Terms of Service

To understand our privacy policy, it is helpful to understand the purpose of Do It Yourself Auctions, or DIY Auctions or DIYA for short.

DIYA was created to help facilitate an auction application for use on Facebook business pages. As such there are a number of roles that must be considered, each with their own levels of information access.

When a user clicks on an auction post on a Facebook business page, the DIYA application requests certain permissions that the user must agree to. The application only requests the minimum set of permissions possible so as to be able to carry out the required actions of the DIYA application. These permissions are:

  • email
  • manage_pages
  • publish_actions

More information on these permissions is available via the Facebook Developers portal: https://developers.facebook.com .

By agreeing to give the DIYA application the above permissions, you are agreeing to give the administrators of the DIYA website (currently there are 3), and the specific Facebook business page seller such information as:

  1. Your Facebook name
  2. Your email address associated with your Facebook account

The DIYA application will store your bidding history and purchase history of items you bid on using the application. This information is only available to the administrators of this application and the specific auction seller to which you made auction bids and/or purchases. NO INFORMATION WILL BE KNOWINGLY RELEASED TO OTHERS WITHOUT YOUR EXPRESS PERMISSION TO DO SO!

The DIYA application employs a number of security measures to ensure that your information remains confidential. We will not describe these features in detail as that would in essence be one step towards potential compromise of the site. However, rest assured that it is in the best interests of the site administrators to have a secure site!

Some details on how the DIYA application works:

  1. A seller subscribes to our auction application service. They can then post auction items on their Facebook business page using the auction application User’s portal. Within this portal they can:
    1. Create new auction items
    2. Schedule those auction items for later automatic posting on their Facebook business page, or post those items immediately.
    3. Track their auctions including reviewing:
      • Active auctions
      • Scheduled auctions
      • Draft auctions
      • Closed [ Sold , Expired ] auctions
      • All auctions
  2. Users can click on any of the auction items posted on the seller’s Facebook business page. This will take the user to the DIYA website auction bidding page where they can enter a bid for the item. Note that the bidding form is pre-populated with the minimial bid increment amount. However, the user can enter a different (higher) amount if desired. To bid with the minimal bid increment amount, the user only has to press the ‘submit’ button. To change the bid, the user simply replaces the pre-populated amount with a new higher numeric value, then presses the ‘submit’ button.
  3. Users can browse all auction items available for bidding directly on the DIYA website, or by going to the applicable Facebook business page(s). The user can also go to a page which will show auction items he or she has specifically bid on (thereby allowing the user to manage his or her bids).

The DIYA application provides a number of features that are for the benefit of both, sellers and bidders:

  1. Better control over the bidding process versus manual posting of bids on a Facebook time-line – bids are placed via the DIYA application by bidder using the application’s bid submission form. With a manual process a bidder could make a bidding error (bid a lower price than the current bid) or attempt to bid after an auction’s closing time. These are prevented by the DIYA application. Furthermore, a bidder could change or delete his or her bid if bidding were allowed directly on the time-line. This is prevented by using the DIYA application.
  2. Winning bidder is automatically notified by email. This automated process speeds time and expedites completion of auction transactions.
  3. Seller is also notified of winning bids via email (and via reports available on the DIYA website portal).
  4. The auction software manages who wins a given auction eliminating disputes.
  5. The end of auction time is adjustable which allows for optimized bidding.
  6. Sellers can clone existing auction items for faster data entry.
  7. The DIYA application seller’s form (and bid entry form) help to eliminate the chance of data entry errors. If a bidder tries to bid less than the current bid amount, that bid is rejected and the user is advised. Near the end of a given auction where timing is very critical, the auction bid rejection feature becomes very critical, eliminating disputes and encouraging further bidding.
  8. Bidders can see a complete list of auction items up for bid in a more presentable way than it is possible on the Facebook business page time-line. This encourages further bidding and makes the experience of bidding more enjoyable for users. Users can also track items they have bid on and can see if they are currently winning on the items they have bid on, or not. The DIYA website portal allows for quick and efficient bidding.
  9. Auction items have a countdown timer which indicates how much time is left for a given auction item. This increases urgency and encourages bidding.