How to care for your Pearls and other facts


31/08/2014


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

Spreading the love with an auction for Life 4 Lucie


29/08/2014

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

What kind of bidder are you?


26/08/2014

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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!

The Honda S600 1965 Convertible


18/08/2014

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

Locals helping locals – our auction for Anglicare


11/08/2014

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

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Placing Bid
What is “Maximum Bid or Proxy Bidding”?When you place a bid, you enter the maximum amount you are willing to bid for that item
  • Let’s say the bidding is at just $20 for an item you would be prepared to bid up to $100. Enter $100 as your maximum bid amount. Your max bid is always kept secret.
  • The system will then bid on your behalf, but only enough to beat the other bidder. As the bid is only at $20, the system will register your bid at $22. If other bidders outbid you the system will keep bidding on your behalf up to your max bid amount. You can choose to receive outbid notices by email and SMS.
  • At the end of an auction, if you are the highest bidder, you are the winner. As the winner of the auction, you only pay the lowest possible winning bid, not necessarily your maximum bid.
  • If the other bidders exceed your max bid you will need to re-bid if you want to stay in the auction.
What is Instant Bid? Sometimes as part of your auction strategy you may want to jump the bid higher than the normal proxy bid. This is generally used to knock out other bidders and get the item closer to a final bid value. When you enter an “Instant Bid” the FULL amount you enter is applied to that auction. This may not be higher than another bidder’s Max (proxy bid), so you may not be the highest bidder. Let’s say the bidding is at just $5 for an item that’s worth $2000. You might enter and instant bid of $500. The auction bid will immediately go to $500, unless another bidder has put in a higher max (proxy) bid. An “Instant Bid” usually tell other bidders that you are serious about getting this item. Your obligation as Bidder When you use the Service and bid on an item during an online auction conducted on our Site, you are making an offer to buy the item at your bid price. If your bid price is the Winner’s Bid Amount, you will be the Winning Bidder and are obliged to purchase the item you have bid for and pay the Winner’s Bid Amount, plus any additional charges that you may be obliged to pay. When you use the Service and bid on an item during an online auction conducted on our Site, you are making an offer to buy the item at your bid price. If your bid price is the Winner’s Bid Amount, you will be the Winning Bidder and are obliged to purchase the item you have bid for and pay the Winner’s Bid Amount, plus any additional charges that you may be obliged to pay.

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1/01/2017
Auctions powerhouse allbids acquires classies veteran allclassifieds
Digital pioneers Peter and Andrea Blackshaw have sold allclassifieds.com.au, the former sister site of the real estate giant allhomes, to Canberra online sales platform allbids.It follows the $50 million sale of their ground-breaking real estate platform to Fairfax in 2014.The allclassifieds owners accepted the proposal from the team behind the allbids.com.au auction platform to acquire their online marketplace earlier today. The purchase price was not disclosed.Founded in 2001, allclassifieds had grown to become Canberra’s most popular classifieds website.The Blackshaws held onto the platform after exiting allhomes, investing time and money to improve its reach and functionality. A new-look interface was revealed earlier this year.Allbids, which was founded in 2001 by Rob Evans, has grown exponentially since its start-up days. The site sells unwanted assets and surplus and liquidated stock for government agencies, organisations, SMEs and individuals. The acquisition of allclassifieds will position it as one of the largest and most powerful online sales platforms in the country.Rob Evans, CEO and founder of allbids said he was delighted to be expanding into the online classifieds market.“The alignment of allbids and allclassifieds allows us to apply our strengths in auctioneering and online sales to a new and diverse consumer marketplace,” he said.“A close relationship between the two sites will really benefit our buyers and sellers, with a greater variety of items, increased traffic and the opportunity to reach more customers. It will offer users the ultimate solution to selling their surplus and secondhand items: from cars and computers to industrial equipment, antiques, household appliances, art and a whole lot more.”The Blackshaws said they were very pleased to be selling allclassifieds to another respected and successful Canberra-based company.“Rob has great plans for the business and we feel allclassifieds will flourish working side by side with allbids,” Mr Blackshaw said.The RiotACT reported last week that Mr Blackshaw and former allhomes CEO and former allclassifieds Director Tim White have invested in the Asia-Pacific-focused Digital Classifieds Group.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/auctions-powerhouse-allbids-acquires-classies-veteran-allclassifieds/185607

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1/10/2014

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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