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Are you planning on attending an auction but are unsure of the proper etiquette? If that is the case, we’ve got you covered! Whether you are attending an online auction or a live auction, we are sharing five dos and don’ts for proper auction etiquette.  

  • Only bid on items you want and are interested in purchasing 

  • Prepare your budget and how much you are willing to spend 

  • Arrive early and preview all items of interest 

  • Ask questions 

  • Carefully read the terms of sale 

  • Bid just to raise the price of items you are not interested in purchasing 

  • Speak badly about items or sellers 

  • Interrupt the auctioneer or auction process 

  • Hesitate on your bid if you want something because auctions move fast 

  • Wait until you win an auction to think about pick-up and delivery plans 

There is nothing like the excitement of an auction for some, but it is important to remember correct auction etiquette when it comes to attending these exciting events. We want you to get the most out of your auction experience and do so correctly and respectfully. At Backes Auctioneers, we have been providing auction services since 1976. Visit our website or contact us with any questions you have! 


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