5 Tips for Bidding at Auction

Glendale Auction House Hosts “March Bidding Mania Contest” 

GLENDALE (February 25, 2016) – Twenty five dollars, now 30, who has 35? If you’ve ever been to a live auction, the fast cadence of an auctioneer makes the experience exciting, especially if you find yourself in a bidding war.

Now bidders have another reason to experience the fun: EJ’s Auction & Consignment will host its inaugural “March Bidding Mania Contest” beginning March 1 at the Glendale auction house, 5880 W. Bell Road, on the northeast corner of 59th Avenue and Bell Road.

“With Spring Training and the college basketball competitions starting, we thought now would be a great time to host this fun contest,” said Erik Hoyer, owner and auctioneer of EJ’s Auction & Consignment.

The rules of the contest are simple. New bidders to EJ’s who register and purchase something via auction that is $25 or more during the four Saturday auctions in March will be entered in a drawing to win $100 EJ’s bucks, or credit.

“We value the continued business of our existing bidders as well,” Hoyer said. “Just the act of registering to bid in one of our Saturday March auctions automatically enters them for a chance to win $50 EJ’s bucks.”

No purchase is necessary for existing EJ’s customers, but proof of registration is necessary for one or more auctions taking place March 5, March 12, March 19 or March 26. Winners will be announced on Saturday, April 2.

Hoyer said he hopes the contest will help educate people as to how easy and fun the auction process can be.

“There’s no need to be intimidated, especially at our auction house where we have three high-energy live rings going simultaneously,” Hoyer said.

To help new bidders, Hoyer offers these tips:

  1. Do your homework. Know how much online bidders have bid for an item before the auction begins. Also research sites like eBay and Etsy to see what past auction prices have been. Inspect the items in person if you can.
  2. Know your budget. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of bidding and feel a desire to win a bidding war. Before the auction starts, decide the limit of how much you are willing to bid for a certain item and stick to it. Remember to calculate the buyer’s premium, sales tax and any delivery charges.
  3. Find a good spot. Choose a location where you can watch the action and make direct eye contact with the auctioneer or one of the ringmen (or spotters) working the floor. The ringman is there to assist the auctioneer in recognizing bidders trying to bid.
  4. Speak up. Auctions are fast-paced and missing a bid is easy. If you know the auctioneer isn’t seeing you, simply speak up with a loud “yes” or a “here.”
  5. Don’t change your mind after winning an item. Once the auctioneer announces the item is sold, it is sold. He will not open it back up if you have changed your mind.

EJ’s conducts three live simultaneous auctions every Saturday starting at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.). Patrons visiting EJ’s can also preview items from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. For more information, visit www.ejsauction.com or call (623) 878-2003.

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Media Contacts:
Sue Kern-Fleischer, SKF Public Relations, (602) 810-1404
Erik Hoyer, EJ’s Auction & Consignment, (623) 878-2003