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How to Buy Used Computers at Online Auctions

Published: 16/08/2018

Online auctions offer a means to buy used computers at far better prices, but the process can be complicated at times. At the very least, you have to:

  1. Deal with minute technical details. The difficulty varies, depending on your tech-savviness.
  2. Learn how the auction site handles important matters like payment methods and refunds.
Here are a few tips on how to go through the whole thing.

Find out how the website works

Each auction website has its own set of different rules. Because of this, you have to learn how the site you're eyeing works - particularly the following:
  • Payment methods - Does the site let you use safer payment methods (e.g. credit cards)? Is the auction site a verified merchant among reputable payment providers? Does it have a secure payment system that hides your credit card's account number?
  • Disputes - How does the site settle disputes? For instance, what happens when the item is defective or different from what was described?
  • Security - How does the auction site safeguard your information? Is it secure? Does its web address start with https? Does its privacy policy contain useful information? Is its contact info current?
One good way to learn how an auction website works is to carefully read through its Terms and Conditions page. All the basics should be there.

What do you need it for?

Before you buy a used computer, you need to first ask yourself what purpose the machine will serve. Will it mainly be for word processing? Will you do some gaming on it?This exercise will help you determine the following:SpecsOnce you know what the computer is for, you can decide what specifications it'll have. For instance, if you need something for complex 4K video editing, aim for something with hefty processing power (like an Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron), and an abundance of memory and hard drive space.Likewise, see to it that the computer's specs can handle the programs you need to run. Otherwise, ask yourself if the money you save on a used computer is worth dealing with slower programs. As a workaround, you can use older versions of the software you need.Size and weightIf you plan to bring the computer with you (especially if you're planning on getting a laptop), then you'll have to take its size and weight into account. Take note, however, that lighter laptops are usually not as powerful and feature-packed as its larger cousins.Power concernsThis issue is for laptops and notebooks in particular. A used laptop will probably need a replacement battery because it has already used up many recharge cycles. If you plan to bring the device on trips, consider getting a new battery and maybe even a backup AC adapter to avoid running out of juice when you least expect it.

Read the description carefully

Before you bid on any item, make sure you read its description first. Thoroughly. This will give you an idea about important details like:
  • The computer's brand and model.
  • What the specs are.
  • If there are any install discs included.
  • If the computer has any cosmetic damages, which you can see from the attached photos.
  • If there are any other caveats.
If you miss a key piece of information, you might end up having to spend more or making the wrong decision altogether.
For example, at ALLBIDS, we always wipe computers to ensure no data is left on them. We do this as a lot of our machines come from the government and they require hard drives to be wiped securely before they're sold.This means the operating system is removed. So unless the description says a computer has an OS, it most likely doesn't. This also implies that you'll have to buy an OS separately.But if you're getting a special kind of server hardware, you won't even be able to buy the OS unless you buy new server gear.[ML1] 

Do your research

Don't rely solely on the information included in the description, however. You'll need to look into other minutiae like:
  • The current auction price vs the price of a similar unit when brand new. Bear in mind that when you buy used computers, it doesn't necessarily mean it's cheaper. If the auction price is awfully close to the price of a pristine unit, then maybe you should get the computer new.
  • Cost of upgrades. The unit may seem cheap right now, but how much will you likely spend on upgrades like a new OS, a program you need, or a solid-state drive? The price of a new computer with all the bells and whistles - plus the warranty - might be a smarter expense.
  • The seller himself/herself. Does the seller accept safer, more reputable payment methods which enable you to get your money back in case the deal goes sideways? Take the time to look at the seller's ratings and previous buyers' feedback, particularly the recent ones.

Take it out for a spin

It's always a good idea to test the computer you plan to buy. There's a huge difference between reading its specs on the description and booting it up to see if it works.At ALLBIDS, bidders are allowed to switch on and test the computer. We actually have a testing bay where you can give it a test run, and you can check under the hood as well to see its innards' condition.When you do get some hands-on time, make sure you inspect the following:
  • The screen - Does it have dead pixels, discolouration or any sort of distortion?
  • The body - Does it have any damage? Cracks or dents?
  • The software (if any) - Are the keys and/or installation discs included?
  • The connectivity ports - Are they all working? Do cables fit snugly or are they loose?
  • The peripherals - Are they in good working order? Is there any damage?

Bidding suggestions

Here are a few tips you should consider when bidding:
  • Before you make a bid, determine how much you're willing to spend in the auction. If the auction price goes over this amount, don't bid anymore.
  • Beware of "shill bidders" who bid on items to artificially increase its price. If you have a maximum amount in mind and you stick to it, you won't be duped into paying more.
  • If you win the auction, print a copy of the item description and the final price. You might need it later, in case of a dispute.
At ALLBIDS, we have rules against shill bidding but our protection doesn't stop there.

Always go through the auction site

If you encounter a problem with the sale (e.g. the item is different from the description, or it arrives late), contact the seller via the auction website. Don't use other means outside it. Why? Because if the seller can't resolve the issue, the auction site can intervene.Never agree to communicating or paying outside the confines of the auction site. If you do, the auction site won't be able to protect you from fraud.

Bid with confidence

ALLBIDS runs a staggering number of online auctions for new and used computers on a daily basis. And on each auction, we provide layers of protection, which means you can bid with confidence. So look for the right computer today at ALLBIDS.If you're looking to sell your computer, you can also use ALLBIDS to maximise your return. Get in touch with us to find out how.

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

Cashed Up Christmas - flipping for extra cash

Published: 9/12/2017

If your home is anything like mine, you have way too much stuff yet not enough money for when bills are due. As I head into the Christmas silly season, my challenge in this blog post is to convert some of my unwanted and unloved junk into cash.This is a slightly confronting issue for me to deal with. I know some people are really comfortable with selling things that they don’t need, but somehow, mentally, I feel like it is wrong. I worry that things that I have would not be perceived to be of value, that maybe people would laugh at me for listing them or for charging too much. I much prefer to gift to my favourite op shops or to give away via the Buy Nothing Project.This is, I realise, a limiting belief. I buy second hand goods all the time. I love a bargain. I also like looking for things that are slightly obscure (at the moment prasiolite aka green amethyst and vintage jewellery). So why wouldn’t someone just happen to want the odd thing that I have listed for sale? And if I thought something was valuable enough to buy it, why wouldn’t someone else want to own it?Some readers might remember that a few months ago I earned a few hundred dollars from selling some old Chinese provincial chairs that I no longer needed by listing them for auction with Allbids. They were lovely chairs, but didn’t fit into my apartment and were just cluttering up my car park in the basement. Now I have more room for my bicycles, and even room for my man’s motorbike.As an aside, if you are looking to attract a romantic partner into your life, one of the best things you can do is to signal to the universe that you are ready is to declutter. Start by clearing space in your garage for another car (or motorbike if that is your thing) and room in your closet for someone else’s clothes. Yep, I’ve done this and it works. It really works.Kylie from the Thrifty Issue is a big fan of ‘flipping’. Her blog is featuring a challenge of creating $20,000 in extra cash. Selling things you no longer need is one of the big ways that and she and others in her community make extra cash.Last month, during the Cashed Up Christmas month, I started on a challenge to list as many things for sale as I can between now and Christmas. Even if I only earn small amounts, I know they will add up. I am putting these small amounts into my new Acorns account. I am finding that watching how my savings adds up is quite addictive .What I have discovered through this is that it is now much easier than ever to list items for sale. There really are no excuses not to declutter and earn cash from your unwanted trash. These are some of the places that I am listing items that I no longer need or want:

  • Allbids. This is a Canberra-based online auction platform that is expanding throughout Australia. It is especially good for antiques and items that are a little bit quirky and might be of value because they have specialists who can appraise you of value and help you market it. (That kitsch knick nack that your dad or granddad bought in Asia on posting in the 70s might be worth more than all your household contents put together.) They are also really good for bulky furniture because they can pick up for you, and they are great for handling large lots such as deceased estates and items from people who are downsizing. Best part is that they do all the work – they take photos, list the items, liaise with the sellers and then just give you money when it is all finished. (Beware: this website is addictive and you might end up wanting to buy more than you sell.)
  • Gumtree. Gumtree has a large reach throughout Australia, and I find it works well for things that you want to be able to see in person such as furniture, handbags and clothes and bicycles. Listing is free, but there are inducements to encourage you to bump up your add. The only real problem is working out how much to list things for. I find that people tend to put on slightly higher prices to factor in it being negotiated down. Some of the jewellery on here, for example, I believe is over priced relative to Allbids.
  • Facebook marketplace. Facebook has been aggressively promoting its marketplace option, perhaps ahead of Amazon entering the Australian market. I have bought items off here, but I am yet to successfully sell something. I am slightly appalled by the amount of used make-up and perfume that is being offered, and the strong consumer culture (some people seem to have endless amounts of clothes). But it is soooo easy to just flick through and look at things.
  • Facebook groups such as buy, sell, swap and giveaway. There are several groups in Canberra and I am sure there are many groups in other places. If you list on Facebook marketplace it also gives you the option to list items into groups that you belong to so you can list in more than one place fairly easily. An added advantage is that your friends are notified when you have something to offer. I find this works well for household items such as baby items that you no longer need. The items can’t really be searched or curated as neatly as other platforms (there isn’t really a database as such), and I find that items tend to pop up for a day or two then disappear.
  • Work classifieds. If your work has an online classifieds forum, or even a cork board in the kitchenette, then use it. An advantage of selling through work is that it is easy to bring it in to sell (assuming the item is not too large). A disadvantage is that you might want a functional separation between your home and office lives.
  • Ebay. I am finding that increasingly sellers are commercial in nature with their own shops, but there is no reason you can’t list individual second-hand items on this platform. This can work well for the obscure. But as (unlike platforms such as Allbids) you don’t have someone to advise on value you risk underselling or overselling items that are potentially rare or valuable.
How have I gone? Well so far I have sold a wooden table that I no longer needed for $100, and an old kids bike for $20. There are three items that have no takers, and I am about to list some unneeded camping gear. (BTW, the featured image is of a item for sale – a Selangor pewter orchid necklace. The chain is, I think, silver and better quality than it looks. I don’t wear it. I don’t know why.) Maybe that doesn’t seem like a lot – but it is $120 in my Acorns account growing interest that I wouldn’t have otherwise.Your challenge is to identify an item that you no longer need and list it for sale. Don’t delay and wait until you have ‘time’- pre-Christmas is the best time to do this. Just find something you don’t use and try to sell it – you will probably find heaps of stuff while digging around for the Christmas tree in any case. And connect with me and others on the Frugal Dare to Millionaire Facebook Group to tell us how much cash you managed to flip!This article was first published on msfrugalears.com Website byMs Frugal Ears https://www.msfrugalears.com/2017/12/09/cashed-christmas-flipping-extra-cash/

How to get the best wine buy in time for the festive season

Published: 1/12/2017

Stock up on your favourite varieties in time for your holiday festivities thanks to ALLBIDS.There’s no question the festive season is quite possibly the busiest time of the year. While the holiday period should ideally offer the opportunity to relax, refresh and reset, it rarely does.Whether you’re trying to juggle parties with friends, end of year work functions or hosting the extended family at your place, most of us have little to no spare time left in between organising the decorations, getting through the gift shopping and sorting out the catering.With the holiday season creeping closer every day, most of us are looking for a few shortcuts to help get everything sorted quickly and easily so we can make the most of our well-deserved time off.Well here’s a convenient and affordable solution to help you stock up on all the wine you’ll need to get right through the festive season, without even having to leave the house – ALLBIDS, Canberra’s home-grown online auction site, conducts daily wine auctions where you can get your hands on a wide range of premium quality wines, at bargain basement prices.

An Australian red wine mix that will be sold and delivered to the highest bidder. Source: ALLBIDS.

You can purchase half or full cases of white, red, sparkling and mixed varieties at hard-to-beat prices, from a large range of well-known Australian brands like ‘Penfolds’, ‘Rosemount’, and ‘Hardy’, as well as some smaller boutique and local wine producers.Their wine auctions start from only $1, with most cases selling at a price that equates to somewhere between $5 and $10 a bottle – prices well below what you would typically pay if you were to purchase them from a retail store. Even more, you won’t have to do any of the heavy lifting, with free delivery directly to your home, function, or event included in the purchase price if it’s in Canberra.They can even help if you have a function or event that is approaching fast and you’ve left it to the last minute to organise your wine order. With orders dispatched within 48 hours of purchase, your wine shipment should arrive in as little as 3 to 4 days so you can rest easy knowing everything’s going to be sorted in time.While the ALLBIDS auction process is very straightforward and will get you the best possible price, if you would prefer to place your order outright, many of their wine listings also offer a discounted ‘Buy now’ option, so you can make your purchase in the same way you would from any other retailer, while still saving time and money.Whether you want to get ready for an upcoming event or function, make a bulk order to use for corporate or other gifts, or simply stock-up the wine rack at home, ALLBIDS is all you need to tick it off your ever-growing to-do list.View their full range of wine sale auctions or register your details with ALLBIDS to get started.This article was first published on The RIOT ACT Website by Amelia Stephenson https://the-riotact.com/how-to-get-the-best-wine-buy-in-time-for-the-festive-season/225016

Decorative Chinese vase

Get in quick on the largest collectors estate sale in Canberra

Published: 15/11/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published: 8/11/2017

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

NCA readying historic Lobby Restaurant for sale

Published: 2/11/2017

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

A bit of bling - buying quality jewellery online

Published: 25/10/2017

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

Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale

Published: 10/10/2017

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

Original 3-digit Canberra number plates fetching a fair price

Published: 19/09/2017

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

Are you in need of a Man Cave?

Published: 12/09/2017

The definition of a man cave is a place of privacy for a man, including his decorations and the things needed for his hobbies and interests. A Man Cave might be the garage, a spare room, a media room or a purpose-built space within the home.In the 70’s a ‘Man Cave’ was cracking a beer out of an esky down the back in your shed with a mate or two. There was, and still is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but have a look around, man caves have come a very long way.Today we have access to the internet and with it a plethora of inspiration. We thought we would draw attention to the idea of creating the perfect man cave, whilst utilising items that are recycled, re purposed and reused, ALLBIDS primary focus. We have visited Pinterest, You Tube and read numerous Top 20 tips. There is no right or wrong but there are a few things you should consider when planning your space.

  • A big screen TV, we all want the biggest screen possible, but remember to keep it in proportion to the space you have.
  • A comfy lounge, again keep it in proportion to the space you are in. If you will comfortably fit a two seater, don’t try to squeeze in a large modular. A lounge doesn’t have to be a big-ticket item. We regularly have lounges come in, both new and used. You could pick one up for as little as $40.
  • What kind of a man cave doesn’t have a bar? It isn’t necessary to have one in order to feel awesome in your man cave but it is a great feature. It doesn’t have to be big, it just has to be there. If you are handy, make your own with pallets. There are great pallet furniture ideas here
  • We always have a range of sporting memorabilia online, most of which is auctioned for community and charity groups. Spoil yourself, grab a piece for your man cave and feel great about it by supporting others.
  • Art doesn’t have to come in a frame. Dust your caps of and hang them on the wall.
This list could go on, what is most important is to make a space that is comfortable for you. Surround yourself with art, sporting memorabilia, create the ultimate gaming space, to each their own. Set a budget and stick to it. Shop at ALLBIDS.com.au or sell your unused items via auction to fund the man cave. Recycle, repurpose, reuse, always remember ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’.

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Online Traffic Growth

12/09/2017

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

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Gym equipment on auction from $1

20/08/2017

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

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

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

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    Federal government surplus assets: where do they all go?

    20/08/2017

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

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    Decluttering and profiting – selling at auction

    18/08/2017

    A pair of old Chinese wooden carved chairs. That was pretty much the last remnant of joint furniture purchased with my ex-husband during our marriage that I didn’t want. “You sell it,” he said when I offered him the chairs that he had once lovingly selected. Fine. But how on earth was I going to do this?The chairs were good quality, attractive and made with good craftsmanship. Many years ago they stood by the front door to our home, one of the first things guests saw when we welcomed them into our home. When we returned from posting to Taiwan, I didn’t know what to do with them. I no longer wanted them there because, being old, they were a bit rickety and unsafe for children to sit on (or climb on). For a while I hid then in corners and there they got covered with kid’s toys and clutter.When I moved into my new apartment in January the chairs then sat untidily in my spare parking space, making it look like I was decamping to the basement.I thought of selling on gumtree or Ebay – but I had no idea how much they were worth, or even what they were or how to describe them. Were they truly antique? Or a knock-off? I could recognise they were Chinese, but from what province and what style? And would people even want to buy them? What if they were made by a really famous carver, or they had come from the Forbidden City and I sold up my kids inheritance for a pittance?In the end I decided to sell at auction with Allbids, Canberra’s top auction site.I had planned to blog at length about the steps in this process, about following the items online on a daily process, but all I can say is that it was so quick and incredibly easy.So easy. I wish I had known about this service earlier because I would have sold more junk (aka treasures) this way, especially when I was selling the house and moving.All I did was make a short drive to Fyshwick to drop off my chairs at the Allbids warehouse in Fyshwick. (They can also collect, which is useful if you have a whole home full of stuff.) Andrew Whitehead, a Certified Fine Art and Antiques Valuer and one of the foremost experts in valuing Asian art in Australia, looked at the chairs and assessed they were nice provincial pieces worth between $100 to $200 each. It turned out that Allbids had another pair of a similar design in their warehouse already, so knew what the chairs were truly worth. Perhaps I was indeed hoping they were worth a fortune, but it was a huge relief to have a definitive answer about what range I should look at.Allbids took professional photos, which it put on their website. I didn’t have to do anything – I didn’t have to write an advertisement, take photos, answer inquiries from people about what the chairs actually were (which I couldn’t answer because I didn’t know), or guess a price. All I had to was wait.The starting bid on the first day was $20. $20! “Don’t worry,” said Rod Evans, Allbids owner. “This is normal. There is always a low starting bid but it will trend upwards right at the end.”$70. Then a bit more. Finally the pair sold for $231 to one of Allbids regular clients. The commission cost $42.74. Allbids handled delivery to the new purchasers, paperwork and communication. All I had to do was to wait for the money to come into my bank account, which happened quickly and easily. Before I knew it I had $172.99 in my account, which I could use to pay off my mortgage (or to go skiing again). That was $172.99 more than I had had when these lovely chairs were just clutter in my life.This whole experience has opened up my eyes to more possibilities at home. What other things do I have at home that I like, but don’t need? What else could become a treasure for someone else, and help increase the gold in my bank account?This is a sponsored post, written after I approached Allbids because I really wanted to sell my chairs, then realised I liked their business and wanted to work with them. I believe selling stuff you don’t need in your life at auction a great way for frugaleers to declutter and reach their financial goals. Stay tuned for more posts about Allbids.Have you sold on gumtree? Or Ebay? Or auction? What was the experience like?This article was first published on msfrugalears.com Website byMs Frugal Ears https://www.msfrugalears.com/2017/08/18/decluttering-and-profiting-selling-at-auction/

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    Garage sales in Canberra: Pain or profit?

    21/07/2017

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

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    Feeling a little low? You might have Seasonal Affective Disorder

    8/07/2017

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

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    Whatever happened to allclassifieds?

    13/06/2017

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

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    Should you buy or sell a car online?

    19/05/2017

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

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    What to look for when buying a car

    6/05/2017

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

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    How do you downsize, or declutter, your home?

    5/05/2017

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

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    The Lobby: ideas for future use?

    7/04/2017

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

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    How to raise funds for your charity or community organisation

    4/04/2017

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

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    Deceased estates: What to do with all the assets and how to know what’s valuable

    10/03/2017

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

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    Architect's Passion

    7/03/2017

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

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    Carwoola Bush Fire Appeal - A Call to Support the Devastated Community

    2/03/2017

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

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    Living the good life on the cheap (or even for free!)

    26/02/2017

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

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    Charity Auction in aid of Sam Willoughby - The BMX Bandit

    24/02/2017

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

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    ALLBIDS to bring the hammer down on the Mate 9 Porsche

    8/02/2017

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

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    Yarralumla Bakery to close leaving ten jobless

    7/02/2017

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

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


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    Delivery/Pickup

    1/02/2017

    Each auction listing will clearly identify how you can take delivery of the item you are bidding on. Some listings would have description “Local Pickup or Contact us for Freight” which means item is available for local pickup only, however you can contact AllBids to arrange a Freight (charges applicable). Some auction listings would have both options “Freight or Local Pickup”Whereas some items might also be delivery only as they aren’t shipped from the warehouse and are “Freight Only”Large items like industrial equipment and cars might be local pick up only. Make sure you check the item description to understand what freight charges might be applicable to your winning bid. If your item is less than 25kg you can use the freight calculator to determine the cost of delivery to your door. Just enter the postcode or suburb name and click on “Calculate”. If you are logged in it will automatically display the freight amount.

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