A Year Ago
Every holiday sparks a flurry of activity and while we understand the lure of checking off your list as quickly as possible, it would be a mistake to skip over IfOnly’s one-of-a-kind gifts only available by auction. We believe these extraordinary experiences are worth the extra effort to surprise and delight.
IfOnly’s live auctions are thrilling and fast-paced. Fortunately, here’s a handy cheat sheet, which provides an overview of the process.
Step 1: Log in or sign up at IfOnly.
Our auctions are open to registered members only. Credit card information is necessary to place and confirm bids. You’ll only be charged if you win the auction.
Step 2: Place your bid.
Once you place a bid, you’ll be taken to an order page. By clicking the green “PLACE BID” button you’re consenting to pay for the auction item if you win. As a rule, you cannot cancel or retract a bid. How much should you bid? Starting and incremental bids are determined by our luminaries and will be stated on the page.
Step 3: Track your auction.
We make it easy to monitor auction items with email notifications and a prominently placed countdown display on each page. You can also find a one-click tool to export auction end dates into your calendar, so you'll always be in the know.
Step 4: Watch the final moments.
Part of the fun of an auction comes down to the final minutes. The auction clock is designed to give you a chance to respond to higher bids, so that you’ll never be outbid if you’re serious about one of our offerings. In the last two minutes, each new bid will extend the auction time by two minutes.
If you’ve won, what happens next?
You’ll receive an email confirmation and your credit card will be charged with the final bid amount. Besides tax on certain items, IfOnly does not charge additional premiums. Soon after, you’ll receive a call from our concierge to congratulate you and begin the process of redeeming your purchase.
We think IfOnly’s auctions are the jewels of our extraordinary collection of experiences. They are once-in-a-lifetime adventures that make for memorable gifts. And as the best gifts are, the thought is everything Your recipient will appreciate the extra time it took to acquire their gift and the story that comes with winning a fiercely contested auction.
We couldn't have done this without the help of our developers, members, and partners, whose feedback has made our auctions a success for the important charities that we support. To peruse IfOnly's entire catalog of celebrity-driven auctions, go here.