August 24, 2010
I’ve decided to start a series of posts on what I would characterize as creative, unethical, and probably illegal bid calling techniques I’ve witnessed over the years. While I believe most all auctioneers act in an ethical, moral and legal manner, there are some auctioneers acting the opposite, while bid calling, and it is quite concerning.
Standard bid calling in the United States involves the auctioneer suggesting a price a bidder might bid, the bidder bidding that amount, and then the auctioneer asking for a higher bid. Commonly, these two numbers (what is bid, and what is desired) are called the “have” and the “want.”
For example, an auctioneer might say, “I would like $100 for this item,” and as a bidder raises his card, the auctioneer would continue, “I have $100, and I’d like $125 …” and so forth.
However, way too many auctioneers (even if that was only 1) bid call in creative, unethical and probably illegal fashions. Here’s the one we’re discussing today:
The Drop Off
August 23, 2010
While most all auctioneers have worked with other auctioneers, by either hiring other auctioneers to assist them, or being hired to assist another, true auctioneer collaboration is rare. Such is The Super Auction where a single event combines auctioneers from throughout the Midwest.
At The Super Auction, held twice annually, each auctioneer participant contributes one or more auction rings of their own items (each ring is 100-150 items, or approximately 1 hour in length). The Super Auction provides each participating auctioneer an area to display their items, and also provides registration and cashiering services; the individual auctioneers provide their own clerks and ringman.