The auction method has advantages for every party in the event: the buyer, seller, all bidders and spectators.
Buyers often find rare items and can usually take home their purchase right away from an onsite auction, not waiting for shipping or incurring shipping costs after they have already purchased an item.
Sellers at auction can usually be assured that their property will sell on a certain day. Real estate sellers, in particular, like the fact that a sale on a specific day will end their carrying costs and they enjoy being able to set a minimum price they will accept at auction.
Bidders have a great time, even if they don't always get their chosen item. They eagerly anticipate the item coming up for auction; they think about how high they will bid; they watch the competing bidders and often talk with them afterward.
Spectators at auction enjoy an exciting event and seeing what types of items are offered in auctions these days. Attendees don't feel pressured to buy, and they can bring the whole family to see and learn about antiques, art, furniture, and other items.
Auctions are a community event. People see friends and meet new people. Auctions have been a social gathering for thousands of years and and continue to be the best way to determine current market price for items.
Here are a few other facts about auctions:
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