Registering as a bidder
Everyone who becomes a buyer at Sickelsmith Auction Services will need to register with the office on the day of auction. You will need to supply your full name, address and telephone number, and a form of picture identification is required to verify information. If you are Tax Exempt, you will also need to supply a valid tax exempt number and fill out a form. Once you are registered you will be given a Bid Card with a number on it, and will thereafter be identified by that number rather that by name in order to expedite the auction. Absentee bidders become registered for the auction when they submit a bid form.

Previewing items for sale
All of the items brought up for sale are available for previewing. A preview is your opportunity to personally inspect and evaluate the items your interested in in advance. As all lots offered at auction are sold "As-Is" it is a good idea to take advantage of preview time to make sure that anything you might bid on meets your own standards and intended purposes.

Before each live auction an allotted time is scheduled for browsing and inspection. This time is posted along with the start time. Additionally, you may see images and/or descriptions of items online or in advertisements. Further time is available by appointment for up to five business days before auction day. If you wish to examine advertised lots outside of pre-scheduled times you can contact us to set up an appointment at your convenience.

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Bidding in Person
All auctions are free to attend and open to the pubic. The most exciting way to participate at an auction is the traditional method of bidding in person. This provides the bidder with the best opportunity to be active in every aspect of the auction process. Prospective buyers should register for a bidders number before the auction begins. Once the auction starts, the auctioneer will announce each lot and it will be brought up for display, then the auctioneer will open the bidding and begin taking bids from the crowd. To place a bid, simply raise your bid card for the auctioneer to see and acknowledge. If no one tops your bid, the auctioneer will state that the item is sold and then announce the hammer price and your bidder number.

Placing and Absentee Bid
Prospective buyers who are unable to attend an auction in person are still able to participate by placing a written, or absentee bid. Submitting an absentee bid form gives the auctioneer permission to bid on behalf the buyer, starting at the lowest possible selling price, and if the bidding is competitive, bidding up to the maximum amount indicated by the buyer.

If we receive written bids on a particular lot for identical amounts, and these are the highest bids on the lot at the auction, it will be sold to the person whose written bid was received and accepted first. In the event of a tie bid between a floor and an absentee bidder, the floor bid will be honored. A completed and signed bid form must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. (EST) on the evening before the auction.

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Bidding by Telephone
For telephone bidding, the same guidelines apply as for absentee bids, prospective buyers should fill out a bid form and indicate on it that they would like to bid by phone, and then submit the completed and signed bid form before 5 p.m. (EST) on the evening prior to the auction.

With a successful request for Telephone Bid, a staff member will contact you a couple of minutes prior to your lot being offered by the auctioneer. As the bidding proceeds, they will say the amount you must bid to stay in the running, then you will say “yes” or “no.” If no additional amount is stated, then you are the high bidder. The staff member will also announce Last Call to indicate that the bidding is about to close in the event that you are not the high bidder. Please note that telephone bidding is typically reserved for those lots with a higher monetary value. Telephone bidders are also advised to indicate an “insurance bid”, which amount will become an absentee bid in the event that a call fails.

The highest bidder acknowledged by the auctioneer becomes the buyer. The buyer must pay the entire amount due on the day of sale prior to removal of items from premises, by Cash or Check with proper ID. We also accept Credit/Debit Cards that have Chip capability or Contact-less payments. Buyers who bid by telephone or who are absentee bidders will be contacted within forty-eight (48) hours by telephone to schedule an appointment to come in and settle. Distant bidders will be invoiced by e-mail within forty-eight (48) hours after the close of the auction and must pay the entire amount due upon the receipt of invoice.

In addition to the hammer price, the buyer agrees to pay Sickelsmith Auction Services a buyer’s premium and the applicable sales tax added to the final total. Buyer’s Premium. The buyer’s premium for all purchases is thirteen percent (13%) of the hammer price, three percent (3%) waived for cash or check. Sales Tax. When required by law, and applicable, sales tax will be paid on the hammer price and the buyer’s premium. All applicable purchases will be subject to Sales Tax unless the buyer provides a valid Tax Exempt Form and valid Tax Exempt number at the time of registration.

All purchases are expected to be removed on the day of sale, otherwise, an appointed time must be made with the office to return for pickup of any items not able to be removed on the day of sale. Unless expressly stated buy the purchaser, and an appointment made with the office, any lots or loose items left behind on the auction floor the day of sale will be considered abandoned. In the event of a successful absentee bid, all items must be removed within fourteen days of the end of the auction.

If a bid is successful and shipping is requested, we will use reasonable efforts to carry out the safe and proper shipment of all purchases. The parameters on items that can be shipped are governed by our postal carriers and federal law. Any items that can be labeled hazardous, restricted or perishable, that exceed 70 lbs., or that measure over 108 inches in combined length and girth must be confirmed with Sickelsmith Auction services prior to placing a bid.

The Sickelsmith auction staff is available to package purchases for shipment, and to ship from either USPS or UPS. Unless special instructions are given, the shipping method shall be at the sole discretion of Sickelsmith Auction Services. Items will be shipped within five business days of cleared payment. Shipping cost and all fees for tracking, insurance, and packing materials will be the sole responsibility of the purchaser, and must be paid in full before shipment. A quote for specific lots can be supplied upon request. The shipment of any purchase is at the sole risk of purchaser and Sickelsmith Auction Services will have no liability of any loss or damage to such items, whether from packing or shipping, or be held accountable for any loss, damage or delay from the shipping of any property by selected carriers.

When requested, we may arrange for packing and shipment of paid purchases to be handled by a clients preferred shipper. Items must be picked up from our facility and a signed release form must be on hand before the release of any items. Sickelsmith Auction Services is in no way responsible for the acts or omissions of independent handlers, packers or shippers of purchased items or for any loss, damage or delay from the packing or shipping of any property by selected shippers.

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