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Anderson, IN  46013




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How to Buy at Public Auction

Buying at auctions is a fun and easy way to get a bargain or find an item of special value to you.  Auctions are that last frontier in free enterprise, and one of the most exciting ways to shop!

About Auctioneers

Auctioneers are professional, licensed individuals who are bonded by the State to protect you.  They must attend school.  To better work for their clients, they maintain their education through seminars, professional organizations and extended courses like CAI (Certified Auctioneers Institute) at Indiana University.  There are laws and requirements auctioneers must follow to keep their licenses to ensure your protection.  We belong to the Indiana Auctioneers Association and the National Auctioneers Association.

How to Begin 

When you come to our auction, you are made to feel welcome!


You are invited to view all the items prior to auction.  Auctions are one of the few places you are encouraged to handle and inspect the items for sale so that you know what you're buying.  There are no resales - all goods are sold as is.


Before bidding, register with the cashier who will ask for identification, usually a driver's license.  You will receive a bidder card which lists the terms of the sale.  This is your charge card and contract with the auctioneer.  Don't lose it; you are responsible for purchases made against that bidder card number.  When the auction is ready to begin, the auctioneer will go over the rules, times certain objects will sell, and anything else you need to know.  The auctioneer will also answer any questions you have at this time.


When you see an item you are interested in, set a price in your mind of what it's worth to you.  The auctioneer will call out bids in certain increments, and you will decide to hold up your card to bid or drop out.  If you are high bidder, hold up your bidder card so the number can be recorded.  See, you set the price!



No Hassles

Ask questions!  Tell the auctioneer if you feel there was a bidding error.  No one will take your bid when you don't want to bid.  If you buy something that you feel was misrepresented, you can return it immediately and disclose the error or flaw.  If a bid is disputed, that is you think you have the final bid and someone else thinks they do, the bidding is simply opened again between you two.


Method of payment is cash or check.  At any time during the auction or when it's over, you can go to the cashier, pay your bill, pick up your items and leave.  You can also make arrangements to pick up later.

Leaving Bids 

Many auctioneers offer the service of "bids left".  That is if you need to leave and your item has not come on the block, you can leave a check and the highest bid you would go to the item.  There will be an assigned bidder to bid as if you were there, getting the article for the best price, not necessarily the highest bid you left.  Naturally, if another bidder bids higher than your left bid, you will be told and your check returned.


If there are items you want auctioned at a certain time, you can make requests from the SYMMES personnel and they will do everything they can to get the item up for you.


Dealers buy for their clients and for profit, so bidding against them is easy - their bid is less than what their item sells for in their shop.  Remember, if you want an article, set your price in your mind beforehand, and you never spend too much!

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