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Tips on How to Buy Used Cars

Published: 14/06/2018

Buying a used car is no joke. It costs a considerable amount of money, but unlike new cars, which come with a warranty, second-hand vehicles involve a little more risk.But fret not, we've put together a few tips on how to buy used cars and avoid the pitfalls that usually come with it.

Consider a number of factors

Since a used car is a big-ticket item, you shouldn't purchase it outright without taking several details into account. These include:BudgetHow much can you afford? After all, you can't spend what you don't have. Plus, your budget will narrow down your options among our daily
car auctions.But don't just prepare a rough estimate. Prepare two budgets:
  • One for buying the used car.
  • A second one for fixing its issues (if there are any), which should ideally be around 20% of the purchase price.
For instance, if you buy the used car for $2,500, make sure you have at least around $500 for repairs to make your ride more roadworthy. Having some sort of auxiliary fund for initial repairs will help minimize your stress.PurposeAsk yourself: why are you buying the car? What will it be used for? Frequent driving within the city? If yes, then you probably won't need a muscle car or off-road truck. If it's your son or daughter's first car, then aim for something affordable and has a great safety rating (more on this in a bit).Fuel economyPetrol is an ongoing expense that you need to consider, which is why you should look at how much fuel the prospective car consumes. To get a better idea of details like annual fuel cost and fuel consumption (litres per 100km), search the car on the government's Green Vehicle Guide. You can compare up to three vehicles at a time.Safety ratingYou'll need to know how well a vehicle protects its driver in case of an accident. You can start by researching a used car's safety ratings over at the ANCAP website.Insurance costsHow much you spend on car insurance varies, depending on its model.

Inspect the car

Don't buy a used car (or any vehicle for that matter) by merely looking at the provided figures. You'll need to scrutinize the car in person to make an informed decision. Here are a few suggestions on how to go about it:Do it during the dayYou need to see the car properly, warts and all. The only way to do this is when there's daylight. Avoid doing inspections when it's dark or raining, otherwise you risk overlooking dings, rust and various other defects.Hire a mechanicUnless you know your way around a car like a pro, consider hiring a mechanic to thoroughly look over the car for you. This may cost extra, but a professional will be able to easily spot any issues and give you their expert opinion whether the car is worth the purchase.Look at the exteriorsWatch out for signs of an accident on such as:
  • Blemishes on the paint (e.g. differences in colour, bubbles).
  • Body panels aren't flush.
  • Doors and windows won't close properly.
Important: don't forget to inspect the windshield and windows for cracks, which may eventually worsen.Check under the hoodHere are some of the things you should examine:
  • Pull out the dipstick and check the oil's level and colour. If it's dark brown or black, the oil needs to be changed. If it's milky-looking or grey, there's probably an engine problem.
  • Remove the radiator cap and check the coolant. The liquid should be clean and brightly coloured. A rusty or milky hue means there are engine issues.
  • Look at the battery for corrosion or any signs of damage.
Don't forget the tyresWhile tyre condition is listed in the description, make sure you see it for yourself. Why? Because uneven wear means there is an issue with either the suspension or steering system.Inspect the undersideCheck for any sign of leaks under the car and take note of its colour. A red trickle may mean a transmission or power steering leak. Yellow may indicate a radiator issue.Clear liquid means the car is fine; it's just condensation from the air conditioning.What's inside also mattersCheck the condition of the interiors for any wear and tear. See to it that you do the following:
  • Manipulate the controls for various systems (e.g. air conditioning, windshield wipers, signal lights) to see if they're in working order.
  • Inspect under the carpet for any signs of rust.
Start the engineSince we have a showroom where we store our cars, you can inspect any vehicle you want to bid on. When you do, take the time to start the engine and let it idle, then pay close attention to the following:
  • Colour of the exhaust smoke, particularly after the engine heats up. For instance, grey smoke could mean burning oil or transmission fluid. A black emission may indicate the engine is burning too much fuel.
  • The sound the muffler makes. If it's too loud, it may have to be replaced.
  • Any unusual noises (e.g. rattling, humming) and where it's coming from.
Another tip: try moving the car backwards and forwards even while in the premises

Ensure the paperwork is in order

It's not just the car you need to inspect; you also need to evaluate the documents that come with it. Some recommendations:
  • Don't settle for photocopies. Get the original versions of all the documents.
  • Match the car's registration information with other essential details. This includes the driver's licence, VIN number, manufacture date, engine number, and rego plates. If the information doesn't match, ask why.
  • Ask for a roadworthy certificate. The rules vary, depending on the state. In ACT, for example, you'll need one when ownership is transferred and the car is over six years old (here are the other situations that require it).

Final word

ALLBIDS runs dozens of online car auctions daily and thousands each year. We provide all buyers layers of protection, which means you can bid with confidence. So look for the right car at ALLBIDS today.If you want to sell your car, you can also use ALLBIDS to maximise your return, but without the hassle. Give us a quick phone call, message or chat to find out how.

Ways to Increase Property Value

Published: 14/06/2018

How do you increase property value? It's a question commonly asked by those who plan on selling their home. What does it take to add more to the selling price?There are several key home improvements to invest in. To make the most of your available funds, here are the ones you should focus on.

Improve the kerb appeal

The term "kerb appeal" refers to how attractive a house looks when seen from the street. This usually covers the front of a property, the mailbox, porch, yard, and the street itself.Naturally, houses with higher kerb appeal demand a higher selling price. Some ways you can improve kerb appeal include:
  • Repainting the exterior. It's the most cost-effective way to update the property, enhance the kerb appeal, and increase the house's value.
  • Adding outdoor lighting makes your house look more appealing, especially at night. It also adds to the property's overall security.
  • Fixing up the mailbox. Cleaning it up and giving it a fresh coat of paint should help. If the mailbox seems too dingy, replace it with a new one that matches your home's look.
  • Putting together a container garden - a type of garden where all plants are placed in a container. This is certainly faster than creating one from scratch.

Update the bathroom and kitchen

Consider the following:
  • The kitchen is the most important room in the home. It's where meals are cooked; and over the past couple of decades, they've evolved into living spaces where families gather and guests are entertained.
  • The bathroom is where people freshen up. It may not be the first thing potential buyers see, but its condition plays a huge role on whether a sale will push through.
Thus, updating the kitchen and bathroom should be two of your top priorities if you want to increase your home's property value.Tip: you don't need to spend a fortune to refresh these rooms (see:
7 Easy Ideas for a Budget Bathroom Makeover). For instance, small updates like a new splashback and/or additional lighting can go a long way.To get the most out of your kitchen and bathroom modernisation efforts, aim for a timeless style so that it won't get outdated when new trends arrive.

Add a bedroom

Properties are usually valued two ways: area size and number of bedrooms. You can't really increase area size (unless you buy the adjacent lot) but given enough space, you can add a bedroom.There's a noteworthy increase in value if a property has more bedrooms, but this shouldn't come at the expense of other key rooms like the kitchen and living room.So if a three-bedroom house with a regular-sized kitchen were to convert to a four-bedroom house with a tiny kitchen, it won't really enjoy a considerably higher property valuation.

Make an outdoor entertaining area

Aussies love pool parties, barbecues and entertaining outdoors, which is why having this kind of space on your yard will significantly increase your home's property value.Of course, you'll need to take into account:Take note that adding this space can cost upwards of $10,000 (to even $50,000). Totally worth it, though, given the returns.

Build a granny flat

For the uninitiated, a granny flat is a connected or self-contained part of a house. The room is named such because it's an increasingly popular way to accommodate elderly relatives.Interestingly though, granny flats can also be used in different ways, including:
  • A home office.
  • A guest room.
  • A rental bedroom for extra income.
As a result, building a granny flat will add considerable value to a property.

More ideas

Need more ideas for your home renovation projects? Check out our online auctions for even more options. We provides all buyers layers of protection, so you can bid with confidence.If you want to sell your household goods, you can use ALLBIDS to maximise your return, minus the hassle. Get in touch with us today via phone, chat or email to find out how.

7 Easy Ideas for a Budget Bathroom Makeover

Published: 13/06/2018

Who hasn't daydreamed about having a more lavish bathroom? But there's a problem: such projects are prohibitively expensive. Fortunately, there are ways to get around this. Here are a few ideas on how you can give your bathroom a makeover while on a limited budget.Repaint the vanityDepending on its quality and size, a fine bathroom vanity can cost at least $250 and go as high as $1500+ at retailers (although the ones listed here typically cost far below that). Fortunately, you don't have to buy a new one. Simply repaint the existing vanity for a refresh.For extra visual oomph, go with a rich and saturated, yet neutral hue. Just make sure your colour choice goes with the rest of the bathroom.Install extra storageWithout enough storage, a bathroom can look cluttered especially with limited space. It's most likely the smallest room in your home, after all. You can eliminate this clutter and get a budget bathroom makeover at the same time by setting up additional storage.For instance, you can put install a wall shelf/basket or towel rail (here are a few options you can browse). The shelf or basket can store more toiletries, while the rail lets you hang more stuff. The result: more options for managing the space without breaking the bank.Tip: if the new storage needs to be installed, consider doing it yourself for best savings.Change the shower screen/curtainIt's pretty obvious when a shower screen or curtain is looking old and tired. Replacing it is a great but cost-effective way to give the bathroom a new look. For a more conspicuous change, you can also convert from a screen to a curtain or vice versa just to switch it up.A couple of tips:

  • If you're getting a new shower screen, see to it that you have enough space to open the door.
  • As shower screens normally retail for upwards of $220, don't forget to browse our auctions for better-priced bathroom materials.
Re-grout the tilesOld grout turns dark and looks gross. If the filling between your bathroom tiles has already turned dark, it's time to re-grout. Note that this isn't just for aesthetics: grout accumulates mould and mildew, which can cause allergies and other health problems.Besides, a newly grouted bathroom looks drastically brighter.Add a plant or twoHere's a budget bathroom makeover idea: add some foliage in your bathroom. A couple of plant pots or flower vases will do. You can place one on the toilet tank, beside the sink or the edge of the tub. If you have space on your newly installed shelf, you can hang some greenery there as well.Of course, you should pick suitable florae like aloe vera, ferns or orchids, which thrive in warm, humid places.Put in new faucetsAnother element you can add to your budget bathroom makeover is a matching set of new faucets. If you have a single-handle faucet, you can get a shower trim kit to replace them. For two-handle setups, you'll also need a bath mixer tap set.As with the other ideas listed here, it's cheaper if you take the DIY route.Upgrade the lightsAdding or changing your lighting is another option. It can alter the room's mood and give you better illumination. For example, having a bulb high on the wall will cast a shadow over a medicine cabinet. But if you mount a long-necked wall lamp, you get better lighting when you're washing your face.Trust us, this small change leads to a considerable effect.

More possibilities

Need more ideas for your budget bathroom makeover? Explore our online auctions for even more options. We provides all buyers layers of protection, which means you can bid with confidence.If you want to sell your items, you can also use ALLBIDS to maximise your return, but without the hassle. Give us a quick phone call, message or chat to find out how.

How to Clean a Couch

Published: 12/06/2018

Unless you clean your couch frequently, it's probably the dirtiest piece of furniture in your home. The couch is where you often prop up your bare feet and eat some chips while watching the telly.And guess what? All those crumbs, dirt and skin cells don't just disappear. They accumulate in the farthest corners of the sofa. If the fabric is furry, the grime clings to it more easily.With this filth comes dust mites and bacteria, which can cause allergies and other skin conditions. So don't let this oft-used furniture stay dirty for long. Here are a few tips on how to clean your couch.Wipe it downThe first step is to wipe your couch with a clean, dry brush or cloth to remove the dirt, crumbs, lint, pet hair and various grime. A brush, in particular, can loosen persistent dirt on the fabric.Clean the non-fabric partsDon't limit your efforts to only the fabric-covered areas. Your couch likely has exposed metal and/or wood parts which also require cleaning.To care for the wood surfaces, wipe them with a solution that combines warm water and oil-based soap. For metal parts, you can simply use mild soap and water.

Vacuum

Remove the rest of the loose grime with a thorough vacuuming. See to it that you also reach into gaps and corners where all manner of dirt gather.Keep the vacuum cleaner close by as you may need it again later to remove any remaining grunge.

Identify the material

Couches use different fabrics for its upholstery. To properly clean yours, you'll need to know what material covers your couch. You wouldn't want to apply a cleaning agent that damages the surface!So look for the tag on the couch. It has the necessary instructions on how to clean your couch's fabric. Here are the codes usually found there:
  • W: You can clean it with water or water-based detergents.
  • S: Use water-free, solvent based cleaners only.
  • WS: You can use water or solvent-based cleaners
  • X: Cannot be cleaned with water. Fabric is vacuum-only.

Blow some steam

If your couch can be cleaned by water, then you can use steam to remove marks, loosen stains, as well as kill bacteria, germs and dust mites.Here's an easy way to do it: if your clothes iron comes with a steamer, you can use it to clean your couch. A carpet steam cleaner should work as well.(Check out our auctions for similar
household goods.)

Test the cleaning product beforehand

Even if you're using the suitable cleaner specified in the tag, make sure you test it out first on a small concealed area (like the back of the couch facing the wall) to avoid damaging the upholstery.Deal with spills immediatelyIf your couch gets spilled on, clean it in 15 minutes to avoid staining. Start by gently blotting the spill with a clean damp cloth - provided it's suitable for the fabric.But don't rub the affected area, this will just spread and set the stain. Instead, work from the edges towards the centre.

Natural materials also work

You can also use natural, eco-friendly materials to clean your couch. Some may even work better than commercial cleansers. Here are a couple of tricks you can use:Let it dryIf there's any excess water on the couch, soak it up with a towel to avoid mildew, then let the furniture dry naturally. You can also direct an electric fan at the towel for faster results.

Important

We runs countless online auctions for all your household needs. We provide all buyers layers of protection, which means you can bid with confidence. So explore ALLBIDS today and start bidding.If you want to sell your furniture, you can also use ALLBIDS to maximise your return, but without the hassle. Give us a quick phone call, message or chat to find out how.

Doors of the Chelsea Hotel

The 5 Weirdest and Strangest Items to ever go up for auction

Published: 18/04/2018

The world has seen strange and unusual things being put on auction in the past. A shirt worn by a famous singer, a rough and unfinished draft of a poem written by a well-known writer in the 18th century, a spaceship model, etc. And all these weird things were sold! How about you? I'm dying to know - how much would you be willing to fork out to own such items?Talking about strange and weird things on auction, I've listed 5 of the strangest and weirdest things that were ever auctioned below.

1. Doors of the Chelsea Hotel - New York

Actor Humphrey Bogart once resided at the Chelsea Hotel in a room with this door. Here seen at the Ricco/Maresca Gallery in New York

What do Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac, Sid Vicious, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, and Bette Davis have in Common? All of them, at one time, stayed at the fabled Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan, New York. Early this month, discarded items from the hotel are on display in an art gallery and are being sold by an auction house. The items are worn-out doors from the hotel rooms where dramatic or news-worthy events happened. Events such as Sid Vicious supposedly stabbing his girlfriend to death in 1978 in room 100 (but he died of a drug overdose before he could stand in court,) Mark Twain and Tom Wolfe making the hotel their home, Andy Warhol filming his first commercially successful movie "Chelsea Girls," and Jack Kerouac penning his beatnik novel, "On the road," which eventually became a Beat Generation bible.
"I was shocked," Jim Georgiou
The doors to these famous and infamous rooms are now being auctioned, thanks to an enterprising former homeless man who lived in the hotel from 2002 to 2011. (He was evicted from the hotel when renovations started.) The massive renovations started in the summer of 2011 to give the hotel a facelift which, until now, is not yet completed. "I was shocked," Jim Georgiou narrated when he saw the doors in 2012 as they were chucked to the curb while the hotel's renovation was going on. According to him, if the doors could talk, they would tell eye-popping history.Georgiou, a few years after salvaging the doors and then transferring them to a friend's place gave Guernsey's a call. He chose the auction house to take advantage of its reputation of having outside-the-box sales.Auction fans are expecting the doors to fetch anywhere from $1,000 to $50,000 each. Half the net of the proceeds will go to City Harvest (well known to provide food for homeless and hungry New Yorkers) and the rest to Georgiou himself.

2. Winston Churchill's dentures

The dentures were auctioned by Keys in Aylsham

It's common knowledge that Winston Churchill had a speech impediment, but not everybody knows that he did not try to cover it up or overcome it. Actually, he maximized it after realizing that it was invaluable during World War II. To him, his impediment was a vital weapon for Britain in the war effort. During the war, when broadcasting outfits put his wartime radio messages on air, Churchill's voice was distinctive and was recognized by the listeners instantly. Due to this, he didn't want to cover up his speech impairment. In fact, he wanted his speech disorder to stay that way. That's the reason why he asked a dental technician to design his dentures in such a way that his lisp would be preserved. Quite odd, but I think it's a wise move as proven by its results. They were designed and made by a young dental technician named Derek Cudlipp. A set of the dentures has been kept by his family since Churchill's demise. However, it has been sold at auction for $15,200.During an interview, the dental technician's son Nigel Cudlipp mentioned that his father's work was so important to the World War II prime minister that Churchill would not let him join the army and fight.
"When my father's call-up papers came, Churchill personally tore them up," Cudlipp said.
According to the video interview of the dental technician's son, his father made 3 sets for Churchill because the British leader would often break them.
"Churchill used to flick out his dentures when he was angry and throw them across the room," Mr. Cudlipp said.
"My father used to say he could tell how the war was going by how far they flew," he added.
So... a former world leader's dentures, anyone?

3. A Violin played as the Titanic sank

A bandmaster's violin being played as the Titanic sank was sold for 900,000 pounds ($1.46 million) at an auction in 2013. That was a record price for memorabilia from the doomed ship.

A bandmaster's violin being played as the Titanic sank was sold for 900,000 pounds ($1.46 million) at an auction in 2013. That was a record price for memorabilia from the doomed ship.Wallace Hartley, the bandmaster of the vessel, played the musical instrument together with his band aiming to calm the passengers as the Titanic slipped into the frozen waters of the North Atlantic in 1912. The ship started sinking after hitting an iceberg. As the vessel sank, the band played the hymn "Nearer, My God, To Thee." This soothing music played on while passengers hurried and climbed into lifeboats. Hartley and his 7 bandmates perished after choosing to play on. More than 1,500 people died in the accident.According to the folklore that developed around the accident, more than 10 days after the disaster, Hartley's body was recovered. When found, the violin was inside a leather case and was strapped to him. It only took more than 10 days to recover the violin, but, it took more than 100 years to confirm that the instrument they found was actually the one owned by the band leader.Some people thought that the violin was lost in the Atlantic in the 1912 disaster. However, in 2006 the son of an amateur musician discovered it in an attic together with a silver plate displaying its provenance. After seven long years of testing, with tens of thousands of pounds poured out for the testing sessions, the water-stained violin has finally been proven to be the one played by the bandmaster.

4. Scarlett Johansson's used tissue

Photo: Getty

Would you believe? Scarlett Johansson tried to sell a used tissue online. Do you think she was successful doing it?Let's see. The particular tissue, strangely an insanely famous one, was used to blow her nose on the Tonight's Show back when American comedian Jay Leno was the host. Didn't believe it at first, but this notorious tissue has gathered more than 64 bids on eBay. Bids for a tissue with mucus? Fans could turn really weird concerning their screen idols, don't you think? For all you know, the owner could be keeping Johansson's used tissue in an air-conditioned closet just to preserve it! The latest report regarding the tissue says an anonymous bidder kicked out the rest of the competitors by dishing out a whopping $5,300 to get the honour of owning Scarlett's dirty tissue.Johansson jokingly told the show's audience that her snot had value for the simple reason that she got the cold from another actor-celebrity, Samuel L. Jackson, the Associated Press reported.All the proceeds from the sale will be sent to a hunger relief charity supported by the actress.The famous tissue comes in a bag with the actress' autograph.

5. A guinea pig suit of armour

Photo credit: Sean McCoy

Would you like to treat your pet guinea pig like royalty? By that, I mean secure and protect it with an armor.Back in 2013, the blogosphere went insane! All because somebody put an elaborately designed guinea pig suit of armor on auction.During the time Huffington Post Weird News first heard about the sale, a measly $305 was the highest bid.However, when the bidding session closed, the highest bid was $24,300. It's hard to believe, but, in 10 days, forty-seven bidders made 156 bids. For an armor designed for a guinea pig - that's amazing. No one could really predict what people will buy on auctions.Based on the product's description, 100 percent of those profits will go to Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue, a non-profit organization based in Virginia that is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and finding new homes for unwanted guinea pigs.Praises to seller mightys0x. We absolutely did not expect this!UPDATE: According to the Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue's Facebook page, the winning bidder in the guinea pig suit of armor auction has backed out. The item has been relisted on eBay.

ALLBIDS Extend Plus500 Brumbies Partnership

Published: 13/04/2018

 The Plus500 Brumbies are pleased to continue their strong association with ALLBIDS as part of the Brumbies Family with the online auction site continuing their partnership with the Australian Conference Champions. ALLBIDS have been a long-term supporter of the club and have extended their partnership for a further two seasons taking in the 2018 and 2019 Super Rugby campaigns as the Plus500 Brumbies preferred supplier of auction facilities for our premier business luncheon, The State of the Union. ALLBIDS is Australia's trusted home of unique online auctions with the company receiving over 100,000+ items every year from the Australian Federal Police, Government departments, estate executors, car dealers, insolvency firms, private households, collectors and leading retailers. They have the greatest range of unique auction items listed daily across key categories such as cars, antiques, art, electronics, computers, homewares, wine, tools, sporting goods, jewellery, collectables and many more. “We are very happy that ALLBIDS have decided to continue our long-term partnership at the Plus500 Brumbies,” CEO Michael Thomson said of the agreement. “AllBids are a well-respected locally based online auction house and their support of the Brumbies, particularly around our annual State of the Union Lunch, is very much appreciated. We are looking forward to continuing our excellent relationship with them.” ALLBIDS CEO Rob Evans reiterated the company’s desire to support a community-focused local sporting club through this partnership. “ALLBIDS have been a long-term sponsor of the Brumbies with over ten seasons of support,” Mr. Evans commented. “We are proud to once again be committing to the Brumbies in 2018 and beyond. “The ALLBIDS brand has grown nationally over the past few years and, with strong growth projected for the next few years, we want to continue our association with another of Canberra’s great success stories. “We are proud to be a supporter of Canberra’s sporting institutions and look forward to the joint benefits this arrangement will bring.” Tickets for a table of ten for the State of the Union Lunch, to be held on Friday 27 April, can be purchased at the cost of $275 plus GST per person or individual tickets can be purchased for $295 plus GST. If you would like further information, or would like to purchase tickets for the event, please contact Michael Coulton on m.coulton@brumbies.com.au or call him on 0407 027 405

Club Lime Gym Equipment

Published: 5/02/2018

Club Lime are currently upgrading their facilities. They have enlisted the team at allbids.com.au to auction off their gym equipment with no reserve. Everything starts at $1and is online now here, closing on Wednesday 7 February.This is a great opportunity to grab commercial fitness equipment at a ridiculous price. Coming from such a well respected gym you can be confident that it’s been well-maintained and meticulously cleaned. Up for grabs there is various plate and pin equipment, rowing machines, racks and more.Canberra’s leading online auction site allbids.com.au, have over 100,000 registered Canberra bidders and are handling the entire process. To bid, simply:

  1. Go to allbids.com.au and register. Registration is free.
  2. Click the banner on the home page to view the gym equipment sale.
  3. Items are available for inspection at the ALLBIDS showroom in Fyshwick.
  4. If you are the highest bidder when the auction closes on Wednesday night, simply pay online or head into the showroom to pay and collect your purchase.
From $1, this is an extraordinary opportunity to get set yourself up at home before Winter kicks in.Visit allbids.com.au for more information.

Item for auction at ALLBIDS: Rome Mini-Shred snowboard.

Adrenalin Boardstore in liquidation – $500,000 in stock must be sold this week!

Published: 12/01/2018

Item for auction at ALLBIDS: Rome Mini-Shred snowboard.

It’s the end of an era for a much-loved Canberra retail store – Adrenalin Boardstore.Adrenalin started in Lonsdale St Braddon and has been a very popular retail fixture in Canberra over the past 10 years, but the continued pressure of online retailing has meant that current Adrenalin store’s stock and fixtures in Fyshwick will be liquidated by online auction.Owners of the store are philosophical about the situation and thank their loyal customers from Canberra and around Australia for their support. Perhaps the popular Canberra store may re-invent itself as a website only presence in the future.In the mean-time Liquidators Deloitte Australia have tasked Canberra’s auction specialists
ALLBIDS with the job to sell over $500k in stock and fixtures over the next 7 days.Snowboards, skateboards, boots, jackets, sun glasses, goggles, helmets, clothes, shoes, accessories, fixtures, fittings and lots more, are all online at ALLBIDS with all auctions closing by next Thursday and Friday Jan 18th and 19th.If you are looking for somewhere to spend that cash you scored at Christmas from your mates and relatives and want to bag a bargain on some great sports gear, then log onto local auction site ALLBIDS and check out the bargains.All of Adrenalin Sports stock will be up for auction on ALLBIDS from today with absolutely no reserve prices.Many will remember Adrenalin Boardstore was initially in Braddon in the early 2010s and then moved to Fyshwick until recently going into administration. The online squeeze has become common place for many retailers with the “showrooming” and “webrooming” of retail stores whereby shoppers browse the store for the item and then buy it online from a wholesaler.Canberrans are well placed to take advantage of both the sun and snow – there is a great opportunity here to either update your snowboard or skateboard, boots or some other great new gear such as a jacket or goggles.This is a once in a decade opportunity to purchase this stock completely unreserved. Just visit Canberra’s most exciting online auction site www.allbids.com.au.

Item for auction at ALLBIDS: BATALEON GLobal-Warmer Snowboard.

 

Item for auction at ALLBIDS: LOBSTER Jib-Board Snowboard.

Items for auction at ALLBIDS: Nomis, Krew, Oneill, Jones, Afends – Hoodies.

Item for auction at ALLBIDS: Spy soldier snow goggles.

Item for auction at ALLBIDS: Skateboard helmets.

This article was first published on The RIOT ACT Website by Tim Bensonhttps://the-riotact.com/newsflash-adrenalin-boardstore-in-liquidation-500000-in-stock-must-be-sold-this-week/229664

An Arrangement of Christmas Presents wrapped in gift paper in natural shades

Looking for last minute gift ideas? We might have something for you!

Published: 18/12/2017

Don’t despair if you’ve left your Christmas shopping to the last minute, ALLBIDS have got you covered.

Let me guess…last year you told yourself “next year I’m going to be super organised and get all of my Christmas shopping done early”. Sound familiar?While I’m sure you started out with the best of intentions, like most of us, you’ve probably once again left your Christmas shopping to the last minute and are now scrambling to come up with gift ideas that are both unique and affordable.Well, here’s the only tip you need to get your Christmas shopping sorted quickly and on a budget –
ALLBIDS. If you’re a little late to the show and haven’t heard of it yet,  ALLBIDS is Canberra’s premier online auction clearance house where you can find some really unique gifts at bargain basement prices.

A unique Antique Australian Rose Gold Bangle set to sell in the lead up to Christmas. Source: ALLBIDS.

Struggling to come up with good gift ideas will become a thing of the past when it’s so easy to find something for everyone you want to buy for from one location, including everything from vintage and modern jewellery and watches, to original artworks and statement pieces of antique furniture or collectables.You could pick up some cool tech gadgets like computers, projectors, headphones and other accessories, or you even find some great fashion and beauty steals at a fraction of the price you would normally pay. They even sell a great range of big brand name, local and boutique wines!

If you’re buying for a tech lover, picking up a refurbished Apple or Samsung product could make a great gift. Source: ALLBIDS.

If you want to give a gift with heart, maybe choosing something from one of their charity auctions where you can give someone special a gift they’ll love, while also helping make a difference in the local Canberra community.The items for sale largely come from private sellers, estate clearances or lot sales from a variety of businesses and agencies, so you never know what gem you may find.The site basically adopts an auction format where items can sell for as little as $1, guaranteeing you’ll pay the lowest price possible for your unique find, while also enjoying the convenience of having it shipped directly to your door.Because they have good relationships with various freight companies, if you bid and win an auction this week, they can even ship the item directly to you before Christmas. It doesn’t get much better than that!It’s easy to get started — simply register and start bidding on the items you want. I promise once you give it a go, navigating through over-crowded shopping centres to do your Christmas shopping will be a thing of the past!This article was first published on The RIOT ACT Website by Amelia Stephenson https://the-riotact.com/looking-for-last-minute-gift-ideas-we-might-have-something-for-you/226676

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The Hyatt Hotel Canberra Auctions!

4/12/2013

The Hyatt Hotel Canberra is among the city’s most prestigious 5 star hotels. Originally built in the 1920s as the “Hotel Canberra” for the sole purpose of housing politicians, the building went through various changes before it eventually became the “Hyatt Hotel Canberra” in 1988, the only international 5 star in the capital.Many eminent people have stayed at the Hyatt especially in the sumptuous Presidential Suite, including actors, singers, professional athletes and high-profile businessmen. As a matter of fact, last year the Hyatt Canberra alone was host to 13 different head of states from across the globe!The Hyatt is now refurbishing various sections of the hotel and is giving you a unique opportunity to become the next owner of some of these items! They have put various high-quality furniture settings up for auction, including arm chairs, outdoor tables and lounge chairs.If you’re in need of gym equipment, then you’re in luck as the Hyatt is also putting up some of their Star Trac cardio gear such as cross trainers, recumbent bikes, stepper machines, upright bikes and treadmills. There are also free weights, barbells and dumbbells to cater for the bodybuilders out there.Click here to check out the auction!These items are all currently sitting at the Hyatt hotel, who have allowed the public to come and inspect these items on Monday 9th December.

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Panasonic VIErA 54? Full HD Neo Plasma TV

23/11/2013

With their breathtaking images, elegant design, and power-saving efficiency, the Panasonic VIErA TVs offer you a complete viewing pleasure!If you are looking for a big TV, don’t pay full retail! Panasonic VIErA is a dominant name in TVs these days, and we have a number of these just a couple of years old and in very good condition.Most are massive 54” widescreens with full HD resolution, USB ports with recording capability, multiple HDMI inputs and a 5-star energy rating.Compatible with a Skype Camera, Wireless LAN, USB Keyboard, USB HDD, most video file formats and Ethernet streaming – you will find a very modern TV.As with all our equipment, please check the specifications and condition of each before bidding, as there is always the chance of individual variation between items.We also recommend inspecting items before you buy and before you remove them from our warehouse.To view the auctions, click here!

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The Ultimate Golfing Experience with George Gregan, Justin Marshall and Brendan Jones

19/11/2013

Ever wanted to ask Wallabies great George Gregan about ‘that famous tackle’, discuss the All Blacks’ game strategy with Justin Marshall, or learn the secret to the perfect golf swing with PGA golfer, Brendan Jones?That would be a pretty awesome sporting dream right? Some might say the ultimate golfing experience, and thanks to these three sporting greats you might have the chance to do this with five of your best mates or work colleagues.Click here to view this auction right now! Canberra’s greatest golfer, Brendan Jones, was the brainchild in setting up a game of golf and lunch with two of the best Rugby half backs of the modern era, and two of his best mates which you have a chance to win by bidding in our online auction.You have from now until 17 December to bid for this experience which could see you take four friends for a round of 18 holes at the Royal Canberra Golf Club on 6 February 2014. You’ll play 18 holes swapping between playing with Justin Marshall and George Gregan in one group, and Brendan Jones in the other. Then you can grab lunch together overlooking the 18th green. Could the day get any better for fans of rugby and golf?!All money raised goes to Canberra Grammar School’s Northside Early Childhood Campus.

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Spend a fortune to play golf with footballers

6/11/2013

Ok, so here’s a press release I just received that caused me some confusion.They’re auctioning off a chance to play a game of golf with a professional golfer and two footballers. The bidding is already up to $2,020 and there’s still 41 days left to go. This looks like it’ll raise some serious cash. I assumed this had to be a fundraiser for charity but the press release mentioned no cause.I figured that couldn’t be right. As jerky as sports people can be, these guys couldn’t just be straight up charging people to play sport with them.So where is the money going?I managed to find the recipient on the bidding page (which the release also doesn’t link to) , it’s Canberra Grammer School.A poor unfortunate private school.Ok fine, whatever. Still the simple fact that the release skips over that this is a charity auction is quite amusing. Perhaps they think the people who will bid for this are not the kind of person who would really care?Canberra’s online auction specialists, ALLBIDS, have joined forces with Canberra’s greatest golfer, Brendan Jones, to set up a game of golf and lunch with two of the best Rugby half backs of the modern era – the Wallabies’ George Gregan, and All Blacks’ Justin Marshall.“This truly is one of the most unique sporting experiences of a lifetime,” said Rob Evans, CEO and Founder of ALLBIDS.“You could ask George about ‘that famous tackle’, discuss the All Blacks’ game strategy with Justin, or learn the secret to the perfect golf swing with PGA golfer, Brendan Jones,” said Rob, who is himself a keen golfer and active participant in Canberra’s golfing community.The auction was the brainchild of Brendan Jones and his wife Adele. Brendan has become great mates with George and Justin and they devised the ultimate corporate sporting golfing experience for a group of five to buy at auction with ALLBIDS.“Bidders just need to go to the ALLBIDS website and make a bid. It’s the perfect opportunity to just meet your sporting heroes, or deliver an awesome corporate event,” Rob said.The auction, which is now live at www.allbids.com.au, will run through until 17 December and will see the winning bidder take four friends for a round of 18 holes at the Royal Canberra Golf Club on 6 February 2014. They will swap between playing with Justin Marshall and George Gregan in one group, and Brendan Jones in the other. The experience will be capped off by lunch at the club overlooking the 18th green.“This is a great way to support our community and the experience on offer could see a group of friends live out their sporting dream,” Rob concluded.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Barcham https://the-riotact.com/sports-people-want-to-charge-you-to-play-sports-with-them/119082

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Two Weeks to Save the Planet – Electric Mitsubishi Miev

1/11/2013

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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Olivia Lambert Foundation Charity Auction

23/10/2013

In Memory of one of our BravestOlivia Lambert was an incredibly brave young girl, who succumbed to cancer in 2012 aged just 8 years old. No words can properly describe what this must have been like for her family, but they are determined that this heartbreaking story will serve some positive purpose for the future.The Olivia Lambert Foundation (OLF) has been setup in her memory to help other children and their families who face the horror of childhood cancer. The Foundation operates with volunteers to minimise administration costs and ensure that the funds raised go to the people that need them most.To find more about the Olivia Lambert Foundation, please click here The Canberra Centenary has selected the OLF as a recipient of the unique Centenary Numberplate 096. By bidding on this, you can help support those coping with these horrific illnesses. As always, ALLBIDS charges no commission, Buyer’s Premium, listing or handling fees for this service.To check out the bidding, click here.

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Storage Showdown

11/09/2013

Storage Showdown offers a unique opportunity to grab a bargain and find hidden treasure.There are many reasons why storage units might be abandoned.Sometimes the owner might have moved interstate or overseas, other times the rent has simply stopped being paid. In the latter case, Storage Unit operators make every effort to contact the owner and give them a chance to retrieve their goods, but it doesn’t always work out.Whatever the reason: they all lead to the same conclusion. The unit needs to be rented and all the goods cleared out. Previously, this would mean everything being sent to the tip, which was costly and wasteful.In response to this, ALLBIDS developed Storage Showdown – a unique promotion which provides an environmentally sustainable solution for the storage company, and the chance of a bargain – and maybe even hidden treasure to the successful buyer.There are a few differences to our normal auctions, so please read the precise terms and conditions of each listing, but in general:
  • You may inspect the unit, but you will not necessarily be allowed inside to check every item. There is a role for skill, experience, gut instinct and luck!
  • You will need to remove every item from the unit, not just the ones you feel are of value.
  • Any personal documents must legally be returned to the Storage Unit operator, who will either return them to the owner or dispose of them appropriately.
  • If you have a great win, you must promote Storage Showdown via social media and in all other ways to your friends and acquaintances. (OK, that’s not an actual rule, but you should anyway.)
If you are interested in finding out more, check out what’s on Storage Showdown today.Occasionally, there may not be units available, so to make sure you are sent an alert when one is listed. Sign up to ALLBIDS Auction Watch and select Home & Lifestyle/Storage Unit Contents.If you are not an ALLBIDS member, you will need to register to select an Auction Watch.

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Four Poster Bed from the Winter Bed Vigil

9/09/2013

For 72 hours in wintery August weather the Winter Bed Vigil, a four poster bed art installation in Civic Square, was the centre of a public awareness campaign on homelessness in Canberra.The idea was the brainchild of Robyn Archer Artistic Director Centenary of Canberra and Holly Rankin Smith of Bighart and was supported by the ACT Government through the Centenary of Canberra. Looking like something out of a fairy story or a ship in full sale with its white drapes floating in the wind the bed was an impressive sight.Among those who braved the rain and gale force winds to spent time in the bed were Robyn Archer Artistic Director of the Centenary of Canberra, Gai Brodtmann MP, Gary Humphries, Geoff Pryor popular Canberra Times cartoonist, Andrew Leigh MP and Andrew Wall MLA. Helpers included friends and members of Common Ground Canberra. Visitors to the installation were very supportive of the project and donated generously to the cause.The four-poster bed is now available to buy through an online auction at www.allbids.com.au, with all proceeds of the sale to go to Common Ground Canberra. The package is valued in excess of $1000 and includes the bed, queen-size mattress, electric blanket and never used doona cover, sheet set and 6 pillow slips.Donations can be made direct to Common Ground Canberra for a new facility for the homeless and those with a low income. Visit Hands Across Canberra for more information.Inquiries to Gwen Wilcox Director Common Ground Canberra 0402 014 728Common Ground Canberra is working with the ACT Government to establish a housing development in Canberra based on the Common Ground Model with a mix of 50 per cent homeless and 50 per cent low income individuals and families. The ACT government has provided a site in Gungahlin for the building of 40 one and two bedroom units. The ACT Government has provided $7.6 million and the Commonwealth has provide $4.1 million for the project to be completed by December 2014.The Common Ground approach aims to end chronic homelessness. It recognises that the chronically homeless need more than a roof – they need a home.It is a partnership between community groups, the private sector and the government to deliver a permanent solution by providing housing with on-site support services tailored to each individual and focused on improving their health, well being and life skills.The Common Ground Model creates a strong base which assists and supports the move from homelessness into permanent supported housing. It provides an environment and community for people who have previously been vulnerable and living on the streets.The development will be a secure facility with a 24 hour caretaker and security access to the building by residents.One of the fundamental features of the Common Ground approach is that housing is of very high quality and suited to its environment. For many of these people they will for the first time have a high quality, well maintained residence that they can take pride in and call home.Common Ground believes that this development will provide opportunities for homeless people who have had little opportunity and little support in their lives so far. The evidence from other Common Ground developments is that this approach works, ending the cycle of homelessness in which some people have become trapped.There are Common Ground projects already up and running in Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney with others being built in other Australian cities. They have attracted positive reactions from local residents due to features such as the quality of the buildings and the attention paid to security. Common Ground is confident that a similar development in Canberra will also be successful and integrate well into the community and environment.

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There is only One Direction!

2/09/2013

CanTeen is a terrific charity that supports, develops and empowers young people living with cancer. CanTeen connects young people who are going through similar experiences so they can help and support each other, and help them take back control of their lives.ALLBIDS offers free support to charities wishing to raise money, typically by using our online auction platform to turn donated items into cash. Over the last 10 years we have raised over $3 million for charities and community groups.To support CanTeen, we are excited to offer tickets to one of the hottest shows in town – One Direction – live in Melbourne.Harry, Niall, Zayn, Liam and Louis are touring Australia, and if you need to find a present for any teenage girls in your life, this has to be a sure fire hit.If you know any other charities that need our support please visit our Charities and Fundraising page or get in touch.Meanwhile, if you didn’t know the boys from 1D could act then check out the video and of course don’t forget to make a bid! [maxbutton id=”3?]

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Centenary charity online auction starts today

1/08/2013

From today until August the 15th the Centenary are running a collection of online auctions to raise money for their charity projects, Dollars for Dili and the Boundless all-abilities children’s playground.A total of thirty seven items are up for grabs, so have a peek and see if anything takes your fancy.The auction items include:· flight for two in The Skywhale over Canberra· joy flight in a Tiger Moth over Canberra· Champagne breakfast for 14 on roof of Parliament House· a day sailing on Sydney Harbour· double membership for the two Canberra International Film Festival plus 10 tickets· Canberra Glassworks hotshop experience· Royal Military College experience including a night for two in the Campbell Room at Duntroon House· private guided tour for two of the Australian War Memorial by Dr Brendan Nelson· family Pass to Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s 2014 Shell Prom concert· CSIRO experience for up to 12 people· ACTION bus charter for 4 hours for up to 110 guests· Porsche Supercup hotlaps at either Goulburn or Eastern Creek Sydney· two tickets to Tim Winton’s Shrine, including drinks and canapés at post-performance function· two nights at the QT Hotel on the Gold Coast including breakfast and one dinner· behind the scenes tour of the Australian National Botanic Gardens for 10 people· behind the scenes tour of Canberra Airport for 4 people· six 30 minute segway rides· two A-reserve tickets to Voices in the Forest including dinner· two Silver Season passes to Summernats 20014· framed Centenary flag signed by the Australian and New Zealand rugby league teams· framed Like Canberra t-shirt signed by West Indies’ cricket greats Sir Viv Richards, Michael Holding and Joel Garner· framed Kangaroos jersey signed by the Australian Rugby League team· two Centenary table centrepieces, signed by the Australian and New Zealand rugby league teams· AFL football signed by 2013 AFL Hall of Fame inductees· signed 2013 Brumbies jersey, size large· Visionary framed artist print by CSIRO Science Art Fellow and recipient of the Centenary Science Art Commission Eleanor Gates-Stuart· Coolamon Bowl made from a Local Eucalyptus tree by ACT Parks and Conservation Service Aboriginal rangers· Australian Diamonds netball signed 2012 International Series memorabilia, including a playing dress· landscape painting of the view from the National Arboretum by local artist Casey Douglas· framed Centenary of Canberra stamp· Cadel Evans framed and signed photograph· $2000 Canberra FM radio advertising voucher· Australian Antartic Polar Series montage· twin pack of Shaw Vinyard Estate wine· Samsung phone· handmade lacework by Petronella Wensing OA· handmade sterling silver earrings.In addition to the online auction, the ACT Government is also hosting a cross-government trivia night to raise funds for Dollars for Dili and Boundless.The public is encouraged to bid on auction items or donate directly to Dollars for Dili and Boundless. For more information visit http://www.scouts.com.au/dili_donate.asp and http://www.boundlesscanberra.org.au/To make a bid, head over to allbids.com.au.[Photo courtesy of LAB]This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Barcham https://the-riotact.com/centenary-charity-online-auction-starts-today/111135

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