auction's title associated with it.
Initially every new event is not scheduled. As long as the event is not scheduled, you can make changes to its date and the templates its going to start.
After you create a new event you have to set its time. You can do so by bringing up to Inspector window with event selected.
Use the date and time controls to specify when GarageSale should start uploading your auctions for the selected event. Date and time are displayed in the local time of your system, not in the eBay time zone.
Enter the number of minutes you want to let pass in between auction starts in the Interval field. Leave this field to zero if you want the second auction to start as soon as the first one has finished uploading.
If you want to start the auctions using a certain eBay account, select it from the Accounts popup menu. Leave that field to the setting 'Default account' if you only have one eBay account or want to use the account marked as default in GarageSale's Preferences.
Drag templates from left-hand templates list to the list of templates associated with the selected event at the window's right part.
Once you specified all the settings for your event, you can activate it by checking the Enable this Event checkbox. When you do so, a panel will appear asking you whether or not you want to verify the selected templates with eBay before uploading.
Verifying your event templates makes sure that eBay won't reject your auctions once they are automatically uploaded.
Remember to keep GarageSale running so it can upload your auctions at the right time!
Status Icon Legend
Icons describe the Event status: