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How to bid

Registration

In order to bid, you must complete a registration form for which you will need identification, with a current address.

You can register at any time over viewing or auction days. Once a registration form has been completed and submitted to our offices, you are issued with a bidding number. There is no cost involved with registration.

Successful bids

If you bid successfully for an item, the auctioneer will ask to sight this number and that item will be recorded against your profile. It is important to remember that there is a 20% buyers premium on top of the hammer price (ie. 20% more than what you bid) + gst. Online bidders pay 25% + gst (subject to change).

Payment

Payment can be made almost immediately after bidding for an item. We accept cash, eftpos, pre-approved cheque or credit card (Visa or Mastercard only. Credit card transactions incur a fee of 1.5%).

Once payment is received you will be issued an invoice and a collection sheet.

Collecting your items

Items can be collected at any time after payment has been made, given that a staff member is available and the delivery does not interfere with the running of the auction. Payment and collection must be made within three business working days following the auction. Storage fees apply after this time.

We will provide assistance with moving, packing and materials WHEN AVAILABLE but it is recommended that you arrange your own.

We can provide the contact details of good carriers if required.

Absentee, phone and online bidding

If you canít be present but would still like to bid, you can place an absentee bid, register for phone bidding or use our online bidding system.

    

Phone bidding

You will be eligible for phone bidding on lots with a low estimate of $300 or more. Download a phone bidding form here or collect one from our office in Waterloo. You must provide contact details including identification, the item number/s and descriptions. When the auctioneer is approaching the particular lot number, a staff member will phone and you can instruct them to bid on your behalf. The deadline for registering for phone bids is the commencement of the auction. They will not be accepted after this time.

Absentee bidding

If you don't wish to bid over the phone, or if you are not eligible for phone bidding, you can submit an 'Absentee Bid' form. Again, you must provide contact details, lot numbers and descriptions. In addition, you must nominate an amount indicating the maximum price you're prepared to pay for the item.

The auctioneer will start the bidding low and bid on your behalf until the price has reached your nominated amount. If bidding doesn't reach this amount, you win the item for the price at which the bidding ceased.

You can place an absentee bid at any time, as long as you allow enough time for the form to be recorded and relayed to the auctioneer, approx 50 lots.

If successful, you will be contacted on the following business working day after the auction. You can call earlier if you desire however we cannot guarantee the results will be available.

Online bidding

Online bidding is also available, this is hosted by invaluable.com  Links will be added to the auction page when available