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How to Bid in Timed Online Auctions
La Auction Online timed online auctions are available only through our website. To bid on the lots presented in a timed online auction, you will need to take the following steps.
1. Create an Account
If you have previously created an account on the Skinner website, you may proceed to step 2.
Create an account (HERE | BIDDER REGISTRATION ) in order to participate in the auction.
When you have successfully created an account, you will receive an email confirmation.
2. Visit the online auction
Visit the auction schedule and click “View Lots” to browse all lots in the auction. Use the search box in the upper right hand corner of this page to search for items by name, category, or keyword.
You may also view the catalog in a downloadable PDF or “flipbook” format from the auction page.
3. Log in
Click on any “Log in to Bid” button to register for the auction.
Fill in your email address and password. If you recently created an account, please wait for an email confirming that your account has been approved.
If you have forgotten your password, use the Login Reminder to retrieve your credentials.
4. Receive approval to bid
Each auction is a unique event. Even if you have bid in La Auction Online timed online auctions in the past, your registration will be individually processed. You will receive an email when you have been approved to bid in the auction.
While your status is pending approval, please browse the catalog and add lots to your “watchlist.”
5. Add lots to your “watchlist”
Check off boxes in the right hand column labeled “watch” and then click the “Watch Lot” button to add lots to your watchlist.
To view items on your watchlist, follow the “View my watchlist” link or click “My Activity” in the left-hand menu.
6. Bid online
Use the red “Leave Bid” button to place a maximum bid on an item. The system will automatically bid for you using standard increments up to this amount.
When the high bid is with you, you will see a message on screen and you will receive an email confirming your current bid amount.
If another bidder places a higher maximum bid, you will see an outbid message on screen and you will receive an email alerting you that you have been outbid.
Reserve Not Met
Some items are offered subject to a reserve. You will see “Reserve Not Met” beneath the Bid Now button if the current bid does not meet the minimum required bid.
Use the red “Change Bid” button to increase your maximum bid amount.
7. Keep track of your bids with “My Activity”
Click “My Activity” in the left-hand menu at any time to access a personalized view of the timed online auction. We recommend monitoring your active bids using “My Activity,” especially towards the end of the auction.
View a list of all of your bidding activity and your watchlist.
View a list of all lots that you won.
Lots not won
View a list of all lots that you bid on but did not win.
View a list of all of your current bids on lots that are still open for bidding.
View a list of all lots that you have selected to watch.
Timed online auction bidding
The only method for participating in a timed online auction is through online bidding. La Auction Online cannot accept absentee bids, phone bids, or live internet bids for fixed-time online-only auctions.
Bids will be placed in standard increments. All bids are in United States Dollars. If two bidders bid the same maximum amount, the first bid placed will be the accepted bid.
Auction registration requests will be processed during business hours, Monday to Friday, 9AM to 5PM ET. We appreciate your patience, as we process each request individually. Please browse the catalog and add lots to your watchlist while waiting for approval to bid. You will receive an email when your registration has been approved.
You will receive email notification when you have the current high bid, or when you have been outbid. Please add email@example.com to your safe senders list to ensure that you receive our emails.
Staggered end times
Lots in a timed online auction will end over a period of time. Please refer to the countdown timer beside a lot to determine when bidding will end. We recommend using the “My Activity” area, especially towards the end of the auction. The timers will automatically synch themselves at regular intervals, but you may also refresh your internet browser to manually synch the timers.
In the event that competitive bidding takes place within the last five minutes of the auction, time will be added in five minute increments. This feature is intended to prohibit sniping software and activity. Please refer to the countdown timer beside a lot to determine if time has been added.
A buyer’s premium of 23% applies to timed online auction purchases. Please read the Conditions of Sale for more information.
The winning bidder is the current high bidder when bidding closes. If you are the winning bidder, you will be notified by email after the close of the auction. Information on payment and post-sale services is available here.
Terms and Conditions
Sales are subject to the La Auction Online's Conditions of Sale.
For questions or more information about timed auctions, please contact us HERE >> or call 225.329.5304.