Bargain Central online auctions will be opening soon!! Our real-time bidding system will be open to all communities for private sales, fundraising, community events and much more.
The auction system allows for multiple images to help fully display the items up for bid, and tracks all bids in real time. Bargain Central oversees all transactions to ensure an auction completes as scheduled and that bids are by real persons and not spam bots or other unwelcome intruders.
The parameters of any auction can be flexible to a seller’s needs. Items can have a set buy amount where the item is awarded when that amount is bid, or they can have a minimum bid amount required. Auctions can be scheduled to complete at a specific time and day, or they can be extended if certain bid levels are not reached.
The auction venue is available to all communities across the country and will be held in accordance to the specific time zone.
So who can make use of an online auction?
- Individuals having unique, or specific use, or collector items.
- Households in the process of downsizing.
- Estates being liquidated.
- Businesses reducing inventory.
- Charities and non-profits engaged in fundraising.
The possibilities are extensive, but essentially any person or group with an item or items they wish to sell within a specific amount of time.
The parameters of any auction can be flexible to a seller’s needs.
What are the advantages of online auctions over other selling methods?
All selling methods have their advantages but what sets online auctions apart, for one, is their immediacy. Buyers do not have to wait in line or drive to a location. They just go online with their computer or handheld and they are at auction. They can view the images of items without having to look over someone else’s shoulder or have someone looking over theirs.
Bids are available to them in real time so they can come to the site at any time and know the exact status of any item they are interested in. And if their bid is the successful one they can complete their purchase online – safely and securely.
Another advantage is the lower overhead compared to in person auctions. Auction fees are less because an auditorium or hall does not require payment and the staff that usually watch for bids and assist with moving and display, or complete the final sales transactions are not an additional cost.
An advantage over an online or newspaper ad is that the time is determined in the online auction. Sellers know when the auction ends and when they get paid.
what sets online auctions apart, for one, is their immediacy
So what advantages are there with Bargain Central’s online auctions?
Our auction site is part of the entire network hosting system. It is monitored and maintained by all the same support teams that are available on every site within bargaincentral.ca and they are who ensure operation of the website and the auction system itself. We do not need to bring in anyone new to host an auction – who we need are already here.
The auctions are held on encrypted, secured pages – as are all our website pages – which ensures a visitor’s privacy when viewing and bidding. And payments are processed through secure gateways, in which major credit cards and eTransfer payments can be received.
We work with you by learning what you expect to achieve and setting up your auction in accordance to your expectations. We will load your photos and set all prices and limits, and oversee the proceedings from start to finish.
We do not need to bring in anyone new to host an auction – who we need are already here.
Contact Us with you inquiries. We will be adding more information to our auction website soon but in the meantime we can assist you via email.