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March 17 06:26 PM

Attend the auction “live” from home

Ever wanted to attend an auction to pickup a great deal and just can’t make it in person? Maybe you are new to auction and want to find out what all the excitement is about but still have reservations about attending in person.

Lawler Auction Company now offers you the ability to bring the auction “live” from the ring to your personal computer or smartphone.

“Many people may find great deals in our catalog and then realize they can’t make it out in person the day of the auction,” explained Liz Morace, office manager and online auction administrator for Lawler Auction.

“The online bidding format is a wonderful option by offering the ability to place both absentee bids or to participate in the auction live from home or work.

“The format is great also for those that may have to travel to attend the auction in person,” added Morace. “We have had buyers as far away as Saudi Arabia utilizing the webcast auction.”

Lawler Auctions are open to the public; therefore, no dealer’s license or special permits are required to bid. You must register, however, prior to placing any bids at www.lawlerauction.com by clicking on Login /New Bidder at the top of the page at “Current Auctions.” First-time bidders will be asked to fill out a registration and establish a user name and password.

Once logged in, you must then click on “Register to Bid” on the auction in which you want to participate. (You must register for each auction. This is also the time to establish or update payment information for that particular auction.)

Once you have registered to bid and agreed to the buyer’s terms, you may then browse through the catalog and place bids on the lot in which you are interested.

Absentee bids may be placed from the time lots are uploaded to the time they enter the ring the day of the auction. On absentee bids, the auctioneer will bid on behalf of the bidder up to the amount specified.

You have the option of bidding as you go by simply hitting “bid on lot” for the next bidding increment or you have the option to submit a high bid which will continue to automatically increase your bid online up until the sale and then continued by the auctioneer the day of the auction. E-mails will be sent notifying you that you are the current high bidder or that you have been outbid.

Those wishing to participate in the “live” auction via Internet bidding will go online and register prior to the auction in the same manner. Then on the day of the auction, click on the “Bid Live” button and enter the ring.

A screen will come up allowing you to bid on the current lot in the ring. You also have the option to go ahead and place bids on items not yet in the ring.

There is also a separate window that can be opened allowing for the Internet bidder to view and hear the auction. This is done by clicking on the Audio/Video button.

Internet bidders are encouraged to bid promptly and to ensure that they are aware of the current lot in the ring. Once the hammer drops, you are the winner and responsible for the purchase. A bid is a binding contract to buy. Once a bid is submitted, it cannot be retracted or changed.

At the end of the auction, all winning lots will be invoiced and payment processed with the valid credit card on file provided at time of registration unless other payment arrangements have been made prior to the start of the auction. (Payment policies may vary depending on location of auction and bidders are asked to contact office if making any other form of payment 24 hours in advance.)

There is a 3 percent service fee applied to all credit card purchases, along with other fees possible for declined credit cards.

There is an additional 5 percent buyer’s premium, above those already listed, that is added to all lots purchased online for the additional administrative work involved. Bidders who are participating in their first online auction are encouraged to call 929-7003, ext.290 for complete details and terms and confirmation of procedures.

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