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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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
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
What’s Hot
Turn surplus stock assets into cash!Now is the perfect time to sell any surplus stock you have on hand. ALLBIDS have 70,000 registered buyers looking for a great deal before Christmas.Items such as children’s toys, projects and i devices are the most hotly contested items in stock.We currently obtain between 10 and 20 i devices including ipads and iphones per week. We often see ‘bidding wars’ on iPad 2s and iPhone 4s devices. We’ve even seen some of these items auction at prices similar to retail.Second hand notebooks in good condition are plentiful in the secondary market and buyers are snapping up great bargains for around the $200 mark – not bad for a notebook that was once valued at over $2,000!Surplus toy stock and projects are popular with people looking for projects during the Christmas holidays and parents on the hunt for goodies to fill their kids’ stockings.ALLBIDS has a niche for second hand cars with great deals for cheaper manual cars in particular. We always have buyers on the lookout for used cars under the $5000. Our primary market is parents searching for their child’s car. We are currently selling 20 cars per week and are always eager to take on more second hand cars for auction.If you have surplus items you’d like to be rid of, contact us today at Rob@allbids.com.au

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9/12/2013
What were you doing in 1994?
                       Yelling ‘Run Forrest Run!’ or watching John Travolta fire his way around Pulp Fiction? No mobile phones or Google!  The world was shocked as no.1 ice skater Nancy Kerrigan was taken out at the knees and John Bobbitt got some rearranging of his own.  We were singing (or cursing) Ace of Base as they flooded the airwaves and Australia was yet to get cable TV. Well, one thing we know: what the Raiders were doing! Winning the NRL Grand Final!This Friday night, the Raiders will celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the 1994 Grand Final, with the entire team playing in special Legacy jerseys which they’ll sign after the match against the Bulldogs at GIO Stadium.  Several players from the Raiders premiership team will also be there on the night to celebrate, including Mal Meninga, Laurie Daley, Brett Mullins, Ken Nagas and Steve Walters.For one week, the unique jerseys are available through Allbids, with all proceeds from this special auction going to The Cancer Support Group.  The Raiders local partner charity supports families in the Eden-Monaro and ACT regions who are affected by cancer.  They reduce financial stress for those families and provide support during cancer treatment.Each jersey is printed with the name of every Raiders Player from 1982 until the end of the 2013 season, as well as the club’s original logo and premiership years.  These 18 unique and valuable collectors’ items are up for auction now! We want to raise as much as we can for The Cancer Support Group, so click HERE to start your bidding.

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20/06/2014
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
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
Well known Canberra Jeweller selling on ALLBIDS.com.au
A local gentleman, who we’ll refer to as the ‘Vendor of Mystery’, is a Qualified Gemmologist Registered Valuer (QGRV) and has been selling high quality jewellery in the ACT for over 4 decades. The jeweller recently sought after Allbids’ services to sell his premium jewellery and gems in a trusted online environment.For our ‘Vendor of Mystery’ and others alike, it provides a financially viable business solution, removing the need to establish a bricks and mortar store or an online shop. Passing on the responsibility to us as a third party channel provides peace of mind for our sellers.In the age of digital business, selling options like ours are now more accessible than ever before.We have a number of vendors – large and small – selling their goods via Allbids.com.au. Our professional staff provide free appraisal and advice on best options for your business and assets. To find out more contact us at sales@allbids.com.au or if you’re ready to sell, get your free appraisal now!View the range of fabulous jewellery, sourced in Australia and internationally here http://bit.ly/1ivgGLR.

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10/04/2014
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
Unsold Property
As per AllBids terms & conditions, property not sold shall be reclaimed within ten days following notification by ALLBIDS On-Line Auctions. Property remaining after 10 days will be subject to storage charges of $5.00 per day per lot. All charge must be paid before the property will be released. ALLBIDS On-Line Auctions reserve the right after an additional 20 days to resell the property unreserved.

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1/02/2017
Two Weeks to Save the Planet – Electric Mitsubishi Miev
Click here to view this auction right now!The electric car has come a long way. The Mitsubishi Miev was the first electric car to sell more than 10,000 vehicles and now also sells in Europe under Renault and Citroen badges. With a range of 150km, it is ideal for commuting and attending meetings around town.One of the great advantages of this car for short journeys in traffic is that it replenishes its battery when you brake or even decelerate. This unique feature makes it ideal for city driving, but not so good for going to Sydney.Businesses and government have been the main buyer of this car so far, and at around $50,000 it certainly sits well above the cheaper end of the market. (If you want to know more about the cheaper end of the market, click here!) But it has all the options and is a thoroughly modern car inside and out. To check out a review of the Miev, click here!Thanks to the ACT Conservation Council, Canberra residents now have a chance to test drive this astonishing 100% electric vehicle for two weeks. Find out for yourself just how quiet, soothing & convenient commuting can be.All money raised goes to the Conservation Council of the ACT. ALLBIDS charges no commission, Buyer’s Premium or other fees for this service.

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1/11/2013

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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