How Do I Choose a
Professional Auctioneer Who is Right for my Event?
NEVER compare auctioneers just by looking at the fee
they charge! This is not an area to be examining in trying to reduce
your event budget! An unqualified or inexperienced auctioneer can cost
you a lot more money in the end if they don’t earn the crucial dollars
for your auction experience. Choose an outstanding (and professional)
auctioneer with a great personality and they will earn you more money!
You get what you pay for!
Professional auctioneers typically charge either 1) a
flat fee 2) fixed or sliding scale percentage on some/all of the
auction sales, or 3) a guaranteed minimum flat fee against a
percentage of some/all auction sales (whichever is higher). Each will
offer very different services for that fee.
- Find out what is included in the auctioneer’s fee and if
you really need or want all the services included in the price. Many provide
extra staffing like ring men or bid “spotters,” registration/cashier
personnel, etc. Evaluate whether or not you need each of the services.
- Always choose a PROFESSIONAL auctioneer. Visit their
website; get references. Hearing an auctioneer do a rhythmic bidding chant
on a DVD or in an interview meeting is ok, but talking to a past client will
give you the best indication of the success of an event and of the
performance of its auctioneer!
Northway Auctions offers years of expertise preparing
and conducting live auctions both in the general merchandise field and in
automobile auction venues.
Our trained and professional staff is qualified to advise and oversee every
aspect of your auction experience.