Buying at Auction
is a fun, easy way to get a bargain or find an item of special value to you. Auctions are the last frontier in free enterprise, and The Auction Method of Marketing is one of the most exciting ways to shop.
Auctioneers are professional licensed individuals who are bonded by the State to protect you. They must attend school. To better work for their clients, they maintain their education through Continuing Education seminars and professional organizations. There are laws and requirements auctioneers must follow to keep their licenses, so you are protected. We belong to the Arkansas Auctioneers Association and the National Auctioneers Association.
When you come to our auction, you are made to feel welcome.
You are invited to view all the items prior to auction. Preview for the auction usually opens at 6pm. Auctions are one of the few places you are encouraged to handle and inspect the items for sale, so that you know exactly what you are buying and the condition it is in. There are no resales - all goods are sold as is- where is.
Before bidding, register with the cashier who will ask for identification, usually a driver's license. You will receive a bidder card, which will have your buying number on it. It is your charge card and contract with the auctioneer. Do not lose it; you are responsible for purchases made against that bidder card number. When the auction is ready to begin, the auctioneer will go over the rules, times certain objects will sell and anything else you need to know. The auctioneer will also answer any questions you have at this time.
When you see an item you are interested in, set a price in your mind of what it's worth to you. The auctioneer will call out bids in certain increments, and you can decide to hold up your card to bid or drop out. If you are the high bidder, hold up your bidder card so the number can be recorded. See, you set the price!
Ask questions. Tell the auctioneer if you feel there was a bidding error. No one will take your bid when you don't want to bid. If you buy something that you feel was misrepresented, you can return it immediately and disclose the error or flaw. If a bid is disputed, that is, you think you have the final bid and someone else thinks they do, the bidding is simply opened again between you two.
Method of payment is check, cash, MasterCard or Visa. At any time during the auction or when it is over, you can go to the cashier, pay your bill, pick up your items and leave. You can also make arrangements to pick items up later.
Many auctioneers offer the service of "Absentee Bids". That is if you need to leave and your item has not come up for sale or you are unable to attend the auction, you can leave an Absentee Bid with the highest bid you would go to on the item. there will be an assigned bidder (usually the Auctioneer or clerk) to bid for you as if you were there, working to purchase the article for the best price, not necessarily the highest bid you left. We will bid for you until either your high absentee bid has been passed, or you buy the item, which ever comes first.
Most of our cataloged auctions are sold in numerical order, so absentee bidding is encouraged if you do not want to miss bidding on the item that you desire.
Dealers buy for their clients and for profit, so bidding against them is easy - their bid is less than what the item sells for in their shop. Remember, if you want an article, set your price in your mind beforehand, and you never spend too much.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Remember, there's no such thing as a dumb question!