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Attending the live auction

Come have fun and enjoy seeing what we have in our clean, climate controlled, comfortable, and friendly auction center.

We sell about 80-90 lots an hour, so we move fast!. Please be prepared to remove all won items the day of auction. Cash, good check, VISA, MC, Discover, and American Express are all accepted. There is a 18% online, 13% onsite, 3% cash discount buyer's premium/commission.

Plenty of parking, climate controlled, indoor, comfortable seats, handicap accessible, restrooms, free coffee, and hot meals available for purchase on site.

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Some weeks are catalgoed and simulcast - others are old school uncatalgoed gotta be here to win it auctions- check the upcoming auctions page for current auctions.

Can't make a live auction? 

Leave absentee bids in person, on the phone or through e-mail or bid online thorugh Proxibid. Most of our auctions are live auctions with audio only so can follow along anywhere you have internet access. There can be delays with all the technolgoical variables. Click on the online bidding tab on our website to take you to the current auction.You must have a Proxibid account to bid. CLICK HERE for help to see how it works or for help getting registered or bidding or call Proxibid at 1-877-505-7770.

Absentee bidding

Bidding on Proxibid is your best choice. If you prefer you can  call, email or fax in a bid.

With Proxibid we do not see maximum amounts. With all other bids we have to know your maximum bid in order to bid on your behalf. Also, we do not allow seller to bid on their own items. Our reputation is at stake and we handle all bids honestly and fairly. All auctions are recorded and bidsare kept on file. How this is handled is explained below.

We offer this as a service to buyers. We receive over 100 of these bids a week and they are successful about 35% of the time. Here are the steps you need to do:

Print absentee bid form.     

  1. Look at catalog and fill out form: As a bidder you would select lots you want to bid on and using  our bid form enter the lot number, description, starting bid (can not be lower than $10) and your maximum bid- following the increment schedule on the form.
  2. Email      , fax  507-263-7376  or call 507-263-7373 with your bids.

Once we receive your bids they are entered into our system with date and time information and can not be removed. You are also assigned a bidder number. During the auction the software alerts the clerk of absentee bids and the clerk or auctioneer bids for you against other bidders.  If you are the winning bidder we will notify you the next day and arrange pick up or shipping.

If there are no competitive bids you will win the item at your starting bid amount.

Many times we have multiple pre-bids on the same item so the auctioneer will have a high starting bid. This is not a shill bid. For example:

Bidder 1 bids $10-50 on lot 44
Bidder 2 bids $10-55 on lot 44
Bidder 3 bids $10-75 on lot 44

The computer will generate a starting bid of $60 to bidder 3 since bidder 2 outbid 1 and bidder 3 has already outbid 2. The auctioneer will say we have an opening bid of $60 and ask for $65. If no one else bids bidder 3 would win it at $60.

We hope this helps you understand the process. If you have questions please feel free to ask any staff member.

 

 

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