Get in quick on the largest collectors estate sale in Canberra


15/11/2017

Decorative Chinese vase


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

Need more space? The easy way to sell your retired business equipment


8/11/2017


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

NCA readying historic Lobby Restaurant for sale


2/11/2017


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

A bit of bling - buying quality jewellery online


25/10/2017


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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Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale


10/10/2017


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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Green Machine turns blue
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ALLBIDS as featured on Today Tonight
You can get goods at 40 to 80 per cent off the retail price. The only catch is they come with a bit of history.Rob Evans is the founder of www.allbids.com.au, an online auction house that amongst other things, sells goods on behalf of the Australian Federal Police. That's items seized in raids, impounded or found to be the proceeds of crime."People just come in and get a bargain," Evans said."This is Aladdin's cave, even Ali Baba would be impressed! We've got everything, camera lenses, cameras, blackberry phones.""The police have got to send these items to public auction so we're just a vehicle for that.""You see the odd crow bar come through as well and it’s obviously been used in crime, it's probably a cheap way for people to pick up cheap tools isn't it!"You can score yourself a mobile phone for $13 or a camera for $20. Some items are near new, others are still in the box."Apart from the billiard table we've sold almost everything from army tanks down to jewellery and everything in between. You just never know what you're gonna get," Evans said."When you've got high end items worth $50,000 to 60,000 some people walk away with $20,000 to 30,000," Evans said.The same goes at Ross' auction house in Perth. There are so many seized items to clear out they hold a police auction every six weeks."We get everything from brand new motorcycles, high-end sports cars, Hi-Fi equipment, Playstations, anything you can think of that can be stolen recovered, forfeited and seized," Matt from Ross' said.A Honda motorbike will go under the hammer with just three kilometres on the clock - apparently the owner was arrested as he drove out of the dealership.And it's not only stolen property that people are wanting to get their hands on. Another market is lost property. Ever wondered where your jacket or watch ends up if you lose it on a train or bus, and forgot to claim it? Just ask Michelle House from www.secretbudget.net."Sometimes companies do lost property auctions, like Australia Post, some of the airlines some of the train lines," House said. "A really good buy from a lost property auction would be picking up a phone for $10 that might be in the shop for $750."She says while you can save, beware, you're also taking a risk. Many goods don't come with a warranty and delivery cost is another consideration."You need to add up all of those and make sure you're still getting that bargain."Around the country, some transport companies hold their own lost property auctions advertised in the local paper. But not every company is alike.Forget to claim your lost property on a Qantas flight, and it doesn't go to charity. After a period of time staff get a chance to bid for it. Lost property in taxis, if unclaimed after 24 hours, can be scooped up by the driver if the owner isn't tracked down. Then there are auctions for repossessed items."A repossessed item is where somebody has had a judgement enforced and the item has been repossessed and can go up for sale to the public," House said.Bailiff Sheriff Australia is an online directory for these auctions held in every state. Camper vans, furniture and even whole apartments can go for a third of the price."You can jump on and be a subscriber and find out when auctions are. You could also do that through the other websites like the public trustee in your state and jump on there be a subscriber," House said.       

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Firesale in Brumbies corporate boxes?
Our spies note that that Allbids has a cutprice catered Brumbies box going for just $800 including food and drinks, VIP parking, and 8 tickets to the game.One wonders how many more of these will appear as the weather gets colder with the incessant night games.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Johnboy https://the-riotact.com/firesale-in-brumbies-corporate-boxes/46354

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The pink machine
The Raiders have shown off the pink strip they’re going to play in this week to support “Women in League” week.The Raiders are turning pink this weekend for the Harvey Norman Women in League round and will wear a pink playing strip against the Eels on Saturday night at Canberra Stadium.The jerseys worn by the players in the match will be laundered and then personally signed by each player who played in the match, which includes any players who may come into the game at late notice or players named on an extended bench.All Raiders fans have to do is head to www.allbids.com.au and start to bid for their favourite players jerseys, with the bidding open until next Tuesday evening (June 28) until 7.30pm.Canberra Raiders halves Josh McCrone and Sam Williams modelled the jersey’s today at Raiders HQ, to kick start a week-long celebration by the Raiders for the Harvey Norman Women in League Round.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Johnboy https://the-riotact.com/the-pink-machine/48612

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And our best business recyclers are…
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10 Tips For Safe Online Shopping
Unfortunately online shopping can sometimes be fraught with pitfalls, but follow our top 10 tips to keep you safe.1. Know the business. Buy only from websites you know and trust. Check that the company has a physical address and phone number. If the company operates from overseas, you might have trouble getting a refund or repair if required.2. Know the product. Ensure the product is legal and will work in Australia. Check that any warranties or guarantees offered are valid in Australia and that an authorised repairer is close by.3. Check the contract. Carefully read the terms and conditions, refund policy, delivery details and policies on costs associated with returns and repairs.4. Check the full cost. Be aware of the full cost of your purchase, including currency conversion, taxes, delivery fees, packaging and postage. After adding these costs, it may be cheaper to buy locally.5. Protect your privacy. Only buy online from a company if you are satisfied with their privacy policy. Do not provide additional information that the company does not need for the sale.6. Confirm the order. The business should enable you to confirm or reject your order before paying.7. Keep records. Print your order before and after you confirm. Write down any reference numbers, and print any receipts that display on screen or are emailed to you. Depending on the type of payment used, check your credit card statement, merchant account (such as PayPal) or bank account to ensure you have been charged correctly.8. Pay securely. Use only websites that your browser recognises as secure. A secure address begins with https:// or an image of a padlock will appear in the bottom right corner of your browser window.9. Resolve problems. When problems occur, immediately contact the business and try to resolve them. Most online shopping and auction sites provide a dispute resolution process to facilitate communication between the buyer and seller. If you are unhappy with the response, you can make a complaint to us.10. Look out for scams. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.In short, do not provide your bank account, credit card number or other personal details unless you are positive the trader is reputable.

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19/07/2012
Abandoned storage units yours to gawk at and bid on
Allbids have announced they’re going to be auctioning off whole abandoned storage units:Similar to the concept behind the popular U.S television series Storage Wars, Storage Showdown sees the entire contents of abandoned storage units going up for unreserved online auction on www.allbids.com.au. Whilst major items within these units can be identified (e.g. whitegoods or furniture), it’s the hidden items – for example, those stored in boxes or behind major objects – where the mystery begins.“Potential buyers can inspect the units at the storage facility, but they can’t sift through the boxes,” said Richard Hume, Chief Operations Officer of ALLBIDS. “What treasures might be hidden away there is anyone’s guess.”“It could be electronics, antiques, jewellery or books. It could be art supplies, old university essays, camping equipment or CDs. It could be junk, or goods of incredible value. Either way, you’ll never know unless you have a go,” he explained.The first Storage Showdown saw three abandoned units from Capital Self Storage sold on www.allbids.com.au. These contained items such as a flat-screen TV, an esky, fans, skis, a ladder, a set of weights, furniture, as well as mysterious boxes of miscellaneous goods.“We will have around 8-12 storage units up for grabs each month, and with each of these unreserved auctions, bidders are in the running to grab a bargain, make some cash on re-sales, or at least have a great story to tell,” said Richard.Each auction goes for one week on www.allbids.com.au. Prospective buyers are encouraged to inspect the unit, which they can do up until two days before the auction closes. Once the auction is closed, everything must be removed by the successful bidder. ALLBIDS is offering special terms to re-market saleable goods that are not wanted by the successful buyer.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Johnboy https://the-riotact.com/abandoned-storage-units-yours-to-gawk-at-and-bid-on/94574

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11/02/2013
Tomane forced to the bench by the embarrassment of Brumbies talent
The Brumbies have named their side for Saturday’s epic clash with the hated NSW Waratahs.The University of Canberra Brumbies have named their side to face the Waratahs this Saturday night, with Henry Speight making a return from rib bruising to take his place on the wing.Headlining selection talk along with Speight will be George Smith, who makes his first appearance for the University of Canberra Brumbies since 2010 from the bench.Speight and Smith are the only changes to the team which beat the Rebels two weeks ago in Melbourne.And with Pat McCabe and Josh Mann-Rea named to face the Tongan A side later on Thursday, Head Coach Jake White has 35 fit players to chose from for the first time since he joined the club at the end of 2011.In Speight’s place Joe Tomane moves to the bench, with Tevita Kuridrani dropping out of the game-day 22. As the Australian Conference’s top try-scorer in 2012, Speight will be looking to add to his total against the Waratahs after scoring two five-pointers from as many games last year.Since 2001, Smith has lost just one game against the Waratahs at Canberra Stadium. That was way back in 2005 and while he hasn’t been involved in this fixture since 2010, Head Coach Jake White was confident his newest player would want to keep that record intact.“To have a player of George’s quality wanting to come to the Brumbies says a lot about our organisation and where we are heading,” White said.“George is a player who aligns himself with quality brands and winning teams. George is a proven winner. He’s won big games here in Australia and overseas so we are looking to use that experience and attitude here at the Brumbies.“In the context of the season this is a big game for us. It’s great to have Henry back in the starting side after he missed the game against the Rebels. Henry scores a lot of tries and we will need him to be at his best on Saturday night.”University of Canberra Brumbies players will wear a once off Centenary Strip on Saturday, with all 22 match-day jerseys available for auction on allbids.com.au as of Thursday afternoon.University of Canberra Brumbies1. Ben Alexander2. Stephen Moore3. Dan Palmer4. Scott Fardy5. Sam Carter6. Peter Kimlin7. David Pocock8. Ben Mowen9. Nic White10. Matt Toomua11. Clyde Rathbone12. Christian Lealiifano13. Andrew Smith14. Henry Speight15. Jesse MoggReplacements16. Siliva Siliva17. Scott Sio18. Fotu Auelua19. George Smith20. Ian Prior21. Robbie Coleman22. Joe TomaneAlso apparently UC students get a deal of four free drinks and an I AM CLYDE t-shirt for $20.Here in the bunker we would very much like one of those shirts.You know what to do.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Johnboy https://the-riotact.com/tomane-forced-to-the-bench-by-the-embarrassment-of-brumbies-talent/97005

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7/03/2013
Pegasus saved by Canberran kindness
Pegasus (formerly Pegasus Riding School for the Disabled) hit troubled times recently and looked like it might have to close its doors. However thanks to the formidable generousity of the Canberran community Pegasus shall ride on. They even got a giant cheque, which has always been a dream of mine.A large portion of those funds was raised in an online auction hosted by local company Allbids.com.au of a kitchen supplied by Knebel Kitchens and donated by a MIX 106.3 listener. The auction raised $13,050.00 and added to the donations already made by the Tom Efkarpidis Foundation, Thoroughbred Park, Granite Transformations and Blackett Homes plus funds raised at the Black Opal Canberra Cup meeting and Rod & Biggzy’s Ride for Pegasus.These funds have guaranteed that Pegasus will remain operating until at least December and allow in the meantime the organisation to develop further revenue streams and long term partnerships which will ensure its long-term future.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Barcham https://the-riotact.com/pegasus-saved-by-canberran-kindness/99100

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27/03/2013
ALLBIDS Featured On Today Tonight
You can get goods at 40 to 80 per cent off the retail price. The only catch is they come with a bit of history.Rob Evans is the founder of www.ALLBIDS.com.au an online auction house that amongst other things, sells goods on behalf of the Australian Federal Police. That’s items seized in raids, impounded or found to be the proceeds of crime.“People just come in and get a bargain,” Evans said.“This is Aladdin’s cave, even Ali Baba would be impressed! We’ve got everything, camera lenses, cameras, blackberry phones.”“The police have got to send these items to public auction so we’re just a vehicle for that.”“You see the odd crow bar come through as well and it’s obviously been used in crime, it’s probably a cheap way for people to pick up cheap tools isn’t it!”You can score yourself a mobile phone for $13 or a camera for $20. Some items are near new, others are still in the box.“Apart from the billiard table we’ve sold almost everything from army tanks down to jewellery and everything in between. You just never know what you’re gonna get,” Evans said.“When you’ve got high end items worth $50,000 to 60,000 some people walk away with $20,000 to 30,000,” Evans said.The same goes at Ross’ auction house in Perth. There are so many seized items to clear out they hold a police auction every six weeks.“We get everything from brand new motorcycles, high-end sports cars, Hi-Fi equipment, Playstations, anything you can think of that can be stolen recovered, forfeited and seized,” Matt from Ross’ said.A Honda motorbike will go under the hammer with just three kilometres on the clock – apparently the owner was arrested as he drove out of the dealership.And it’s not only stolen property that people are wanting to get their hands on. Another market is lost property. Ever wondered where your jacket or watch ends up if you lose it on a train or bus, and forgot to claim it? Just ask Michelle House from www.secretbudget.net.“Sometimes companies do lost property auctions, like Australia Post, some of the airlines some of the train lines,” House said. “A really good buy from a lost property auction would be picking up a phone for $10 that might be in the shop for $750.”She says while you can save, beware, you’re also taking a risk. Many goods don’t come with a warranty and delivery cost is another consideration.“You need to add up all of those and make sure you’re still getting that bargain.”Around the country, some transport companies hold their own lost property auctions advertised in the local paper. But not every company is alike.Forget to claim your lost property on a Qantas flight, and it doesn’t go to charity. After a period of time staff get a chance to bid for it. Lost property in taxis, if unclaimed after 24 hours, can be scooped up by the driver if the owner isn’t tracked down. Then there are auctions for repossessed items.“A repossessed item is where somebody has had a judgement enforced and the item has been repossessed and can go up for sale to the public,” House said.Bailiff Sheriff Australia is an online directory for these auctions held in every state. Camper vans, furniture and even whole apartments can go for a third of the price.“You can jump on and be a subscriber and find out when auctions are. You could also do that through the other websites like the public trustee in your state and jump on there be a subscriber,” House said.

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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