Friday, April 23, 2010

Live Auction Starts Monday, but You Can Bid Online Right Now

The Clock is Ticking: The Live TV Auction Starts Monday!

The crew has assembled and lit the set. Copy describing last-minute donations has been drafted and is being proofed. We now have more than 1,000 items described on our website.

Believe it or not, we still have a few more pieces to enter online and you know what that means: click here to visit our site often to check out the new arrivals.

The televised portion of our auction runs Monday - Friday, April 26 - 30, 2010, from 7:00 -11:00 pm, EDT. Remember that bidding high helps us pay for excellent programming for Southeastern New England families on WSBE Rhode Island PBS.

It's Easy to Bid!
Here's how the auction works: We're showing all the items available for bidding on our Web site. We’ll also show most of them on Rhode Island PBS during the televised auction. You can call the station and bid during the live broadcast, if you’d like. But our operators will enter your bids via computer, so bidding online streamlines the process for you by “cutting out the middleman” - even if you’re watching us on TV!

Please Register if You Haven't Already!
Registering takes moments. It’s necessary because our system must "recognize" a bidder before it accepts a bid. If you try to register and bid as an item is closing, you may not be able to finish in time to get it. If you’re not already registered, just click here to visit our homepage, then click "register to bid" to get started. It’s under the yellow "S" in "Spring Auction" at the top of the page.

Proxy Bidding Makes Winning Easier!
Can't tune us in? Can't wait to bid for those "Must-Have" items? No Problem. Bid now! Set up a proxy bid and you can specify the maximum you're willing to pay for an item. If others bid on the same piece, our auction hosting software will increase your bid on your behalf, by the minimum increment above the competing bid - but only to your maximum. If you're outbid we'll email you letting you know and, unless the item is about to close, you can decide if you'd like to increase your bid.
Catch Us Even If You Can't Tune Us In; We'll be Streaming!

Thanks to Internet streaming services provided by ON Worldwide, most of the live TV auction will be on worldwide! Just click here to listen. (Google Chrome users click here, then hit “ON TV” to watch whenever we’re available.) Why not bookmark the page to find it fast!