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Able Auctions


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Able Auctions is a privately owned Western Canadian Company. We have three facilities in the Lower Mainland of BC and one in Calgary AB to service your Office Furniture & Equipment, Industrial, Vehicle, and Liquidation needs.
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Able Auctions is a privately owned Western Canadian Company. We have three facilities in the Lower Mainland of BC and one in Calgary AB to service your Office Furniture & Equipment, Industrial, Vehicle, and Liquidation needs.

Able Auctions conducts over 150 auctions per year. With decades of combined experience in the Auction Industry, our knowledgeable staff are eager to assist you with both buying and selling at the auction.

Able Auctions has three facilities in the lower mainland to assist you with your liquidation needs. From Golf Equipment to Computers, from Retail Fixtures to Floor Tiles, we do it all. Whether by auction or by retail liquidation Able Auctions will find the best solution for you.

For a FREE consultation or more information, please contact us at 604.325.2253 or 1.888.599.2253


WAYS TO BID BID IN PERSON (LIVE) Register in person with the auction office and then be present during the auction with your bidder paddle. The auctioneer will begin "calling" the auction. To make a bid, simply raise your bidder paddle. Be sure you understand the auctioneer and the bid price that you are agreeing to when you raise your bidder paddle.

BID ON-LINE (LIVE) Register online then log in for the live auction bidding. By clicking on the green "bid" button, you are effectively "raising your bidder paddle" at the live auction.

LEAVE ABSENTEE BIDS IN PERSON If you are unable to attend the auction in person and cannot bid online, you can fill out an absentee form that is available from the auction office. You will need to write down your bidder number, the lot number(s) of the item(s) you wish to bid on and your maximum purchase price. Be sure to hand this form into the auction office AT LEAST 15 minutes prior to the start of the auction. Once a live auction has started, the auction office will not accept any more absentee bids. The auctioneer or clerk will then bid on your behalf during the auction until your maximum bid has been reached or until you have won the item.

LEAVE PREVIEW BIDS ONLINE During the auction preview the day prior to the auction, you can log in to the web-site and leave preview bids. These are basically online absentee bids. You enter the maximum amount you are willing to pay for the item and the computer will bid on your behalf during the auction until your maximum has been reached or until you have won the item.


REGISTERING IN PERSON To register in person, you simply have to attend the auction and fill out our bidder registration card to get a bidder paddle, bidder number and catalog. Your bidder number is printed on the cover of the catalog. We do require picture ID and you must provide all the necessary information in order to register to bid. If you attend the auctions live, you must register with the auction office for each and every auction you attend. You will be issued a new bidder paddle, number and catalog for each new auction. Registration can be done any time at the preview or on auction day. Please read the terms of sale carefully. You are responsible for any purchases made with your bidder number. You've just signed a contract!

ONLINE REGISTRATION Register @ Go to the top left hand corner of the home page and click on the link "Register to Bid". You will need a credit card and a valid email address in order to complete the registration process. You will only need to fill out this form once to be permanently registered for online bidding. It is best to complete this process at least 24 hours prior to the start of the auction to ensure you receive your user name and password in time to participate in the auction. Please read all posted terms and conditions and keep in mind that you must correctly fill in all the required information to be approved for online bidding. The approval process is not instant and all your information must be verified.

JAVA PLUG-IN - You may also need to update your system's java plug-in. To do this, click on the link to Live Auctions from the main page. This will take you to a listing of all our upcoming auctions. Click on the "Are You Ready?" button and the software will test to see if your system in compatible. If not, the java plug-in will download and install itself. This plug-in is a 5MB download and may take a while on slower connections but you will only need to download the java once.


When you register, whether online or in person, you must be aware of the auction terms and conditions. Online bidders must read and agree to the terms and conditions when they log-in to preview or bid online. Those who register in person are provided with those terms and conditions on the bidder paddle and registration form. We also have signs up at our auction offices with all the terms and conditions.



Preview is the most important part of the auction. Examine the items you want to bid on carefully. Make notes in your catalog. Write down the price you are willing to pay for the items you want. We strongly encourage previewing in person before placing any bids. There is always a preview, generally on the day prior to the auction for you to view the items and test any equipment if possible.

All items are sold "as is, where is" regardless if you have previewed and inspected the item or not. Please remember that the catalog is to be used as a guide only and you are expected to preview the items and make your own assessments. If you see something you want during preview, but you can't make it to the auction, you can bid on-line or leave an absentee bid. (Forms are available in the office.) You will need to know the lot number and the maximum amount you're willing to bid. During the auction, the auctioneer will bid for you, starting at half of your maximum bid, and bidding up to, but not over, the amount of your bid.


This is the fun part! The auctioneer will move around from item to item and announce the lot number and describe the items (s)he is currently selling. Then the bidding starts.

This process goes very quickly and can be confusing the first time. Read the following description and watch as a few items are sold to get a feel for how it works. The auctioneer will suggest a starting price: "Who'll give me one thousand dollars to start?" If nobody wants to start at that price, the auctioneer will lower the amount until someone bids. To bid, simply hold up your catalog with the bidder number showing. A "bid catcher" will point to you and shout, "YES, sir!" The auctioneer will start asking for higher bids: "I have eight hundred dollars, do I hear nine hundred?" If someone wants to bid $900, he will raise his bidder number, the bid catcher will point to him and shout, "YES, sir!". If you raise the bid, the bid catcher will point to you and the other person will be out. The process continues until nobody wants to bid any higher: "I have nineteen hundred dollars, who'll give me nineteen-fifty? Going once, twice, third and final call: SOLD! For nineteen hundred dollars to bidder number 268." A clerk will write down the winning amount and the buyer number.

Sometimes, there will be more than one lot of pretty much the same thing. For instance, lots 1,2,3 and 4 are all fax machines. Before selling the items, the auctioneer may announce, "OK, we've got 4 fax machines here. Let's give choice on these four fax machines". This means that the highest bidder, once the auctioneer says "Sold!" will be given option and choice on the fax machines. Perhaps the high bidder only wants one fax machine and knows that he would like lot 4. He must tell the auctioneer and clerk this before the auctioneer begins selling the next item. Once an item has been sold and clerked, the auction clerk and the auction office cannot make changes to lot assignments. Generally, the auctioneer will only give option and choice to the high bidder and will then "dish out" the remaining items in numerical order to the back up bidder and then to any other bidders who would like the remaining items at the highest bid price.


When you are done bidding for the day, go to the office and present your bidder number to the cashier. We will print out an itemized invoice of your purchases from the computer. For auctions that are held at our regular locations, you may pay with Visa, MasterCard, Cash, Debit or certified funds. On-site auctions may differ sometimes but complete terms of each auction are always listed in your catalog. Again, please read them carefully!


Once you have paid for your items in full, you will be given a paid invoice. Now you may go and pick up your items! You are responsible for the removal of your own goods. All items must be removed by the deadline stated in the catalog and on your invoice.

End of Auction! We hope you've had fun and found some great deals in the process!

We look forward to working with you.


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