Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Auction Tip: How to Bid

Mon, Apr 04, 2011

Dave Webb is always concerned that his customers have the best auction experience available.  I have worked for Webb & Associates as a clerk for over 15 years.  As a customer myself, I have been to other auctioneer's auctions.  I feel a bit spoiled, because Dave and the remainder of our family (the associates) work extremely hard at great personality, great customer service, honesty and intergrity. 

One of the most common questions that our customers ask about and some new one's become concerned about  is how do I bid?  What do I need to do?  I thought it might be nice to list a few steps out here - so you can review - and yes, I will see you at the window, and yes, I am more than happy to help you again!


Step One:  Come to our enclosed trailer, will ask for your driver's license, which we then record your information in our computer which allows us to generate a bidder number for you.  Just in case your concerned, none of your private information goes anywhere beyond our computer.  We use it to send you your next sale bill and we would use it to contact you in case you forgot something, but it's for our information only.

Step Two:  Now that you have your bidders card, keep it close and when your done with it, take it with you or give it back to the clerks.  That prevents someone from inadvertently bidding with your number. Now take some time and look around and determine all the nice things you want to bid on.

Step Three:  Once the auction begins our associates will hold up items that are being sold, listen for any announcement that the auctioneer might mention and then you will hear the famous auction chant.  If you want to bid, its important for you to get the auctioneer or one of the associates attention.  Many times this is by holding your card bidder card up, waving your bidder card, raising your hand, a quick "YEAH" works also.  There is a lot of different bidding styles, some as quiet as a quick nod - none are wrong, just go with what is comfortable.  The auctioneer will typically look back at you or hold his hand out towards you if he is looking for the next bid.  When you have met your limit, just stop bidding and if your the winner, raise your card so the auctioneer can see your number and will record it in the clerking trailer.

Step Four:  Once your auction day is complete, you bring that bidder card back to the clerking trailer, we then look your number up and will let you know how many items we have you down purchasing, and the amount.  Many people keep a pencil with them and write down on the back of their bidder cards, so they know we match at the window.  You pay us and get to take your new purchase home.  It's as easy as that!


So, it's very simple and if you do feel a little confused or have trouble keeping up with the auctioneer - no worries! The associates have all been with Webb & Associates for many years.  Some of us auctioneers ourselves, some of us clerks, some of us ring helpers who have been in this business for many years.  You will be greeted with a warm smile and lots of help!