Featured auctions are displayed in two sections on the new home page, and a third section keeps you in the know of auctions that are ending soon. There is also an enhanced search feature that allows you to simply type a keyword or brand name into the search field at the top of the screen and the result is a page displaying current auctions which match your search term. For example, if you’re looking for Davidoff cigars,type it where prompted and hit “Search.” Not only is it helpful, but it makes finding your favorite cigars on auction that much easier.
After searching by keyword or for a particular brand, you’ll notice the page you’re on contains two tabs to choose from: “Current” or “Future” auctions. That means you’ll know whether your favorite cigars are currently being featured as well as when they’ll be up for auction in the coming days or weeks.
For people who prefer to search by presentation, there is an “Auction Category” tab which allows users to search for cigars by cigar boxes, bundles, 5-packs, cigar samplers, single cigars, cigar humidors and cigar accessories.
According to CigarAuctioneer website developer, Bryan Deffley, the biggest improvement is the real time countdown. “During the last 24 hours of an auction, if you are viewing the detailed auction page, any bids placed by other users are automatically displayed,” said Deffley. “You no longer have to refresh the page to see new bids.”
There are many additional improvements such as an instant overview of your site activity. This can be found by visiting the “My Auctioneer” page, where users can view “Items I’m Bidding On,” “Items I’m Watching,” as well as a history of all the items the user has won and lost on a single page.
For improved organization, the “My Account” section has been changed from one long page for every account setting, to being separated into different logical pages accessible from a drop-down menu. This includes billing information, credit cards, shipping preferences, and order consolidation (giving users the ability to combine their auction wins into one neat, weekly order). There are also links to pages for updating email addresses, opt-in/out email preferences, and order history.
Cigar smokers who want to take the remodeled cigar auction website for a test-drive should visit www.CigarAuctioneer.com.