How Does In-Store Computer Bidding Work?

Our silent auction bidding all takes place on sale dates from inside the Thrift Store. It's easy to do and there's never a registration fee or buyer premium charged.

Sit down at any one of the computer stations reserved for bidding. Log on using your personal customer number, select the lot numbers of the items you wish to bid on, and enter your bid amount for each lot. Once you confirm that the bid information is correct, click the Enter button and you're finished. It's safe. It's secure. No one knows what was bid until the auction is closed and the computer produces the tally sheet. The bidding line closes promptly at 10:30 a.m. Winning bids are announced in lot number order immediately after the auction closes.

You must be present when the winning bids are announced.

If you are the winning bidder and are not here to sign for the award you will be fined, your Thrift Store privledges will be suspended and you will forfeit all items won.

Our in-store computer bidding is a "one shot" bid. Study each lot carefully and bid as much as you think an item is worth; you get only one chance per lot. All bid lots are available for inspection on sale days, unless otherwise indicated, beginning at 8 o'clock in the morning.
Payment for winning bids is due by 2 o'clock on auction day. The Store accepts cash, certified/cashier's checks, traveler's checks, money orders, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX and Discover. Sorry, we are not able to accept either personal or business checks, and the Thrift Store does not offer financing of any sort. Please arrange necessary financing before bidding.

Please Note: Winning bids may not be retracted. Bid carefully and only on lots which you can afford to buy.

Many of our bid lots have no "reserve" prices. A reserve is a minimum price set by the owner before a bid can be awarded. Reserve prices are not normally disclosed to bidders.

Instead, at the County Thrift Store, we use a "Suggested Minimum Bid" price which is clearly marked for each bid lot. These suggested prices reflect the local marketplace, taking into account the age, condition and sales history of an item.

However, the computerized bidding program will not reject bids which are lower than that amount. As always when bidding, you should bid only what the item is worth to you and what you can afford to pay for it.

Although there are generally no reserve prices on our bid lots, The Store reserves the right to withhold award of any lot for any reason.

In-store computer bidding is easy and it's fun. But before you can participate, you must be a registered customer of the County Thrift Store. If you are not currently registered, use our easy Internet express registration right now. It takes just a minute to do, and your registration number will be good forever!
Join us at the next sale and take part in this exciting way to buy government surplus vehicles and equipment.


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