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10 Tips For Auction Sale Bidders

At an auction sale, you can expect a dynamic, thrilling environment where items are sold to the highest bidder. Here’s what to know before you go!

  • Catalog: Before the auction begins, you’ll typically receive or have access to a catalog listing the items up for sale. This allows you to preview the items and decide which ones you’re interested in bidding on.
  • Registration: You’ll need to register to participate in the auction. This usually involves providing identification and obtaining a bidder number or paddle.
  • Preview Period: There’s usually a preview period before the auction starts, during which you can inspect the items up for sale. This is your chance to closely examine the items and assess their condition.
  • Auctioneer: The auctioneer is the person who conducts the auction. They’ll start by introducing each item, provide a description, and begin the bidding process.
  • Bidding: Bidding starts with an opening bid set by the auctioneer. Bidders then raise their paddles or signal their bids in response. The auctioneer will continue to raise the price until there are no more bids.
  • Reserve Price: Some items may have a reserve price, which is the minimum price the seller is willing to accept. If the bidding doesn’t reach the reserve price, the item may not be sold.
  • Winning Bidders: The highest bidder wins the item and is typically required to pay immediately or provide a deposit. Payment methods vary but often include cash, credit/debit cards, or certified checks.
  • Buyer’s Premium: There may be a buyer’s premium, an additional fee added to the final bid price. This goes to the auction house to cover administrative costs. Most online auctions, for example firearm or gun auctions, have these premiums applied.
  • Removal of Items: After winning an item, you’ll need to arrange for its removal. Some auction houses provide assistance with this, while others expect the buyer to handle it themselves.
  • Terms and Conditions: It’s important to familiarize yourself with the auction house’s terms and conditions before participating. These outline important details such as payment methods, buyer responsibilities, and any additional fees. Understand exactly what you are bidding on first. If it is an online firearm or gun auction, know how you will ship and talk with your local FFL dealer first.

Now get into the action and have fun!


What is a “Calcutta” at a Rodeo or Fishing Tournament?

In a rodeo or fishing tournament, a Calcutta is a form of betting where participants bid on the competitors or teams they think will perform the best. The bids are placed in a pool, and after the competition, the pool is divided among the winning bidders, with a portion typically going to the organizers or a designated charity. It adds an extra layer of excitement and competition to the event, as participants have a vested interest in the outcome beyond just the competition itself. 

Jump in the action at the next event you attend!


Jeff ‘Tigger’ Erhardt & Rebecca ‘BEC’ Wanner are News Broadcasters that represent the Working Ranch world, Rodeo, and the Western Way of Life as well as advocate for the Outdoors and Wildlife Conservation.

Outdoorsmen themselves, this duo strives to provide the hunter, adventurer, cowboy, cowgirl, rancher and/or successful farmer, and anyone interested in agriculture with the knowledge, education, and tools needed to bring high-quality beef and the wild game harvested to your table for dinner. They understand the importance in sharing meals with family, cooking the fruits of our labor and fish from our adventures, and learning to understand the importance of making memories in the outdoors. Appreciate God’s Country.

United together, this duo offers a glimpse into and speaks about what life truly is like at the end of dirt roads and off the beaten path.

Tigger & BEC look forward to hearing from you, answering your questions and sharing in the journey of making your life a success story. Adventure Awaits Around The Bend.

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