How to Find Great Live Auctions for Resale Items

Hi, my name is Walt. I’m an auctioneer with 25 years of experience in the auction business and licensed in the state of MA. I own Quick Auction Service, a company that specializes in building and running custom auctions, I’m also the webmaster of my own site and have been on eBay for 8 years. Besides eBay, the types of auctions I run most frequently are antiques and on-site estate auctions, although I’ve run everything from business overstock auctions to charity & special event auctions.

I enjoy sharing my knowledge and stories of the auction business. My goal for article is to help folks get the absolute most out of their auction experience.

Whether your fresh out of the package or a seasoned dealer I think I can offer something in this article to help you with your auciton adventures.

There may be as many reasons to attend auctions as there are types of auctions to attend. Maybe you want to attend an auction to buy items for re-sale on eBay, or some other market. Maybe you want to furnish your home with wonderful antiques, or you want to furnish your home as inexpensively without sacrificing quality.Some folks are just looking for a fun night out. With a little perseverance all these things are possible.

There are antiques and estate auctions, auto auctions, overstock auctions, absolute and no reserve auctions, real estate auctions, specialty auctions where only one genre of items are sold, tailgate auctions, live auctions, online auctions, sealed bid auctions, silent auctions, charity and fund raising auctions and many more.

Can you really buy for pennies on the dollar at an auction? You bet! Many times I’ve seen folks buy and re-sell at the same auction on the same night for a good profit, although be advised, this should only be done after the auction is over.

There are a lot of ways to find an auction, but here are some tips on how to find and attend the best ones.

Visit the genre of shops in the area that apply to the type of auction you want to attend. IE: If your looking for a good antique auction to attend, stop in the local antiques shops and ask for what there are for good auctions in the area. Sounds obvious right? But listen to what they don’t say as well as what they do say. Oftentimes when a dealer speaks poorly about an auction he or she attends, it may be likely that they are trying to keep a good thing secret. Think for a moment, why would a dealer keep attending a lousy auction?

Newspaper ads: I personally like to find ads in the classified ad section rather than flashy display ads. Flashy ads are usually indicative of an auction that will be high priced, may have reserves, (a set price on an item), and usually an enormous crowd. While any auction can be profitable to attend, it is usually best to steer clear of the glitzy ones, at least for the beginner.

Here’s the minimum you want to find out before you go. If there is a phone number in the ad, call and ask for the terms of the sale. What forms of payment do they accept? Is it an absolute auction? An absolute auction is one that has no minimum or reserve bids on items. These are the best auctions to attend! Is there a buyers premium? A buyers premium is like a tax that everyone who makes purchases at that auction must pay above the winning bid price. Most auctions these days do charge a buyers premium, 10% is not unreasonable but I feel much more than that is greedy, and the auctioneer that charges over 10% is counting on most bidders not doing the extra math as the bids quicken in pace.

A fair auction will have ample time to inspect the merchandise, usually at least 2 or 3 hours. Find out when inspection starts and make sure to attend! Never attend an auction if you can’t make the inspection, not unless your prepared to gamble. Most auctioneers sell at a rate of about 100 items per hour, which is why they sell “as is”. They simply don’t have the time to give a detailed description of all the items. Since almost all items at auction are sold AS IS, there are sure to be some damaged, refinished, fake and incomplete items at any given auction. Beware of any auctions that offer very little or no inspection time.

Good auctions will usually have 150 to 400 lots. A lot may be one item or a group of items. The exception to this are specialty auctions, auto auctions, real estate auctions etc.

When you attend your first sale, take note of the 1/2 dozen or so dealers that buy the most often. See if you can find out about other area auctions they attend.

When you do find an excellent auction, attend it as often as possible. By frequenting good sales, you help increase the bottom line of that business. It’s difficult for many auctioneers to keep the quality of merchandise consistent, so good attendance certainly helps. And when an auctioneer gets to know you as a buyer, he/she will go out of the way to accommodate you, to keep you coming back.

Types of Outdoor Advertising and Its Unfailing Impact

In the present consumer driven market, advertising has become the need of the hour. However, with so many brands competing in the same market, for the same set of consumers, how will your product stand out? This is a million dollar question that troubles almost every brand. That’s why in addition to the traditional advertising tools, entrepreneurs are now investing into outdoor advertising.

Outdoor advertising, the term in itself is self-sufficient to give out a meaning. It is nothing but advertising done at outdoors like ads on buses, bulletins and so on. Now that the meaning is quite clear, let’s shed some light on types of outdoor advertising.

Billboard advertising

Placing an advertisement of your products on a billboard hanging right up at the major roadways is one of the most effective ways of promoting a product or service. The stats of traffic movement on the roads are not hidden from anyone. Thus, you know you can reach a considerable number of people with this type of outdoor advertising.

Moreover, those who end up in a great traffic jam have no choice but to stare at the billboards. In this way, you reach to masses either knowingly or unknowingly.

Wrap advertising

A billboard is stagnant, while wrap advertising is mobile. It includes partial or complete wrapping of vehicle in an advertisement. Generally public vehicles are used for the purpose like busses and cabs. I remember witnessing bus wrap advertising so many times. It was done so beautifully that I couldn’t take my eyes off the bus.

Street furniture advertising

In addition to billboards and vehicles, advertisers are now making the best possible use of street furniture. They put ads on kiosk, bus shelters, benches and urban panel. In this way, they enhance the visibility of the advertisement.

These are some of the top types of outdoor advertising that help to market products and services. The reason to why this type of advertising is earning rapid growth is because people now-a-days spend more time in commuting (be it for fun, work or whatsoever random reason); thus, if you wish to hit them, you will have to hit them at the right place.

Choose your outdoor advertising partner wisely

On the whole, outdoor advertising is not only cheaper on cost, but also unfailingly effective on impact. What matters is the caliber of the company that you choose to serve your purpose. The internet may be of immense help to you while choosing the best outdoor advertising partner for your products and services. Just conduct an independent research online to be able to reach the best. If possible, you can try some references also to stay assured that the company you are going to choose serves your purpose all the way.

Yahoo Small Business – The Many Benefits

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