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I want to start an auction site
How do i go about this
dsbigd99




msg:3678183
 1:11 am on Jun 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

I want to start a auction site dealing in a specific area the thing is i have no experiance in starting or running a website. what i'm looking for is step by step HELP in doing so. By no means am i trying to compeat with ebay or any other of the big boy's. I am looking at it as a hobbie with a payoff somewhere down the road. is there anyone whoe can point me in the wright direction. i will take any bit of help i can get!

PS: New to the site

 

StoutFiles




msg:3678184
 1:21 am on Jun 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

Google 'html tutorial'.
Google 'css tutorial'.
Google 'php tutorial'.
Google 'mysql tutorial'.

Once you've got those four down pat check back in and we'll go for step 2.

wolfadeus




msg:3678649
 2:14 pm on Jun 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

Reading these tutorials is actually good advice; you might realise that way that you will need professional help for setting up the website.

Even if so, knowing some background on these topics will help you a great deal to guide a web agency towards what they have to do.

wolfadeus




msg:3678651
 2:15 pm on Jun 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

PS: Good luck and happy webbing!

dsbigd99




msg:3678729
 3:19 pm on Jun 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thanx for the help with the html tutorials.I have begun looking at some of the options. But i am still at the point of wanting to know if it is even worth me doing. If it's gonna cost me $50,000 to start a good attractable site. If so maybe it's not something i should get involved in. Becouse i don't have that kind of money kickn around.That is the info i need. What goes into building a good site. i see auction software. But do i need someone elses software? Do i need any kind of expensive equipment? Thats the stuff i need to know. I need to know what kind of money time equipment/software goes into this sort of thing and the steps I should take to get there. I know i will need the html in order to keep the site updated so that is good advice. Also am i held in anyway resposible for transactions between buyer and seller. I dont want to be dealing with "the item wasnt what was dicribed i want my money back and im holding you responsible" becouse i don't want to be a mediator either.

Thank You

StoutFiles




msg:3678733
 3:30 pm on Jun 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

It would appear then that an auction site is not for you.

But still, I suggest reading tutorials and attempting to build a simple webpage. You may find you enjoy it and switch to a niche that is less complicated than an auction site.

rocknbil




msg:3678814
 5:11 pm on Jun 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

What goes into building a good site.

Morte than we can describe in one thread! :-) Functionality is the prime objective, but if you look at the topics at the right of the home page here, almost every one of those goes into a "good site."

i see auction software. But do i need someone elses software?

Unless you want to spend 50 K paying someone or years learning to program it yourself, this might be the way to go. More on that below . . .

Do i need any kind of expensive equipment?

Eventually, yes. I'm sure eBay operates off of many multiple servers - at the very least, you would eventually want to move to a dedicated server plan. All depends, see below . . .

I need to know what kind of money time equipment/software goes into this sort of thing and the steps I should take to get there.

Like anything else, "baby steps." What I would suggest to you is to get your hosting started somewhere, install some auction software, see if there's even a need for the site. True, you won't get as much activity as you would if you set it up full blown with all the features you envision, but it will get your feet wet and is really the only way to see if your idea is viable.

Start off small, pay a programmer to possibly go in and customize some things for you, start marketing it, see what happens. It might take off, and if it does, you can spend more and more on marketing, equipment, and software development.

Also am i held in anyway resposible for transactions between buyer and seller. ... i don't want to be a mediator either.

Well, you're going to have to do *something.* I can tell you have some eBay experience by the language you use, *someone* has to do that. Check out the active auction sites' ways of managing this - this will be YOUR job, or the job of someone you hire. We all wish we could just load it up and collect the checks, but unfortunately, "stuff" rolls downhill, and guess who's always at the bottom? :-) It's the cost of doing business.

dsbigd99




msg:3679251
 5:22 am on Jun 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thanx rocnbil
That's the kind of info im lookn for and need. I dont want to be or expect to even try to be ebay! Although it would be nice.Thanx for being possitive.

p.s keep it comn (everyone)

dsbigd99




msg:3679253
 5:22 am on Jun 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thanx rocnbil
That's the kind of info im lookn for and need. I dont want to be or expect to even try to be ebay! Although it would be nice.Thanx for being possitive.

p.s keep it comn (everyone)

willybfriendly




msg:3679287
 6:55 am on Jun 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

FWIW, I have operated a very small, niche on-line auction for an NPO for the past 5 years (once a year).

There is no adequate and affordable auction software available as far as I know.

What is available is so poor that I have never been willing to drop down "real" money on the expensive packages.

The NPO I have done this for raises $50-100k every year with the auction, so there is indeed money to be had in the right niche.

I would, however, suggest that there is not an easy, low cost point of entry. Off the shelf software, quite frankly, sucks air...

Br3nn4n




msg:3680783
 2:21 pm on Jun 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

There is a LOT of work involved in this. It depends on what kind of traffic you're looking for, how many items, etc.

If you're willing to learn, go teach yourself PHP and mySQL. PHP allows you to create dynamic pages (unlike static HTML, which isn't usually changeable) and mySQL is the database of choice that would power it all.

They're not that hard all in all to learn, heck I learned them both pretty well in a few weeks! Although it's still a lot of work. There is also the security factors you'll need to take into consideration, so you don't get hacked.

If you're a beginning programmer, this is not going to be an easy venture. I'm not sure how many of us here could do this without some sort of struggle, to be honest with you. That said, with the right attitude it is possible.

You should be able to develop this for either nothing or relatively low cost...I would never recommend purchasing any auction site package just because you don't know what's going on if it breaks! Plus they're way overpriced, as willyb said.

mack




msg:3681011
 9:42 pm on Jun 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

Having to experience of running a website and wanting to set up an auction site is a lot like learning to run before you can walk. Think in terms of a builder, you need to be able to build a wall before you can build a house. :)

Start small, get to grips with the internet basics. html/css will be a good start and will give you a solid foundation. Then you need to get a grasp on a scripting language. It's scripting that allows you to make your pages interactive.

This advise is under the understanding that you want to actually build the site yourself. The alternative is to hire a developer. This is a whole new ball game and will in deed cost you a lot more.

Hope this gives you some ideas.

Mack.

webfoo




msg:3681045
 10:37 pm on Jun 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

Starting an auction site is no easy task. You should most certainly read html, css, javascript, and php tutorials before beginning. I highly recommend www.w3schools.com.

It won't cost you 50 grand a year, at least not right away. Maybe $100 to $200 a year for hosting. As you increase traffic, and increase revenue, you can upgrade your hosting.

Developing your own code is definitely preferable to off-the-shelf products.

There is money to be made, but you have to market your site so that YOU are the one making the money.

Good luck! Please let us know how it works.

dsbigd99




msg:3681789
 7:19 pm on Jun 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

I want to thank everyone for there comments & help. I have already started learning html and as of wright now i dont see a problem learning it with some time and practice.I have also had more than one person tell me i should try starting off with a basic website before i get involved in a auction site. I am interested in a website for one reason which is $$$. I know that the internet is not a get rich quick thing but there is money to be made or so i hear. If i was to try a different route what are some of my opptions as far as making money on the web? Also could i go talk to a website desighner to better get an idea on what goes into a auction site becouse the bottom line is thats what im interested in starting.

thanx everyone

dreamcatcher




msg:3682161
 7:16 am on Jun 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

As you don`t have any experience, something like this will be very daunting. You might want to try looking for a turnkey solution. There are ready made auction sites out there that could give you a start. Try a Google search.

dc

g1smd




msg:3682231
 9:38 am on Jun 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

Be aware that eBay has already got most of the traffic wrapped up.

Can you really make a viable business out of this?

If I am a seller, why would I list with you and not them?

If I am a buyer why would I need to check out multiple sites when eBay has everything?

As a seller, maybe I might list my one item on both sites?

As a buyer, I see the same item on two sites. Is that two items, or the same item listed twice. Do I bid for both or just one of them?

dsbigd99




msg:3684751
 1:02 am on Jun 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

Im not sure if you looked @ the other post's but im not trying to be ebay it would be a niche auction and i do understand ebay is king of the auction but i think like anything else time and hard work will pay off
thanx for your comments

rocknbil




msg:3685260
 4:33 pm on Jun 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

I am interested in a website for one reason which is $$$.

Word of warning from an old fogie . . . . if this is your "one reason" you may be doomed to fail. There will be hard times that will test your patience beyond belief, if you don't have a strong love for what you do or some other fundamental purpose, you'll lose interest fast.

dsbigd99




msg:3685756
 5:32 am on Jun 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

No sarcasm intended but where i come from you go to work for the money. Having a job Thats fun or enjoyable is only for the people who were blessed enough to either have athletic ability or be supported by there parents while they spent however long in school to get the education needed to do what they WANTED to do. Didnt happen here! My whole reason for wanting to do this is to be my own boss & the money.It's not my life long dream to be a online auctioner.But what does interest me is being able to work from home and when my kid's get sick and need to be picked up early from school I can do it and don't have to worry about loosing my job becouse of it. Not killing myself in 100 degree heat and having my boss pull up in his AC truck crack his window a inch and scream at me to go faster.I am very ambitious and have always had the dream of working for myself. Im not asking to be a millionare I just want to make a good living. If the oppertunity presents itself to make it big I will take it. But for now a honest living is ok with me.

P.S: To all who are making it big doing what they want or enjoy doing I salute you

P.S.S: Please read the rest of the posts B4 you comment

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