Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. GREAT NORTH AUCTION COMPANY offers complete auction services. Whether for estate sales,
Business liquidations, antiques, charity benefits or black-tie events Great North Auction Company
conducts a dynamic, entertaining and money-making event. From assessing your merchandise to
co-ordinating the on-site program, with Kevin and Peeraya at the helm you can be certain that your
auction will be professional, safe, legal and very profitable.
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Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Auction basics
A few suggestions to help you not only bid successfully, but to enjoy the auction experience.
Pack the items you'll need before you leave for the auction. Some suggestions:
• A small flashlight to check details on anything you're thinking about bidding on
• A pen and paper
• A value book
• Identification, checkbook, and your seller's ID if you are buying for a business.
Dress comfortably. Remember, it might be hot/cold outside but the air conditioning/heat might be
working overtime inside.
Save a seat before you look at the preview. Popular auctions fill up fast, and you will want to be
close to the front if you are bidding. This is one time where it's good to be the teacher's pet.
Ask what types of payment are accepted, if the auction house charges a buyer's premium and
inquire about hauling/delivery concerns before you bid.
Don't bid on anything you don't examine in the preview. Unless you really, really want to.
Pay attention! Make sure you know what item number is being bid on at all times, or else you
might end up taking home that 1972 Formica table instead of that 1850 antique one.
Raise your paddle to bid. Once you've been acknowledged, further bids on an item can be made
by a nod of the head, etc. Don't worry; sneezing won't accidentally put you into the poor house.
If you're traveling to the auction, make sure you have a way to get the items you purchase packed
properly and home with you. Remember, bubble wrap is your friend.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. How to buy & sell at auction
Here is more information about how to by at auction and how to determine if selling at auction is right for you. Please
email us if you have any questions about this process or visit the National Auctioneers website for more resource
Buy at Auction Sell at Auction
BUY AT AUCTION
If you're new to auctions, there's nothing to fear. This step by step guide will show you just how easy it is to find, scout
and participate in a live auction in you.
1. Find an auction
Check back often to find an auction that features your interests or needs.
2. Preview the auction
We have previews the day before, and occasionally, the day of the auction.
3. Arrive early
On the day of the auction, try and get there early enough to register and get a good seat. It not only important for you to
be able to see the auctioneer, but for the auctioneer to be able to see you.
Carefully inspect any items you're interested in. Are they damaged? Do you see other people looking at the same
items? How much competition does it look like you're up against?
5. Set a price
What are you willing to bid? You should have a number in mind, so you don't go way over your budget in the heat of the
moment. Don't forget to include your total costs, like repairs and decorations. Use the bidder's package you were
given—if you were given one—at registration.
Have fun! Carefully follow the auction and get a feel for who you're bidding against. And remember, the maximum bid
you're willing to make is just that; a maximum. Don't jump to that number unless it's necessary. You might very well get
the item you want for much less.
If you win, find the Bookkeeper or Clerk and take care of your bill.
SELL AT AUCTION
If you're new to auctions, there's nothing to fear. Here are the reasons auctions are often the best way to sell your items.
Click here to read, download, or print our fact sheet: "Why YOU Should Have an Auction"
Information taken from National Auctioneers Association website at