• Auctions

    Being The Auction Middleman or Woman


    Pretty much every business in life has a middleman (or woman), and the best ones are those who provide a valuable service for each side with expertise or resources that neither would be able to bring to the table.  Being an auction middleman (or woman; we'll start using the term "middleperson" ...
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    Preparing Yourself for Auction Day


    It's time to go to the auction  house!  But wait...have you gathered everything together and prepared yourself for a long, hard day of bidding?  Here are some tips for preparing yourself for auction day and making sure you've got everything in order before you step out the door. ...
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    Hosting Chinese Auction


    Looking to host an auction to raise money for charity, or just to swap some old things?  Consider hosting a Chinese auction -- a type of auction in which people buy tickets which they then drop into bowls beside the items up for auction, thus giving them a chance to be chosen to buy the item.&n...
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    How to Score at Household Appliance Auctions


    Pretty much anything can be sold at auction, but usually, to make it worth it, people will sell larger or more valuable items.  One category of items is household appliances -- from blenders to microwaves to refrigerators.  Some of these items you may prefer to buy new (a used fridge, for ...
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    Buying a Car at the Auto Auctions


    Buying a car at an auction is tempting.  The starting price seems so impossibly low, and stories of people walking away from auctions with vintage cars for half of their value or less seem like amazing promises.  However, purchasing your next vehicle from an auction is risky business: ther...
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    How the Buyer's Premium Can Help Your Auctions


    Fairly recently, the buyer's premium was introduced to auctions.  This is a fee that the auctioneer adds on top of the final bidding price -- a sort of commission for him or herself; a higher final price means a higher buyer's premium.  What should you do if you find out there is a buyer's...
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    Avoid Live Auction Fraud By....


    The fear of auction fraud may scare some people away from participating in live auctions, because they are so terrified of being scammed that they dare not participate in this exciting and often bargain-finding activity.  Auction fraud is actually fairly simple to avoid, if you stay alert and a...
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    Spotting Signs of a Scam


    Auctions can sometimes seem too good to be true: the merchandise is just too incredibly inexpensive for the quality being touted, the auctioneers are just a little too friendly, or the selection of products is just too convenient.  If any of these seem to be the case, you might very well be rig...
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    Advertising Your Auction Items


    If you're selling a lot of items at an upcoming auction, you can go about advertising it much like a garage sale.  This way, you'll find people who are interested in your specific items who might not otherwise have known to come to the auction house where you're hawking off your things.  N...
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    Independent Online Auctions


    The world of online auctions doesn't begin and end with eBay.  There are other options available to those bidders looking for very specific items or genres of merchandise on which to bid.  Some of these independent online auctions can be tough to find, if you don't know where to look; as w...






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