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#265 – Pay for creation of auctions?

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Friday, 04 July 2014 23:29 AEST
finngu
Joomla! version: 2.5.22
BF Auction Plus 1.5.10

Hello
I would like to let our registered users create their own auctions. I beleive this is possible already, right?

My problem is, that instead of having to Work with commisions I would like it to be so that the users pay a fixed fee to us for every auction they create. This fee should go to our paypal account.

Is there a way to do this?
If not already excisting in BF Auction Plus, can you maybe tell me if you have any experience on other ways to do this? Maybe a third party extension or anything??

I will absolutely prefer this to be inside BF Auction Plus in the way, that when a user creates an auction and saves it, he is redirected to paypal where he pays our fee, and when that is confirmed, then the acution becomes public. Until then it is listet on the users profil as "Unpaid and not active" and he can then pay for it and then make it active and pubished

We have excatly this working on some sites running DJ Classifieds, and this is perfect. We can even have different prices for every category...

This feature in BF Auction Plus would make it the most perfect Auction component for us, so I hope it is either possible or something you can tell me how to do?


Thank you so much :-)
Finn
Saturday, 05 July 2014 10:50 AEST 10'
Tim
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Hi Finn,
The PayPal implementation is rather simplistic at the moment. Each auction item has a PayPal email address that you can enter, and all the payment will go to this address, which can be different for each auction item. I do have plans to make this more flexible in future, I'm looking at implementing Techjoomla's common payments API.
http://www.slideshare.net/coolparth/joomla-common-payments-api

I understand that the basic PayPal implementation does not have the capability to pay to multiple accounts, however there is a Mass Payments API that apparently does allow you to have multiple recipients. I'm not sure if this is part of Techjoomla's implementation, it's on my todo list to research this further. Ideally when the buyer pays for the item, it should send the site owner a commission and the seller the remaining funds, but this is not a current feature of the product.

There is currently no easy way to charge a listing fee or get an automatic commission, however some users generate revenue from their auction by charging a fee for users to have an account on their site with permission to create new auction items. This could be achieved using a third party subscription extension such as Akeeba Subscriptions, which can automatically add users to a group when they subscribe, and remove them from the group when their subscription expires.

The original version of the auction software was designed for a single seller to auction off unwanted items to staff members, and all payments were manually done offline. The software has come a long way since then, but it is not yet a complete ebay replacement, however I am working on improvements and am open to suggestions.

I am currently in the process of rewriting BF Auction using Framework On Framework, and I'm hoping to improve the payment options for this new version. I do like your suggestion of "Unpaid and not active" items, I'll keep that in mind for the new version. I'm currently aiming for a beta release near the end of July, with a stable version in Aug or Sep.

regards

Tim
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