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Handbid

Auction management with native mobile bidding capabilities

4.83/5 (42 reviews)

Handbid overview

What is Handbid?

Handbid is an auction management solution that caters to any individual or organization wishing to run online auctions for any purpose. Suitable for businesses, public administrations, galleries or non-profit groups, auction managers can list products and services all from a web-based control panel. Tickets can then be sold to participants or invites sent to encourage auction registrations, giving bidders access via web and native mobile apps. The system is supported by dedicated companion apps for both iOS and Android devices, serving an optimized UI and bid submission features to any location.

Handbid is entirely real-time and therefore keeps bidders up-to-date on auction status right up until the final second. Users can “Buy Now” and set maximum bid amounts to minimize the chance of missing out, while instant alerts notify on outbids, auction success or failure, and updates on product/service availability or price changes. Invoices are then sent directly to devices, prompting buyers to pay outstanding balances using Handbid’s integrated payment system.
www.handbid.com

Pricing

Starting from
$696/year
Pricing options
Subscription
Free trial
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Devices

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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 other markets, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico

Supported languages

English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
Handbid screenshot: Multiple bidding options are available in Handbid, including maximum bid setting and 'Buy Now'Handbid App DemoHandbid screenshot: Users can browse live auctions within the Handbid appsHandbid screenshot: The Handbid mobile app provides real-time alerts to notify users if they have won an item or been outbidHandbid screenshot: Users can click through on the alert to increase their bid on an itemHandbid screenshot: Invoices can be paid directly through the Handbid appHandbid screenshot: Users can view how many actions they have won and lost on the dashboard, and what their current bids totalHandbid screenshot: Unread alerts and a full alert history can be accessed in the Handbid mobile appHandbid screenshot: Native iOS and Android apps allow bidders to participate in auctions from anywhere in the worldHandbid screenshot: Comprehensive auction manager tools ensure that auction administrators have complete controlHybrid Events: Coming out of COVID 2021 Webinar SeriesPeer-to-Peer Fundraising with Handbid

Handbid user reviews

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Sahil V.

It is the best software for events related to auctions.

Used weekly for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2018-07-30
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
So far i have used so many bidding apps but this is the best one among them.I am using this app from past few months you can bid from anywhere across the globe in this app.Its very convenient for the sellers or auction organisers as well.They can invite bunch of people to their auctions without doing any physical work and the user interface of this app is very attractive yet simple.

Cons
I haven't come across any serious issue so far but there should be a feature to invite those bidders which were active in our previous auctions.

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Gaelan T.

Easy to use Software, highly thought out and beautiful

Reviewed 2016-10-03
Review Source: Capterra

I did a demo with all of the top auction software on the market and Handbid was by far the best interface (easy to look at) and well worth the investment. It was very easy and fun to put my silent auction items in the system. Guests and volunteers were blown away by how nice everything looked on their phones and iPads. We had almost the same items as the auction last year (with about 25 extra) and made double what we made last year, totalling $46,000. I put our live auction items in for an extra boost of advertising. We also used Handbid to collect funds for a paddle raise. The check out process was very easy and intuitive. Swipping credit cards is incredibly easy, as well as importing a contact spreadsheet before the event, little things that really speed up the process. During the auction (and after) I noticed the Handbid system slowed down a bit. You have to be patient while items save, but it is updated real time in the system (so guests could see an update right away). Besides speeding up the system, I have only one more suggestion. I would love to see more information on Handbid TV, especially a live update on winning bidder on each auction item and the current price. I think this would create a lot of competition within the audience. I will definitely use Handbid again next year if this is an update you can make. The customer service was great. Out of 500 guests, only 3 people told me they would prefer the old-school method of paper bidding. However, I believe this was because we didn't have enough iPad volunteers available, next year I will station one at each auction table. There are many organizations on the island that are now interested in using Handbid.

Pros
beautiful design

Cons
not being able to have a live stream of the current highest bidder, with item and price. This is something that BidPal software does.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Jeanine M.

Digital Auction Software

Used weekly for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2020-09-07
Review Source: Capterra

Handbid has allowed us to take our auction online. But I'm not sure we couldn't have done the same thing via FB Marketplace.

Pros
We used this software because they are partners with MobileCause. So that was what we liked most. They supposedly worked seamlessly with our fundraising software.

Cons
We have been underwhelmed with the partnership between the two and the general ease of use of Handbid. Customer service is slow, if they answer you at all. Our users find the software clunky and slow. With COVID, we have had to our auction and event completely virtual and Handbid was not ready for that transition. This was our first year with MobileCause, so we learned that brand new software--then we had to turn around and learn a brand new software program with Handbid. We are a small nonprofit, so it was pretty overwhelming.

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Likelihood to recommend: 4/10

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Donna C.

Habitat Dream Builder's Ball

Reviewed 2016-09-23
Review Source: Capterra

Habitat Susquehanna was first non-profit in Harford County, MD to try mobile bidding at its annual event. It was exciting for everyone (some were a little reticent, but those who ventured into the future LOVED it), we raised more money on our Silent Auction than ever before, and will use it for the 3rd year in 2017. Our second auction had a higher participation level including people who followed the auction online but did not attend the event. Uploading info took only as long as the size of the auction and back office help was responsive and helpful. I DO recommend having a Handbid rep at your event; it's worth it! Any snags were dealt with quickly and efficiently and a good time was had by all.

Pros
The software had a learning curve, for sure, but once you get the hang of it, it's very easy to follow. The 'bugs' from our first year were improved for our second year, and I am sure that this year will be our easiest yet. From the perspective of the guests, it was like playing a videogame at an event except it was acceptable to be staring at your phone!

Cons
The phone version requires guests to realize where/when to swipe in order to see the details of an auction item.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Josh G.

1st Annual Success

Reviewed 2016-10-12
Review Source: Capterra

The entire process was seamless: from check-in, silent auction, live auction, paddle raise, wine pull and check-out. All I heard all night from our guests was, "Check-in was a breeze" and "this app is cool". If I had to find one thing about the app that I might change is to be able to assign a cork number to an actual person (maybe there is a way to do this already), but I have 10 bottles that I need to get the respective owner and I have no idea who they belong to. At the end of the day it doesn't matter really, but that would be a nicety. Also, my event planner friend that helped us out that night commented about how nice the layout was and how easy to use the it was compared to others she had used before.

Pros
I liked the customizations that you could tweak. We didn't use this feature, but I really like the handbid TV option as well which allows your audience to see a live updated dashboard into what is going on during the night.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Handbid pricing

Starting from
$696/year
Pricing options
Subscription
Free trial
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Simple: $696 (25 items, 1 auction, text-to-give)
Basic: $1,296 (125 items, 1 auction, puzzle, text-to-give)
Plus: $1,896 (unlimited items, 1 auction, ticketing, puzzle, text-to-give)
Premium: $2,496 (unlimited items, 6 auctions, ticketing, puzzle, text-to-give)
Unlimited (call for pricing)

Video streaming and donation campaign pages are also included in each package.

Ticketing is included in all packages except Simple and Basic (where it is a $200 add on).

We also offer onSite staff, equipment rental (iPads, Chromebooks) and training.

Handbid features

API
Activity Dashboard
Alerts/Notifications
Billing & Invoicing
Inventory Management
Mobile Access
Reporting & Statistics
Third Party Integrations

Customer Database (148 other apps)
Discount Management (158 other apps)
Employee Management (177 other apps)
Gift Card Management (143 other apps)
Inventory Tracking (171 other apps)
Loyalty Program (180 other apps)
Multi-Location (212 other apps)
Order Management (219 other apps)
Point of Sale (POS) (255 other apps)
Reporting/Analytics (228 other apps)
Sales Reports (183 other apps)
Search/Filter (125 other apps)

Security and privacy

Encryption

Encryption of sensitive data at rest
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

Multi-factor authentication options
This will ask you to sign in with LinkedIn

Videos and tutorials

Additional information for Handbid

Key features of Handbid

  • Administrative tools
  • Bulk uploading
  • Immediate payment option
  • Absentee bidding
  • Buyer notifications
  • Inventory management
  • Proxy bidding
  • Buy Now option
  • Bidder management
  • Auction website
  • Online bidding
  • Phone bidding
  • Silent auction
  • Buy now or max bid options
  • View auction performance statistics
  • Automated checkout facilities
  • Native iOS and Android apps
  • Instant alert messages via app
  • Real time statistics and updates
  • Handle shipping and added costs
  • Automated receipt generation
  • Issue invoices straight to mobile
  • Add auction summary images
  • Easy auction item management tools
  • Supports event ticketing
  • Auction management control panel
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Benefits

Handbid is an online auction management solution offering tools for running any kind of auction for products, services and event tickets, while connecting bidders via web or native mobile app.
Provide anywhere access to auction participation and keep bidders informed of auction status with real time alerts and notifications.
The system supports the selling of event tickets by inviting guests to purchase registrations, apply any available discount codes and also complete any pre-conditions for attendance.
An integrated payment system allows credit card details to be captured first for automatic processing afterwards, on file capture and approval or card request only at checkout.
Native apps for iOS and Android enable invited bidders to participate from mobile devices, placing and managing bids, proxy bids, viewing invoices, making payments and accepting receipts.