Mobile bidding allows you to bid on auction items using your mobile phone, desktop computer, laptop or tablet to access our mobile bidding site. Simply register your name, phone number, and email and let the bidding begin! Once you are registered you will receive two text messages confirming your registration. Throughout the evening, you will receive text alerts when you are the highest bidder, if you have been outbid, etc.
To Place a Bid with your mobile phone
To place a bid on any auction item, simply reply to any Qtego text message with the three digit item number and the whole dollar amount that you want to bid.
Example: To bid $75 on item number 123, reply to any Qtego text with 123 75 and SEND. You’ll receive a text message confirming your bid. You’ll also receive a text if someone outbids you.
To Check the Current Bid on an Item
To check the current bid on any auction package or item, you may reply to any Qtego text message with the three digit item number of that item.
Example: To check the current bid on item number 123, reply to any Qtego text with 123 and SEND.
To Set Up Automated Bidding (set a maximum bid)
Enter the item number, your maximum bid amount, and the letter M to indicate the maximum you are willing to bid. The system will automatically bid for you until you win or your max is met. Example: To enter a maximum bid of $500 for item number 123, you would reply to any QTEGO text with 123 500M and SEND.
To Check the Bidding Status on ALL your Items
To check the bidding status on any of the items you are currently bidding on, simply reply to any Qtego text with the word STATUS and press SEND.
You’ll receive a text listing all the items on which you are currently the high bidder.
At the conclusion of the auction, you will receive a text message for each package or item that you have won. Each message will indicate the item number, item or package name and you winning bid amount.
To Place a Bid with your desktop computer, laptop or tablet
- To place a bid on an item or package, you must register your phone number on the mobile bidding site which is found under the Auction Items tab on TheBigGrape.org website.
- Watch for two text messages from Qtego confirming your registration.
- Look for the link in the confirmation text message. The last four characters are your personal PIN. Enter your PIN when you sign in to the mobile bidding site using the link found on TheBigGrape.org website.
- Find the item that you would like to bid on. Select the photo or description of that item.
- You will then be taken to a screen that lists the item number, item name, photos and a description of the item. You will also see an area where you can place your bid. Some items have bidding increments. Enter the amount that you would like to bid in the text box and press submit bid.
You can also set a maximum bid. This is the highest amount that you are willing to pay for that particular item. Qtego will bid for you in the increments listed with the item until you either win the item or you are outbid. You will be notified via text message if you are outbid.
Q: Do I have to be registered to bid on the silent auction items?
A: Yes, the mobile bidding site will be live approximately 2 weeks prior to the event date. Through TheBigGrape.org, you will be able to access a link prompting you to type your name, mobile number, and email address. Simply enter that information and you will be registered to start your bidding. We highly encourage everyone to pre-register on TheBigGrape.org prior to coming to the event. This will ensure a quick and easy check in upon your arrival at The Big Grape.
Q: When can I start bidding on the silent auction items?
A: The mobile bidding site will be live approximately 2 weeks prior to the event date.
Q: Do I have to be at the event to bid the on silent auction items?
A: No! Pre-register your phone number and information on TheBigGrape.org, and you will be ready to bid.
Q: How do I bid for items on the silent auction?
A: To place a bid on an item or package, you must register your phone number on the mobile bidding site either at the event, or prior to the event through TheBigGrape.org website. Please refer to the above instruction section for information on how to bid.
Q: What if I don’t have a smartphone?
A: There are multiple ways to bid on silent auction items. Use your mobile phone, desktop computer, laptop or tablet to access our mobile bidding site. You do not need a smartphone to participate. The only requirement to bid is that your phone has texting capabilities.
Q: How will I know if I won any items?
A: At the conclusion of the auction, you will receive text messages for each item that you hold the winning bid on.
Q: Am I able to register to bid at the event?
A: Yes. The Big Grape will have staff available throughout the evening to help you register for the auction and assist with other questions and issues as needed.
*Silent Auction closes at 9 p.m. on April 10*