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5 Things You Need to Know About Our Online Estate Auctions


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In recent years online estate auctions have been rising in popularity. This makes it convenient for people to shop estate sales and discover great bargains on everything from collectibles to everyday household goods. Traditionally, people have fun going from estate sale to estate sale on the weekends hunting for treasures. If there is something particular you’re on the hunt for, however, you can easily scour online estate sale auctions to get exactly what you want.

If you’re new to our online estate auctions, here are 5 things you should know before making any purchase on our site:

1) Bidding begins in advance of the auction closing.

Each auction on our site has its own dedicated page that gives you details about the event including the preview day hours, the day and time it closes, the terms and conditions (please read through it so there are no surprises!), and the full catalog for the auction.

We publish the online catalog about 1-2 weeks prior to the day the auction closes. This will give you plenty of time to browse the catalog before attending the preview day so you can make your wishlist!

2) You must register with a credit card to place a bid in our online estate auctions.

There is no fee in order to register. If you do want to place a bid, we’ll need a credit card and $1 deposit.

At the top-right corner of the catalog page, you’ll see a link that says, “Register to bid”. Enter your information on the next page and click “Submit Registration Form” at the bottom of the page. (Please disregard the sentence that says “A $100 registration deposit by Visa/MC is required prior to bidding and will be authorized on your credit card.” We have not been able to change that yet to $1.)

Online estate auction registration

Keep in mind that if you do bid and purchase an item, your credit card will be automatically charged after the event has ended.

3) We do offer a preview day prior to the closing day

Most of our preview days are held in our warehouse located close to downtown San Diego, California. We do have the occasional preview day onsite. We list the address on the main catalog page.

4) There is a 15% buyer’s premium on all purchases

For every transaction on our site, there is an added 15% premium of the purchase price. For example, if you bid on items and your total purchases add up to $100, the total is $115 plus applicable tax.

If you are a bidder who is exempt from paying tax, please submit a tax-exempt form.

5) You must remove items on designated removal day(s)

We do have days for you to pick up items after the auction is over. If you are not able to pick up items in person, there is shipping available through our partner, PakMail La Jolla. You can also arrange for your own shipping. If you do not pick up items on the designated days, we consider the items abandoned and relist them in a future auction.

If you are removing large or heavy items, please plan accordingly. Bring your own tools and help to load items into your vehicle.

If you have any further questions about the buying process, please refer to our Buyers information page.

Good luck and happy bidding!