Never been to an auction before? Here’s how it works…
Buying from an auction can be exciting and lots of fun with the chance to buy items at great prices as well as rare, unusual and interesting things.
There’s nothing complicated about buying at auction, however to make sure the process is as straightforward as possible, we’ll take you through everything you need to know in this guide.
So, first things first, what do we auction? We auction nearly anything it is legal to sell with the exception of certain items that are protected or dangerous or that we deem unfit for auction due to their condition or low value. An overview of items we cannot accept is detailed here.
Otherwise our auctions will typically include;
- Antiques and Collectables such as coins and stamps
- Electrical items such as TV’s, Computers and Music systems
- Plant & Machinery
- Catering Equipment
- Power tools
- Luxury goods; Jewellery, gold, watches, handbags and designer goods
- General items, e.g. bicycles, white goods, household goods and furniture
- Cars, Motorcycles,
Viewing Prior To Auction
If you’re interested in buying an item, we always advise that you view it prior to auction. We hold Viewing Days on the Friday before the auction from 10am until 6pm. All items are sold as seen, as explained in our terms and conditions of sale
Ways to Bid
We try to make the auction process as accessible as possible. We understand that you may not always be available to come to our physical auctions and that is why we provide multiple ways to bid;
At the Saleroom
We find the most exhilarating way to bid is to physically be in the auction where there can be a great buzz of excitement and a lot of fun.
Our website gives you the ability to listen to the auction in real time and bid live using your smartphone, tablet or computer. You will need to create and account and register for the auction before you can bid. Once created you can leave ‘autobids’ where the system will bid for you during the auction up to a maximum amount you specify.
HOW DOES A TIMED AUCTION WORK?
Timed auctions don’t have an auctioneer calling the bids, buyers are given a start and end date in which to view the items in the catalogue and leave their bids online.. At the end of the auction whoever has the highest bid wins.
You tell us the most you’re willing to pay – and we’ll bid intelligently for you, only bidding enough for you to meet the reserve or stay in the lead. Don’t worry, your max bid stays secret in our system.
If someone bids higher than your ‘maximum’, we will send you an 'outbid alert' via email to let you know, so you can decide whether to bid more.
You'll know it's a timed auction as the end time will be displaced on the lot page. If a bid is placed in the last 10 minutes of the defined time period, the time period will be extended by 10 minutes. This is to prevent 'sniping'.