BUYING AT AUCTION
At Bid Venues we are committed to making your auction buying easy and enjoyable. If at any time we can improve your experience, just let us know. Our staff is always here to help.
BEFORE THE AUCTION
Create Your Online Account
When you create your online account with Bid Venues, you’ll find the process simple and quick. This initial ‘Sign up’ step is a one-time process only. Once completed, you’ll be able to access your account features, register for an auction and bid directly from bidvenues.com or Bid Venues mobile app, which you can download for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Read Terms & Conditions
Prior to placing bids, please read our Terms & Conditions. By submitting a bid, you agree to have read, fully understood, and will comply with and be bound by these terms and conditions.
All purchases made at auction are subject to a fifteen percent (15%) buyer’s premium. This fee will be added to each purchase and is in addition to the Tumwater 9.3% sales tax. If you have a Reseller Certificate and wish to be tax exempt, please provide our office with a copy of your certificate.
Preview in Person
We encourage you to visit us in person to examine lots or to discuss any questions you might have. Our on-site preview schedules will typically allow for both weekday and weekend visits. Please check our website for detailed preview location and schedule listed under each auction.
REGISTERING & BIDDING
All Bid Venues auctions are online only. You can register for each auction and bid directly on bidvenues.com website or our free mobile app. There are no fees to register for an auction. To insure your request to bid is approved in time, please register before the day of sale.
Our bidding platform supports a ‘max bid’ feature that allows you to confidentially place an upper bid limit on each Lot. The system will bid on your behalf, up to the maximum bid you’ve entered, but only if there is another bidder actually bidding against you.
Our timed auctions have an auto extension feature to discourage sniping. If a new bid is placed within the final five (5) minutes of the scheduled Lot closure time, the time remaining on the Lot automatically resets to an additional five (5) minutes. This process repeats until five (5) minutes pass without the Lot receiving a bid, and then the Lot closes.
PAYMENT & PICKUP
If you are successful, shortly after the auction closes, we will email you an invoice showing hammer price plus buyer’s premium, as well as any applicable taxes. Payment is due within seven (7) days of the close of an auction. We accept cash, bank cards or cashier’s checks.
Our standard pickup requirements are among the most generous in the industry, with extended removal time of up to seven (7) days from the close of the auction. Limited shipping services are available. Please visit our Terms & Conditions for complete shipping details.