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HOW TO BID

REGISTER:
This auction requires that all sellers and buyers be registered. This enables our software to keep track of items for sale and who bids on what. It protects both ourselves as the auction providers and you as buyer and/or seller. Registration is simple. Merely click on [New Registration] here or near the top or bottom of any auction page.
BIDDING:
To get a category list, click on [Category List] here or near the top or bottom of any auction page. Click on one of the categories you find interesting. This shows you a list of specific items. Click on the name of the item you'd like more information about. If you wish to place a bid, enter your bid in the box below the item, then just click on the place bid button nearby. A good strategy to win items you really want is to place the highest bid you are willing to pay. Otherwise, someone may bid higher than you at the last minute. Should someone outbid you, the system sends you an e-mail notification with a link back to the item. Click on the link right in your e-mail message and you will be returned directly to the item. You can then raise your bid.
RAISING BIDS:
To raise your bid, go down to the place bid input box below the item's description and enter your new higher bid.
RESERVE BIDS:
Sometimes a seller enters a Reserve Bid. For example, a specific item sells for $100 new. The seller decides to place a starting bid of $1 on the item but they want to get at least $80 for it. So a reserve bid of $80 is entered into the system. In such a case--even if you are the high bidder at, say, $60--you will not win the item unless you go over $80.
AUTOMATIC E-MAIL:
The system automatically sends the buyer (highest bidder) and seller of the item e-mail when the auction ends. The buyer and seller are then responsible for making their own arrangements to conclude the deal by payment and shipment. This auction merely offers a venue for buying and selling. We will not, and legally cannot, be held responsible in any way for any lack of performance by any and all parties. We simply provide a place that allows people to buy and sell. HOWEVER, do let us know of any problems. We can and will close the account of anyone who abuses our auction.


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