Bidding and Buying at Albrecht Auction:

 
 

GETTING REGISTERED 

If you would like to place a bid on an item that is up for auction, you must first register for a user number on our website. To begin, click the “Register” link located in the upper right-hand corner of the webpage. After entering your information in the form provided, registering a valid credit card, and agreeing to our terms and conditions, you will then be sent an e-mail containing your permanent user number. If necessary, we can register and place bids for you over the phone. Please call our office at 989-823-8835 if you need any assistance.

 

LOGGING IN

Once you’ve registered for a user number, click the “Login” link in the upper right-hand corner of the webpage. On the login page, enter your user number and password and click the “Login” button. If you have entered incorrect information, “Invalid User Number and/or Password” will appear on your screen. Re-enter your information and try again. If you continue to see this message, please contact us by phone or e-mail.

 

PLACING A BID

In order to place a bid, you must first be registered and logged in (See “Getting Registered” and “Logging In” above). Next, enter a “Current Auctions” listing and browse/search for an item you’d like to bid on (You may search for an item in the “Keywords” box, or select a specific category of items in the “Category” drop-down menu). Once an item has been located, click the “Bid” button on the individual item listing. Enter a bid amount that you would like to bid, and click the “Place Bid” button.

 

RECOVERING YOUR USER NUMBER / PASSWORD

If you’ve forgotten your user number or password, click the “Login” link in the upper-right hand corner of the webpage. Next, click “Forgot Password / User Number”. After typing your e-mail address (the one registered to your account) into the space provided, click the “Recover Login Information” button, and an e-mail will be sent to you containing your user number. This e-mail will also step your through the process of resetting your password.

 

INSPECTING ITEMS

Preview dates and times are listed in the terms of each individual auction. We highly recommend coming to a live preview to inspect items before bidding! Everything is sold "As-Is, Where-Is."

 

BIDDING EXTENSION

If an item receives a bid within the last 5 minutes of its closing, bidding time will be extended on that specific item. When bidding is extended, the countdown timer will turn red and automatically reset to 5 minutes remaining. Bidding will close on an item when there is no more bidding activity within the bid extension period. NOTE: The "Bid Extension Period" may be longer for land auctions or offsite auctions.

 

WINNING BIDDER NOTIFICATION:

If you are the high bidder on one or more items at the close of an auction, you will soon receive an e-mail notifying you of your purchase. If you do not see your invoice in your inbox, please check your spam. If you still cannot locate your invoice, contact us by phone or by e-mail. 
 

MAKING PAYMENT: 

Purchases must be paid for during the checkout hours posted on an auction listing. If a bidder fails to do this, his/her bidding will be suspended (temporarily, or permanently) until payment has been made. If you are participating in an offsite auction, please read the auction terms for any additional information concerning accepted forms of payment, checkout arrangements, etc. We accept cash, cashier’s checks, wire transfer, personal and business checks from established customers*, and Visa/MC/Disc/PayPal** (Credit Cards and PayPal not accepted at some offsite auctions.). When paying by PayPal, please reference the invoice you receive by e-mail for the full amount owed before sending a payment.

 

*No checks in excess of $500 will be accepted from non-established customers without pre-approval.

**No Credit Card/PayPal Payments accepted on individual items over $2,500.

 

BUYER’S PREMIUM: 

A buyer’s premium is a percentage added to the final bid price which goes to the auction company.  If a 10% buyer’s premium is charged, a $10 item would end up costing $11 plus tax.  The tax is charged on the total purchase price (bid price plus the premium).  The buyer’s premium percentage varies from auction to auction and can be found in the terms of each auction.

 

SALES TAX: 

Sales tax is charged at our consignment auctions in Vassar as well as some of the offsite auctions.  Look at the terms of each offsite auction regarding sales tax. If you are exempt from paying sales tax you must fill out a tax exemption form.

 

MERCHANDISE REMOVAL: 

Buyer shall be responsible for making arrangements for merchandise removal during the checkout times listed for each individual auction. If a buyer does not pick up their items during the scheduled times, the auction company reserves the right to suspend bidding for future auctions. The auction company also reserves the right to charge the full amount of the purchase price on a buyer’s credit card, or to resell any property not removed during the removal times (even if paid in part or in full). This applies to items that were charged storage fees but then left beyond the maximum 60-day storage agreement. Auction company will consider the items abandoned, and no refunds will be given. Buyer may also be responsible for reselling fees, storage fees, and any deficiencies as a result of reselling or disposing of abandoned items.

 

SHIPPING: 

We offer in-house shipping on smaller items via UPS or US Mail (to the continental US). If you wish to have your auction item(s) shipped to you, call or e-mail us after an online auction has ended. Shipping charges will include the following: Your invoice total for the auction items purchased, a modest handling fee, packing materials cost, and the UPS/USPS Mail charge. We do not price UPS/USPS in advance. We prep it for shipping, weigh it, and send it. When you contact us, please indicate your 1) user number, 2) which auction your items were purchased in, 3) which items you wish to have shipped, and 4) the best way to contact you. We will do our best to have your items shipped within 5 business days. We are not responsible for acts or omissions in the shipping and handling of purchased lots. Purchaser assumes all risks associated with the shipping and handling of purchased lots.