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
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.
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!
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.
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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