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Bidding at Auction

It's Fun!

If you can physically attend an auction:

  1. The first thing you want to do is PREVIEW the items; that means touching and feeling the items and looking for damage, once you preview you have become an informed bidder!
  2. Now you need to register at the office, all you need is a drivers license or some form of federal or state identification and a bid number will be issued to you.  The first auction you attend we will assign a "Temporary bid number"  the second time you come ask for a permanent number and that will put you into our data base and you will receive notices of upcoming Auctions.
  3. You may also telephone 1-800-Mr. Auction or 831-476-1713, Fax 831-476-1835 or E-Mail any questions, requests for pictures or all bids you would like to place.
  4. Let us know if you would like to be telephoned when the items you are interested in are on the auction block so that you can bid yourself over the phone. Keep in mind we would like you to open the bidding for at least $50 on a telephone bid, otherwise leave a "sealed bid" (where we bid for you against the live audience up to your maximum amount.) Please turn phone bids into the office by 4:00PM auction day.
TERMS: We have a 15% (oops! 20%) BUYERS PREMIUM that is added to the HAMMER PRICE.
There is a 5% discount for people using cash or checks (there, its back to 15%).
Payments: PLEASE PAY IN FULL (OR 10% WITH APPROVAL) BEFORE YOU LEAVE AN AUCTION!
We have TeleCheck and can verify funds
Form of Payment: Cash, Check, ATM Debit, Master Card, Visa, American Express, Discover and PayPal
(the Cards & Paypal is where the 20% comes in)
Automobiles: Must be paid for in CASH or telecheck (funds verified) within five business days of auction!
Pick Up Guidelines: Please provide your own boxes and packing materials.
You MUST have an employee help you check out at ANY time.  However you provide the "muscle"
We  will attempt to make every effort to check you out during the auction and remain open after the auction until everyone has completed their packing and removal of merchandise.
Pick Up Times:
The office hours for a Thursday Night Auction are:
Friday: 12:00 noon until 5:00 P.M. (call first if coming later)
Saturday: We recommend you call first- the hours vary and will be on the answer machine - generally between 12:00 and 2:00 BUT call before coming
Monday: 12:00 to 5:00 P.M. ($5 storage each day after Monday)
   
We are NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ITEMS LEFT AFTER Monday
STORAGE FEE OF $5.00 per day will be charged due to space not cleared
   
AS IS WHERE IS We make every effort to alert you to damage during the auction.  It is your responsibility to check the items out during preview times.  If we guarantee an appliance that you cannot check at preview, you may receive your money back IF you notify us within 48 hours from the date of auction purchase and return within 5 days.
SILENT AUCTION: Write your bids during the previews and live auction. Final written bids will be ended at lot 100 (approximately 8:00 PM) we will take a short break so you can put your final bids and then we begin closing the Silent Auction. Please Give the Clerks 60-90 minutes to enter the results into the computer system. Day time Holiday Sales the Silent Auction closes at lot 100 at approximately 2:00 PM.
SEALED BIDS: If you cannot attend an auction, simply leave a sealed bid for particular items. The auctioneer or clerk will bid for you OR request to be telephoned on higher cost items ($50 or more) when the item comes on the auction block Please turn phone bids in by 4:00PM on auction day.
HAULING: Bryan Hove does all our hauling and he is available to all of you!  His phone number is 831-761-0716.  He has a small truck, a big truck, and a car ramp. Hes nice, hes experienced at moving furniture, and his rates are reasonable!