WebSphere Commerce EnterpriseWebSphere Commerce Professional

Working with auctions

WebSphere Commerce provides an auctioning component that lets you sell products to the highest bidder. This component provides an ideal environment for implementing small to moderate-scale auctioning as part of your e-commerce solution, and for conducting auctions simultaneously.

In addition, auctions offer special advantages in these situations:

  • When you are uncertain about the size of the market and the willingness of buyers to purchase a product; for example, when selling used or reconditioned products.
  • When a product's price has been set too high initially, and you want to determine a price based on market demand.
  • When you want to promote new product lines or liquidate inventory.

In WebSphere Commerce, the following store models support auctions:

  • AdvancedB2BDirect
  • Sample B2B Reseller
  • Sample B2B Store
  • Hosted stores in the SupplierMarketPlace

The consumer direct sample store does not support auctions.