Had a chance to sit down yesterday with Jon Carson, the founder of web auction services cMarket and Bidding for Good. Before that, Jon was founder of Family Education Network. (Yes, he’s been busy.)
We’ve been following trends with school auctions for years now, and cMarket’s work in that space has been the most interesting recent development. First, it was just adding online bidding to your traditional school auction. That’s worth a look in its own right. More recently, though, the offering has gotten even better, as cMarket now has a host of items that you can add to your auction at no risk to you. Things like vacations and hotel nights that can only add dollars to your auction’s bottom line. I know the auction chairs at my children’s school used cMarket for the first time last fall and – besides some nice results from adding online in general (they placed several of the silent items into an “online only” category) — they also made nearly $1,000 extra just from the items that cMarket added to the auction.
The upshot: if your group is running an auction, definitely worth exploring how cMarket can help you make it better. URL = www.cmarket.com