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How Do I Bid In Your Online Auctions?

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This is probably the most asked question that we get from potential buyers. If you’ve never participated in online auctions before, it can be overwhelming trying to navigate through a new way of shopping and buying items. There are so many different companies and websites that offer online auctions nowadays.

Almost everybody is familiar with eBay. The company blazed the trail for the online auction industry. Obviously, we are smaller than eBay. We work similar to eBay, though, in that you can bid on items on your computer from the comfort of your home. What makes us slightly different is that for some auctions you are able to preview/inspect items before placing a bid.

In order to start bidding you must:

1) Register a bidder account. From our home page you need to click on the auction you would like to participate in first. Click on the “Sign Up” button. Enter your info including an email and phone number. Please note that a U.S. phone number is required.

2) Get authorized for the auction. On the auction page, you will see a button that says, “Click here to get authorized for this auction.”

3) Authorize your credit card. If this is your first time bidding, you will add a credit card to your file. A $1 temporary hold will be placed on the card.

4) Upload a business/reseller’s license if you are tax exempt.

Once you’ve registered for an auction:

1) Now comes the fun part! Browse the catalog and find items you want to bid on.

2) Enter a max bid on items you want. A max bid is the maximum amount you’re willing to pay for the item. The system will bid on your behalf up to that amount. This means you don’t have to constantly check the auction to see if you’ve been outbid.

Please note that there are bid increments for each lot. Bid increments refer to the minimum amount an auction bid must be raised during bidding. For example, if the current bid for an item is $25 and the bid increment is $2, then you’ll need to place a bid for $27.

If you have the winning bid on an item at the end of an auction, your card will be charged for the amount of the item plus the 15% premium and sales tax. You will receive an order/invoice via email and text.

If you have any further questions about the bidding process, please contact us!

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