1.) Please read the help article How to Show your Coming Soon Homepage before the Auction starts.
2.) Then, see this Help Article on how to create tickets.
3.) As long as the above help articles are followed, you will be able to sell tickets before the opening date:
- Go to Event > Tickets > Sell tickets > Choose Edit on a ticket.
- Set each of your Tickets to have a start date earlier than the auction Online Bidding Dates.
The order tickets button will not appear on the homepage until the start date set by the tickets. Once the start date of the tickets is reached, the order tickets button will appear.
4.) Anyone with the direct link to your auction (Found under: Event > Set Up > Switch Active Event) can purchase tickets before the auction Officially starts.
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