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Tips on How to Buy Used Cars

Published: 14/06/2018

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

Consider a number of factors

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

Inspect the car

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

Ensure the paperwork is in order

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

Final word

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

Ways to Increase Property Value

Published: 14/06/2018

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

Improve the kerb appeal

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

Update the bathroom and kitchen

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

Add a bedroom

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

Make an outdoor entertaining area

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

Build a granny flat

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

More ideas

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

7 Easy Ideas for a Budget Bathroom Makeover

Published: 13/06/2018

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

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

More possibilities

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

How to Clean a Couch

Published: 12/06/2018

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

Vacuum

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

Identify the material

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

Blow some steam

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

Test the cleaning product beforehand

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

Natural materials also work

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

Important

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

Doors of the Chelsea Hotel

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

Published: 18/04/2018

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

1. Doors of the Chelsea Hotel - New York

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

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

2. Winston Churchill's dentures

The dentures were auctioned by Keys in Aylsham

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

3. A Violin played as the Titanic sank

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

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

4. Scarlett Johansson's used tissue

Photo: Getty

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

5. A guinea pig suit of armour

Photo credit: Sean McCoy

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

ALLBIDS Extend Plus500 Brumbies Partnership

Published: 13/04/2018

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

Club Lime Gym Equipment

Published: 5/02/2018

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

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

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

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

Published: 12/01/2018

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

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

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

 

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

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

Item for auction at ALLBIDS: Spy soldier snow goggles.

Item for auction at ALLBIDS: Skateboard helmets.

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

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

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

Published: 18/12/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’.

Online Traffic Growth

Published: 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.

Our Latest Blog Posts

Inspection of the Items

1/02/2017

We have a Canberra warehouse where we store a lot of our items. This means you can inspect pretty much anything you want to bid on. If the Item is not located in our warehouse, we expressly state that on the listing and you will need to contact ALLBIDS to enquire about the available time and conditions for viewing.We also provide our buyers with confidence that the items are as described. If you cannot inspect the item physically but need more information you can ask a question online and we will get back to you within 4 business hours.

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Placing a bid on your own item

1/02/2017

Vendor agrees that neither he or she nor his/her representative will bid on items under the agreement. If a Vendor wins their own item/s, the vendor will be liable to pay the agreed Vendors Commission, Listing fee/s and the Buyer’s Premium as outlined in the Users Terms & Conditions and the item/s is to be collected and removed from ALLBIDS Auctions within the designated time frame in the Users Terms and Conditions. Vendor agrees not to withdraw any property subject to this agreement unless agreed to by ALLBIDS Auctions and the payment of all charges, costs, and the commission (both the buyer’s premium and Vendor’s fees) due if the item has been sold.The vendor of the items may place one bid on the items they put to auction on the day of closing. The vendor bid must be disclosed to ALLBIDS and will only be allowed if approved by ALLBIDS in the event that the level of the auction is substantially below an agreed liquidation value.

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Unsold Property

1/02/2017

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

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Online Auction Process

1/02/2017

You may bid by placing an Instant bid or by placing a maximum bid (Proxy Bid)If you bid at an online auction by placing maximum bid (Proxy bid), you are responsible for monitoring the online auction in which you are participating and acting in the auction by instructing Proxy bid with your bids.Proxy bid will always start at the bid increment above the starting bid or the current highest bid. If you want to match a current or starting bid you must submit a normal bid.If you do not leave a Proxy bid amount, the bid amount that will appear when you submit a normal bid will apply.An online auction will start at the specified time and bidding will start at the nominated minimum starting price.All bids placed at an online auction must be made on a per-item basis, and may only be increased by multiples of the posted bid increment.

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Extended time for Online Auction

1/02/2017

Every auction closes at the end of the time period specified for that online auction where there are no new bids during the 5 minutes immediately preceding the end of the time period specified. If there are any successful bids on a particular lot/item within 5 minutes of the close of the online auction (the going, going, gone period), the auction will continue to be extended until there are no more within the Refresh Period. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Refresh Period may vary from time to time by a number of seconds. ALLBIDS accepts no responsibility for any circumstances or incidents arising as a result of any slight variations that may occur in the Refresh Period

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Last Call for Bids

1/02/2017

All auctions are set to close at a certain time.If a winning bid is placed within the last 5 minutes of the set closing time, the closing time will be extended automatically by a further 5 minutes.If a bid is placed within 1 minute of closing time, and that bid is immediately beaten by another bidder's proxy bid, the auction will be extended for 1 minute to give you a chance to rebid.This likens the Auction to live auction where the bidding only ends when everyone is certain they do not want to place a further bid. It also stops the winning bidder “sniping” a bid 1 second before the end of an auction.How it works:
  • Auction closes at 7.30:00 PM
  • The bidding is at $90A bid is placed at $100 at 7:29:10 PM
  • The new close time for the auction is set at 7:35:00 PM
  • At 7.30:00 the last call comes again.
  • If there is a winning bid placed between 7:30:00 PM and 7:35:00 PM the new close will be 7:40:00 PM.
Example of a 1 min Extension for bids that got beaten by proxy:
  • Auction closes at 7.30:00 PMThe bidding is at $90
  • A bid is placed at $100 at 7:29:30 PM, but get beaten by a proxy bid.
  • The bidding is at $105
  • The new close time for the auction is set at 7.30:30 PM
  • If there is a winning bid placed between 7:29:30 PM and 7:30:30 PM the new close will be 7:35:30 PM.

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About ALLBIDS - Online Auctions based in Canberra

1/02/2017

We believe the most effective form of recycling is returning used goods and assets to the community. This is ALLBIDS primary focus. When not possible ALLBIDS disposes of these obsolete goods or hazardous wastes through accredited recycling solutions. ALLBIDS offers online auctions every day!
  • Secure online auction platform & payment system
  • Awesome bargains every day on brand new, ex-lease and pre-owned goods
  • Best price for both buyers and sellers
  • Transparent online auction process
  • Full & accurate description and photos of items
Looking to pick up some bargains? Registration and bidding is free of charge! Register Now and Start BiddingEthical Disposal ALLBIDS is committed to the highest standards of sustainable practice. We are ACTSMART accredited and currently implementing an internationally Environmental Management System via ISO14001.Ethical Disposal is about:REVIEW - our expert valuation team will assess your assets and advise on their potential value.RECOVER - our trained technicians will test and prepare assets for sale where possible. REUSE - all viable goods will be brought by our membership - this is the best form of recycling!RECYCLE - where assets have no commercial value, they will be disposed of sustainably.REPORT - transparent, flexible reporting will be provided to complete the ethical disposal audit trail.Liquidated, surplus stock or unwanted assets? Sell with usOur History ALLBIDS was established in 2002 selling Government surplus by traditional Auctions in Canberra. We established an online presence in 2004 and our database and website have expanded to our current site which services over 500 vendors and sells over 100,000 assets every year.ALLBIDS.com.au Pty Ltd | ABN: 26 101 308 105 | 7 Wiluna Street, Fyshwick, ACT 2609 Australia.What our Clients say:Our success stories

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End of an era as Lobby closes; assets up for grabs on Allbids

27/01/2017

The Lobby restaurant in Parkes (in the National Rose Gardens of Old Parliament House) and its sister cafe, Porkbarrel, have closed, and more than $300,000 worth of shop fit-out, including tables, chairs, glassware, crockery and catering equipment are being auctioned unreserved on Allbids.The iconic main restaurant first opened in 1968, and has since become one of the most well-known fine dining and function locations in Canberra.A former staff member who contacted us 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.”The owner was unable to comment on the closure of the restaurant for legal reasons but said, “The business is very confident that all entitlements and accounts will be finalised with the proceeds of the auction.”The owner was also hopeful that a long-running dispute with the landlord, the National Capital Authority, was close to settlement too.Any funds received in such a settlement would be used to pay entitlements, the owner said.“As an ethical business person I just want to ensure that every staff member receives all of their entitlements, and that’s what auctioning off the assets will help us do.”Rob Evans, CEO of Allbids, says, “It’s the end of a Canberra era. It was the only restaurant of its kind and has been around for longer than new Parliament House. The owners have worked really hard to keep it open, but it seems it’s no longer possible.“We have everything on sale unreserved until Monday at 7pm. There is over $300,000 worth of shop fit-out, including tables, chairs, almost brand-new glassware, plates, catering equipment and more.”To see what’s available or to make a bid, head to Allbids.com.auThis article was first published at The RiotACT Website https://the-riotact.com/end-of-an-era-as-lobby-closes-assets-up-for-grabs-on-allbids/193843

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Buyer's Premium

1/01/2017

ALLBIDS charges a Buyer’s Premium on the final price of all auctions. The Buyer’s Premium is a percentage of the winning bid price, which is paid to ALLBIDS as an auctioneer’s fee.The Buyer’s Premium differentiates the auction market from the retail market as buyers are allowed to set their own price. The Buyer’s Premium may vary and usually relates to the extra costs that may be incurred when handling certain items.So if the winning bid (Bid Price) is $50 and it has a 15% Buyers Premium, then the buyer will be invoiced $57.50

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Seller's Obligation

1/01/2017

The Vendor grants ALLBIDS On-Line Auctions the exclusive right to sell his / her or its property at public auction. ALLBIDS On-Line Auctions will decide the auction at which the property will be auctioned. ALLBIDS On-Line Auctions may divide or combine the property into one or more separate lots. ALLBIDS On-Line Auctions will incur no liability for the postponement of any auctions for any reason. ALLBIDS On-Line Auctions is not responsible for items left with ALLBIDS On-Line Auctions that do not appear on the asset list supplied to ALLBIDS On-Line Auctions. Any items left with ALLBIDS On-Line Auctions that do not appear on an asset list are to be removed from the premises or the Vendor will be charged storage fees, deductible from future Vendor payments.

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Buyer's Terms and Conditions

1/01/2017

The text below is our user site agreement. These are the terms and conditions required for access to bid, buy and sell on ALLBIDS. Please read completely before proceding with your account registration.Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully. Upon completion and submission of your registration details (and for all bidding conducted by you under those details), you are deemed to have accepted, and will be bound by these Terms and Conditions, as amended and varied from time to time.We reserve the right to change these Terms and Conditions from time to time. We recommend you review these periodically to check for any changes. We may suspend or terminate your account if you are suspected or found to have engaged in fraudulent activity in connection with the site.

Registration

You must register your details with us to use this service (your “Account”). Registration is free and does not oblige you to purchase anything.You must not register with a username that is confusing, deceptive, inappropriate or offensive. ALLBIDS remains the sole judge of the suitability of usernames and reserves the right to alter your username, to request that your username be altered, to restrict you from bidding on the basis of your username or to take any other reasonable action in relation to your username.You must provide ALLBIDS with a correct name and accurate contact details when registering an account. Providing ALLBIDS with false or misleading information will not absolve you of any of your obligations as a bidder.

Eligibility to Participate

In order to use this service you must have the legal capacity to enter into contractual arrangements. This means that you are unable to use the ALLBIDS service if you are under 18 years of age or otherwise legally prohibited from entering into binding contracts.

Deposits

ALLBIDS may – at its discretion – require a deposit to be placed by a buyer in order to bid, or in order to bid beyond a certain amount. Unless otherwise stated, these deposits are fully refundable to the buyer, minus any fees that you are obliged to pay ALLBIDS: including storage and other fees outlined in these Terms & Conditions. Deposits and credits to your account for bidding purposes, promotional purposes, refunds and vendor payments will expire if unused after 18 months.

Your Obligations As Bidder

When you use the Service and bid on an item during an online auction conducted on our Site, you are making an offer to buy the item at your bid price. If your bid price is the Winner’s Bid Amount, you will be the Winning Bidder and are obliged to purchase the item you have bid for and pay the Winner’s Bid Amount, plus any additional charges that you may be obliged to pay. REMEMBER: When you make a bid you are entering into a legally binding contract. Do not bid on an item unless you are able and willing to pay for it.It is your responsibility to read the Product Information and Sale Overview about any item we post for auction on the Site.You must not rely solely on the title summary or any photographs of the item posted on the Site for a complete description of an item. The photograph and description of the item are intended to serve as a guide only and must not be used to form a final opinion of the item’s suitability. ALLBIDS makes all best efforts to accurately describe all items on the site but is not responsible for any discrepancies or omissions which may exist in the description. It is ultimately your responsibility as a bidder to form your own view on the accuracy of an item’s description prior to bidding.Please make sure you understand the delivery and payment terms, including any addendum to those terms and conditions as outlined in the item’s description or in the Sale Overview. Note that a Buyer’s Premium, and other charges such as a delivery fee, will apply to most online auctions.You must not engage in bid manipulation. Bid manipulation is any practice which unfairly induces other users to make bids or controls the bid price. This includes (but is not limited to) bidding in a way that pulls other bidders to their maximum bid, retracting the high bid, and then re-bidding at a small increment above the legitimate high bidder or employing Shill Bidding, which is, the use of secondary registrations, associates or aliases to artificially raise the bidding on an item). Buyers are also prohibited from communicating with each other for the common purpose of manipulating the final purchase price of an item.

Your Obligation To Pay

If you are the Winning Bidder on an online auction, you must pay the following fees within 72 hours after making the Winning Bid:
  • The Winning Bid Amount;
  • The Buyer's Premium;
  • Any Delivery Fees agreed to;
  • Any Storage Fees per lot per day should items not be collected within the 72 hour collection period.
Title of Goods does not pass to the successful bidder until full payment is made.Notwithstanding that a Winning Bidder may have been notified of their placement of the Winner’s Bid Amount, we may at our sole discretion choose to withdraw and not proceed with completion of the sale of the item in circumstances including (but not limited to) where:
  • The credit card payment is not processed in the first run due to card entry errors (including an incorrect or expired card expiry date) made by the Winning Bidder;
  • There are insufficient funds/the credit limit is insufficient to cover the sum of the Invoice Amount or if the Invoice Amount exceeds $5,000;
  • If the Winning Bidder fails to make payment of the Invoice Amount into a bank account nominated by us within 72 hours of the Winning Bidder placing the Winner’s Bid Amount;
  • We are unable to contact the Winning Bidder for any reason.
If you fail to comply with any of these Terms and Conditions, any monies which you paid to us upon deposit on account of any purchases of an item shall be forfeited absolutely and we shall be at liberty to take legal action for recovery of the balance of the Invoice Amount and any other amounts as may be owing to us pursuant to these Terms and Conditions.If you fail or refuse to pay the full amount in the required timeframe, ALLBIDS reserves the right to charge a Renege Fee. The Renege Fee is not refundable if payment for the lot is made after the Renege Fee has been applied. Storage Fees are applied separately and may be charged up until the point the Renege Fee has been applied.If you refuse or fail to settle your account balance with the necessary timeframe, ALLBIDS may refer your account to a debt collection agency. In the event of such a referral, you will be liable to pay any Debt Administration Fees in addition to the fees already owing on your account.If you are able to collect the goods from the ALLBIDS warehouse or the specified location then you must do so within 72 hours after making the Winning Bid. If you live in another State or Territory or are unable to collect the goods in person then you must arrange delivery through our website. Failure to do either of these things may result in storage fees being charged to your account.

Table of Fees Payable:

Title: Amount: Financial Basis: Application:
Buyer’s Premium Fee The Buyer's Premium Fee is applied on top of the Winning Bid and varies depending upon the Winning Bid amount. This fee covers the cost of facilitating the online auction process. Applied when a Winning Bid is made.
Delivery Fees Varies depending upon the size and quantity of the item/s. This fee covers the cost of delivering the item/s to the Winning Bidder. Applied when a customer is unable to collect the item/s from the ALLBIDS warehouse or the specified location and chooses to have the item/s delivered.
Storage Fees Varies depending upon the size and number of the goods. Calculation methods are outlined below. These fees cover the cost of storing items in ALLBIDS’ warehouse. Space is limited and goods cannot be stored for an indefinite period until the customer wishes to collect them. Applied when a customer chooses to collect their item/s from the ALLBIDS warehouse or a specified location and fails to do so within 72 hours.
Debt Administration Fees The standard rate is $45, however further charges may be added depending upon the length and difficulty of the debt recovery process. This fee covers the administrative costs incurred in referring an overdue account to a debt collection agency. Applied when the account is referred to a debt collection agency due to a failure or refusal to pay outstanding fees.
Renege Fee The standard Renege Fee is the amount of the Buyer’s Premium Associated with the relevant purchase. ALLBIDS reserves the right to add an administrative fee of $25 to the Renege Fee depending upon the nature of the purchase. This fee covers the opportunity cost of the cancelled sale and the cost of re-listing the item/s for re-sale. Applied when ALLBIDS must cancel a sale and re-list an item due to a bidder refusing or failing to pay for an item within the necessary time-frame.

The Online Auction Process

You may bid:
  • by placing a normal bid;
  • through Proxy bid.
If you bid at an online auction using Proxy bid, you are responsible for monitoring the online auction in which you are participating and acting in the auction by instructing Proxy bid with your bids.Proxy bid will always start at the bid increment above the starting bid or the current highest bid. If you want to match a current or starting bid you must submit a normal bid.If you do not leave a Proxy bid amount, the bid amount that will appear when you submit a normal bid will apply.An online auction will start at the specified time and bidding will start at the nominated minimum starting price.All bids placed at an online auction must be made on a per-item basis, and may only be increased by multiples of the posted bid increment.The auction closes at the end of the time period specified for that online auction where there are no new bids during the 5 minutes immediately preceding the end of the time period specified. If there are any successful bids on a particular lot/item within 5 minutes of the close of the online auction (the going, going, gone period), the auction will continue to be extended until there are no more within the Refresh Period. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Refresh Period may vary from time to time by a number of seconds. ALLBIDS accepts no responsibility for any circumstances or incidents arising as a result of any slight variations that may occur in the Refresh Period.The vendor of the items may place one bid on the items they put to auction on the day of closing. The vendor bid must be disclosed to ALLBIDS and will only be allowed if approved by ALLBIDS in the event that the level of the auction is substantially below an agreed liquidation value.

Processing and Technological Errors

In the event of errors in processing and/or Site downtime or any other errors or delays caused to the Site and/ or Service as a result of unforeseen technological difficulties associated with our servers, data hosting centre, internet service provider or any other reason, we hereby reserve the right to:
  • Decide (prior to or after the original time set for conclusion of the online auction) to extend an online auction for a period of time (determined at our discretion);
  • Decide (prior to or after the original time set for conclusion of the online auction) to re-open an online auction for a period of time - to be determined at our discretion;
  • Retract any Winning Bidder’s emails which may have been sent out to bidders prior to or following (as the case may be) the conclusion of an online auction;
  • Amend at any time prior to or during an online auction, the “start price” allocated to an item for sale online, but only so as to correct any errors due to processing or technological fault;
  • Void that entire online auction transaction and open the auction again at the original start prices.

Products for sale on Online Auction

In relation to the items sold in an online auction, we will endeavour to:
  • provide accurate descriptions to fairly reflect each item;
  • pass clear title to the items to you;
  • ensure that each item for auction on the Site is available at the time of the auction.
Subject to any rights you may have under the Australian Consumer Law and similar laws we do not make any promises that:
  • The items are fit for a particular purpose;
  • They are able to be repaired, replaced or serviced over and above the rights which you have under vendor’s warranties;
  • That we will be able to replace or exchange any of the items which are found to be defective on delivery.

Warranty and Indemnity

Unless specifically stated on a particular item in its description, the items bid for and purchased on this Site are sold on an 'as-is' basis without a warranty.ALLBIDS is not liable for any damages resulting from an auction, or your visit to the Site. Also, we do not guarantee secure, continuous or uninterrupted access to this Site.Under no circumstances can we, our affiliates or related entities be liable for any loss whatsoever which arises from your usage of the Site. You agree to accept sole responsibility for your usage of the Site. You agree to indemnify and hold us and (as applicable) our parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, agents, and employees, harmless from and against any claims, demands, proceedings, losses and damages (actual, special and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, including reasonable solicitors' fees, made by any party due to or arising out of your breach of this Agreement or the terms and policies it incorporates by reference, or your violation of any law or the rights of a third party.Subject to any rights you may have under the Australian Consumer Law and similar laws we do not make any promises that:
  • The items are fit for a particular purpose;
  • They are able to be repaired, replaced or serviced over and above the rights which you have under vendor’s warranties;
  • That we will be able to replace or exchange any of the items which are found to be defective on delivery.

Rights as Agent and/or Seller

We may withdraw and / or re-offer an item from an online auction where the item:
  • Becomes unavailable due to damage;
  • Or the title to or provenance of the item is disputed;
  • Is withdrawn by the manufacturer, distributor or vendor;
  • Fails to draw a bid above the posted minimum;
  • Fails to draw any bid;
  • Has been erroneously listed twice;
  • Is incorrectly described.
We also reserve the right to change the:
  • Quantities of products posted;
  • Maximum number of items which you may bid for;
  • Bid increment during the auction
  • Time and date the auction closes

Liability and Indemnities

We are not responsible for bids not received, processed or accepted due to technical difficulties, including those online bids placed by Proxy bid. In particular, we are not responsible for any loss, liability or damage incurred by you as a result of a bid not received, processed or accepted due to technical difficulties.We provide the Site and the Service without any warranty or condition with regard to the Site’s capacity express or implied except those warranties which are implied by law. In relation to the items which we auction at the Site, we provide those warranties implied by law.Neither we nor our suppliers ("the vendors") will be liable for any lost profits or any special, incidental or consequential damages (however arising, including negligence and recklessness) arising out of or in connection with the delivery of the Service.We do not guarantee continuous, uninterrupted or secure access to the Service, and operation of the Site may be interfered with by numerous factors outside of our control.

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Seller's Terms and Conditions

1/01/2017

The Vendor grants ALLBIDS On-Line Auctions the exclusive right to sell his / her or its property at public auction. ALLBIDS On-Line Auctions will decide the auction at which the property will be auctioned. ALLBIDS On-Line Auctions may divide or combine the property into one or more separate lots. ALLBIDS On-Line Auctions will incur no liability for the postponement of any auctions for any reason. ALLBIDS On-Line Auctions is not responsible for items left with ALLBIDS On-Line Auctions that do not appear on the asset list supplied to ALLBIDS On-Line Auctions. Any items left with ALLBIDS On-Line Auctions that do not appear on an asset list are to be removed from the premises or the Vendor will be charged storage fees, deductible from future Vendor payments.

Title

On delivery of goods, or upon listing on ALLBIDS.com.au the Vendor warrants that it has full, clear and undisputed title to all goods so listed. Items are received on the clear understanding that after presentation on https://www.ALLBIDS.com.au/ the assets will be sold at the highest offer, subject to the terms and conditions on www.ALLBIDS.com.au

Photography

ALLBIDS Auctions reserves the right to photograph any property, and these images remain the property of ALLBIDS Auctions.

Insurance

Insurance of the Goods is at the Vendors risk unless special arrangement, in writing, is made with our company

Personal Injury

ALLBIDS Auctions accepts no responsibility for any injuries to any person whilst affecting deliveries of goods to or in our premises or delivery to the buyer.

Fees and Charges

All items received by ALLBIDS Auctions will incur the charges as set in the Fees and Charges guide, unless special arrangements are made in writing with ALLBIDS Auctions.

Payments

ALLBIDS Auctions will pay the auction proceeds to the Vendor, net all commissions and costs, within 30 days from the close of all the items in the one consignment, together with a full auction report

Claims by Buyers

If, within 90 days from the auction close, the buyer of any property demonstrates to ALLBIDS Auctions satisfaction that the property purchased is not authentic or is materially different from its description, ALLBIDS Auctions may, in its sole discretion, delay payment to the Vendor (if not paid under paragraph 9), rescind the sale, and refund the full purchase price to the buyer. If the Vendor has been paid, The Vendor will remit to ALLBIDS Auctions the proceeds previously received for the rescinded sale.

Reserved Bids & Withdrawal

Vendor agrees that neither he or she nor his/her representative will bid on items under this agreement. If a Vendor wins their own item/s, the vendor will be liable to pay the agreed Vendors Commission, Listing fee/s and the Buyers Premium as outlined in the Users Terms & Conditions and the item/s is to be collected and removed from ALLBIDS Auctions within the designated time frame in the Users Terms and Conditions. Vendor agrees not to withdraw any property subject to this agreement unless agreed to by ALLBIDS Auctions, and the payment of all charges, costs, and the commission (both the buyer’s premium and Vendor’s fees) due if the item has been sold.

Nonpayment by Purchaser

If ALLBIDS Auctions is not paid by the purchaser within 3 Days of sale, ALLBIDS Auctions may, in its sole discretion, cancel the sale and resell the property.

No Guarantee

ALLBIDS Auctions does not guarantee the selling price of any property. All estimates of the selling value are opinion only and shall not be construed as any promise of the selling price. ALLBIDS Auctions is not liable for the errors or omissions in descriptions.

Unsold Property

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

Private Sales

For property failing to sell or meet its reserve, ALLBIDS Auctions has the exclusive rights for 30 days to sell the property privately for a price equivalent to the reserve price. Vendor’s obligations to ALLBIDS Auctions shall remain the same as if the property had been sold at auction.

Contract Term

This contract will continue in force until notice to cancel is given by either party

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Privacy Policy

1/01/2017

We collect personal information when we provide our services to you or a client requires us to collect information on their behalf. Generally, if appropriate, we will tell you why we are collecting personal information and how we plan to use it or these things will be obvious when we collect the information.We usually collect personal information such as your contact details, job title or position, your membership of professional associations or boards, your expertise and interests and where relevant, financial information and family details. If we collect sensitive information, it will usually be for the purposes of providing our services and, if the law requires us to, we will seek your consent to collect it.

Collecting your information using this website

We generally only collect personal information from this website when it is provided voluntarily by you – for example, when you fill in a form to subscribe to our publications.When you visit this website or download information from it, our Internet Service Provider (ISP) makes a record of your visit and records the following information:
  • Your Internet Address,
  • Your domain name if applicable; and
  • The date and time of your visit to the website.
Our ISP also collects information such as the pages our users access, the documents they download, links from other sites they follow to reach our site, and the types of browser they use. However, this information is anonymous and is only used for statistical and website development purposes.

How we use and disclose your information

We use your information to provide and market our services and to enhance and develop our relationship with you. We may share your information with other members of ALLBIDS.We will handle personal information relying on the employee and related bodies corporate exemption in the Privacy Act where these exemptions are relevant.ALLBIDS is bound by professional obligations of confidentiality and legal professional privilege. We will continue to treat and protect information we receive (including any personal information) in accordance with these obligations.We use personal information to help ensure safe trading on our Site, resolve disputes, enforce our polices and User Agreement and identify and troubleshoot problems.ALLBIDS does not sell or rent your personal information to third parties. However, the following describes some of the ways your personal information may be disclosed, and by agreeing to our User Agreement and Privacy Policy you agree that your personal information may be disclosed in the following ways.

The ALLBIDS Community

You are identified on ALLBIDS by your User Name, other people can see items you are bidding on, have won or purchased in the past, have sold in the past, items you are currently selling, your ratings and comments received from other users and ratings and comments you have left to other users, your posts in the forums and so on. Your email address and contact information is available to your trading partners (members you have completed a transaction with). Note: members you have completed a transaction with can request to exchange contact details with you (name, address and phone numbers).

Legal Requests

ALLBIDS will disclose any information about you only when we believe release is appropriate to comply with law; enforce or apply our User Agreement; or protect intellectual property and other rights, property, or safety of ALLBIDS, our users, or others. ALLBIDS cooperates with law enforcement and government officials and other third parties and we can (and you authorise us to) disclose any information about you as we, in our sole discretion, believe appropriate to assist with investigations into fraud, intellectual property infringements, privacy or any other illegal activity or activity that may expose ALLBIDS to legal liability.

IMPORTANT

This contact information should only be used for resolving matters related to ALLBIDS. Any other use is strictly prohibited.Please report to us immediately if:
  • Your contact information was used for purpose unrelated to ALLBIDS business, published online or offline, or was used for the purpose of harassment.
  • You received contact information which you believe to be erroneous.
Although ALLBIDS adheres to industry standard practices to ensure your personal information is protected, due to technical limitations, we cannot and do not guarantee that your personal information will remain private as third parties may unlawfully intercept or access private communications and transmissions outside of the ALLBIDS environment.

Use of cookies

A cookie is a small message given to your web browser by our web server. The browser stores the message in a text file, and the message is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.We make limited use of cookies on this website. We only use cookies to improve the functionality of our website, not to store any of your personal information. For example, if we provide a notice or update regarding a significant change to the law, we may use cookies to ensure that you do not receive this notice each time you access our website.When cookies are used on this site, they are used to store information relating to your visit such as a unique identifier, or a value to indicate whether you have seen a web page. They are used to distinguish your Internet Browser from the thousands of other browsers. This site will not store personal information such as email addresses or other details in a cookie.Most Internet browsers are set up to accept cookies. If you do not wish to receive cookies, you may be able to change the settings of your browser to refuse all cookies or to notify you each time a cookie is sent to your computer, giving you the choice whether to accept it or not.Security We use a variety of physical and electronic security measures including restricting physical access to our offices, firewalls and secure databases to keep personal information secure from misuse, loss or unauthorised use or disclosure.The Internet is not a secure environment. If you use the Internet to send us any information, including your email address, it is sent at your own risk.

Access

You have a right to access most personal information we hold about you. Please contact our Administration staff to ask for access to your information or if you have a complaint concerning your information privacy. We may deny your request in some circumstances, if we do this we will tell you why.

Identity Verification

We may request your personal information as well as other personal identification to verify your identity. These personal identification may include:
  • Driver License,
  • Passport,
  • Medicare Card, and/or
  • Bank Cards
ALLBIDS is a trusted online marketplace. To provide both buyers and sellers with the best service available, we may request an assistance for a Credit Reporting Body, and/or an Identity Verification body to confirm your identity. We may also disclose your information to the Credit Reporting Body if you have not met the payment obligations under the terms and conditions stated on the website.

If you have a complaint relating to privacy

If you believe we may have compromised your privacy or breached the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) or its privacy principles, you can call ALLBIDS Auctions on 02 6239 2262, email admin@allbids.com.au or write a letter addressed to our Internal Dispute Resolution Department, 7 Wiluna Street, Fyshwick ACT 2609.You will need to provide us with details of your complaint and any supporting evidence and/or information. You will receive an acknowledgement from us no later than seven (7) business days after receipt of your written complaint.We will refer your complaint to our Internal Dispute Resolution Department (IDR) and will appoint an IDR specialist to investigate your complaint and determine the steps (if any) that we will undertake to resolve your complaint.We will contact you if we require any additional information from you. You will be sent the final decision of our IDR specialist in writing no later than 15 business days after you contact us, if we have all the necessary information to make that decision.If you disagree with our decision, you may refer your complaint to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner by visiting oaic.gov.au, calling 1300 363 992 or emailing enquiries@oaic.gov.au

Accuracy

If you think that any information we hold about you is inaccurate please contact us at: admin@ALLBIDS.com.au or on (02) 6239-2262 and we will take reasonable steps to ensure that it is corrected.

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Placing Bid

1/01/2017

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

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Auctions powerhouse allbids acquires classies veteran allclassifieds

28/09/2016

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

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Michael Buhagiar Cup Trivia Night – Supporting Lifeline Canberra and RUOK?Day

13/09/2016

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

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Five Fab Fun Female Entrepreneurs help fight homelessness

23/06/2016

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

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DIY TIPS

23/01/2016

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

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First car – our buyer’s guide

18/01/2016

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

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Number Plate Series Auctioned for Western Australia’s Newest City

14/11/2014

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

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