WHAT TO DO AT AN AUCTION?
Did you know that more than half of the population has attended a live auction? In 2004, the value of all goods and services sold at live auction in the U.S. was approximately $202.7 billion. This figure is up 6.8% over 2003 and translates into a huge number of satisfied buyers and sellers of goods.
These figures come from a comprehensive research study commissioned by the National Auctioneers Association. The study as a whole shows that the auction industry is on the rise. More and more consumers are seeing the advantages of buying by the auction method. In addition, consumers find auctions fun because they're a rewarding activity for the whole family to enjoy. On average, consumers are willing to drive 1.3 hours to attend a live auction, with 75% bringing the family when they go.
Here are some of the others reasons why consumers love attending auctions:
Advantages of Buying at Auction
When Attending an Auction
WHAT AUCTIONS SHOULD YOU ATTEND?
The NAA is a national organization for auctioneers that is focused on promoting the auction method of marketing and advancing the professionalism of its members. In addition to the code of ethics that protects consumers against unfair auction practices, the NAA also focuses on the continued education of its members. They offer a wide range of educational materials and programming that help me to stay abreast of the latest developments in the industry. So remember to look for the NAA logo when looking for an auction- that way you'll be assured of experiencing an auction conducted by a trustworthy and professional auctioneer.
If you are attending an auction right here in the State of Michigan, then it's important that you select a member of the Michigan State Auctioneers Association as these auctioneers follow a strict code of ethics within the Michigan auction industry.
Common Auction Terms
If you're a frequent auction attendee, you're probably familiar with some of the jargon used at auctions. But for those of you who are new to buying at auction, you will want to get familiar with a few of the basic terms which you can find here.
Auctions are unique - in experience, in sound, in practice.
Many auction attendees find the experience addictive. They report that there isn't nothing quite like the thrill of finding something they want and then bidding against others who want the same thing.
But you don't have to be a seasoned auction attendee to be able to experience the thrill of auctions. Auctioneers across America are glad to welcome new bidders to their auctions. And though almost everyone has heard the old story about the person who attended an auction, scratched his nose and came home with an item he'd not intended to buy, pay no heed to that myth.
"I have yet to see a new auction attendee not have fun at their first auction. It's really a thrilling experience and it's the best way to buy anything " said American Eagle Auction & Appraisal Company, CEO, Kenny Lindsay, CAI, BAS. "Find an auction and get out there for an experience that you will find addicting. "
Feel free to just get your feet wet - don't think you have to go to your first auction ready to bid. Attend an auction or two in your area to get a feel for how they are conducted. Watch and listen, then move on to bidding if that makes you comfortable.
Many auctioneers spend some time addressing commonly asked questions and explaining how the auction is going to work. Some even conduct pre-auction or practice sessions, or brief tutorials, about the auction process. If you're interested in going to your first auction, check with local auctioneers to see if they offer such a service.
Always remember that at an auction there is no problem to ask a question if there is something you do not understand. Auctioneers and their staffs want people to continue to come to their auctions, so they will do all they can to encourage repeat business! Ask a question of a member of the auction team, and they'll find the answer for you.
When you arrive an auction site, register for a bidder number and read the rules printed on or displayed on posters, brochures or handouts. Again, ask questions if you don't understand a policy. Inspect the merchandise you're interested in, as most is auctioned on an "as is, where is" basis. This means it is not guaranteed. When you buy an item, you become responsible for it. And, keep in mind that you'll pay for the items you purchase before you leave the auction, even if you aren't taking everything with you that day.
In order to bid at an auction, you need to make contact with the auctioneer or the ringman. A ringman is someone who takes bids from the audience and then passes those on to the auctioneer.
To bid, hold up your bid card, your hand or shout "yes." The auctioneer or ringman will make eye contact with you, take your bid and immediately turn and seek another bid.
You can remove yourself from the process at any time by shaking your head "no" or saying "no" if the auctioneer or ringman turns your way.
Make it a point to attend an auction and remember to bring the kids and make it a family outing!
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