Choosing Hueckman Auction to handle an estate sale was a great choice on our part. The task was overwhelming to us, a home of 60 years with literally thousands of items. The Hueckman Team quickly and efficiently processed the items, then professionaly executed a 2 day sale that sold 80% of the items. Superb effort and results.
There is no greater thrill than bidding at an auction either online or offline. Of course, for some potential buyers, the idea of having to fight to buy something is unappealing. Auctions and bidding at an auction can also feel like a hassle to some. Then, of course, some people just don’t understand how auctions work. The purpose of this short guide is to give you a general overview of the many auctions out there and how to use them.
First is online auctions. When you think of online auctions, eBay comes to mind. eBay isn’t the only platform that has online auctions. There are many different auctioneers out there that have online auctions. Many of them use platforms like Hibid or Proxibid to host their auctions.
Online Auctions offer a simple system where you can place a bid that is higher than the previous one. These are much like a real auction as we will discuss below. For those not wanting to spend hours in front of their computer, they also offer a maximum bid feature. This is where you place the highest bid you will go. The system will automatically raise your bid if someone else bids. This does not mean that you will have to pay your max bid though.
Can you bid against yourself on an online auction? No. Placing in a new bid will either increase the maximum bidding or it will increase your current bid. Whoever has the highest bid by the end of the auction wins the item.
Live auctions have some similarities to online auctions. You are required to register for any live auction you attend and will typically be given a number on a sign.
Depending on the location, there will either be a seat provided or you will need to bring your own chairs. You should pick your seat as soon as possible to ensure you can see and hear the auctions. You are able to view the items before the auction starts to make sure they are in the condition that you want.
Bidding at a live auction is much more competitive. The auctioneer will list a price and to bid you raise your sign with the number. If no one else raises their sign before the auction says sold, you will win the item. Because of the fast-pace of the auctions, being able to listen and raise your sign as fast as possible is a must.
Much like online auctions, you can’t bid against yourself when you are in the lead. However, there is an exception to this rule. Sometimes, couples will both have the same number to bid with. If the couples aren’t together and don’t realize the other one is bidding on the item, the auctioneer may call both bids. This isn’t done on purpose. If the auctioneer knows the couple or sees the numbers are the same, he won’t take both bids.
As seen, bidding at auctions no matter if online or offline is a simple task. Some people might like online auctions more for the ease-of-use. Others may prefer the live auctions for the atmosphere and the people they get to meet. Regardless of which you prefer, bidding at an auction can be a fun way to spruce up your next buying experience.
Today we concluded our live auction with Scott and his staff and to say it was successful is an understatement. Scott and his entire crew were a blessing to work with. What a great bunch of people, kind, helpful, funny, and very professional. They moved 900 + lots of goods today in under 6 hours…..wow! You won’t find a harder working group of people who truly care about you and your possessions. Thanks again, looking forward to working with you in the future…..Stan and Hannah.
From beginning to end, Scott and his team are knowledgeable about their items and will do their best to make your visit productive. They’ll answer your questions, help with directions and instructions, and they’ll do it all with a smile. You’ll be glad you’ve met them and that you’ve done business with them.
Scott and entire team are consummate professionals throughout the auction process- from initial contact exploring possible sales through the well-run auction and quick payment for our items. Wonderful experience that we’ve been through twice already and are considering using again.
We are currently booking for 2019 and 2020 Auctions. Call Scott at 715-499-0713 for more info!
Scott is WI state registered auctioneer #2369-052. He, along with wife Meredith, have owned and operated Tamarack Shack Antiques since 2005. Scott has a Bachelor of Science in business management with an emphasis in marketing from Finlandia University. He also has work experience in advertising (1 year), automobile sales (4 years), and auto service management (1 year).
Megan joined our team in 2018. She is fun and energetic. She tracks down our bidders in the crowd and our online bidders. We love having her as part of our team.
Forest has worked on and off for us for a few years. He joined our team full time in 2018. He is originally from Ogema and loves to travel. During the auctions, he is typically a ringer.