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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where Does All of this Stuff Come From?
A. The Items Come From People Like You and Me. Estates, Business/Antique Shops Liquidating, Someone Moving - Downsizing, Cleaning House, a Hoarder! The Auction is Much More Fun than a Garage Sale!

Q. What Can be Sold at Auction?
A. We Sell Just About Anything & Everything As Long as It is Legal for Us to Sell it (We Don't Sell Stolen Items or Pornographic Material, Etc.)

Q. Can I Come See the Items in Person?
A. Yes! We highly encourage every Bidder to come to One of Our Live Previews. Some Items Look Better in Person & Vice Versa. You may want to pick up the item & hug it or Smell it Too. (See Our Website for More Info on Preview Days)

Q. When Should I Bring my Items for Sale?
A. Check Our Website for Upcoming Dropoff Days/Times or Email/Call Us at Our Office for Upcoming Dropoff. Also Consider Seasons for Selling Items: Hunting Items Do Very Well in October & Holiday Items Do Well Just Before the Coming Holiday (For Larger Loads/Items, Please Call Ahead to Check for Available Space)

Q. How do I List My Items?
A. We Require That Every Item Be Described on a 3"x5" Index Card with Your Seller Number Located in the Upper Right Hand Corner. Descriptions are provided by the Seller. Descriptions Should Include: Accurate Condition, Size, Serial/Model # and Any Other Useful Info that a Buyer Would Want to Know. You Will Also Prepare a Brief List of the Items that You are Bringing in for Auction & it will be Attached to Your Contract.

Q. Can I Sell My Items from My Location?
A. We Highly Encourage All Items to be Brought On-site to Our Bay City Building for Live Preview, however for the Convenience of Moving Larger Items, We are able to Sell Items Off-Site

Q. How Long Does it Take for My Items to be Auctioned?
A. We Catalog & List the Auction the Following Week After Drop-Off & the Items Go On Our Website for 4-Days Starting Friday Evening & Going Thru Tuesday Evening. You Will Receive a Check for Your Sold Items 10 Business Days Following the Close of the Auction.

Q. How Much Money do I Have to Pay in Advance to Sell My Items?
A. None. We take Listing Fees & Commission from Your Check after the Sale.

Q. What Happens if My Item Does Not Receive a Bid at Auction?
A. You have 3 Days to Pick Up Your No Sale Items. If the Item/Items are Not Picked Up by Friday, 1BID.US Takes Possession & They are Gathered & Grouped Together for Future Auctions.

Q. Do I have to Guarantee the Items That I Sell?
A. We prefer that the Seller Lists their Item Accordingly. If an item is Working, You'll want to Include that in the Description. If an Item has any Defect - You'll Need to List that in the Description as well. (Examples: Works, New, Unknown Working Condition, AS IS, etc) If an Item is Working, we list that & Guarantee that the Item is in Working Condition.

Q. Can I put a Certain Dollar Amount on an Item to Sell?
A. We do not encourage Reserves, however we understand that Some Items do Require a Certain Price. We Prefer to List Items as ôSells With Owner's Confirmation" because sometimes Sellers Change Their Mind on a Max Amount Needed on an Item. There is a Fee to be Charged if an Item Does Not Sell.

Q. What are Your Commission Rates?
A. Our Base Commission Rate is 20% with a $2 Listing Fee Per Item (On Items That Sell Under $100). The Rate Decreases as Items Sell for More. (See Sellers Page for More Info)

Q. Does the Auction Company Clean My Dirty Items?
A. No, We Ask That You Bring the Items in Auction Ready
(Which Could Include the Way You Want Your Items Displayed)

Q. What if I don't have a Computer?
A. You can Stop On By & We'll Help You Bid!!

Q. What if I don't Even Know What Some of My Items Are?
A. We will do Our Best to Help Describe an Item. If we don't Even Know, then we'll Call the Great and Powerful Oz.

Q. What Sets You Apart from Other Auction Companies?
A. We Love to Have Fun! We Care About Your Business & Enjoy Having a Good Time Everyday at Our Business. We Strive to Demonstrate Integrity, Honesty & Personal Service That Keeps You Coming Back. We Specialize in Online Auctions That Run Every Week!

Q. How does Shipping work?
A. Most small items may be shipped for a fee (Shipping and handling charges will be added.). Shipping quotes will be best price either USPS or UPS ground with tracking. If needed sooner, you can request upgraded Air Services. Handling charges are based on time to box items & shipping supplies. Fragile items will be insured. Please call with shipping requests by the Thursday following the auction. Items to be shipped must be paid for by the Saturday following the auction just like items that are being picked up in person or storage fees will be added. Auction items must be paid for before they are sent out for Shipping quotes. Shipping quotes will be emailed on an updated invoice. You will have 3 business days after quote is sent to pay the shipping charges. Items will then be sent after payment.


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