BidSC Frequently Asked Questions
1.Who determines whether bidders are eligible to bid in BidSC
The State of South Carolina approves all BidSC bidders.
2.Do bidders need special software or equipment to use BidSC?
No. The BidSC website can be accessed using any competent
Internet service provider and any popular browser. Faster response is
achieved with faster modems and faster Internet connections (e.g., ISDN
lines, T-1's, T-3's, etc.).
3.Who can observe auctions while in progress?
BidSC will permit anyone with the State's specific consent to
watch BidSC auctions in progress. An administrator observes
auctions in progress for "trouble shooting" purposes. No one may observe
an auction without the consent of the State of South Carolina and special
access privileges granted by the auction administrator.
4.Who can view auction results once an auction is over?
The BidSC Results Page showing auction results is accessible to
any BidSC Registrant after an auction is over.
5.What are BidSC's security features?
No one can enter an auction without using their password and ID number.
BidSC maintains a continuous and permanent record showing the
time, identity and activity of everyone who "hits" the website. There is
a back-up server available at all times which hosts a duplicate copy of
the BidSC "code" and is capable of running all BidSC
applications with relatively little set-up time.
6.What if a bidder has a computer or Internet problem during an auction?
Most technical problems are discovered when bidders practice in the trial
auction (prior to the real auction), and are rectified shortly thereafter,
usually with the assistance of Grant Street Group staff. Grant Street Group staff is
available before, during and after the auction to answer technical
questions. Usually we are able to help bidders solve their problems
7.How does BidSC communicate last minute changes in the
Guidelines to users of the BidSC website?
BidSC will display the changes on the "Amendments Page" for the
related auction. Whenever amendments are added, the date and time of the
most recent change is prominently displayed on the website.
8.What is the purpose of the trial auction?
It is a bidding site identical to the real auction where prospective
bidders can practice bidding and the State can check that all bidding
parameters are properly set.
9.What steps must bidders take to participate in BidSC auctions?
In order to participate in BidSC auctions, bidders must:
- Complete registration form accessible from the "Home Page",
- Request admission to bid in specific BidSC auctions by clicking the "Request Admission" button on the "Selections Page",
- Answer all questions on "Acknowledgement Page" affirmatively.
10.Where can I find information about BidSC auctions completed
You can see a list of BidSC auctions completed to date by
clicking the "Results" button at the bottom of the BidSC "Home
Go to: BidSC Home Page
Please direct questions and comments to Auction Administrator