Can an Auctioneer/Seller Deny Someone From Attending Their Auction?

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Can an Auctioneer/Seller Deny Someone From Attending Their Auction?

You’ve probably heard tales of those who were refused entry into a live auction-it can happen! But wait–is this story really true? Or is it simply hearsay and some guy had bad luck on his day off? Curious minds want to know so read onward to find out if an auctioneer or seller can deny someone from attending their auction.

Yes, an auctioneer or seller may deny someone from attending their auction for a number of reasons. For instance, if an individual is disruptive or has been banned from auctions in the past, then the person will not be permitted to attend. The right to deny entry is often given to the seller and/or auctioneer if both parties agree.

So, what’s the point of keeping people out of an auction? Isn’t it better to have as many potential buyers in attendance who might be interested in bidding on a certain item?

But there is one problem: if the person who wishes to go doesn’t have any intention of helping out with maximizing profit, then they really shouldn’t attend. If someone wants to be a part of an auction but isn’t willing or able to help maximize sales by either discouraging others from bidding, causing a distraction-commotion or otherwise deterring attendance and/or participation then they’re best off staying away.

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Reasons an Auctioneer or Seller may deny someone from attending their auction

There are many reasons someone may not be allowed to attend an auction. For example, a participant:

  • Falsely spreading bad information about a property to discourage other people from buying it.
  • Talks about other auctions — in order to direct bidders to other auctions and encourage them to bid at those instead of the auction we’re talking about.
  • By yelling, talking loudly, or making disruptive noises, you may be drawing too much attention to yourself and away from the auction. This could be similar to shouting “fire” in a theater.
  • Belittling the auctioneer or seller, as it will cause other bidders to think twice about attending or bidding. For example, saying stuff like “You know this auctioneer always misrepresents stuff here …”

You might hear people say that as a public event, anyone is entitled to attend. In reality, the auctioneer/seller can dictate who qualifies based on requirements like entry fees or proof of funds.

Auctioneers are told never to discriminate against anyone based on race, color or ancestry. This is a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and will be punished with fines if it happens.

To make sure that the bidding process flows smoothly, it is important to set requirements upfront. This way no one gets left out or has to guess what they need in order to be able to participate properly at an auction. Furthermore and so as not cause any issues with a seller’s position being threatened during such events, we recommend that some decisions are made beforehand for those who may have questions arise about their participation but can’t ask before getting there because of other obligations prior to the start of the auction.

The final step in the auction process is to document and retain any denials, in order for them not to be lost should a dispute arise. In this way, evidence would help win over those who are rejected from bidding due to their failure on these criteria.


So to answer the question if an auctioneer/seller deny someone from attending their auction? Yes, they can! In a number of cases the decision to give entry into an event is up to them. For instance, if you’re being disruptive or have been banned in the past then it’s highly likely that your bid for entrance will be denied and no one should blame these folks because this right has often been given by both parties – especially sellers who want some peace during the process.

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