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With prime features & exceptional service, we’ll help you run the best auction yet!

The price is your choice

Start free and test out the system with a Demo Auction, or create a Full Auction and receive access to every feature Bid Beacon has to offer, no limits or restrictions.

Complete Experience

Full Auction

4.9%

Bid Beacon platform fee

If you’re looking for: 

What’s included:

Subscribe to CommuniBee to unlock:

Stripe Connect 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction application fee will apply

Taxes, or currency exchange fees may apply in addition to the rates listed above

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Demo Auction

Free

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What’s included:

Not included:

Basic features of Bid Beacon help...

Make Admin's Lives Easier

Raise More Funds

Increase Bidding Activity 

Create A Guest Experience 

Elevate your fundraising events to greater heights!

Promote upcoming events, share the latest news, and stay connected to all your members.

Create events, sell tickets, manage attendees, and track the overall performance of your events.

Generate additional revenue throughout the year by selling items to your audience online.

Create a full website or add individual pages to your existing site.

Allow your audience to donate directly to your organization and support your cause.

Connect all facets of your fundraiser into a shareable digital campaign.

Host 50/50, Cash, and non-Cash raffles through our companion product, Raffle Rocket.

Promote sponsors throughout your organization and across your events.

Dive into readily-available analytics dashboards to monitor fundraising activities.

Common questions about CommuniBee

There are many benefits of purchasing a CommuniBee subscription that fundraisers can take advantage of:

  • Receive a lower platform fee that applies to your auctions and all eCommerce transactions that flow throughout your CommuniBee organization.
  • Unlock alternate online payment options to accept payments using Stripe, Square, or PayPal.
  • Optionally let your guests pay offline if you prefer to collect funds outside of Bid Beacon via cash, check, e-Transfer, Venmo, or however you prefer to receive payment.
  • Take advantage of unparalleled pricing certainty with a platform fee cap that applies to all your silent auctions. This allows you to know the absolute maximum you may ever pay in fees to Bid Beacon. Purchase a CommuniBee subscription to unlock a lower platform fee cap.
Note that an active CommuniBee subscription is required in order to receive the benefits listed above.

There are many benefits of purchasing a CommuniBee subscription that fundraisers can take advantage of:

  • Receive a lower platform fee that applies to your auctions and all eCommerce transactions that flow throughout your CommuniBee organization.
  • Unlock alternate online payment options to accept payments using Stripe, Square, or PayPal.
  • Optionally let your guests pay offline if you prefer to collect funds outside of Bid Beacon via cash, check, e-Transfer, Venmo, or however you prefer to receive payment.
  • Take advantage of unparalleled pricing certainty with a platform fee cap that applies to all your silent auctions. This allows you to know the absolute maximum you may ever pay in fees to Bid Beacon. Purchase a CommuniBee subscription to unlock a lower platform fee cap.
Note that an active CommuniBee subscription is required in order to receive the benefits listed above.

Absolutely! You have full control and can cancel your subscription at any time. Please note that your current subscription will remain active until the end of your billing period. At the time your subscription expires, you will automatically revert back to CommuniBee’s Starter plan. If you ever change your mind, you can resubscribe to continue receiving the benefits that come with a paid subscription.

With Bid Beacon’s pricing, we take a platform fee off each transaction that takes place within your auction up to your platform fee cap. For example, let’s say an auction has a Bid Beacon platform fee of 3.9% and a platform fee cap of $1,000. This means that the auction would need to raise $25,641.03 to reach this cap, and anything raised beyond it would be exempt from our platform fee.

Using the example above, if an auction raises

  1. $5,000: Bid Beacon’s platform fee would equal $195 ($5,000 x 3.9%)
  2. $15,000: Bid Beacon’s platform fee would equal $585 ($15,000 x 3.9%)
  3. $30,000: Bid Beacon’s platform fee would equal $1,000 ($30,000 x 3.9%) 

In scenario 3., the cap comes into effect as the total platform fee of $1,170 exceeds the $1,000 cap. This results in the auction host saving $170 in platform fees. Please note that if you are located in Canada, platform fees are subject to applicable taxes.

The platform fee and platform fee cap example used above is for demonstration purposes only and may not reflect an existing CommuniBee subscription tier.

Absolutely not! If you simply want to only use Bid Beacon, you can do just that. The great thing with CommuniBee is that all of its features are just a click away. Ultimately, you have full control over how you use our platform. 

Bid Beacon’s Full Auction plan uses Express Banking through Stripe Connect to collect online payments. With Express Banking setup, guests enter their credit card prior to bidding and are charged automatically once the auction ends. Payments are then processed through Stripe Connect and are distributed to your bank account.

With a paid CommuniBee subscription, the following alternate payment methods can be used in Bid Beacon: Express Banking through Stripe Connect, Square, PayPal, Stripe (non-Connect version), offline payment acceptance (e.g. cash, check, e-Transfer), or a mix of both if you want to give guests the option to pay either online or offline!

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Join our next Bid Beacon 101 session

Not sure if Bid Beacon is for you? Have some questions about online silent auctions in general?  Already tried us out but have some questions?  We host Bid Beacon 101 every two weeks and are happy to answer your questions.

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