How the Featured Auction works…

The “Feature Auction” is the first of several new eCommerce venues that Gidatang.com is introducing in the coming months… Specifically designed to be a limited competition option that provides a very real opportunity to acquire carefully selected showcase items presented for bid, this LIVE ACTION solution was created to be entertaining, relatively fast paced and strategically aggressive. This venue is unlike anything you’ve seen before and promises to be the best retail opportunity On or Offline. Whereas other online auctions drag out auctions for days on end (more for the site’s end goal than yours) by pitting tens of thousands of bidders against each other, we limit competition from the onset. Where other sites create an environment that is nearly impossible to succeed, our format is designed to begin and end in hours. Where other sites are all about profit, we ensure as few bidders as reasonably necessary to ensure we cover the item’s cost. Unlike our competitors, every auction is started with the potential for us to take a loss.

Added Value isn’t something you find often these days… To that end, we designed our program to provide “Exceptional Added Value”. In our process, you never lose value in bidding because every dollar spent purchasing bid tokens is matched in point values. Accumulation of these points provide an option to select most of the same items offered at auction from our Point Redemption Catalog.

Finally, there is a quasi-ulterior motive for us! This project was created specifically to answer what we call unethical practices found in eCommerce. In saying this, we do not approve of misleading and deceptive advertising and/or the outright scams found on other sites. While we are providing this service as a “for profit” organization, our mission is this… We provide real opportunity rooted in highly ethical and principled behavior, never loosing sight of our intended goal which is to help those in need, and/or to correct injustices that have been perpetrated against our environment. Hence, our trademarked slogan “If it sounds to good too be true… It’s Gidatang!“.

Your participation is what makes this possible and for that, we thank you!

How the Feature Auction Works:

The Short Description of our Auction process is this:

Create your Account –

  • To do this, you only need provide your email address, create a password, signify that you agree to our terms of service and click submit.
  • You will receive an email to verify the email address is real. Click the link provided and Log in.. Should you not receive this eMail, check your eMail SPAM folder! We are New and Unknown therefore the email may be mis-delivered.
  • To make the process as smooth and error free as possible, the first thing you will want to do is go to “My Account”. Under “My Account” you will see Personal Preferences… Completing your Profile, Addresses and Payment methods early will ensure the best possible experience in order to avoid delays entering data at a later time. We suggest taking a moment to enter your name, identify your local time zone, select password recovery questions / answers AND to enter both your phone and mobile device numbers. Mobile device notifications are necessary to receive courtesy updates pertaining any auction you choose to participate in. If you decide later that you don’t need these reminders, you can always go back and delete the number required for text messaging.

Privacy is Paramount to us…

In the footer of this page is a link to Our Privacy Policy. In short, is says that We Value Privacy. We do not share or sell your private information except that which is minimally necessary to transact business specific to this site.

Note: For Credit Card information to be valid, your billing and shipping address is required. Rest at ease that we DO NOT store Credit Card information on our servers. We use a system called Tokenization which is an encryption service provided by the Card Service Provider therefore, only the last 4 digits of the card on file is displayed and then only for your convenience.

  1. Select an item of interest…
  2. Register for that Auction – We suggest taking advantage of our automatic bid feature
  3. Purchase a generous supply of Feature Auction Tokens
  4. Get ready to Bid

Once Registered for an auction, you only need wait until enough users have registered to make the auction viable. You will receive confirmation by email that you have secured one of the limited number of seats available for that event. As soon as a qualifying number of registrations have been secured, you will receive notifications by text that your auction will begin in 8 hours, 4 hours, 1 hour and finally, that your auction is beginning. When scheduled, the screen will display a large feature section that provides access to the Bid Room. This is where you may engage the Automatic bid feature. Keep in mind that in addition to being limited space available, this auction is an elimination event. This means you can get eliminated if you are not logged in or do not bid at least once within 30 minutes of auction start (Those using the Auto-bid feature are exempted from early elimination only). Other than that, the only way to prevent elimination is to participate frequently which may include placing manual bids. Beginning 31 minutes into the event, the system identifies and eliminates the bidder with the longest period of inactivity and eliminates 1 bidder per minute until only 20 bidders remain. This is particularly important in the latter stages of the auction when the number of bidders is reduced because action will increase thereby making the necessity to bid more frequent.

Since an auction may be scheduled at any hour, as mentioned above, you have the option to engage our automated bid function. The Absentee Bidder feature allows the user to set a maximum number of bids that can be placed through this feature. Additionally, the user can determine the maximum amount that the system is authorized to bid on your behalf. If the Amount indicated exceeds the number of bids authorized, it will not accept the automatic bid and therefore you will immediately become eligible for elimination as an inactive bidder. Also, another benefit of the auto-bid feature is that you will receive a text notification if your approved number of bids (token balance) is running low and/or if the maximum amount authorized to bid is getting close. For sake of clarity, the Auto-bid feature places bids by randomly selecting from the Auto-bid User List. This function is performed by a random number generator. If you are not randomly selected to place a bid following the initial 30 minute grace period, you may be eliminated due to possible inactivity during the initial phase of the auction.

In all auctions, the last bid received before time expires WILL BE declared the successful bidder.

And now for the slightly Expanded Description:

Create your Account –

  • To do this, you only need provide your email address, create a password, signify that you agree to our terms of service and click submit.
  • You will receive an email to verify the email address is real. Click the link provided and Log in.. If you don’t receive an email, check your eMail SPAM folder… being a New and relatively unknown site, sometimes the eMail is deposited there.
  • To make the process as smooth and error free as possible, the first thing you will want to do is go to “My Account”. Under “My Account” you will see Personal Preferences… Completing your Profile, Addresses and Payment methods early will ensure the best possible experience in order to avoid delays entering data at a later time. We suggest taking a moment to enter your name, identify your local time zone, select password recovery questions / answers AND to enter both your phone and mobile device numbers. Mobile device is necessary to receive courtesy updates pertaining auctions you will participate in. If you decide later that you don’t need these reminders, you can always go back and delete the number required for SMS (text) messaging.
  • You always have the option to pay Registration Fees and Purchase Tokens at any time. However, most Bidders find pre-loading a more economical and convenient way to ensure easy accessibility to Auctions and Bidding Activities. Consider buying a Pre-packaged Offer for extra savings.
  • You are all set!

Note: For Credit Card information to be valid, your billing and shipping address is required. Rest at ease that we DO NOT store Credit Card information on our servers. We use a system called Tokenization which is an encryption service provided by the Card Service Provider therefore, only the last 4 digits of the card on file is displayed and then only for your convenience.

Our process begins with the posting of select offers which can be anything from merchandise to vacation packages to special services. An event Registration process was implemented allowing users to secure one of a limited number of available seats. We determine a minimum and maximum number of possible bidders necessary to cover a good percentage of the item cost and let public interest and automation decide what happens from that point forward. Once the minimum number of qualifying bidders have registered for a particular Auction, the Auction is Automatically Scheduled 24 hours later. It may be at 2 in the afternoon or 4 in the morning ~ it’s all part of the process ~ and it doesn’t end there. In addition to an absolutely random start time, we included an automatic elimination protocol to reduce the number of potential bidders which increases probability of success for those who remain… and we’re not done.

At 30 minutes from the start of the auction, anyone who has failed to login and bid at least once is automatically eliminated. Beginning at 31 minutes and every minute thereafter, the system identifies a single bidder with the longest period of inactivity (i.e., not bidding frequently enough) and eliminates them as well. This elimination process continues until only 20 bidders remain at which time the automatic elimination feature is deactivated and last to act will be declared the successful bidder. In short everyone must stay actively engaged or risk being eliminated.

For those with commitment issues…, we do have an automatic engagement option we refer to as the Absentee Bidder Tool or Auto Bid Feature. This device was created for those who don’t want to get up OR stay up AND is provided to help bidders avoid elimination during the first 30 minute elimination period. Any Bidder who has engaged the Auto Bid Feature is automatically logged in for Auction Start. Although, it is not a guarantee to prevent elimination after the initial elimination period, this system aids in elimination avoidance by placing bids through a random bid generation process which selects bidders from the list of eligible bidders (those electing to use the automatic bid feature). Once again… As part of the group electing to engage this tool, we remind you that if you are not selected as a random bidder when key elimination factors are decided, you do risk being eliminated. We recommend supplementing automated bids with manual bids to maximize success. Auto-bid use is highly recommended but is completely voluntary. Auto-bid when used in conjunction with manual bidding, results are exponentially greater. When scheduled, the landing page screen will display a large feature section that provides access to the Bid Room. This is where you may engage the Automatic bid feature.

Feature Tokens and Bid Credits perform an identical function and differ only in how the proceeds from Credit and Token purchases are treated. Primarily, these devices are employed as a safety measure to prevent prices from being artificially inflated from insincere bidding (as there is a small cost associated with their use). Whereas any profit from the sale of Bid Credits is directed to fund Worthwhile Causes such as Humanitarian Aid, Environmental Cleanup or preventing Animal Cruelty and Abuse, revenue generated in the sale of Feature tokens along with associated Registration fees collected in Reserving a seat at any given auction are first applied to cover the purchase price of the item being offered.

You should know: In every Auction, the possibility exists that Gidatang.com could in fact lose money on the item being offered. You on the other hand do not share that risk because, we added one final feature…

Money spent purchasing Feature Tokens and Bid Credits is non-refundable however, you never lose value when placing bids. A Point System similar to that used by the old trading stamp companies was incorporated in our design with the intent to provide investment security. A credit of 1 point for every 10¢ spent is added to your point balance. The accumulation of these points allows our customers to redeem merchandise from our Point Redemption Catalog. Please Note: Shipping cannot be paid in points.

Now you are ready!

  1. Select an item of interest…
  2. Register for that Auction – Again.. We suggest taking advantage of our automatic bid feature
  3. Purchase a generous supply of Feature Auction Tokens
  4. Get ready to Bid and Bid to Win.


We wish you well in your pursuit and remind you to please bid responsibly!