2. How does it work?
Probably easiest to walk through an example. Let’s say Person ‘A’ offers to do 3 Lots of 2 hours gardening; this is submitted to the AoP Team and published on this website as three ‘Lots’. People can access the website at their leisure to peruse the offerings and make their choices. Anyone can submit Bid(s) for the gardening at any time by emailing the AoP Team (see below for how to do this).
Some Lots are fixed-price – these are generally for set-number group activities such as meals or outings. To ‘win’ a fixed-price Lot, you simply offer (Bid) at the asking price, and it’s yours; fixed-price Lots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis (tip: scan the Lots early, then get in there quick!)
Other Lots are ‘open’, thereby inviting competitive Bids; some may have reserve prices, which bids must meet or exceed to be accepted. For open Lots the winner(s) is/are those who’ve submitted the highest Bids by close of auction. The latest highest Bids will be updated and published regularly on the website (anonymously!)
In our above example, the highest 3 bidders will ‘win’ 2 hours of gardening each; note that if someone wants more hours of gardening, they’re quite welcome to make more than one bid against more than one of the Lots.