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ALLBIDS was established in 2002 selling Government surplus by traditional Auctions in Canberra. We established an online presence in 2004 and our database and website have expanded to our current site which services over 500 vendors and sells over 100,000 assets every year.

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Get in quick on the largest collectors estate sale in Canberra

ALLBIDS is hosting the antique auction you don’t want to miss, including this Chinese Famille Rose Buddhist Lions Vase.

If you have an eye for Asian design, rare antiques or other collectibles, you won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to browse and purchase some unique wares from the estate of Cook resident and one of Canberra’s most prominent and passionate collectors, John Maxfield, an Audiologist who was also well renowned in the art scene in Melbourne in the late 1960s.In one of the largest and most exclusive estate auctions in Canberra’s history, the large collection of Chinese and other antiques, fine art, household and garden items will be auctioned and sold unreserved over two nights, online on Canberra’s home-grown online auction site, ALLBIDS with items remaining in situ at the Cook residence.It is a rarity that such an extensive and unique collection like this is made available to the public to bid on and it’s shaping up to be a highly-anticipated auction, with ALLBIDS appraiser Andrew Whitehead commenting on how “this is a genuine private collector hoard that was hidden from public view until now.”It’s hard not to be impressed with the vast collection of nearly 350 items which includes a wide range of decorative and household pieces, largely featuring various Chinese, Japanese and other Asian designs.Including a wide variety of unique artworks, vases, crystal and glassware, votives, candlestick holders and flatware, you never know what gem you may find.If you’re in the market for a vintage crockery set, choose between the collection of Royal Copenhagen Dinnerware, the Royal Doulton Yorktown China Dinner Service, or the collection of Japanese Fukagawa Fine Porcelain.

Pair of Chinese Gilt Bronze Buddhist Lions going to auction as part of the estate sale.

Maybe you are a fan of Asian ceramic pots and vases and would be more interested in a Japanese Kutani Vase and Fukagawa Bowl, a Chinese Peach Bloom Vase, or a pair of Chinese Coral Red Decorated Jars on Rosewood stands.Or if Italian style is more up your alley, maybe the Valentino lamp base will pique your interest. But why settle for one, when you could have a matching pair of Valentino lamp bases?

A pair of Chinese black lacquer stands which is set to sell on the 16th November.

The collection also encompasses a wide range of hard-to-find furniture pieces, including various chests, drawers, dressers, stools, and tables, but the real show stopper is the large selection of Chinese sideboards and cabinets which are sure to impress.If you’re keen to step your garden style up a notch, the collection also includes a huge range of stone and terracotta pots, planters, urns, stands, and pedestals, as well as various lanterns, water fountains, outdoor furniture, decorative sculptures, statues, figures and ornate garden features.However, don’t despair if garden items or decorative collector’s pieces aren’t really your thing, as the collection even includes some more practical household items you might be looking for like a Sony Bravia LED TV, Fisher and Paykel front load washing machine, Simpson dryer, Fisher and Paykel fridge and LG microwave.You need to act quickly as all the items in this rare and unique collection will be auctioned online on the ALLBIDS website over two nights with all items to be picked up from estate residence at Cook, with the garden statuary, pots and outdoor auctions closing on Wednesday 15th November and auctions for all antiques, art and household goods finishing up on Thursday 16th November.With items set to sell for as little as $1, you’d be crazy not to have a look. View the full collection on the ALLBIDS website to find your newest treasure now!This is a sponsored article, though all opinions are the author’s own. For more information on paid content, see our sponsored content policy.This article was first published on The RIOT ACT Website by Amelia Stephenson https://the-riotact.com/need-more-space-the-easy-way-to-sell-your-retired-business equipment/221380

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15/11/2017
Need more space? The easy way to sell your retired business equipment
Successful business owners know better than anyone how important it is to have the latest and greatest equipment to help them stay at the forefront of their industry, but long gone are the days when you could invest in business equipment that would last a lifetime.Today, you would be lucky to get your hands on mobile phones that last longer than one year, computers that perform well for more than two years or a fleet of motor vehicles that you can get more than four or five years out of.While some equipment and tangible assets are worth holding on to for the lifetime of your business, most aren’t, which is exactly why so many businesses are looking for an easy, reliable and cost-effective way to dispose of their retired business equipment.ALLBIDS have the perfect solution.As Canberra’s premier home-grown online auction site, they can help you free up much-needed space in your office or workplace by turning your redundant, surplus or unwanted items into cash, with little to no effort required from you.Whatever your core business is, chances are you’ve got much better things to do with your time than worry about how to dispose of your old equipment. The smarter move is to outsource it to the experts.ALLBIDS can provide a customised, complete end-to-end solution where they’ll manage the collection, sale, and delivery of your unwanted items, so you don’t have to do a thing.So how does it work?Once you contact ALLBIDS, your personal vendor manager can arrange immediate collection of the items you no longer want from your workplace so you can get access to some much-needed extra space straight away. If you need it gone in less than 24 hours, they’ll make it happen!Having provided collection services for a wide range of businesses and Government departments throughout their more than 12 years in the industry, they can provide a solution no matter what challenges are involved, even if you’re operating in a highly secure environment or if your item/s are large or difficult to remove.Once they’ve collected the items, they’ll store them at their Fyshwick warehouse until they’re sold, absolutely free of charge.They’ll photograph and list the items for sale for their database of more than 100,000 users to see. With more than 50 percent of their users located in Canberra, they know your items will sell. In fact, they guarantee they’ll sell the first time, every time!They’ll even facilitate inspections from potential buyers who want to get a good look at the items before the auction. Even more, if you’d prefer to keep the item at your workplace until they’re sold, they can even facilitate on-site inspections with prospective buyers at your workplace so you don’t need to do anything.All items are advertised with a $1 starting price which helps raise awareness and interest from potential buyer before the bidding war begins and your items are sold to the highest bidder. It’s a tried-and-tested process which has proven to be a great way for businesses to achieve the best price for their items with vendors often surprised to achieve a higher price than expected.Selling through ALLBIDS even makes it easy for you come tax time. When you sell an item, they’ll provide you with a comprehensive record with a full breakdown of every item sold, the return you got on the items, the GST collected on your behalf and what you can claim back.Once your item is sold, the team will even take care of delivering it to the buyer, so you really don’t have to do anything.Surely there’s no easier way to sell your unwanted equipment quickly and without any of the hassle! Simply contact the team at ALLBIDS to get started.This is a sponsored article, though all opinions are the author’s own. For more information on paid content, see our sponsored content policy.This article was first published on The RIOT ACT Website by Amelia Stephenson https://the-riotact.com/need-more-space-the-easy-way-to-sell-your-retired-business-equipment/221380

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8/11/2017
NCA readying historic Lobby Restaurant for sale
The National Capital Authority appears to have added the historic Lobby Restaurant in Parkes to the menu of Commonwealth property sales in the Parliamentary Triangle.The Lobby and its sister the Pork Barrel Cafe closed in December last year and have been idle since. The NCA is believed to be readying the iconic property for sale including gathering photographs for the sales agent to use in a marketing campaign.The NCA was approached for comment but did not respond to a series of questions.The Lobby Restaurant was launched almost 50 years ago to serve MPs and staff from Parliament House across the road, and has been a witness to major political intrigues and events, as well as being a landmark dining destination.The iconic main restaurant first opened in 1968 and in recent times had transformed into a function centre, being a favourite choice for the capital’s weddings, with the nearby National Rose Gardens providing the perfect backdrop for photo shoots.The move comes soon after the sale of West Block opposite to local developer Geocon, which plans to convert the building into a luxury heritage hotel.It was one of six buildings, including East Block which houses the National Archives of Australia, identified by the Commonwealth for sale to the private sector.The NCA’s Heritage Plan for Parkes Place and the National Rose Gardens, says the NCA will promote the conservation of the Lobby Restaurant building consistent with its currently understood heritage values and any future revised understanding.“The conservation of the Lobby Restaurant should seek to be mutually consistent with the conservation of Parkes Place,” it says.The Lobby Restaurant is on the Register of the National Estate but not the Commonwealth Heritage List, and there is no separate conservation management plan.In January more than $300,000 worth of shop fit-out from the Lobby, including tables, chairs, glassware, crockery and catering equipment was auctioned unreserved on Allbids.At the time a former staff member said, “It’s very sad. The restaurant was just two years away from turning 50, and it’s seen many significant events in its time – including playing host to hundreds of weddings over the years.”Allbids CEO Rob Evans said then that it was the end of an era. “It was the only restaurant of its kind and has been around for longer than New Parliament House,” he said.This article was first published by The Riot ACT Website by Ian Bushnell https://the-riotact.com/nca-readying-historic-lobby-restaurant-for-sale/221654

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2/11/2017
A bit of bling - buying quality jewellery online
On a recent trip to Sydney, my new boyfriend couldn’t help but notice that I liked to pause and look at jewellery shops. Doesn’t every woman love a bit of bling? I certainly do, and perhaps, just perhaps, I like to daydream about a present of bling from the man I love. But as a frugalista, I certainly do not like paying top dollar for it. Nor do I want my man to.A guy at work is thinking about buying something special for his girlfriend. Yes, he is ready to pop the question and he wants to do it properly. The convention wisdom is that he must invest two months’ worth of wages into the ring. In an era when wages are stagnant and many young people are struggling to get a foothold into the housing market, spending a small fortune on a rock seems criminal. But what options are there for a groom to be who wants to show the love he feels for the woman of his dreams? Well, he could forgo an engagement ring entirely. But many men are too scared that they would be viewed as cheap or uncaring. Then there is the story of a friend of a friend who broke up with her long-term boyfriend because the rock he gave her when he proposed wasn’t big enough. No man wants that to happen. Another alternative is to forego the expensive jewellery store in search of better value options online. Jewellery stores have a huge mark-up on the product. It is not their fault: they need to pay for rent (often in shopping centres or prestigious suburbs), hire staff, install expensive display cases and downlighting that helps diamonds sparkle. Further, they need to stand by and wait as people try on rings, and try on more rings, and try to decide if the ring would be the perfect fit. Or not. I walked into a jewellery store recently and I had three people waiting on me – oh the pressure! I almost bought something just to keep them happy.I was first made aware of why the best bargains are not in jewellery store by chatting with a taxi driver. I love chatting with taxi drivers – they are always so full of stories. This one admitted he used to be a jeweler. He described the industry as criminal; jewelers like himself struggled to find a creative outlet as most product was imported in bulk and sold at a high margin. Yep, most jewellery in stores in Australia are expensive relative to what you can get elsewhere. A more cost-effective way to purchase is to buy online. You can save up to 80% on costs this way (and yes, I have been browsing – as I said, I may be frugal but I LOVE a bit of bling). The advantage of shopping online is that it foregoes the middleman, so you are dealing directly with the shop – and in often cases with the designer him/herself. You would be surprised how few physical jewellery stores have a designer in the shop these days. Most jewellery is purchased from overseas, and very little is custom made. But isn’t it dangerous, you might ask? Not if you use a shop that has trusted reviews, on a platform you trust such as Ebay or Etsy. Using a credit card or Paypal also gives you added consumer protections. These provide you with more than if, say, go into a jewellery store and pay with cash. You should also insist on documentation that shows the providence of whatever you purchase. If purchasing a diamond, or other precious or semi-precious stones, make sure they have been ethically sourced. Why taint your love by buying a blood conflict diamond? Buying a diamond with Kimberly process accreditation is important and brings you peace of mind. One often overlooked source of quality and affordable jewellery is online auctions such as Allbids. Allbids has a range of premium, antique and vintage jewellery. If you are savvy shopper, you can pick up some real bargains. Apart from the significant cost saving, an advantage is that you can find pieces that are unique and that will really stand out. The craftmanship that goes into some vintage pieces is amazing – they don’t make jewellery like they used to. And yes, the vintage look is coming back, what’s old is new again, with rose gold pieces leading the way. It goes also with the whole Boho bride look that is very popular at the moment. Last time I looked (okay, I admit it, I look at online jewellery more than I should) there was an old-fashioned gold shield pendant necklace, Mikimoto pearl earrings, several solitaire diamond rings and sapphire jewellery for auction at tempting bargain prices. Did I mention that I like bling?  A further advantage of buying from Allbids at auction is that you know what you are getting. Allbids has a professional valuer on staff, who examines pieces and determine their true worth before they are placed online. Allbids also offers a free appraisal service for people who are thinking of selling pieces. Which is handy for people like me who have jewellery from earlier relationships, or who have inherited pieces that don’t really suit (or fit). I have been stalking Allbids’ online jewellery selection for a while now, and I must say that I like what I see. I also like how easy it is to register to bid online, and the thrill of seeing if I have been successful or not. This is definitely an option for someone who is looking for an affordable alternative to the traditional.This is a sponsored blog post. All views are Ms Frugal Ears own. And yes, I really do like bling, I like many of the pieces I have seen on Allbids, and I really do like getting a bargain by buying at auction.

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25/10/2017
Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale
When you’re spring cleaning your cupboards and garage this year, please don’t go throwing things out! Your unwanted items are more valuable than you could imagine.Today, Hands Across Canberra is launching Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale, an initiative designed to help Canberrans give a little differently to the less fortunate this spring.All Canberrans are encouraged to donate pre-loved items by uploading them to ALLBIDS, Canberra’s leading online auction and disposal service, who will then auction them off on behalf of Hands Across Canberra. Proceeds go directly to the most vulnerable people in our community.Rob Evans, CEO of ALLBIDS, says “Sometimes it’s difficult for people to donate cash. This way, anyone who has something they could sell can donate it instead. Simply take a picture of your item, upload it to our site and write your description (or use the microphone feature to talk it in).“We’ll list the item(s) so people can bid, with money going directly to Hands Across Canberra. We put the winning bidder in touch with the seller to arrange pick up, and everyone can feel proud knowing that they’ve done something to really help someone in need.”Hands Across Canberra is a foundation that helps Canberrans donate funds to charities that make a significant positive impact in the Canberra community. Some of the 150 associated charities include Canberra City Care, C3CARES, Karinya House, Beryl Women Inc., Safe Shelter, and Menslink.“When you upload your item(s), you can select the charity you want to support, or you can simply choose Hands Across Canberra and be confident they know which charity needs it most right now,” says Rob.“And it’s not just limited to individuals. Any organisation can find unwanted assets and donate them too. Make room in the warehouse, move stock, and make a difference in someone’s life. We can accept anything from cars to computers and everything in between, so what you choose to donate is really only limited by your imagination.”Hands Across Canberra CEO, Peter Gordon, said they are delighted to launch the initiative; “Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale is an easy, fun and practical way to give locally. It allows people to help their community directly whilst de-cluttering their home – it a big win-win for everyone. Proceeds from Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale auction will directly support our local charities and their programs.“Donated items can be big or small ranging from cars, antiques, household appliances, tools, clothes, books, boats and everything in between.“It’s so easy, simply visit www.giving.handsacrosscanberra.org.au to donate today.” Mr Gordon explained.Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale launches today, October 10, on ALLBIDS. You can start uploading items now by following the process on Hands Across Canberra or Allbids’ websites, or by calling 6239 2262 for more information.This is a sponsored article, though all opinions are the author’s own. For more information on paid content, see our sponsored content policy.This article was first published by The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/canberras-biggest-garage-sale/218954

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10/10/2017
Original 3-digit Canberra number plates fetching a fair price
Collectors of three-digit Canberra number plates are in luck, with recent auctions fetching up to $20,000 per plate.No longer available from the Road Transport Authority (RTA), one to three digit plates have become incredibly sought after. According to Access Canberra’s “Check Registration” portal, every conceivable variation of single, double and triple digit Canberra number plates do exist, and are privately owned.The ACT registered plate for a single “1” is currently owned by a private vehicle, and was reportedly purchased many years ago for over $65,000.Four digit plates, while still available for purchase from the RTA for just over $1,880, are also in demand – especially in patterns with one or two numbers (i.e.: 0000, 2244, 7777, etc).Allbids, who currently have a number of three and four digit plates for auction, have seen an increase in buyers and sellers for unique plates over the last few months.“The lower the numerical number of the plate, the older in circulation it is, and the more valuable it is,” says Rob Evans, CEO of Allbids. “People are not really sure what their number plates are worth, so instead of guessing a price and selling it through Allclassifieds, they’re opting to sell via auction on Allbids.“The number plates that we have now are from a number of collectors and a deceased estate. Some have been on cars, others in storage. We’re giving bidders plenty of time (two weeks) to determine the best price, and every one of them is attracting significant interest.”Rob says that once the plate is sold, the buyer pays a small transfer fee to put it in their name, and then can keep the plate forever either as a collector’s item or as the official registration plate for their car.“We have a real community of car lovers here in Canberra, and extraordinary cars demand extra-ordinary number plates.“We’ve been contacted about selling many more number plates, which will go up in the coming weeks. Even quirky name plates and original-numbered raider plates can fetch a good price.”To check out the 3-digit and 4-digit number plates for auction on Allbids, visit Allbids.com.au.This article was first published by The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/original-3-digit-canberra-number-plates-fetching-a-fair-price/216791

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19/09/2017
Are you in need of a Man Cave?
The definition of a man cave is a place of privacy for a man, including his decorations and the things needed for his hobbies and interests. A Man Cave might be the garage, a spare room, a media room or a purpose-built space within the home.In the 70’s a ‘Man Cave’ was cracking a beer out of an esky down the back in your shed with a mate or two. There was, and still is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but have a look around, man caves have come a very long way.Today we have access to the internet and with it a plethora of inspiration. We thought we would draw attention to the idea of creating the perfect man cave, whilst utilising items that are recycled, re purposed and reused, ALLBIDS primary focus. We have visited Pinterest, You Tube and read numerous Top 20 tips. There is no right or wrong but there are a few things you should consider when planning your space.
  • A big screen TV, we all want the biggest screen possible, but remember to keep it in proportion to the space you have.
  • A comfy lounge, again keep it in proportion to the space you are in. If you will comfortably fit a two seater, don’t try to squeeze in a large modular. A lounge doesn’t have to be a big-ticket item. We regularly have lounges come in, both new and used. You could pick one up for as little as $40.
  • What kind of a man cave doesn’t have a bar? It isn’t necessary to have one in order to feel awesome in your man cave but it is a great feature. It doesn’t have to be big, it just has to be there. If you are handy, make your own with pallets. There are great pallet furniture ideas here
  • We always have a range of sporting memorabilia online, most of which is auctioned for community and charity groups. Spoil yourself, grab a piece for your man cave and feel great about it by supporting others.
  • Art doesn’t have to come in a frame. Dust your caps of and hang them on the wall.
This list could go on, what is most important is to make a space that is comfortable for you. Surround yourself with art, sporting memorabilia, create the ultimate gaming space, to each their own. Set a budget and stick to it. Shop at ALLBIDS.com.au or sell your unused items via auction to fund the man cave. Recycle, repurpose, reuse, always remember ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’.

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12/09/2017
Online Traffic Growth
According to a study by Roy Morgan, Australians spent $41.3 billion on online shopping last year. 4 people out of 10 buy products from ecommerce stores at least once a month. Currently, there are about 19.4 million mobile phone users in Australia, which accounts for a large proportion of the total population. In 2015, about 35% of ecommerce transactions were made on smartphones and 27% consumers buy products from mobile devices on a weekly basis.ALLBIDS had a record month in August 2017. Over the past 15 years as an onlineauction house we have certainly experienced growth and now have well over 100,000 verified users nationally. What we really find interesting is monitoring the change in device preference when it comes to online shopping, what people are really interested in and pinpointing traffic increases to our website. As an online business, it is not an analysis we undertake quarterly or monthly, it is key information that we review daily.In August, there was a strong increase in general traffic to our website. In part, this is due to the public supporting many charity and community events and fundraisers, where ALLBIDS was the primary fundraising platform. Some new registrations, viewed the charity auction, placed their bid and became aware during their of what a dynamic marketplace the ALLBIDS website is and the variety of items that are on offer. Sales on their account verify this is the case.Buyers and sellers who visit the ALLBIDS website see what a great place it is to not only pick up a bargain but also sell any unwanted and surplus assets. Our arts antiques and collectibles section is receiving unprecedented interest from all over the eastern States of Australia and we put this down to the unique offering that ALLBIDS website has and the expertise that we have in house with our antiques and collectibles valuer and curators.We are constantly developing and using new website technology to test the user experience of visitors to our website. It has been interesting to heat map our site and try to keep up with what the visitors to our website are looking for.It’s certainly a fun business to be part of as we never know what will come in the door next. Our ALLBIDS car auctions section continues to be a strong performer for us and we consistently sell about 100 cars every month for our vendors. Anyone looking for a first car or a second car for the family, vehicles at ALLBIDS generally sell under the $10,000 mark. This is our niche in the car auction market.In 2017 we have sold over 32,500 lots for our vendors. Each month we average 51,000 visits to our site where people spend an average of 6 minutes viewing, well above the industry average. We are proud to give back, this year alone our platform has helped Charity and Community groups raise more than $300,000. So, if you are in the mood to shop or you have items you want to part with, keep ALLBIDS.com.au front of mind.

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12/09/2017
Gym equipment on auction from $1
Club Lime Kaleen is closing down, and they have enlisted the team at allbids.com.au to auction off their gym equipment. There is no reserve. Everything starts at $1.Up for grabs are treadmills, rowing machines, free weights, cross trainers and more. It’s an opportunity to grab commercial fitness equipment at ridiculous prices, and coming from a well respected gym you can be confident that it’s been well-maintained and meticulously cleaned.

The auction began yesterday, and the hammer goes down 7pm next Wednesday.Canberra’s leading online auction site allbids.com.au, who have over 95,000 registered Canberra bidders, are handling the entire process. So if you’re keen to start bidding, you can do it without even leaving the house.To bid, simply:

  • Go to allbids.com.au and register. Registration is free.
  • Find the banner on the home page for the gym equipment sale.
  • If you want to inspect the equipment, there are details on inspection times. Inspections are at Club Lime Kaleen.
  • Start bidding. If you are out-bid, you will receive an email notification so you can go back and bid again.
  • If you are the highest bidder when the hammer goes down on Wednesday night, simply pay online and pick up from Club Lime Kaleen by Saturday afternoon.
  • From $1, this is an extraordinary opportunity to get a quality piece of gym equipment in your home before summer.Visit allbids.com.au for more information.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/gym-equipment-on-auction-from-1/182839

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    20/08/2017
    Federal government surplus assets: where do they all go?
    Essentially a big business in its own right, the Federal Government acquires thousands of assets every year to support the operations of its various departments. From office furniture and IT equipment to forklifts and cars; there’s a constant stream of moving parts required to enable the APS to do their work.But where do all these assets go when they’re not needed, or ready to be replaced?Government surplus auctions facilitated by third party providers have grown increasingly popular over the past decade, driven by the government’s own need to ensure complete transparency and equal opportunity for buyers to purchase. With most items in great working condition, and some with a little sentimental value for those who have worked in the department, online auctioning creates a fair and private process for those wanting to buy.Local auction website Allbids has been running government surplus auctions for over 15 years, selling everything from high court chairs to general office furniture, laptops, tablets, and more.“We’re very proud to be a Canberra business who has worked with every Federal Government department to help them sell unwanted assets,” says Rob Evans, CEO of Allbids. “From Prime Minister and Cabinet to the National Museum, War Memorial, High Court of Australia – because we’re on the ground here they appreciate being able to use a local digital platform.”Rob says that Canberrans are truly lucky to be so close to the action when it comes to buying surplus assets from government departments.“It’s a great opportunity to find quality items with minimal wear and tear. Some also have sentimental value, such as the high court leather chairs which sold for between $200 and $600 each.”Of choosing online auctioning as a platform, Rob says that it allows the government to check off their three key requirements: inexpensive, efficient and transparent.“Government departments need to work efficiently in removing unwanted assets and replacing them with minimal disruption to staff. They can’t sell the assets themselves as it’s not very transparent and they don’t have the platform to reach buyers. So that’s what we bring to the table. We’re essentially a one-stop-shop: we collect the goods, upload and market them to our database of 150,000 bidders, and give everyone equal opportunity to acquire them. Every department is different, so we tailor the service and reporting to suit their needs, but the outcome is the same.”In his address to the APS last year, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull noted that the way forward for departments was with key focus on using technology as a platform to work more efficiently.In a direct quote from his speech, Mr Turnbull said, “Of course, innovation and technology go hand-in-hand. An unwillingness to embrace technology is, to put it bluntly, simply not acceptable.“We are already of course seeing instances of government transforming the way we do business. It’s a ‘learn fast, keep moving’ approach, modelled on good private sector practice.”Having won an innovation excellence award as an ACT Smart Business, Rob says Allbids is looking to streamline government surplus auctions by listing goods immediately after they’ve been tagged as surplus, and encouraging pickup directly from the government department to save time and money on logistics.“At the end of the day, it’s about getting more money into the public coffers, so they can recoup costs and use the money to benefit the public. And given the care in which the APS treat the assets, it’s a great opportunity for Canberrans to get a bargain.”To check out Allbids’ latest government assets up, visit Allbids.com.au. They currently have a wide range of Computers and IT and Office and Business equipment up for auction.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/federal-government-surplus-assets-where-do-they-all-go/213336

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    20/08/2017
    Garage sales in Canberra: Pain or profit?
     Canberrans love a good garage sale, and every weekend our back streets are adorned with signs directing us to go this way or that in the hope of snagging a great bargain, or finding something we know has been seriously undervalued.But from the owner’s point of view, is all the trouble really worth it? Getting everything together, setting it all up in the early hours of the morning, pricing, manning the stands all day, haggling with bargain hunters…and all the while wondering if you’ve accidentally missed something that’s surprisingly worth a fortune.DIY second-hand selling has become very popular, facilitated by online marketplaces that have made it easier than ever to advertise. But Rob Evans, CEO of Allbids, says that recent sales on the site suggest people are keen to explore “Garage Sales 2.0” where technology is leveraged to conduct the garage sale via an online auction, omitting the need for haggling and allowing the goods to be sold anytime.“It’s become very popular,” says Rob. “Because we not only get the 100 or so bargain hunters who follow the Canberra garage sale trail every week, but the prices are driven up by our 150,000 general registered bidders from Allbids and Allclassifieds, some of whom are interstate and happy to travel if they find something they like.”Rob says that the main attraction though is getting a prior appraisal so people understand what their items are really worth. He recounts a recent experience where a client was about to have a garage sale, but decided to get an appraisal first.“The valuer went out to see them, to give a rough idea of what everything was worth. The owners were reasonably accurate with most things, until he got to a big mahogany chest. The chest itself was only worth a few hundred dollars, but inside he found a little antique. The owners were going to throw it out or give it away for free, but it was actually worth over $2,500!“At a traditional garage sale, anyone who knew that would never tell you. And if you price it at what it’s worth, you’ll often find that no one wants to buy it. It takes a collection of buyers, who all understand the worth, bidding against each other to net you the best profit. And you never really know what you’ve got until you get a professional to look at it for you.”Allbids also recently had a client from Florey drop in a few cardboard boxes, packed with old knick knacks from around his house. He thought it was all junk and was about to throw it out, but wanted a professional to take a look.“It was all pretty rudimentary,” says Rob. “Until we got to an old Omega Seamaster watch. It wasn’t in great condition, but still fetched $1,500 at auction.”For more information about conducting your garage sale via online auction, or getting a free in-home appraisal on your second-hand goods, visit Allbids or call 6239 2262.What’s your experience with garage sales? Have they been painful or profitable?This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/garage-sales-in-canberra-pain-or-profit/210011

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    21/07/2017
    Feeling a little low? You might have Seasonal Affective Disorder
     Winter is definitely upon us and if you’ve been feeling a little down or lacking in motivation, it could be a result of the dark and dreary Canberra weather. According to research, cold weather and limited sunlight can actually have a negative impact on the way our brains process emotions and bodily sensations.According to Dr. Lewis from the University of Canberra, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that commonly occurs with the change in season, usually winter.“SAD can be brought on by a reduction in exposure to sunlight and a change in the weather,” Dr. Lewis explains. “During winter, we experience more grey skies, sub-zero temperatures as well as shorter and darker days.”In an effort to perk up Canberrans (and support a very worthy charity in the process), Allbids have just announced that they will be running a series of Escape the Winter Blues accommodation auctions. Auctions will be held each week, and will offer the opportunity to grab a bargain rate for accommodation in a sunny, warm holiday destination such as Fiji or Vanuatu.Proceeds from the auctions will be donated to the Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) 2017 Support Group Program.“Domestic violence is a serious issue, DVCS have some great programs to assist those in need and we are proud to offer our support,” says Rob Evans, CEO of Allbids.“DVCS do a fantastic job providing support to women, men and children affected by violence and abuse, and this is one way we can contribute to the meaningful work they do and help counter this devastating problem, which can have far-reaching effects on our community.”The DVCS 2017 Support Group Program offers free groups to help people of all ages (and genders) cope with domestic violence.The groups are led by facilitators with extensive experience in domestic violence and group facilitation and are free of charge.For more information about DVCS and their programs, visit DVCS or call them on 6280 6999.To support DVCS via an Allbids Escape the Winter Blues accommodation auction, visit Allbids and click on the link in the banner.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website  https://the-riotact.com/feeling-a-little-low-you-might-have-seasonal-affective-disorder/209336

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    8/07/2017
    Whatever happened to allclassifieds?
     Since 2001, allclassifieds has been Canberra’s favourite classifieds websites, offering a simple platform for locals to buy and sell just about anything. Last year we reported that allclassifieds had been acquired by local online auction powerhouse allbids.So where are they now?Well, if you’ve been to allclassifieds lately, you would have seen that the site is alive and well – albeit sporting a very different look and feel to coincide with the allbids sales platform.The most notable changes include:
    • The change in branding
    • A buyer’s search now produces results from both allclassifieds and allbids listings
    • Sellers are now selling to buyers from both databases
    • Sellers must verify their identity before creating a listing
    Rob Evans, CEO of allbids, explains how it all works.“It’s been a journey but allclassifieds has now been fully integrated into allbids, and the two sites really complement each other.“Allclassifieds is still the place to go to find a bargain or sell items you no longer want or need. But now everything is streamlined, so when you search for a product you get instant access to every allclassifieds listing plus every allbids listing (which includes a huge array of Government/AFP and business surplus stock available via online auction). For buyers it means more choice. For sellers it means reaching the traditional allclassifieds market, and our 150,000 registered allbids users.“With the amount of traffic between the two sites now amalgamated, it’s exciting times. The product range is massive – new and second-hand art, jewellery, electronics, manchester, wine, clothing, toys, sports memorabilia and more. There’s also a huge range of second-hand cars from private sellers, as well as for online auction on behalf of car dealers in Canberra.”In terms of functionality, Rob says that the extra verification process that sellers need to undergo was essential to maintain the high standards of security allbids requires.“We were aware of the many spam issues plaguing online marketplaces – both from a buying and selling perspective. So we had a security expert advise us on the best way to move forward, which resulted in the new seller verification process requiring you to enter your driver’s license number before you can list an item. It takes two seconds, but it’s an essential step to protect all of our users.”Rob has big plans for the site and says the allbids team are focussed on continual improvement in terms of functionality and aesthetics.“We are now Canberra’s biggest database of buyers/bargains/sellers and fundraising, and we take that very seriously.“The allbids database grows steadily every year, but with the addition of the classifieds section and amalgamating the allclassifieds database, it’s growing rapidly.“We’re always seeking ways to make things bigger and better for our buyers and sellers, and to make it easy for people to find a bargain or make money from selling their goods.”To check out the new-look allclassifieds website, head to Allbids.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/whatever-happened-to-allclassifieds/206179

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    13/06/2017
    Should you buy or sell a car online?
     When Stacey Green* decided to sell her beautiful 2002 Jeep Cherokee, she thought that the fastest and easiest way would be via an online listing.She turned to an online marketplace, put in all the details, set it to live and waited.And waited. And waited.After one month and no enquiries, she came to the realisation that perhaps the price was too high. So she dropped it by $1,000.And waited. And waited.After a second month of no enquiries, she again thought that the price was too high, and dropped it by another $1,000. But she also realised that the particular online marketplace she had chosen to list with was probably part of the problem. So Stacey listed the car on a second online marketplace at the new reduced price.Within 10 minutes, the phone began to ring. And ring. It rang 6 times in two hours, and before long Stacey had a stream of interested buyers lined up to inspect the car.The first couple to see it were very keen. Naturally they asked to test drive it, so Stacey handed over the keys and waved to them as they reversed out of her driveway…right into her neighbour’s car.They were very apologetic, and though the Jeep had only a minor scratch (as Jeeps do), the neighbour’s car wasn’t so lucky. The test drivers immediately offered to pay the insurance excess, and said they wanted to buy the car no matter what.At the end of the day, Stacey got what she wanted – the Jeep sold. But overall it was an exhausting experience. And she was disappointed because she couldn’t help but think that she would have got a lot more money if she’d listed on the second online marketplace first, at the original price.Online buyers’ marketplaces make it easy to list items such as second-hand cars. But unfortunately, they don’t take away the stress of wondering:
  • Is this the right online marketplace to sell the car?
  • Will it reach the right buyers?
  • How do I price it?
  • Am I prepared to haggle?
  • Not to mention worrying about the test drives!And when it comes to pricing, a seller is typically stuck between two scenarios: they place the ad and get no response (price too high) or they get an immediate response and sell straight away (price too low).But there is another way to buy and sell a car online that Stacey admits she didn’t even know about. And in hindsight, she says it would have helped her get everything she wanted, while avoiding all the stress.She could have done an online auction.Local auction websites, such as Allbids, sell second-hand cars on behalf of private individuals and car dealers every day. And the way it works means you never have to:
    • Field calls
    • Have people come to your home for inspections
    • Worry about test drives
    • Stress over the price you set
    • Haggle with buyers
    In Allbids’ case, they take all the photos, store the car for you (so people can go and see it), create the listing, market it to over 150,000 registered buyers, and receive the payment (which they then pay to you, less a small commission).The listing runs for 7 days to give buyers enough time to compete over the price. A sale is guaranteed, and sellers often find the price exceeds expectations because anyone who sees a great bargain is motivated to bid, which drives the price up until the end. With two motivated buyers, the sky’s the limit!From the buyer’s perspective, online auction sites can be a great way to find a second-hand car for less than $10,000. Car dealers aren’t all that interested in selling cars for less than 10k, so they give them to Allbids to sell at whatever price the market is willing to pay.For mums and dads helping their teenager buy a first car, a family wanting a second run-around car, or a student looking for a good deal, online auctions make it easy to find a quality car at an affordable price.Rob Evans, CEO of Allbids says, “We have car dealers from all over the ACT and Southern NSW giving us quality cars to put to auction, plus private sellers too. Most people hate the hassle of managing a listing, worrying about the price they set, and then haggling over a few hundred dollars.“There’s one week between when a car is listed and the online hammer goes down, to give buyers plenty of time to ring a mechanic and have them do a Buyers’ Inspection. And unlike an online marketplace where you hope the seller is being truthful, Allbids have a duty of care to list all the faults with the car so you can see straight away if it’s not something you’re prepared to live with.“It’s a seamless experience, and with 150,000 buyers on our database we always find a home for a second-hand car by the time the online hammer goes down.”Visit Allbids to see their current second-hand cars for auction, or to learn more about buying or selling a car via online auction, call Allbids on 02 6239 2262.Have you ever tried to buy or sell a car online? What was your experience?This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/should-you-buy-or-sell-a-car-online/203279

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    19/05/2017
    What to look for when buying a car
    As far as first car horror stories go, mine is a cracker.It was a long time before I could even look back with enough fondness to give her a nickname. And even then, the nickname of choice was ‘The Hyundai Deathtrap’.No offence to Hyundai, of course. It was the individual car – rather than the brand – that was the problem here. Or more specifically, the dodgy dealer.Bought from one of the (then) larger and seemingly well-established yards on Newcastle Street in Fyshwick, she was a well-priced 1991 Excel hatchback. I congratulated myself on making such a sensible choice.Much younger and more naïve then, I didn’t notice the paint colour inside the engine bay was different to the exterior. Weird.Or that the blueish-white smoke coming from the exhaust might not just be ‘due to the cold weather’ like I was told.Yes, yes, I know – did I mention I was young and naïve?Proud new car owner that I was, I kitted her out with every gaudy accessory I could find – including furry black-and-white faux cowhide seat covers, chrome foot pedals and a neon purple gearstick knob.Super understated, and a total blast for all of the three months she lasted before falling to pieces.(The story does have a happy ending. It took me seven years and countless court appearances, but I did finally get my money back. With interest. Never did get back my dignity after driving around with those seat covers though …)In the hope I might spare others such an unpleasant experience, I’ve thrown together a few tips on buying your first, or next, car.New or used?This is the first decision, which will guide your choice of car; and there are pros and cons either way.Used cars are a slightly-less-terrible investment and much cheaper. But they come with existing wear or damage, as well as the risk that you’re buying someone else mistakes and poor quality of care.New cars are inevitably safe and reliable but are of course, more expensive. And as the cliché goes, you’ll lose most of that money the moment you drive off the lot.My advice is to shoot for a late model used car. The first thing you should check is the odometer – everything else aside, fewer kilometres means less wear and tear, and less likelihood a few important parts are about to hit the end of their useful life.Check the service records – these are non-negotiable, in my humble opinion. No service records, no purchase.Look closely at the condition of the car, especially around the edges – for example, worn on the carpet, scuffing around the doors, handles and locks, even a recently cleaned engine bay. A good detail will hide a lot of sins, but you can find signs that a car has generally been well cared for, or not. Someone who doesn’t care about the car’s appearance might also not care about its mechanics.Private, auction or dealership?If you choose to buy your car from a dealership, you’ll likely pay a little more than if buying from a private seller. However, you will get extra protections under the Sale of Motor Vehicles Act 1977, which include things like a three-business-day cooling-off period, guaranteed title over the car, and often some warranty provisions.(Incidentally, this warranty was what enabled me to take successful action against the dealer that sold me the Deathtrap).Note however, the list of items not covered by warranty is extensive, and could still provide quite a hit to the hip pocket:Things not covered by the warranty include tyres, batteries, perishable items such as brake pads and wiper blades, accessories fitted after manufacture such as stereo systems, damage caused by accidents, misuse or negligence after delivery, damage to paintwork or upholstery after delivery, tune-ups or services and tools. (From Access Canberra)If you buy a car privately, you’re still protected by our basic consumer laws, but the burden is on you to do a few more checks, and you’ll likely have to do a lot more work to chase up any problems. Fair Trading exists to keep businesses in line, but when it comes to private sellers, you’re kinda on your own.There are a number of questions you must ask, and checks you should complete – I won’t re-write them here because there’s heaps of helpful advice and a great checklist here.We’re lucky to have access to a few good auction options in Canberra – Pickles and AllBids among them, and you can pick up a great ex-govt fleet car for a song. It’ll likely have higher mileage so be wary of that, but it should’ve been generally well cared for and serviced.Buying at an auction might feel more like you’re buying from a dealer, but in fact, you should exercise the same degree of care as you would if buying privately. Though if the vehicle is being sold by auction on behalf of a dealer, you may still be covered by the Act.Brand and parts matter a lotNow we’ve covered off *how* to buy, we get to the fun part – *what* to buy?Many people think first about the size of car they need. Big sedan, little hatchback, or even an SUV?Think very deliberately about what you’ll really use your car for. You might fantasise about long road trips into the country, but if the reality is a daily city commute, that’s going to impact more on your choice of car and how much you enjoy it.There are many types and sizes of vehicle behind each badge. And contrary to popular belief, fuel is unlikely to be your biggest cost in a car.When it comes to routine maintenance or in the event of a disaster, the last thing you want is greater expense and delays in time because parts and equipment are so hard to source. Those rare spares might even add to your insurance premium.One of the best tips I was ever given was to stick to well-known and more common brands because it’s so much easier to find the bits and pieces you need.Think about the previous ownerWe all long for the cliché of the car that was owned by a little old lady who only drove to and from church on Sundays. But it is actually a good approach overall, to think about the kind of person who might’ve driven the car before you.This is also why it’s generally a good idea to steer away from, for example, high-performance cars.You might be draw in by their slick looks and cool appeal. And hey, you might get lucky and find one that was owned by a real enthusiast.More likely, you’ll find it was owned by someone who bought it for what it can do and pushed it to its limits accordingly.And again, there’s a good chance your insurance company knows that as well and will charge you accordingly.Mileage really mattersNo matter how good a vehicle is to begin with, or how well cared for it has been, the numbers on the odometer are arguably your best indication of how wise a purchase it will prove to be.That’s because even the best, most loved cars experience wear and tear. Cars are filled with lots of moving parts that wear out, break down, and need to be replaced.The more kilometres a car has done, the more likely it is those bits and pieces will be due for repair or replacement. And that means a cost to you.Narrow down your choice to the brand, model and year you like; then filter your options by how many kilometres they’ve travelled.Most experts will tell you a good benchmark to aim for is 15 000 – 20 000 kilometres for every year of life.But that’s particularly tough to apply in Canberra, because so many of us drive, and we drive for relatively long distances too.On the upside, our commutes and road trips tend to be longer, easier drives – with less time sitting in stop-start traffic. And that’s better for your car and less wear-and-tear on the parts.So if you’re buying a local used car, 20 000, even up to 25 000 kilometres per year, might be a more realistic aim and still a pretty safe bet.A final word on budgetFor most of us, what we can afford to pay will guide our search more than anything.Everyone loves a bargain, and no one likes the idea of being ripped off. There are various sites where you can get a good idea of the value of a car – RedBook is one of the best known.However, when it comes to used cars especially (much like in real estate), it’s really the market that sets the price. You’ll get some peace of mind if you remember that.Don’t get too caught up in what a car *should* be worth. Once you’ve settled on your model of choice, spend a bit of time trawling sites like CarsGuide, CarSales and Drive. You’ll soon get an idea of the upper and lower ends of the price ranges as well as all the averages in between.That’s your best indication of what you’ll actually have to pay.Do you have a car buying horror story of your own to share? What are your best tips for buying a first or next car?Captions: Middle, stock image sourced from http://www.todoautos.com.pe/f149/club-hyundai-excel-38093/index35.html. Above, image from https://au.pinterest.com/pin/436427020120678203.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Jane Speechley https://the-riotact.com/what-to-look-for-when-buying-a-car/201150

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    6/05/2017
    How do you downsize, or declutter, your home?
    Whether you’re packing up to travel the world, or retiring into something more manageable, at some point in your life you will likely be faced with the need to downsize or declutter.The end result is nirvana – a clean and organised home housing only those belongings that you truly love. But the steps along the way can be both time consuming and frustrating, especially when you’re not sure what to do with all the “stuff”.So where do you start?Survey the scene and ask yourself:
    • How much space do I have to work with?
    • What do I absolutely need to keep?
    • What can I throw out?
    • What might family or friends want?
    • What can be sold?
    The last question can be the most difficult to answer.Almost anything can be sold, but how much is it worth? If you list it for a price no one will pay, you could spend weeks staring at it wondering whether you need to drop the price.Even worse if it sells, and you find out it was worth 10x more.Listings on Gumtree and Facebook eliminate the valuable opportunity to pit buyers against each other – which ultimately helps you get a better price. And garage sales can be painstaking.There is one way to solve both problems: put it to auction. And if you can, get a professional valuer to give you an indication of its worth before you set the reserve.We asked online auction site Allbids (based in Fyswhick) about how the auction process works, and how they help Canberrans who are downsizing or decluttering.1. Free valuationTo start, Allbids provide a free valuation service, performed by expert valuers so you can get a true indication of the value of your art, antiques, furniture, collectables, jewellery, and so on.2. Photos and listingFollowing valuation, Allbids take professional photos of everything you want to sell, and create individual listings for each item. You can opt to have it all taken away (so buyers can pick up from Allbids), or sell items straight out of your home (which works well for estate sales).3. MarketingThe reserve is set, the items are listed, so it’s time to sell!150,000 people are registered to bid on Allbids, so you immediately gain access to a huge database of locals ready to buy.But the magic happens when their far-reaching platform helps someone in New York or Hong Kong who really wants what you’re selling, find it, bid on it, and have it delivered to their door.If you want to watch the process, you can see your listing any time, and even direct friends and family to check it out.4. Sale and pickupAllbids deal with the buyers, collect the funds and handle the pick-ups. They work on commission only, which ensures they only get paid once things get sold (and they obviously work hard to get you a good price!).And that’s it! Your extra “stuff” is gone, your house is nirvana, and you’re that little bit richer. (Or a lot richer, depending on what’s in your house!)So if you’re trying to downsize, or declutter, it may be worth considering an online auction.If you would like Allbids’ help deciding what can be sold, and what it’s worth, call 02 6239 2262 or visit ALLBIDS.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/how-do-you-downsize-or-declutter-your-home/202553

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    5/05/2017
    The Lobby: ideas for future use?
    The Lobby is one of Canberra’s most iconic buildings, although on a lesser scale than the surrounding national institutions such the two Parliament Houses and the beautiful National Library of Australia. Located on national land, the National Capital Authority has responsibility for the building. Situated on King George Terrace, almost in the centre of the Parliamentary Triangle and overlooking the National Rose Garden, it is a building full of memories. Like many readers, I have been to weddings, book launches, poetry readings and memorable family get-togethers in the space. The Lobby was a restaurant and function centre for almost 50 years and was the choice of meeting place of political lobbyists with expense accounts, politicians, and senior Government officials, including the odd spook.After finally closing its doors at the beginning of the year, the future of the Lobby remains uncertain. The Lobby stopped functioning as an a la carte restaurant some years ago, although the elegant, glass-walled building had been a popular venue for weddings and functions. The attached Pork Barrel café and bakery in the kiosk part of the building attracted a day-time crowd and was well-patronised but ceased trading at the same time as The Lobby. The National Capital Authority was approached for an update about the future of the building but did not provide any information about possible future uses. I have seen references to the building being heritage-listed and if this is the case, the building should remain intact, but with an indeterminate function. The sale of all fixtures and fittings early this year means an easy transition was limited for any potential entrepreneurial local restauranteur willing to try something a bit different. Perhaps someone else, even from interstate, cashed-up from another enterprise, may tackle the space and create something that will become a go-to destination. Parking had been cited as a possible problem for the venue, but with paid parking in the Parliamentary Triangle, and the National Library car park barely 200 metres away, parking is mostly readily available. So unless the National Capital Authority can negotiate a restaurant lease, consideration should be given to repurposing the building.One idea discussed with interested parties could provide a possible solution to a long-standing issue. The ACT does not have a venue that could be described as a centre for indigenous culture for the traditional custodians and owners of the land. As The Lobby is on traditional land, surely there is room for at least a discussion that the land is returned to the traditional owners for cultural purposes. Its function could be a central repository for any collections of artefacts, or it could be easily converted into an art gallery for indigenous art, with a strong emphasis on local indigenous artists. The building is flooded with natural light and with a flexible track lighting system and moveable screens, the existing building could provide an excellent gallery space.For the time being, The Lobby sadly stands empty and just a little overgrown. At least it is not boarded up, nor the windows covered in newspaper. As we have no indication of the future of the building, it is interesting to pause and reflect on The Lobby’s past. Until 1988, it was the closest restaurant to the Australian Parliament, other than the House dining room. After Parliament moving up the hill in 1988, it inevitably became less frequented as it was no longer a quick dash across King George Terrace, and as new lobbyists and MPs came into Canberra perhaps found other restaurants more to their liking.The building was opened on 1 July 1968 by the then Federal Treasurer, a certain Mr McMahon. At the time, the Canberra Times commented it was ‘no mere hash house for coach parties’. It was anticipated it ‘would provide a sophisticated menu six nights a week’ and the décor had been ‘done by Lady (Marion) Hall Best’, interior decorator to the then rich and famous. The name was very appropriate as the restaurant was intended for lobbyists with expense accounts. The main diners were the politicians and bureaucrats who were being lobbied, although management did attempt to attract a local crowd when Parliament was not sitting. Sunday luncheons were offered as ‘a traditional Sunday dinner with ‘a grand 3-course luncheon of roast turkey or pork $3 (children $1-75), and Devonshire Tea served on Sunday afternoon’. By the end of 1969, there was a Dinner Dance each Friday night with music provided by the “Lobby Trio”.Apparently, service got off to a roaring start, and the owners were reputed to have covered all expenses within the first six weeks. A refreshment kiosk soon opened to meet the needs of tourists who were more interested in a pie and sauce. At the time of opening, there was little in the way of fine dining competition with most restaurants contained in dining rooms in motels, although I hope this statement unleashes a flurry of comments and memories of other restaurants of the era.So even though the future of The Lobby is still unknown, I wonder what personal views readers have about its future?Photos by Maryann MussaredThis article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Maryann Mussared https://the-riotact.com/the-lobby-ideas-for-future-use/200075

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    7/04/2017
    How to raise funds for your charity or community organisation
    Raising funds for a charity or community organisation can be hard work.It’s not that Canberrans aren’t generous. In fact, according to the latest NAB Charitable Giving Index, charity donations grew by 6.3% between 2015 and 2016. Residents in Deakin were crowned the most generous with an average donation of $258 per person, and O-Connor was named the most generous suburb by percentage of income.But people can only be generous when they know who you are and what your organisation stands for. And if your charity has no marketing budget, how do you get the word out and start raising money?According to Giving Australia, the answer may lie in your ability to embrace new technologies: “In response to the decreasing effectiveness of traditional approaches, many charities are investing in technologies making it easier to give through online or digital giving.”There are a number of ways to go about this (such as Crowdfunding websites), but often charity organisers find themselves as just another number in a line of hopeful not-for-profits hoping to raise money.One company determined to change this is local auction website Allbids. CEO Rob Evans and his team help charities turn product or service donations into cash via online auctions; completely commission-free.“Charity organisers often find that Canberra businesses are very generous when it comes to supporting local causes,” says Rob. “And while they may not be able to donate lots of money, they can donate goods and services which are as good as money once sold.”According to a Giving Australia study, Australian business gave $6.2 billion to charities between 2015 and 2016. 35% of that was through goods and services, rather than financial donations. All things considered, it seems to be a no-lose situation for all. The charity gets a valuable product or service voucher that can be auctioned off for money, and the business gets a tax write-off plus a valuable opportunity to position itself as a charitable organisation.Allbids have been helping charities turn product and service donations into cash for years. Rob says Allbids services enable a charity’s silent and live auctions as part of a community event or charity dinner to reach not only the people in the room, but their database of 150,000 buyers Australia wide.“We come out to the event and set up screens so people can see what they’re bidding on,” says Rob. “Then they can either bid online on phones or tablets, or via SMS until the hammer goes down.”This will be happening at the Karinya House Charity Gala Dinner on May 5, with the auction items available on Allbids for two weeks before the event, and the final hour of the auction live at the gala.One charity organiser who can’t speak highly enough of Allbids is Martin Fisk, CEO of Menslink.Menslink is a Canberra based charity which supports young men aged 12 to 25. They provide a range of free services such as counselling, volunteering, and mentoring, and started the Silence is Deadly campaign in partnership with the Canberra Raiders.“All Menslink services are free because we never want a financial consideration to get in the way of a young man receiving help,” says Martin. “And Allbids and the Canberra community are a big part of helping us provide those free services to young men and their families.“Allbids helps us reach audiences well beyond the capacity of Menslink. We’re a very small charity, but having this platform enables us to achieve much better results than what’s possible with our own resources.”Last year, Martin and his team received a big donation from The Canberra Raiders: dinner with Ricky Stuart and the Raiders’ leadership team. They auctioned it off on Allbids and a die-hard Raiders fan from Sydney was the winning bidder.“It was really nice,” says Martin. “He and five of his family and friends came down and had a wonderful experience. We couldn’t have come close to achieving the financial result nor the reach and exposure we have had with auctions like these without Allbids.”Snowy Hydro Southcare, Ginninderra Athletics Club, RSPCA ACT, Brumbies and many other local charities have also benefitted from Allbids’ help. Last November and December they helped raise over $200,000 though charity auctions.Rob says no charity or fundraising activity is too large or small. “Give us a call or send an email and we can find a way to help you sell your donations. And it doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive products and services. We can pretty much sell anything – from gym memberships, artwork and books, to keynote speaker and photography sessions!”For more information, call Allbids on 6239 2262 or email admin@allbids.com.au.To view products Allbids are currently auctioning for charities, visit Allbids.com.au. The Canberra Raiders-Ronald McDonald House charity auction is now on! Visit to bid on your favourite jersey, but be fast because it ends this Friday (7th April).This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/how-to-raise-funds-for-your-charity-or-community-organisation/199672

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    4/04/2017
    Deceased estates: What to do with all the assets and how to know what’s valuable
    The death of prominent Canberra architect Alastair Swayn made headlines last month, when it was revealed that the proceeds from the sale of the Estate would be given to his foundation, which supports young architects and designers.But what you may not know is that the Estate includes a collection of modernist assets which are being auctioned off on Allbids this month.Andrew Whitehead, a certified valuer who works with Allbids says, “Being an architect, Alastair had many items in his house that are functional but have a definite design pedigree. He obviously spent time choosing pieces that played exceptionally well with the space he lived in.The house in itself is a rare find, but it’s been fantastic to be able to leave the pieces in their natural state inside the home so bidders can view them the way Alastair displayed them. Anyone wanting to have a look can attend the open home, and each piece has a barcode which corresponds with the online Allbids listing. After the house sale we will have one special viewing right before the hammer goes down.”The auction includes a range of Italian designer furniture, Danish lighting, artwork, personal objects and even a collection of high end Italian silk ties. Everything is up for grabs, un-reserved, on Allbids until 7pm on the 30th March.Online auctioning has become a very popular avenue for handling the assets from a deceased estate.Rob Evans, CEO of Allbids says, “The process is really quite simple, and the return can be exceptional. At no cost, we send a valuer out to the house to go through the items, talk with you and give you an idea of what it should sell for. Where possible it’s always good to leave everything in the home during the auction, so people can view them in their natural state.We’ll catalogue each item, photograph it and then market it online for you. Because we are working on commission it’s always in our best interest to obtain the best possible price for the seller.”Andrew Whitehead, experienced valuer says, “Ethically, auctioning ticks a lot of boxes for Will executors. When you piecemeal a collection and sell it on classifieds sites, to a pawn broker or through a garage sale, you have a lot less chance of obtaining market value, which for beneficiaries should be quite important. Auctioning also makes it easy for anyone interested – family, friends, acquaintances – to see what is on offer.The other important point is that you don’t often know what’s valuable. I’ve reviewed many items that people think are valuable but aren’t, and then I find a piece in the back of a cupboard that’s worth a fortune. You just never know.”You just never know is something many people are familiar with, following the increasing popularity of TV shows such as Antiques Roadshow and Pawn Brokers.A month ago Allbids managed the sale of two local estates with a vast collection of Asian antiques. Andrew, who valued them, knew they were valuable but could never have anticipated the results that were achieved.“We put the collection on the website and advertised it locally, as well as overseas. Bidders came from everywhere, including New York and Singapore. We ended up selling a pair of antique Chinese ivory carvings for just over $30,000 and a Chinese scroll painting for $23,000.”Asian antiques have exploded in value in the past decade, with many wealthy Chinese wanting to spend their money buying back items of Chinese heritage sitting in Western collections.“We have a lot of highly educated people in Canberra, many with political or diplomatic backgrounds, and they have fascinating collections,” says Rob. “Often people head to Sydney auction houses because they think it’s a bigger market and therefore a better place to sell. However, the big city markets tend to be oversupplied.There are many collectors in Canberra with money to spend, and they are very happy to be able to find quality antiques and collectables locally. This means more money in the seller’s pocket, and a lot less hassle worrying about moving their assets interstate.”And Rob’s tips for getting the best price on your assets?“Start with a low price and let the market determine the worth. Auctioning online means people from all over the world can buy your assets. We do our part in making sure that all of our items are properly catalogued, so that when collectors search for what we’re selling, they find it. And often specialist collectors have their own understanding of how valuable something is going to be in the future, so they pay a much higher price than even we may anticipate.”Those in the process of handling a deceased estate are welcome to contact Allbids for a free valuation on 6239 2262 or visit Allbids.com.au.The Alastair Swayn auction runs until the end of the month.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/deceased-estates-what-to-do-with-all-the-assets-and-how-to-know-whats-valuable/196883

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    10/03/2017
    Architect's Passion
    AllBids are currently auctioning the entire house contents of the Late Alastair Swayn AO, the Inaugural ACT Government Architect.  Offered in-situ at his residence.The selection of works of art, designer furniture and lighting, and decorative and functional objects, reflects his life’s passion for art and design.  His vocational skills applied to his own domestic interior.Almost every object is of some pedigree in the design sense, carefully picked to suit the interior space.  The items form part of a coherent design theme, rather than just a collection per se.The residence is located at Urambi Village in Kambah.  This cluster of unique dwellings is also a design classic, listed on the Register of Nationally Significant 20th Century Architecture.  The townhouse is currently for sale through Amanda Mutton, Blue Property.The proceeds of the sale, as directed by his will, are being donated to the Alastair Swayn Foundation, a foundation he set up to support architecture students.

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    7/03/2017
    Carwoola Bush Fire Appeal - A Call to Support the Devastated Community
    Bushfire turned into a raging inferno in Carwoola, east of Queanbeyan near Canberra on Friday 17th February 2017.  Just a few days after the devastating, out-of-control grassfire broke out in Carwoola and Captain’s Flat, east of Queanbeyan, the aftermath has come to light. Eleven homes have been lost, 12 more damaged in a fire and injuring countless wildlife which ripped through 3500 hectares of land at Carwoola.Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council has launched an appeal to help those affected by the grass fire. Council administrator Tim Overall said “This is heartbreaking for our community and, while we will never be able to replace what has been taken from these families, the establishment of the Carwoola Bushfire Appeal fund will allow the community to come together and support those who have been affected,” Mr. Overall said..Following the recent NRL trial game, the Raiders and Knights donated signed jerseys to Council which they are now auctioning via AllBids.com.au. All proceeds go to the Carwoola Bushfire Appeal. The auction closes Wednesday 8 March 2017. AllBids.com.au is proud to be a part of this Community fundraiser Bid here now and support the appeal.

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    2/03/2017
    Living the good life on the cheap (or even for free!)
    New to Canberra? Setting up home and want to do it on the super cheap? Or maybe you just love tracking down a bargain? Check out Serina Huang’s recommendations for must-try sources of free and/or cheap goods so that you can live the good life in the nation’s capital without breaking the bank.THE FREE STUFFFreecycleThe Freecycle Network is a global phenomena and, founded in Tucson Arizona in 2003, one of the earliest platforms to encourage gifting. It is based on environmental principles, and Freecycle claims that its recycling initiatives ensures that over 500 tonnes a day of waste are kept out of landfill. There are over 9 million Freecyclers globally. There is one Freecycle group in Canberra with nearly 3,000 members.Buy Nothing ProjectI just LOVE the Buy Nothing Project. Does that sound overly effusive? Not to my way of thinking. I calculate that I have received thousands of dollars’ worth of items since joining the Buy Nothing Project. At a gifting event a few weeks ago I was the lucky recipient of items that would have cost me at least $578 if I had purchased them new. And two days later someone from the group dropped off a brand-new ski jacket that fitted perfectly. Guess what I am going to be wearing down the slopes this winter.But more than the items, what I really love about the Buy Nothing Project is the friendships that I have formed – it is aimed at community building. The Buy Nothing Project is a global phenomena that started on Bainbridge Island, Western Australia. It operates as a series of Facebook groups based on geographic locations. There are several in Canberra. I used to belong to the Northwestern Belconnen chapter before moving house. Once I moved I had to leave that particular group, but luckily I have been welcomed into a new group for the area where I now live.The other thing I really like about the Buy Nothing Project is that because the focus is on giving and receiving within a smaller community you don’t have to prove you are a worthy recipient. In other words, you don’t have to prove you are poor to put your hand up for an item. There are, I find, generally more people giving away than receiving. Or at least, in my own house moving and decluttering that has been my experience as I have been gifting like crazy. It is like a form of karma – when you give freely, what you need tends to come back. One of the most touching stories I have from the Buy Nothing Project was giving away a good quality framed print that no longer suited the room it was in. The lady who took is said she had been meaning to paint something similar for her sister before she died.  And then there was the dress my sister gave me that didn’t suit her, and didn’t suit me, either. But it did suit a Buy Nothing friend who proudly wore it to a job interview (and she looked fabulous in it).GumtreeYou have probably heard of Gumtree, and if you haven’t, where have you been? Gumtree is an Australian-founded classifieds ads site that is so well known and well used that it has almost replaced EBay (in Australia at least) as the place to go to for second hand goods. You can buy and sell almost anything on Gumtree. But it also provides an active platform for giving away things for free.I first found out about the free power of Gumtree when I was trying to gift a double bed mattress I no longer needed. I tried various ways of getting the word out until I tried Gumtree, marking the item ‘free’. It was gone in less than 48 hours to a grateful recipient. To search type in ‘free’ in the ‘I’m looking for’ search box – try it and you will be amazed what is available. You can also request items by placing a ‘wanted’ ad.All ClassifiedsThe classifieds section on All Classifieds works in a similar way to Gumtree. And yes, you can offer up and search for things that cost nothing. Select the ‘I’m Looking For’ window and watch what comes up. Sofa? Firewood? Lamp shades? Kitchen cabinets? Female rat? You would be surprised what people are willing – even desperate – to give away.Buy, sell, swap and giveaway groupsThere are numerous groups on Facebook that promote buying, selling, swapping and giving away. The largest in the ACT is the Canberra Buy, Sell, Swap & Giveaway Group, which has over 40,000 members. There are several other buy, sell and swap Facebook groups in the Canberra region including for fashion and children’s items.Access to the groups are usually restricted, so you will need to apply and be given access to the group by an administrator. Then you are free to look out for bargains or ask for what you want.  One of the features of Facebook groups like this is that you are often alerted when one of your Facebook friends posts an item. It can be interesting to observe – are they moving house? Or just decluttering?Canberra FreebiesThe Canberra Freebies Facebook group has over 12,000 members and is growing. This is a group ONLY for posting about things that are going for free. There is a separate Facebook group just for people to post about items that they want (Canberra Freebies Wanted Requests).Freebies is a popular term on Facebook and you can find all sorts of related freebies groups. But the Canberra Freebies is the biggest and most active in the nation’s capital.THE CHEAP STUFFIf you have a bit of cash to splash, you can pick up some amazing bargains when you know where to look.Allbids, Online Auctions AustraliaAllbids is an online auctions company headquartered in Fyshwick. Do you aspire to live like a diplomat? Then you could pick up items for sale from the US Embassy. If your aspirations are less grand, there are good bargains on household items, too, including whiteboards and furniture. The site has great bargains including from closing down businesses (the portal is selling items from the iconic Yarralumla Bakery – sad for many of the bakery’s regulars but great if you aspire to open a cafe or cater for a large crowd). It also has an extensive selection of tools and hardware items that would be a bargain for tradies or weekend DIY renovators.Auction Barn, 9 Wiluna Street, FyshwickA friend at work told me about this place. Actually he totally raved about this place. He almost totally furnished his house here, including antique and signature furniture, the most impressive being a cherry wood round table that formerly graced a residence of the US Embassy. He purchased the table for $500, but it had been imported from the US at a price many times greater than that.You can make a bid online, but my friend advises to go in person. “You might put in a small bid but on the day there will be other bidders who will trump your bid,” he said. “And there are other bargains as well. You really need to go and check it out.”My perusal of the website indicates there are indeed a lot of bargains, with everything from basic household items to the high end.Kippax Monster Garage Sale, Kippax Uniting Church, Cnr Luke St and Hardwick Cres, HoltSave the date – the  Kippax Monster Garage Sale is held three times a year, and the next one is on Saturday 4 March.Someone (a local) told me that the garage sale always does well because people in Belconnen are avid bargain hunters. Well I certainly was a huge bargain hunter and regular at this garage sale when I lived in West Belconnen so that generalization was true of me. I once even squeezed in a Kippax Monster Garage Sale forage just before boarding a flight for an international trip.  Priorities!  It was worth the rush.My best bargain so far has been an original $3 crockpot. Or maybe the set of six French aqua glass teacups that I purchased over ten years ago and still bring out when entertaining guests. I love how they catch the light when we sit outdoors.What to buy? Cheap furniture, which can be delivered same day for a small sum (often $20) to nearby locations. Prints and artwork – at least one art dealer lurks looking for, and finding, original works by famous artists.  Also electrical goods (I still regret not buying a Hello Kitty toaster), kitchenware, craft and haberdashery and clothes (usually $5 a bag).While there, stop to enjoy a plate of scones or two. They are baked throughout the day to ensure they are always warm and fresh out of the oven. Jean, who has been making them for over 20 years, received a Governor-General’s citation in December in celebration of her baking skills. When you taste her scones you will see why.Best tip is to get there early. Doors open at 8am, and there is always a large queue anxious to get in.Trash n’ TreasureJamison MarketsHaving operated for 42 years,the Rotary Club of Belconnen‘s Trash n’ Treasure markets are an institution. “Trash” has been an essential Sunday morning experience for many Canberrans. The event started out life as a car boot market, but now there is a community of regulars selling fresh fruit and produce, home grown items and bric a brac.Money raised from Trash n’ Treasure goes to support the work of the Rotary Club of Belconnen in the community; more than $5 million has been raised since Trash started in 1974. The Rotarians show dedication and commitment in doing what they do even in the depth of winter – you will find a hardy group of volunteers there at 5.30am in cold and dark setting up before the stallholders get there. My ex-husband was, and still is, a member of this club so I know firsthand how much effort goes into Trash.Beyond the money raised for charitable works, Trash plays an important role within the community – especially with those who are struggling financially. Good friends once told me that they migrated to Canberra with very little and money was tight. Having come from Singapore, they were unprepared for the cold reality of winter. “We went to Trash n’ Treasure and I was able to buy warm clothes for my children. I was so happy I cried,” my friend told me.The Green Shed, MitchellThe Green Shed makes going to the tip cool. On a recent tip trip, I was appalled how much STILL gets thrown out, despite the recycling efforts of The Green Shed. Inside the shed you can find sad rows of unwanted items that people just throw out – rows and rows of bikes, prams, books, clothes, plates, bowls – you name it. But there is also a sense of optimism that many of the items will eventually find a loved home before being tossed for good. Items are for sale, but very cheap.  And out the front there are skip bins full of clothes that are FREE.Do you have a favourite source of cheap or free goods in and around Canberra? Let us know in the comments.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Serina Bird Huang https://the-riotact.com/free-free-and-very-cheap/195631

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    26/02/2017
    Charity Auction in aid of Sam Willoughby - The BMX Bandit
    Let us tell you about Sam Willoughby. Sam Willoughby is a game-changer in the world of BMX racing. Since bursting onto the scene winning back to back Junior Elite World Titles in 2008 and 2009, Sam has won just about every title imaginable. Alongside his unmatched pro winning streak in USA BMX history, he has won 3 overall USA BMX National #1 Pro titles, multiple Elite Men World Titles, multiple Australian National Titles and is a 2x Olympian with a Silver Medal performance during the 2012 London Olympic Games.
                                       
    On Sept 10, 2016, Sam had a training accident on the local Chula Vista BMX track where he was airlifted to the hospital and operated on that evening due to sustaining fractures in his C6 and C7 vertebrae which severely compressed his spinal cord and left him with no movement below his chest. The operation involved removing his C6 vertebrae, replacing it with a titanium cage, and fusing his C5-C7 vertebrae with a plate and 4 screws. Fortunately, this surgery was successful enough at decompressing his spinal cord and aligning his vertebrae that no second operation for further stabilization was necessary. However, trauma to the spinal cord at this extent is not an overnight recovery and leaves us with an extremely unknown prognosis. At this stage, Sam has regained use of his arms and is slowly regaining slight sensations in his legs. The recovery process is a long and ongoing challenge for Sam, and as such any support that can be offered by the broader community is greatly appreciated.Currently on auction at ALLBIDS, we have a Clipsal 500 experience for two. All proceeds will go to Sam. The experience includes:2 x 2017 4 –day Barry Sheene Pit Straight Grandstand Tickets2017Value: $330 per ticket March 2-51 x 2017 Clipsal 500 Adelaide Supercars Hot LapValue: ‘Money Can’t Buy’Friday 3 March 2017 between 4:30pm & 6pm. Exact time to be confirmed with winner closer to the event

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    24/02/2017
    ALLBIDS to bring the hammer down on the Mate 9 Porsche
    Huawei to auction a limited edition Mate 9 Porsche for Tour de Cure Charity.To celebrate the release of the Huawei Mate 9 this week, Huawei are auctioning one of a very limited number of Mate 9 Porsche Smartphones on ALLBIDS.com.au. The auction will run from Wednesday 8 February until midday Friday 10 February 2017. The winner will be announced at World Square on Friday February 10th at 1230pm. The proceeds from the auction will go to the charity Tour de Cure.Tour de Cure is a tier 1 cancer charity that has raised more than $25m since 2007. They have funded over 250 cancer research, support and prevention projects that, in turn, have seen 18 scientifically recognized cancer breakthroughs. Huawei have been a long term partner of Tour de Cure since 2011 and all the proceeds from the Porsche Design Mate 9 Charity Auction will be donated to Tour de Cure.The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9 is a limited edition Smartphone that combines Porsche Design’s signature brand aesthetic with Huawei’s mobile engineering expertise, giving high-demanding individuals unprecedented luxury and performance in the palm of their hand.“This phone is the hottest mobile phone in Australia – it will be one of a kind and anyone who already has a Porsche or wants to own one would love have it – besides bidding on the ALLBIDS site is really great fun and you’ll be supporting a great cause” Jordan Rapana, Canberra Raiders.“The Mate 9 Porsche is not available for sale in Australia. We are proud to be auctioning one of only three devices that Huawei currently have in the country.” Rob Evans, CEO ALLBIDS “With over 100,000 registered users nationally we are excited to support the auction and see which state the phone will end up in. To bid on the Mate 9 Porsche Smartphone, simply visithttps://www.allbids.com.au/auctions/817761/porsche-design-huawei-mate-9-limited-edition-smartphone-to-support-tour-de-cure

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    8/02/2017
    Yarralumla Bakery to close leaving ten jobless
    Rising rents mean Yarralumla’s bakery is set to close after 33 years in business on February 18, with fittings to be sold on Allbids.com and several staff, including one who had worked for the family-run operation for 20 years, left jobless.The owner, baker and pastry chef Greg Hoitink, will continue to operate Pastries on Perry, his other bakery at Chapman, but everyone else who works in the Yarralumla business, ten staff in total, will be out of a job later this month as a result of the closure.In a post on Facebook, the bakery thanked customers and staff past and present for their support over 33 years and announced the closure, attributing it to “the landlord asking for unrealistic rents”.

    The soon-to-be unemployed include manager Scott Gorham, who has worked there for three years alongside another full-time staff member, Barbara Brooker, who has provided two decades of service to the business since joining the team as a schoolgirl.“She’s a barista and sandwich hand,” Mr Gorham said of the stalwart Ms Brooker. “Like all of us, she’s an all-rounder … in a small business, everyone’s got to do everything.”On the baking side, an apprentice and a kitchen hand will lose their jobs, adding to number of baking specialists out of work in Canberra following the sudden closure of Braddon bakery and cafe Autolyse last month.The Yarralumla Bakery’s last trading day will be February 18, and the store has to be empty by the end of the month.Equipment currently on site is being auctioned on Allbids.com.Asked whether the staff would be looking for similar work in food preparation and service, Mr Gorham said, “I think everyone’s looking for anything now.”The team RiotACT met at the bakery today spoke highly of Mr Hoitink, who had told them of the impending closure last Wednesday.“He’s had negotiations with the landlord for the last three years, and can’t come to any agreement,” Mr Gorham said.Business had been steady, though the bakery manager noted that there had been an impact from two new cafes in the Yarralumla shopping precinct as well as coffee shops at nearby Deakin shops and at the Equinox building in Deakin West.The family-run business had operated on the site for 33 years.“The father owned it before this and then the two brothers have had it, now Greg’s here on his own,” Mr Gorham said.The popularity of the Turkish Pide House next door had been a positive for the bakery.“It’s a good drawcard … both feed off one another,” the manager said, agreeing that it was a good position for a business “so long as they can afford the rent”.“It just keeps going up, year after year after year,” he said.Yarralumla Bakery staff will remain at work until February 18. The bakery is at 49 Novar St, Yarralumla and the phone number is (02) 6282 3371.Pictured are Barbara Brooker, who has worked at the bakery for two decades, and manager Scott Gorham. The pair are among several staff looking for work as a result of the impending closure. Photo: Charlotte HarperThis article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Charlotte Harper https://the-riotact.com/yarralumla-bakery-to-close-leaving-ten-jobless/194481


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    7/02/2017
    About ALLBIDS - Online Auctions based in Canberra
    We believe the most effective form of recycling is returning used goods and assets to the community. This is ALLBIDS primary focus. When not possible ALLBIDS disposes of these obsolete goods or hazardous wastes through accredited recycling solutions. ALLBIDS offers online auctions every day!
    • Secure online auction platform & payment system
    • Awesome bargains every day on brand new, ex-lease and pre-owned goods
    • Best price for both buyers and sellers
    • Transparent online auction process
    • Full & accurate description and photos of items
    Looking to pick up some bargains? Registration and bidding is free of charge! Register Now and Start BiddingEthical Disposal ALLBIDS is committed to the highest standards of sustainable practice. We are ACTSMART accredited and currently implementing an internationally Environmental Management System via ISO14001.Ethical Disposal is about:REVIEW - our expert valuation team will assess your assets and advise on their potential value.RECOVER - our trained technicians will test and prepare assets for sale where possible. REUSE - all viable goods will be brought by our membership - this is the best form of recycling!RECYCLE - where assets have no commercial value, they will be disposed of sustainably.REPORT - transparent, flexible reporting will be provided to complete the ethical disposal audit trail.Liquidated, surplus stock or unwanted assets? Sell with usOur History ALLBIDS was established in 2002 selling Government surplus by traditional Auctions in Canberra. We established an online presence in 2004 and our database and website have expanded to our current site which services over 500 vendors and sells over 100,000 assets every year.ALLBIDS.com.au Pty Ltd | ABN: 26 101 308 105 | 7 Wiluna Street, Fyshwick, ACT 2609 Australia.What our Clients say:Our success stories

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    1/02/2017
    End of an era as Lobby closes; assets up for grabs on Allbids
    The Lobby restaurant in Parkes (in the National Rose Gardens of Old Parliament House) and its sister cafe, Porkbarrel, have closed, and more than $300,000 worth of shop fit-out, including tables, chairs, glassware, crockery and catering equipment are being auctioned unreserved on Allbids.The iconic main restaurant first opened in 1968, and has since become one of the most well-known fine dining and function locations in Canberra.A former staff member who contacted us said, “It’s very sad. The restaurant was just two years away from turning 50, and it’s seen many significant events in its time – including playing host to hundreds of weddings over the years.”The owner was unable to comment on the closure of the restaurant for legal reasons but said, “The business is very confident that all entitlements and accounts will be finalised with the proceeds of the auction.”The owner was also hopeful that a long-running dispute with the landlord, the National Capital Authority, was close to settlement too.Any funds received in such a settlement would be used to pay entitlements, the owner said.“As an ethical business person I just want to ensure that every staff member receives all of their entitlements, and that’s what auctioning off the assets will help us do.”Rob Evans, CEO of Allbids, says, “It’s the end of a Canberra era. It was the only restaurant of its kind and has been around for longer than new Parliament House. The owners have worked really hard to keep it open, but it seems it’s no longer possible.“We have everything on sale unreserved until Monday at 7pm. There is over $300,000 worth of shop fit-out, including tables, chairs, almost brand-new glassware, plates, catering equipment and more.”To see what’s available or to make a bid, head to Allbids.com.auThis article was first published at The RiotACT Website https://the-riotact.com/end-of-an-era-as-lobby-closes-assets-up-for-grabs-on-allbids/193843

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    27/01/2017
    Auctions powerhouse allbids acquires classies veteran allclassifieds
    Digital pioneers Peter and Andrea Blackshaw have sold allclassifieds.com.au, the former sister site of the real estate giant allhomes, to Canberra online sales platform allbids.It follows the $50 million sale of their ground-breaking real estate platform to Fairfax in 2014.The allclassifieds owners accepted the proposal from the team behind the allbids.com.au auction platform to acquire their online marketplace earlier today. The purchase price was not disclosed.Founded in 2001, allclassifieds had grown to become Canberra’s most popular classifieds website.The Blackshaws held onto the platform after exiting allhomes, investing time and money to improve its reach and functionality. A new-look interface was revealed earlier this year.Allbids, which was founded in 2001 by Rob Evans, has grown exponentially since its start-up days. The site sells unwanted assets and surplus and liquidated stock for government agencies, organisations, SMEs and individuals. The acquisition of allclassifieds will position it as one of the largest and most powerful online sales platforms in the country.Rob Evans, CEO and founder of allbids said he was delighted to be expanding into the online classifieds market.“The alignment of allbids and allclassifieds allows us to apply our strengths in auctioneering and online sales to a new and diverse consumer marketplace,” he said.“A close relationship between the two sites will really benefit our buyers and sellers, with a greater variety of items, increased traffic and the opportunity to reach more customers. It will offer users the ultimate solution to selling their surplus and secondhand items: from cars and computers to industrial equipment, antiques, household appliances, art and a whole lot more.”The Blackshaws said they were very pleased to be selling allclassifieds to another respected and successful Canberra-based company.“Rob has great plans for the business and we feel allclassifieds will flourish working side by side with allbids,” Mr Blackshaw said.The RiotACT reported last week that Mr Blackshaw and former allhomes CEO and former allclassifieds Director Tim White have invested in the Asia-Pacific-focused Digital Classifieds Group.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/auctions-powerhouse-allbids-acquires-classies-veteran-allclassifieds/185607

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    28/09/2016
    Michael Buhagiar Cup Trivia Night – Supporting Lifeline Canberra and RUOK?Day
    Tammi Horton, Canberra City & Suburban Cricket Association & Last Man Stands Canberra T20 Cricket have come together over the last two years to raise awareness of suicide prevention in the ACT region.  The running the Michael Buhagiar Cup T20 Winter Cricket competition and annual trivia night and auction has raised just over $10,000 for Lifeline Canberra & The RUOK?Day Foundation.  In 2014 we’re aiming to double that amount.The Buhagiar Cup was first held by the CCSCA in 2010 and remembers the life of long time CCSCA and Cricket ACT player Michael Buhagiar who tragically took his own life after suffering and struggling with depression for many years.Tammi Horton, Michael’s wife said“Michael suffered depression most of his adult life. It didn’t always inhibit his daily life but it was like a deep little demon that surfaced every now and then and at times was debilitating. Cricket was a huge part of Michael’s life, Michael not only loved the game but loved the day of chatting with the boys about everything and nothing. He wasn’t one to pick up the phone and call his mates for those chats so really looked forward to Saturdays. It was also an escape for Michael.There are so many resources available to those living with depression however the struggle lies in knowing what it is and where to find it. The first steps are often the hardest, but are vital and a lifeline to someone facing the darkness of suicide.We can’t do anything for Michael now but through the very sad loss and raising awareness we can hope to save another life and another family from the devastation that suicide leaves behind”In 2014 proceeds from the trivia night will go to Lifeline Canberra to assist with the ongoing services that they provide within the region.You can book a table and/or tickets to the night by emailing michaelbuhagiarcuptrivianight@gmail.com.This year ALLBIDS.COM.AU will be hosting the items to be auctioned off.  Photos of these items can be seen on the Last Man Stands Canberra Facebook page by following this link . These items have been donated by a couple of local collectors and 50% of the profits will go to Lifeline Canberra.Food will be available to be purchased from the Abbey on the night. If you have special dietary requirements please contact events@theabbey.com.au prior to the night.We hope that you can come along to a great night of Trivia and if you can’t that maybe you can head over to ALLBIDS.COM.AU and bid on a few items to raise money for this great cause.– Tammi Horton, Last Man Stands Canberra T20 Cricket & Canberra City & Suburban Cricket Association.Michael Buhagiar Cup Trivia NightWhen: Friday 19th September 2014Where: The Abbey Gold Creek from 6:30 pmTickets: $30 each or $250 for a table of 10Can’t get a enough people for a table? Let us know and we’ll find you a table with another group of legends!Email: michaelbuhagiarcuptrivianight@gmail.com to lock in your table!!This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website https://the-riotact.com/michael-buhagiar-cup-trivia-night-supporting-lifeline-canberra-and-ruokday/133550

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    13/09/2016
    Five Fab Fun Female Entrepreneurs help fight homelessness
    Five powerhouse Canberra businesswomen, all good friends, have teamed up to support those doing it tough by participating in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. This important event is taking place at Questacon tonight, 23 June 2016. The event often sees high-profile business leaders sleeping out on the street to help raise awareness of the serious problem that is homelessness across Australia.All funds raised for the CEO Sleepout will provide vital assistance to people experiencing homelessness. The team, Five Fab Fun Female Entrepreneurs hope to fundraise a total of $10,000, and they are well on their way, raising $8,230 to date.“It’s important for Canberrans to help break the cycle of homelessness in the ACT and across Australia. This time of year has most of us reaching for an extra blanket to warm our beds. A luxury too many people do not have,” says Diana Forrester, Director at OPF Consulting.The Five Fab Fun Female Entrepreneurs team includes Melanie Kontze and Marianne Roux – Partners of Silverstone Edge; Shelley Thomson – CEO of Retail360, Diana Forrester – Director OPF Consulting and Anne-Marie Cooper – Director AMC Consulting. These women, who all now operate their individual consulting businesses, are leaders in their particular fields.They are participating in the CEO Sleepout because they are passionate about the issue and hope their efforts will also help to raise awareness of the numbers of women who are experiencing homelessness.“To help raise as much money as possible for this great cause our team received a stunning white pearl necklace, featuring White Keshi Pearls, which we are auctioning. This beautiful piece, gifted by Jane Brown Pearls, is valued at $995.00. We encourage you to bid for this prize and support this great cause,” Diana concluded.Click here to sponsor the Five Fab Fun Female Entrepreneurs or to make a direct donation for the cause.Pictured from left to right: Anne-Marie Cooper, Shelley Thomson, Marianne Roux, Diana Forrester and Melanie Kontze.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Canfan https://the-riotact.com/five-fab-fun-female-entrepreneurs-help-fight-homelessness/179389

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    23/06/2016
    DIY TIPS
    Do you consider yourself handy? Got yourself a new set of tools? Don't start that DIY project you've been meaning to do before you read this! Here are 10 DIY tips to get you started:1. Large holes from screws or dowels can be fixed by filling it with a wooden golf tee. Use a hacksaw to cut the tee flush to the surface of the wood and sand it to finish.2. Place a rubber band around the opening of an open can of paint. This will give you something to wipe your brush on so that paint doesn’t get in the rim of the can, which will cause it to stick shut once it dries.3. If you’re using machinery where your hands get close to a blade such as a table saw, make a ‘push stick’. Simply cut a notch into the end of a piece of wood so that it can securely push towards the blade.4. When cutting pieces of plywood, the edges quite frequently splinter, making your work look untidy and lower in quality. To improve your cuts, stick masking tape onto the back side of the cut. 5. Do you have extension cords that unplug all the time because they get pulled on? Tie them together before you connect the cords. 6. Sick of hitting your hand when hammering nails? Stop the pain and use a pair of pliers to hold the nail instead! You could also use other items such as a clothes peg or a fine tooth-comb.7. Don’t want to make a mess in the house while drilling into walls? Fold a post-it note in half and stick it to the wall underneath wear you have to drill a hole. All the dust will be caught in the post-it note for an easy clean up! 8. Are your screws a bit loose? First take the screw out and place a toothpick in the hole. Apply some wood glue if needed and simply put the screw back in. 9. Can’t remove a screw because the head of it has been damaged? Place a rubber band over the head of the screw before attempting to remove it to fill the gaps that have been filed away.10. Are you a messy painter? Tape off all areas where you don’t want paint and lay down some old sheets on the floor. This allows you to paint over the tape and not have to worry about being careful. Before removing the tape, gently cut the tape along the edge of the painted surface to avoid pulling of chunks of paint with it.Remember, ALLBIDS.com.au has a great selection of tools and hardware so be sure to check out our auctions for bargains starting as low as $1!

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    23/01/2016
    First car – our buyer’s guide
    Buying your first car can be a daunting task, whether you’re still in school, about to move away for university; or a parent buying for your teenager.For most budgets, buying a brand spanking new car isn’t an option. Second hand cars are the solution. They can be a lot cheaper, and with a bit of research you can find the right car for your needs.To help with your research, ALLBIDS has compiled a list of things to look out for.1. Is the car automatic or manual?This is the first thing you should check, along with checking whether your license enables you to drive a manual car.Manuals are generally cheaper and more fuel efficient than automatics, although automatics are easier to drive, especially in hilly areas.2. How much are you looking to spend?As stated above, price is an important factor when purchasing your first car. Great deals can be found in the car section of the ALLBIDS website, where cars generally sell for under $5000.You should first decide how much you’re willing to spend, taking into account any additional costs and whether or not you will need to apply for a loan. Additional costs may include registration, insurance, stamp duty and vehicle inspection.3. How will you use the car?The type of car you’re looking to buy will be influenced by how you intend to use it. Driving to and from school/university? Long or short distances? Number of passengers? Will you be in the city or in the country? All of these factors will influence the type of car needed and how you will make your decision.4. Quality and safetyIt’s important to find the right balance between quality and price for the car you’re buying. Some older cars may have more wear and tear than newer models, especially when it comes to the engine. Look for a car that has lower kilometers, a good service history and little to no aesthetic damage, as spare parts for some cars may be hard to find. Also check the safety rating of the car to make sure you’re getting the safest car possible.ALLBIDS CARS invites you to come and check out the cars yourself by appointment. The cars we sell often come from dealerships with no warranty, which can be bought through ALLBIDS from a third party provider.

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    18/01/2016
    Number Plate Series Auctioned for Western Australia’s Newest City
    The unofficial capital of Western Australia’s Pilbara is now a city – officially! To mark the growth of the district and to celebrate Karratha becoming the newest city in WA, The City of Karratha Local Authority Plate Series have been produced and ALLBIDS is auctioning them on site. The are 128 sets of the plates at part of the series up for grabs. Being given the opportunity to own limited edition plates like these City of Karratha plates is truly unique.All money that is raised will go towards a community fundraising project in Karratha, to build a new cenotaph within the city’s new Community and Arts Precinct.Auction ends Thursday, 20 Nov AEDT. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to buy yourself a piece a of Australia’s history – bid now! http://bit.ly/KarrathaPlatesALLBIDS supports the fundraising efforts of many charity and fundraising groups. This is a great example of how donated or other saleable goods can be turned into a cash for a good cause, by taking advantage of the auction platform.

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    14/11/2014
    Need some inspiration for your Christmas gifts? Look no further than ALLBIDS. Celebrate Christmas with ALLBIDS
    It’s almost that time of the year again! The Christmas countdown is on, with just over two months to go…Avoid the overpriced gifts, the crowded shopping centres and the struggle of finding a park by getting your Christmas presents with us at ALLBIDS! Our website is set up into categories and sub categories making it easy to navigate, or you can use our advanced search tool if you know what you’re looking for.We have a range of great gift ideas across many categories including home and lifestyle, collectables and antiques, computers and IT and more!At ALLBIDS we have new items being listed regularly and daily auctions. We have items that are suitable for all ages and hobbies! Each item is listed with its own description, guaranteeing its quality.Most items can be viewed at our Fyshwick based warehouse so you can see the items in person before bidding.The benefit of bidding for your Christmas gifts online ensures you get to choose how much you’d like to spend so which means you’re getting a better deal than retail stores. You can even get them delivered to your front door!Check out our auction items here

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    14/10/2014
    Beer Hops Charity Auction for beyondblue
    ALLBIDS aligned with Hop Product Australia’s (HPA) first ever ‘The 2014 Premiere Crop of the Hops Charity Auction’ to raise money and awareness for beyondblue’s ‘Man Therapy’ initiative. The program provides men suffering from depression and anxiety with strategies designed to protect their well-being and guide them to professional treatment if/when they require support.The 2014 Premiere Crop of the Hops Charity Auction provided ALLBIDS with a whopping 100kg of beer hops for us to auction through our site. Technically, it also meant we needed to develop a custom login page and custom tracking pages for the vendors so that brewers from around the world could sign up.Bidders came from as far away as America and Ireland to put money into the cause, but the bragging rights for the most donated came down to a traditional slugfest between CUB & Lion Nathan. The auction was a huge success, raising around $10,000 for the cause.To find out more about donating items for charity click here:

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    4/10/2014
    ALLBIDS and the AFP auction of recovered goods
                      
    All auction items have been recovered by the AFP as part of their normal operations. Each individual item provides a description on the model, condition, use and any other relevant information.Some of the items include:-iPad’s-Jewellery– Toshiba Satellite L750 15.6 Inch Widescreen Dual-Core i3 -2310M 2.1GHz Laptop -Lot of World Coins and Notes-Canon Pixma MG2260 Colour Inkjet Printer-Southern Star Bella Vista Mountain BikeAnd much more!To view all auction items click hereThis auction closes at approximately 7pm, October 1st.

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    1/10/2014
    ALLBIDS and our partnership with provide support Lifeline Canberra
    At ALLBIDS it is one of our objectives to support local charity events. This September we have partnered with Lifeline Canberra, alongside The Michael Buhagiar “R U OK” Cup Trivia Night 2014.We are hosting a live charity auction for the benefit, which supports a greater cause for Lifeline Canberra.All  proceeds from the trivia night, and 50% of the profits from the auction items, will go to Lifeline Canberra and will be used to assist with the ongoing services that they provide within the region. The Michael Buhagiar “RUOK?” Cup was first held by the CCSCA in 2010 and remembers  the life of long time CCSCA and Cricket ACT player Michael Buhagiar who tragically took his own life after suffering and struggling with depression for many years. Tammi Horton, Canberra City & Suburban Cricket Association & Last Man Stands Canberra T20 Cricket have come together over the last two years to raise awareness of suicide prevention in the ACT region and raise much needed funds for Lifeline Canberra and the RUOK?Day Foundation.The annual Michael Buhagiar Cup T20 Winter Cricket competition, trivia night and auction has raised just over $10,000 for Lifeline Canberra & The RUOK? Day Foundation.Tammi Horton, Michael’s wife, said “Michael suffered depression most of his adult life. It didn’t always inhibit his daily life but it was like a deep little demon that surfaced every now and then and at times was debilitating. Cricket was a huge part of Michael’s life, Michael not only loved the game but loved the day of chatting with the boys about everything and nothing. He wasn’t one to pick up the phone and call his mates for those chats so really looked forward to Saturdays. It was also an escape for Michael.There are so many resources available to those living with depression however the struggle lies in knowing what it is and where to find it. The first steps are often the hardest, but are vital and a lifeline to someone facing the darkness of suicide.We can’t do anything for Michael now but through the very sad loss and raising awareness we can hope to save another life and another family from the devastation that suicide leaves behind”

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    20/09/2014
    ALLBIDS partner with Menslink for charity auction
    ALLBIDS have teamed up with local men’s charity, Menslink, to auction off a number of items to raise funds to ensure continued support for young men and their families. Did you know?
    • About 1 in 4 young men suffer depression or anxiety (same as young women), but only 1 in 10 of them will do anything about it
    • More young men die by suicide than on the roads. Lots more. In fact, the male rate of suicide is nearly double the national road toll (and three times that of women)
    • 14% of young men under 18 will have a brush with the law, with the current ratio of young inmates at AMC Detention Centre (under 25yo) is 60:1 male:female
    • Young men drop out of high school at double the rate of young women before completing Y12. Of the group that starts University, young men are twice as likely to drop out before completing a degree
    • 32% of all families now are raised by single mums. We provide a lot of help to single mums as their sons transition through difficult times into adulthood
    Menslink is a small charity with seven permanent staff and very low overheads. All of the money raised in the auction will be used directly to provide support to young men in Canberra, through volunteer mentoring services, free counselling and their Silence is Deadly campaign in schools.Menslink has been supporting young men in the Canberra region for over ten years. . During this time  Menslink have helped thousands of young guys get through tough or lonely times and develop into responsible, productive and contributing adult men. This local charity aims to help young men achieve their full potential, because they believe everything is possible for them, their families and our community. All of Menslink’s services are free to young blokes and their families.“All the items in our auction list are donated by generous individuals and businesses, ensuring every dollar raised goes directly into supporting the next generation of Canberran men – men who we want to develop into productive, contributing members of our community. We’re particularly excited to have some famous name Raiders, Brumbies and Wallabies players make themselves available or once-in-a-lifetime experiences. These experiences would be a great way to make your next corporate function, social club event or even kid’s birthday party really stand out.Please bid generously and help us support young guys and their families in need.” – Martin Fisk, Menslink CEOMartin Fisk, CEOTo view auction items for the Menslink charity auction click here

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    16/09/2014
    Ethical disposal methods saved 11 tonnes of unwanted assets from landfill
    Unwanted items don’t have to become waste. At ALLBIDS we live by ethical methods of asset disposal. We recently helped one of our valued government vendors dispose of their assets while contributing towards environmental sustainability.It was The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) that were required to downsize during a recent office move. A new office meant new furniture and as a result there were 800 redundant assets of furniture and IT equipment that required disposal.ALLBIDS were able to step in and provide a complete asset disposal solution using the 5 methods of ethical disposal for the Department, as well as provide best value for money during the process.How did we do it?Step 1 We reviewed situation – an audit of assets required to be disposed of and an assessment of Auction Value was undertaken.Step 2 We recovered the assets – assets were divided into groups of commercial value, metal recycling steel, metal recycling copper, metal recycling aluminium, recyclable materials and general waste.Step 3 We reused the assets – assets that were of value and able to be used in a commercial environment were offered via ALLBIDS platform for sale directly from the AIHW premises – the ONSITE & ONLINE methodology proved a huge saving for the Department.Step 4 We recycled – assets that had no reuse value were recycled by classidentified during the ‘recover’ processStep 5 We provided tailored reporting – a comprehensive report of all assets disposed of was provided to the Department so that funds could be allocated appropriately and the assets decommissioned.What did it cost AIHW?AIHW had quotes of $60,000 to remove all assets with a reuse value and $20,000 to remove assets for recycling purposes. An alternative to ALLBIDS would have cost approximately $80,000ALLBIDS were able to provide the entire service to AIHW at a net cost of just $8 153. The savings were approximately $71 000 in value for money over the next best quote. Transparency and environmental contributionThroughout the entire process, ALLBIDS were able to provide transparent disposal AIHW’s of unwanted assets, as well as tailored reporting to meet their business needs. ALLBIDs were able to reuse 6.8 tonnes of AIHW’s redundant assets and recycle a whopping 11.4 tonnes which would have otherwise become landfill.The AIHW were recipients of the ALLBIDS Environmental Sustainability Award for their positive contribution to environmental sustainability.If your business has unwanted assets or you’d like to find out more about how we can help your business gain the best value return and contribute towards environmentally sustainable disposal practices, visit our vendor page http://bit.ly/1i6v6zh and contact us via our contact form.

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    8/09/2014
    Tailored ethical disposal reporting
                   
    At ALLBIDS, we live by our 5 principles of ethical disposal when dealing with vendors’ unwanted assets. Ethical reporting is a huge part of the process to ensure our vendors receive a complete audit trail.We offer tailored reporting to all of our clients to ensure their asset disposal needs are met. Reporting on the triple bottom line is important for many of our vendors where we provide financial results as well as environmental and social gains as part of the disposal process.To find out more about selling ethically with ALLBIDS, contact one of our staff here.

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    5/09/2014
    How to care for your Pearls and other facts
    The use of any of the following products or actions will damage your delicate pearls.

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    * Do not use ultrasonic cleaners* Avoid chemicals, especially hair spray, perfume etc* Do not use stiff brushes* Cleaning will often stretch the stringing* Do not allow pearls to be jumbled around in a jewelry box with harder jewelleryDid you know natural pearls are virtually non-existent in today’s market?Pearls are created by molluscs,  a mollusc is a sea creature that has a hard outer shell and no backbone. Pearls can be made naturally or with man’s assistance, when men have played a part in creating the pearl, it’s called a ‘cultured pearl’.Natural pearls are created when the mollusc coats a substance, usually sand. Although pearls look and feel smooth, they actually have a microscopically rough crystalline surface.Freshwater pearls are created in a freshwater mussel. They have improved dramatically from the early “rice bubble” pearls to now rival the quality of salt-water pearls.Cultured pearls are really the same, except that the irritant, often a bead of mother-of pearl, or piece of the mantle, is implanted in the mollusc.Historically cultured pearls have been produced by saltwater molluscs, but over the past couple of decades, Freshwater Cultured Pearls have become a very important part of the market.Saltwater pearls include Akoya (Japanese) South Sea and Tahitian. Fun fact: Tahitian pearls are really just black or very dark South Sea Pearls – they may not have come from Tahiti!Did you know?
    • Pearls are quite soft and require more care than most other gems. Pearls have around the hardness of a finger nail to a copper coin. Pearls have a hardness of a finger nail to the hardness of copper coin!
    • Almost ALL pearls on the market today are cultured.
    • It can be extremely difficult to identify natural pearls without using X-rays or an endoscope.
    • Pearls can be bleached, dyed, heated, irradiated or coated. Most treatments are permanent.
    • Freshwater pearls occur as white or pastel colours. Over-bright colours and black Freshwater Pearls have been treated, usually by dyeing.
    • Pearl Grading is not an exact science. Grading depends on shape (round is more expensive) lustre, thickness of the skin, blemishes, colour and treatments.
    www.newcastlejewellery.com.au-This information guide is for our valued ALLBIDS clients, brought to us by Don Hansen FGAA, NCJV Valuer #380, based on over 45 years’ experience in the jewellery business and successful Gemology and valuation studies .

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    31/08/2014
    Spreading the love with an auction for Life 4 Lucie
    Every now and again we come across causes that we just can’t say no to. Life 4 Lucie is one of themWe first heard about Lucie Davies-Clark from one of our charity partners in Sydney. Lucie has been living with Multiple Sclerosis for the past ten years and is just about to embark on a four month stem-cell treatment trial at St Vincents Hospital in Sydney to try and halt this horrendous disease. And we truly wish Lucie all the best.To do our bit, Allbids rann a charity auction in support of An Evening for Lucie, a fundraising event in Manly, Sydney, held on Saturday 30 August. Items auctioned included original artwork, sporting & musical memorabilia, accommodation, dining and a whole lot more. All funds raised  assisted Lucie with her much needed MS treatment.Thank you to everyone who contributed.

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    29/08/2014
    What kind of bidder are you?

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    Most of us have purchased something online – clothing, home wares, tools. Many of us opt for the ‘buy now’ items to avoid the pressure of bidding on items, the purchase is certain and it’s instant. Other people however are avid online bidders, who love a bargain and the thrill of it. There are certain types of bidders – which one are you?The ‘Last Minute Bidder’Less than five minutes remaining on this item…your palms are sweaty, you’re clicking and re-clicking refresh, your eyes burn into the screen, seeing the numbers ticking down in those final moments… Will you have the winning bid? Some of us may have played the role of ‘last minute bidder,’ or perhaps been beaten by the infamous last minute bidder. They’re known for appearing in the final moments and stealing the item you’ve devoted the past two weeks of your life watching and waiting. Beware of the last minute bidder, or become one so you don’t miss out!The ‘Set and Forget Bidder’Then there’s the ‘set and forget bidder’ , they avoid the stress of a bidding war, yet may not always win the auction. In other words there the bidder that’s interested but not enough to follow through with keeping an eye on the item to win it. They place a bid, don’t really need the item so forget about it. Sometimes they might enter their maximum budget; yet often have the mentality that if they win they win, if not onto the next auction!The ‘I Will Not Be Beaten’ BidderLastly there is the ‘I will not be beaten’ bidder, they’re determined and driven. They are keyboard warriors dedicating time and money to items that they’re not even sure they really want just so Bidder360 doesn’t. Beware, as the name suggests they WILL not be beaten so you had better hope there is more than one of the item available!

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    26/08/2014
    The Honda S600 1965 Convertible
    At Allbids we are always receiving unique items, and here is another introducing the 1965 Honda S600 convertible!This beauty has been in storage for about 20 years, and although a little dusty has only done 28000 miles! The Honda S600 also has a brand new exhaust system, adding to its appeal. This model was delivered to Australia in very limited numbers, currently there are no other pre 1965 Honda S600 cars in the market.Other features of S600 include red vinyl interior, removable hardtop and multiple sets of keys.We will have more photos and details of the S600 in the coming weeks after a thorough clean and assessment, so if you are interested please continue to follow our Facebook Page and Blog.For more information click here.

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    18/08/2014
    Locals helping locals – our auction for Anglicare
    Is there anything that makes you feel better as a person than the feeling you get when you give back? Whether you regularly donate to several charities, or occasionally give to a single cause meaningful to you, it’s the same ‘feel good’ result.You could say we’re addicted to that feeling here at Allbids. Over the years we’ve helped raise millions of dollars for many local community charities. And most recently, our efforts have been directed at running an auction in support of Anglicare, NSW South, NSW West and ACT.These guys are great at what they do – as one of Australia’s largest Christian care organisations, they reach out to thousands of people every year with emotional, social and physical support. And so there was no question we wanted to help them raise much needed funds. Locals helping the locals. No question about it, right?Our auction, which ended on 7 July, saw some amazing items go up for grabs with everything from a hot air balloon flight with Balloon Aloft, to body treatment packages and more. And it was a success!We’re pleased to announce that the Allbids auction for Anglicare helped around $10,900 which is going directly to Anglicare NSW South, NSW West and ACT. The money raised via our auction will support a number of different programs including those for youth services, aged care support, disability services and the homeless.Find out more about Allbids’ current charity auctions and community engagement, and get bidding. It’s an awesome feeling knowing you’re helping out someone in need.

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    11/08/2014
    Are you in the catering caper?
    We've talked before about how the team at Allbids loves to reuse and recycle. We believe first and foremost that reuse is actually the best form of recycling. So we're always finding people to work with that want to send their items off to be used again and again. And of course, score some coin for their unwanted items.Catering and hospitality is one area that's really growing in this space. We honestly have enough catering and hospitality equipment available to run a new auction for these items every week. The auction closes on Monday each week, and it's an awesome way to pick yourself up some catering equipment without paying through the nose.Perhaps you're keen to start a cooking business at home, want to set up your own commercial kitchen, looking to fit-out a restaurant or cafe, or are just after quality catering and hospitality goods at a great price. You should check out what we've got, and how little you can pick items up for, and you might be pleasantly surprised. Take this week for example, you can bid for smaller items like pot racks, coffee grinder, wine bucket holders and food prep dishes, to much larger items and appliances including electric fryers, plate warmers, benches with splash backs, range stoves and display fridges.And coffee machines too. It's rare to find someone who doesn't appreciate a good coffee and at the moment we have six San Marino commercial coffee machines from Parliament House up for auction - until 28 July. Imagine the people that could have drank the coffee made from those machines!Most of our catering items are second hand, but each week's auction may also include items that are brand new. Score!

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    11/08/2014
    Want a good car without breaking the bank?
    Everyone wants a brand spanking new car. But the reality is, they are unattainable for a huge portion of the population. So we look to second hand cars. And when you actually stop and think about the benefits to purchasing a second hand car, they can be good choice, especially if you do your research.The main benefit is cost. And for the first car owners, and younger drivers especially, this is a significant benefit.At ALLBIDS we have a huge range of good quality, cheap second hand cars for sale. Many are selling regularly for under $5000 so you can get some great deals.The best part is, you can come and check out the cars in Fyshwick by appointment first. And you can bid 24 hours a day on our online secure auctions.These car are cheap, second-hand vehicles, often coming from dealerships, so again you're saving as you're avoiding dealer mark-ups.Our second hand cars are changing all the time, and we have a real mix of makes on high rotation, mainly from the early 1990s to late noughties models. Family sedans, sports sedans, station wagons and hatchbacks are often selling for well under $5000, with makes by Mitsubishi, Toyota, Subaru, Ford, Holden, Honda, Jeep...the list goes on.Browse the selection of second hand cars at the Allbids Car Market to see the deals to be had.

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    11/08/2014
    Is it time to clean out your shed? No, it’s time to get SHELVING!
    We all know how quickly ‘stuff’ just accumulates in the garage or shed, yet we don’t want to get rid of it, well here’s the solution- SHELVING. Create the ideal man cave!The Brownbuilt double bay shelving is Brownbuilt is Australians leading manufacturer and supplier of office shelving, Namco filing Cabinets, and Pallet racking and furniture solutions. You are bidding on a high quality shelving system with the capabilities for large scale storage for various products such as documentation, automotive parts, and manufacturing parts. Ideal for any warehouse facility or domestic garage. The shelves are located in Hume ACT with ample space for any trailer or flat top truck to pick up at your convenience.Advantages of this Shelving System: The configurations can vary from a 5 x Double bay system centrally located on your warehouse floor or a 5 x Single bay system located on any wall with all shelves being full adjustable. Specifications : 
    • Brand : Brownbuilt
    • Finish: Matt Brown/Oyster Grey
    • Condition: Excellent
    • 900mm Wide
    • 2370mm Height
    • 430mm Deep
    • The unit is currently still assembled with the central bay disassembled for easy collection
    Shelving Components :
    • 60 Shelves
    • 5 Back Panels
    • 12 Side Panels
    • All Hardware included
    Inspection/CollectionPlease email Bob Petrovski: bob@allbids.com.au or call 0451 833 557Collection days:   7th August from 10.00am to 3.00pm and 8th August 10.00am to 3.00pm

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    2/08/2014
    Own a piece of Brumbies history – Brum for sale
    It’s the end of an era as the UC Brumbies get ready to farewell one of its greatest servants, Brum. The ambulance-turn-Brumbies big mover has been on the road representing the Brumbies for almost a decade however the time has come to part ways.Brumbies Media & Communications Officer Elliot Woods said it is said to see him go.“Brum has been a big part of the Brumbies off-field presence around the ACT for almost a decade and everyone is sad to see him go.“It a pretty unique vehicle that has become a part of the fabric of our club and he will be a fantastic collector’s item for a die-hard Brumbies supporter.“Alternatively someone might see fit to reinvigorate Brum with a new personality. I can’t see him going to back to his days as an emergency services vehicle, but the uses for an old ambulance like Brum are almost limitless in terms of business promotion.“The Brumbies have found fantastic value in Brum and I’m sure his next owner will be just as pleased once he or she turns the ignition on our old, blue mate.”Brum has been listed on local site www.allbids.com.au.The auction for Brum is due to end next Thursday 3 July at 7.30pm.This is your chance to own a genuine piece of UC Brumbies history.Bid for BrumThis article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Canfan https://the-riotact.com/own-a-piece-of-brumbies-history-brum-for-sale/128570

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    27/06/2014
    Silver Linings in a Government Agency Move
    Shifting an entire government agency to a new location can be a tricky business, but for small to medium companies or individuals looking to set up shop, it can be a dream opportunity. Thousands of dollars, not to mention days of time can be saved.The professional desks, office chairs and storage units of up to 300 employees can all go on sale at once. Anyone with internet access then has a chance to snatch up as much or as little as they need to set up an office for business or home, for down to 5-10% of the normal cost. Re-selling a $1000 workstation for as little as $50, or an ergonomic, adjustable chair for $20 is par for the course during these transitions, meaning a huge silver lining straight to our smaller, private-sector pockets.In our environmental all-bid (ahem) to re-use and keep assets in rotation rather than stockpiling them in the ground, we make it straightforward for our customers to get to the goods.An agency on the move has left a complete office fit-out of furniture and equipment that is going to auction online at allbids.com.au. The sale will run for another couple of weeks so bid now on Ex-Government Furniture or Ex-Government IT and pick up a bargain!

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    24/06/2014

    Ethical Disposal

    ALLBIDS is committed to the highest standards of sustainable practice. We are ACTSMART accredited and currently implementing an internationally Environmental Management System via ISO14001.

    Ethical Disposal is about:


    REVIEW - our expert valuation team will assess your assets and advise on their potential value.

    RECOVER - our trained technicians will test and prepare assets for sale where possible.

    REUSE - all viable goods will be brought by our membership - this is the best form of recycling!

    RECYCLE - where assets have no commercial value, they will be disposed of sustainably.

    REPORT - transparent, flexible reporting will be provided to complete the ethical disposal audit trail.

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    Our success stories / testimonials OR don't take our word for it...

    Menslink
    Menslink

    Allbids provide an outstanding service to charities like Menslink in a number of ways.

    Firstly, Allbids helps us reach audiences well beyond the capacity of Menslink. We’re a very small charity, but having their online platform enables us to achieve much better results than what’s possible with our own resources. At our last auction - which raised over $100,000 for us - we had bidders from all around Australia bid on our items - Allbids managed the payments and collection for us without any issues.

    Secondly, Allbids staff were on hand during our Big Night Out to manage the whole process - setting out the displays, helping guests at tables bid for silent auction, managing payments - they couldn't have been more helpful.

    Finally, Allbids are always available for the items that we might get to auction from time to time - nothing is too much trouble for them.

    Their support for Menslink - and other charities - over the years has been fantastic. They've helped promote our work to their clients, helped us raise far more money from auction items than we could have alone or on other platforms and have been a delight to work with. I could not recommend them more highly and hope to continue the partnership for many years to come

    Martin Fisk

    Karinya House
    Karinya House

    I am writing to extend our sincere appreciation to ALLBids for their recent support of our 2017 Karinya House Annual Mother’s Day Gala Dinner, held on 5 May 2016. We especially thank Jo, Louise and the ALLBIDS staff who assisted with the online auction pages for Karinya House. The support also provided by Jo, Louise and the team at the event itself and post the event to finalise the auction was also outstanding and so greatly appreciated.

    Karinya House for Mothers and Babies is a community based, not for profit organisation serving the ACT and surrounding regions. In its twentieth year of operation, Karinya provides supported accommodation and outreach services to pregnant and parenting women in crises and their children. In August 2016 Karinya, with specialist funding for construction from the ACT Government, opened its new Home and transitioned to our purpose-built facility, doubling residential capacity, and creating a designated area for specialised outreach and group services. This new facility, whilst significantly enhancing service delivery, has also increased our annual operating budget.

    This is the first year we have had the availability of an Online Auction House to support the Gala Dinner. The Gala Dinner is our premier fundraising event, and it is vital to us that the event generates as much financial support as possible. We were unaware prior to be contacting by Louise, that ALLBIDS offered the Online Auction service to Not for Profit Organisations entirely free of any sales commissions or other fees and charges. We were somewhat apprehensive, as is the case with something new and untried at times, but Louise and Jo, at our first meeting were completely assured that the ALLBIDS service would be fantastic and easy. They, and the ALLBIDS processes and outcomes, did not disappoint. And the whole ALLBIDS experience and result far exceeded our expectations!

    As a community based organisation, it is important to note, that we generate around half of our operating revenue each year through financial donations and sponsorships from Corporates, Philanthropic Trusts & Foundations, local businesses, individuals and families. In addition we are supported through pro bono professional services as well as in kind material donations.

    The support of ALLBIDS through their Charity & Community Auctions service is an outstanding and innovative form of community engagement. ALLBIDS are to be congratulated on providing this wonderful service and supporting community service organisations such as Karinya House. I am pleased to confirm that for Karinya House, the addition of ALLBIDS as part of our Gala Dinner Event and Team (sorry we are claiming your team as part of our team now!) made a significant difference to the fundraising proceeds from the auction component of our Gala Dinner. Proceeds from the Auction were 73% higher than the prior year’s Gala Dinner. This is outstanding, and it certainly gives us impetus to source a greater number of donations for next year’s Gala Dinner Auctions.

    We are very thankful to have ALLBIDS as part of our Karinya family. We do hope this partnership will be one we can rely on for future events. Please extend our thanks to the ALLBIDS Board, Executive and Staff Team for the support provided for the 2017 Gala Dinner. I commend ALLBIDS for their demonstrated professional competence, experience, and dedication, as well as their generosity and example in corporate citizenship and care for some of the most vulnerable women and children in our community.

    Jo Saccasan

    Australian Customs and Border Protection
    Australian Customs and Border Protection

    ALLBIDS has had an ongoing 2 year contract partnership with Australian Customs regarding removal and disposal of The Department’s redundant IT assets nationally.

    The main type of assets being disposed of are: servers, networking equipment, Department specific equipment (eg. Passport scanners) as well as generic IT such as PCs Notebooks and Monitors.

    Over this period of time, ALLBIDS has facilitated the removal and disposal of IT assets from secure working environments in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth.

    We also has organised and facilitated regional and remote pickups and disposals of IT equipment from areas such as Townsville, Cairns and even offshore on Thursday Island.

    ALLBIDS has also followed all security protocols for The Department in regards to removal and disposal of the IT assets.

    Matthew Smith

    Department of Parliamentary Services
    Department of Parliamentary Services

    ALLBIDS had facilitated all IT disposals for The Department over the past 5-6 years. The majority if these disposals have been from The Department here in Canberra consisting of generic IT and Department-specific assets such as servers, audio visual networking equipment & other networking assets. ALLBIDS has disposed of all redundant and refreshed IT equipment over this period and tailored asset tracking and Management Reports back to the Department in a format that integrates back into their reporting mechanism. ALLBIDS has also been fully compliant with all collection and disposal protocols in regards to asset disposal from secure working environments.

    Wayne Evans

    IP Australia
    IP Australia

    ALLBIDS has an ongoing disposal agreement in place with IP Australia since 2007. Over this time ALLBIDS had facilitated the disposal of the Department’s IT assets primarily in Canberra but from several locations around Australia including Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide. The main asset types being disposed of have been generic IT assets (PCs, notebooks, monitors) as well as networking gear including Servers, networking switches, audio/visual equipment and other general IT assets. We have tailored reporting back to The Department to track IT asset management in a format that they can easily integrate back into their systems to close and reconcile the asset management.

    Wayne O'Brien

    Australian Bureau of Statistics
    Australian Bureau of Statistics

    Allbids has an exclusive ongoing disposal contract in place with The Department for IT disposals over the past 3-4 years from their central location here in Canberra as well as multiple sites around Australia. This Department one of our larger disposal contracts for the disposal of IT equipment and regularly dispose and manage redundant IT equipment such as generic IT (PCs, notebooks, monitors) as well as large quantities of networking equipment (servers, switches, storage arrays) and other Department-specific IT assets. Allbids regularly facilitates and organises IT disposal from Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth as well as more remote sites such as Tasmania, Northern Territory and regional areas. Allbids also tailors our asset tracking and reporting back to the Department in a format that integrates back into their asset disposal and management systems. Allbids has facilitated not just the IT asset disposal but also the collection and freight logistics required at a national level to maximise returns back to the Department.

    David Shaw

    Car Purchase
    Car Purchase

    I bought my son a ford laser on here and although it was older (1991) I didn't expect much for our $1200 spent ! Especially considering it had 12months rego. I couldn't have had a more pleasant surprise ! It's a pearler and we found out later my folks new the owner and he was a mechanic who lived opposite them and he nurtured it. It had service books up to date and it runs so so well, uses no oil or water and has brand new tyres ! It's a 1.8 ghia too . The paint is great and the interior is as new . Needless to say my son loves it and has already fitted some nice alloy wheels and a kick ass stereo. The car is Worth twice what we paid for it at retail Level ! All bids rock. Thanks !!!! This is a true testimonial by a real customer !!! I'm not the type to do this either BUT was just so impressed.

    Rotorboy68

    No hesitation recommending ALLBIDS service
    No hesitation recommending ALLBIDS service

    I approached Allbids to assist me to liquidate the plant and equipment owned by one of my clients. The client owned and operated a quarry on the outskirts of Canberra

    Following an illness the client needed to completely restructure their business, which resulted in client selling off all the business assets

    Due to the size and scale of the operation all the equipment was sold from the existing location. This saved the client valuable time and money by not having to pay removal costs and freight.

    Allbids took complete control of the whole operation and used their extensive database to access buyers. The complete process was seamless with Allbids managing all inspections, enquiries, delivery and logistics whilst providing me with a complete audit trail for each asset sold.

    I have no hesitation in recommending the services of Allbids. They turned the surplus assets of our client into cash.

    ROCKS

    Recent car purchase
    Recent car purchase

    I bought an excellent Subaru L1800 wagon via Allbids' auction site, and I want to report back that the car was in excellent condition, as described. The photos were accurate and showed what I needed to see as a potential buyer.  We were able to inspect the car on location, including starting it and letting it run, and testing the clutch and brakes.

    The staff were friendly and helpful. For me, this was a really good experience all around, and I recommend Allbids unreservedly to potential bidders.

    kobold

    Allbids is a brilliant website/service
    Allbids is a brilliant website/service

    I would like to say that Allbids is a brilliant website/service.  For our family it serves as a valuable resource in locating goods we need to buy, as well as purchasing some great bargains.  It has been a fantastic way for me to make some extra cash by selling unwanted goods that we no longer use.

    itsdone

    Furnished with items purchased from Allbids
    Furnished with items purchased from Allbids

    We are building a house and also renovating two existing cottages on a rural property. We have found Allbids to be an excellent source of materials for the renovation job - the cottages will be largely furnished with items purchased from Allbids, and we are using recycled building materials and tools - many of which are also from Allbids.

    It will be 12 months before the projects are finished but I will send you photos when complete - might be useful as an example of what can be achieved with the services of Allbids. Thanks again

    heather46

    Spreading the word to every one
    Spreading the word to every one

    I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful job Allbids is doing and that I am still spreading the word to every one I know! Allbids is providing a service that has been needed for a while and it seems to be getting better all the time!

    Again Thanks a Million

    farmergirl