Online Auction Buying Tutorial

Go to www.HalfhillAuctions.com Click on "Online Auctions" in the navigation bar across the top of the website.

Obtain Bidding Credentials

At the top of the page Click on “Login/New Bidder" or click "Register to Bid"  Use your username and password to login or if you’re new to the site click the button labeled “Click Here If You Are a New Bidder.”  Your username and password once created, can be used for future auctions with us.

Enter the information requested and establish a username and password.  Once you have a username & password you now must Register for the auction to bid.  You must enter credit card information and accept the terms and conditions in order to complete your registration.  Once your registration is complete, you will receive an email confirming your registration.  If you do not receive an email, you are not successfully registered.  Remember that even though you only create a username & password once, you must Register separately for each auction with us.

Make sure you read all Terms & Conditions of the auction so that you are aware of all fees, premiums, taxes, acceptable forms of payment, time of payment, and item pickup protocol.  

Check the bid increment schedule so that you can be familiar with how the bidding will advance at different monetary levels.

How to Bid

At this point you can select any lot in the catalog you wish to bid on.  You will be able to see the current high bid and the next available bid increment.  Click “Place Bid” to place your bid and you will have bid the next available increment.  A second option is to use the “Max Bid” feature.  In the box where the next bid increment is listed you can change that amount to the maximum amount you are willing to bid on an item.  The software will enter your bid at the first increment level available on that lot.  If someone outbids you the software will bid for you up to the maximum you had entered.  If the bidding exceeds your minimum and email would be sent to alert you, and you would have the option to raise your max bid if you so choose.  We highly recommend using the “Max Bid” feature to make it easier for you to manage bidding on multiple items and to save time.  Many manual bidders find that it seems every time they place a bid they are instantaneously outbid.  This happens because a competitor has entered a max bid greater than the manual bid and the computer increments the competitor up immediately.  You can avoid this by using the Max Bid feature.

Auction Ending

We recommend you use the Live Catalog when it becomes available.  Live Catalog is a special tile based view that becomes available when the first lot of an auction is within 30 minutes of closing.  There will be a flashing icon that you click on when the live catalog becomes available. The tiles are "live" meaning that they are receiving real-time updates. The times counts down, new bids & bid amounts get updated, the bidder's status updates (winning/losing), all without any manual refreshing. The tiles are highlighted in different colors for easy identification.

  • Green = Winning/Won lots
  • Red = Losing/Lost lots
  • Blue = Watched lots

If you choose to use the catalog at the close of the auction, you the bidder click to bid, click to confirm the bid in the popup, then the page updates the relevant information (bid amounts, counts, & status). The colored numbers at the top of the page are quick links for you the bidder to view your lots:

  • Green = winning/won bids
  • Orange = pending & sealed bids
  • Red = losing/lost bid
  • Blue = your watch list

YOU CAN USE THE REGULAR CATALOG TO BID AT THE CLOSE OF AN AUCTION, BUT YOU MUST ADJUST YOUR SETTINGS OR MANUALLY REFRESH YOUR PAGE TO GET UPDATED INFORMATION.  AGAIN YOU MUST REFRESH YOUR PAGE TO GET UPDATED INFORMATION TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE WINNING THE LOTS YOU WANT AS THEY CLOSE, IF YOU ARE NOT USING LIVE CATALOG.

Soft Close - if there is a bid in the last 5 minutes the bidding on that lot can be extended by another 5 minutes.  Check the soft close time in the Terms & Conditions or Auction Notice.  The soft close may be different on some auctions.  We use soft closes anywhere from 1 minute to 15 minutes depending on the auction.

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