Seeking Open Source Auction Software

This morning Vivian and I got up earl'ish (well, 9:00am is early for Saturday) to help Jade setting up her garage sale. While moving her things, Vivian has suggested to her that why not sending out an advertisement email to the FOCUS mailing list, since lots of overseas students want to buy and sell when they move places between sessions. Then I came up with an idea in my mind - why not setting up a classify or auction site for the FOCUS community so that people can trade with their Christian brothers and sisters, without worrying of dealing with strangers?

With that in mind, I set out to find an already-made on-line auction software that is free. However, quite disappointingly, I cannot find one that I really like...

Here's what I have found through Google search + Freshmeat search.

  • PHPauction - It is a complete suite of applications and services for building auction websites. It is quite nice, and is probably the most usable system I have found. However, it does come with a cost. Its XL and Pro Plus versions cost USD$359 and USD$159 - well above my $0 budget. Even its GPL'ed version costs USD$10 to download the source code.
  • TrueQue - a hacked phpaction, probably before it started charging, but has not made an update since 2001. From the description it might have quite a few bugs, but I might give it a try first.
  • EveryAuction - a nice auction package with lots of live sites. It is also under heavy development. However, it is written in Perl, and I am not sure whether I want to touch one more line of Perl when I need to customise it...

I might start trying out each software in the next few days.

Update 13 January 2003: I found a GPL'ed PHPAuction 2.1 somewhere else, and it has change logs all the way to January 2002. I've decided that I might stick to this one first. After hacking the code for the past 2 days, I got to say that its code quality is a bit disappointing. The way it handles MySQL, its HTML layouts, and even its PHP syntax show bad coding under the beautiful skins. I am currently moving all the code to be as XHTML 1 compliant as possible, and moving all the database code to use PEAR DB. I will release my mods after I've done it, but from what I've observed, it might take me a while...

Update 5 June 2003: Quite a few people landed on this page through the mighty Google trying to find a free open source on-line auction package, but sorry to disappoint you - I don't have it here. You can still grab the GPL'ed PHPAuction 2.1 script from OpenScripts.com using the link provided above, but you need some serious hacking to get it in shape. Initially I thought I can hack it up to be usable again, but at the end I don't have time to complete the project, as there are other priorities in life...