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How to Buy Used Computers at Online Auctions

Published: 16/08/2018

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

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

Find out how the website works

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

What do you need it for?

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

Read the description carefully

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

Do your research

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

Take it out for a spin

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

Bidding suggestions

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

Always go through the auction site

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

Bid with confidence

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

Tips on How to Buy Used Cars

Published: 14/06/2018

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

Consider a number of factors

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

Inspect the car

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

Ensure the paperwork is in order

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

Final word

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

Ways to Increase Property Value

Published: 14/06/2018

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

Improve the kerb appeal

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

Update the bathroom and kitchen

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

Add a bedroom

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

Make an outdoor entertaining area

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

Build a granny flat

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

More ideas

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

7 Easy Ideas for a Budget Bathroom Makeover

Published: 13/06/2018

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

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

More possibilities

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

How to Clean a Couch

Published: 12/06/2018

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

Vacuum

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

Identify the material

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

Blow some steam

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

Test the cleaning product beforehand

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

Natural materials also work

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

Important

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

Doors of the Chelsea Hotel

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

Published: 18/04/2018

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

1. Doors of the Chelsea Hotel - New York

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

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

2. Winston Churchill's dentures

The dentures were auctioned by Keys in Aylsham

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

3. A Violin played as the Titanic sank

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

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

4. Scarlett Johansson's used tissue

Photo: Getty

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

5. A guinea pig suit of armour

Photo credit: Sean McCoy

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

ALLBIDS Extend Plus500 Brumbies Partnership

Published: 13/04/2018

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

Club Lime Gym Equipment

Published: 5/02/2018

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

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

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

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

Published: 12/01/2018

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

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

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

 

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

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

Item for auction at ALLBIDS: Spy soldier snow goggles.

Item for auction at ALLBIDS: Skateboard helmets.

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

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

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

Published: 18/12/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cashed Up Christmas - flipping for extra cash

Published: 9/12/2017

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

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

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

Published: 1/12/2017

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

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

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

Decorative Chinese vase

Get in quick on the largest collectors estate sale in Canberra

Published: 15/11/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published: 8/11/2017

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

NCA readying historic Lobby Restaurant for sale

Published: 2/11/2017

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

A bit of bling - buying quality jewellery online

Published: 25/10/2017

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

Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale

Published: 10/10/2017

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

Original 3-digit Canberra number plates fetching a fair price

Published: 19/09/2017

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

Are you in need of a Man Cave?

Published: 12/09/2017

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

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

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ALLBIDS sell for Canberra’s Big Name Businesses

10/04/2014

ALLBIDS deals with a number of high profile local businesses to help sell their unwanted assets. We recently caught up with Michael Marsalek of Territory Venues and Events to get his feedback on his long term dealings with ALLBIDS. Michael’s portfolio or responsibility includes GIO Stadium – formerly Canberra Stadium - Manuka Oval and Stromlo Forest Park.Michael said, “Rob and his team at Allbids provide an end to end service for territory venues and events. They provide stock take and valuation services as well as the sale of assets that are surplus to our needs.”He went on to say that, “ALLBIDS are a very thorough organisation. We’ve used them for approximately 10 years to do sale and valuations for us.Allbids provide a very transparent service. Every asset that’s sold is seen by the public on their website and it’s a very good service. We know we’re getting value for money. As a Canberra based company, they’re fantastic.”If you’d like to find out more about selling through Allbids, visit out vendor page http://bit.ly/1i6v6zh or click on the green button for a free appraisal!

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Turn Your Old Assets Into Cash

10/04/2014

Our professional staff will come to your business and provide a consultation to ensure you maximize price, profit and convenience when disposing of your assets without having to move them, and you can sell from anywhere in Australia!Our onsite auctions have many benefits for your business:
  • maximize profits by transferring the time and effort of dismantling assets and freight costs to the buyer
  • minimise risk of removal
  • use your assets until the buyer organises collection
We coordinate numerous on site auctions for our vendors for items including furniture, air conditioner systems, IT systems that don’t require testing, coffee machines and water heaters.Our years of experience and credibility as a trusted online auction house ensure confidence is instilled in our bidders, even when the assets aren’t located at our warehouse. With over 65 000 registered buyers, you will get a great price for your sale.Contact Allbids to arrange a free consultation and find out how you can best maximise your return on unwanted assets.

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Well known Canberra Jeweller selling on ALLBIDS.com.au

10/04/2014

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

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Featured Topic – Data Wiping

9/03/2014

Did you know that ALLBIDS are more than just online auction specialists?ALLBIDS offer a range of additional services that complement our primary auction business. Data wiping and security measures are performed on the majority of consignments received. Over the past ten years we have developed strong processes to provide a flexible service to ensure the needs of all our vendors are met.The cleansing of hard disks is something ALLBIDS takes very seriously. For many of our clients, any loss of data “into the wild” could end up as front page news in the worst possible way. Ensuring sensitive data is cleansed from a hard disk is a process that everyone who disposes of their IT equipment should be aware of, not just government agencies.At ALLBIDS, data wiping is done to the highest level. On site, we usually run three wipes however, if a higher level of sanitisation is required, we are also capable of running seven wipes to ensure a level of security which is DSD-certified.With the help of our partners we are also able to process top secret end-to-end supervised wipes with HDD destruction. After the hard drives are physically removed, they are placed in a specially designed hydraulic crusher to ensure the platters and hard drives are permanently unreadable. These destruction processes range from hard drives being broken down into 12mm pieces all the way down to 3mm pieces for the highest level of security.When disposing of your IT assets through ALLBIDS you can be assured that data wiping measures ensure security of your company’s files.

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Charity Auction: Buoyed Up – ALLBIDS Blog

27/02/2014

This week, we are supporting a charity auction for Bouyed Up. This is a special sailing program to provide vulnerable young people with a unique, confidence building experience. Managed by Communities@Work, Buoyed Up has been developed with the support of the Sir Thomas Lipton Foundation and Yachting Australia and will be facilitated by the Canberra Yacht Club.The Sir Thomas Lipton Foundation is inspired by the Glasgow-born entrepreneur and five-time America’s Cup challenger, Sir Thomas Lipton (1848-1931). Yes, he is also the man who first brought us Lipton tea, a delight still savoured by many over a century later. Add to that the volunteer work of sailing greats and local identities who contribute in any number of ways.This allows Bouyed Up to focus on their core work of helping their charges to learn new skills, develop resilience, work in a team and build their self-esteem.You can bid now on a range of opportunities including:
  • A ride on Sydney to Hobart contender Ichi Ban
  • A stint in the commentary box with Tim Gavel
  • A lunch with Gai Brodtmann and Chris Uhlmann
  • Dinner & cruise on the MV Southern Cross
  • And much, much more…
Auction closes 9.30pm on Thursday 27th February. Bid now!

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Ferrari: The Most Powerful Brand in the World

26/02/2014

A recent report showed that Ferrari is the most powerful brand in the world, one of a handful of companies – along with Google, Rolex, Coca-Cola and Disney – to be awarded the AAA+ Rating.“The prancing horse on a yellow badge is instantly recognizable the world over, even where paved roads have yet to reach. In its home country and among its many admirers worldwide Ferrari inspires more than just brand loyalty, more of a cultish, even quasi-religious devotion, its brand power is indisputable.”It is with great pleasure that we can tell you that ALLBIDS currently has two very different versions of these magnificent vehicles closing soon.The first is a 1982 model, most famously associated with the Tom Selleck’s legendary character of that time: Magnum P.I. The white slacks, Hawaiian shirts and macho moustache (a brand in itself) powered Selleck to superstardom. His close relationship with his car no doubt enhanced the image of himself, his show and Ferrari itself.The second Ferrari on sale is a far more powerful beast. Originally sold for around $400K, the Ferrari 360 Spider is much closer to the F1 program than its predecessor. With just 60,000km on the clock, this incredible machine style to burn. Not to mention its size, strength, muscle and the unforgettable rumble of its mid-mounted 3.6L V8 400Hp engine.These sort of opportunities don’t come around that often, so if you have ever wanted to own a Ferrari, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE!05/2003 Ferrari 360 Spider Coupe Rossa Corse Red 3.6L Closes 26/02/2014 7:30 PM 1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi Coupe Rossa Corse Red 3.0L Closes 6/03/2014 7:30 PM

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What’s Hot

9/12/2013

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

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ALLBIDS Charity Involvement

9/12/2013

ALLBIDS continues to support local charities to raise much needed fundsThrough our auction site, ALLBIDS continues to offer support for charities and community groups across the country. Over the last 10 years, we have helped raise over $3 million for various charity and community groups around the Canberra region and beyond.We encourage local businesses to join with our efforts in supporting local charities. Most of our auctions are free of fees and commissions.ALLBIDS have links with a number of local charities including the Heart Foundation ACT, Snowy Hydro South Care, Communities at Work, Canberra Hospital Foundation, Lifeline ACT, Menslink and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, to name just a few.One of our current major charity auctions is for Snowy Hydro South Care in conjunction with their Gala Christmas Dinner on 7th December. There are many items up for auction including an exclusive tour of Perisher with Olympic gold medallist, Torah Bright. Other items include accommodation and meals packages at Hotel Realm, Lake Crackenback Resort, and Elm Cottage, an Xbox 360 and games package, a wine package at Dionysus Winery, and brunch at Hyatt Hotel Canberra.Click here to view all of our charity auctions!To register your interest for involvement or donation of items for upcoming charity auctions, contact Rob Evans at Rob@allbids.com.au

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Ethical Disposal – Review

9/12/2013

ALLBIDS get serious about ethical disposal of assetsIt is very common to get excited about the shiny new purchase with its exciting features and brand new bubble wrap. It’s very easy to forget about what happens to the old stuff.ALLBIDS are committed to ensuring a service that includes ethical recycling of assets. Where items need to be recycled, the team at Allbids work collaboratively with organisations to ensure a clear delivery of their sustainability objectives and that the necessary legislative regulations are complied with. We are able to arrange certificates acknowledging the environmental recycling of all disposals performed.In the Review process, the following list needs to be assessed:
  • Potential sale value of the assets.
  • Strategy and costs of removal
  • Options when removal is difficult or costly
  • Processing of assets before sale
  • Creation of an Asset Removal Plan
  • Accurate asset registers and management
  • Benefits to the organisation of chosen disposal process
  • Expected return from disposal process
Read more about the 5 principles of ethical disposal here!

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ALLBIDS Vendor Testimonial

9/12/2013

Macquarie Group Technology services company Verser utilises ALLBIDS asset re-marketing channels.As asset disposal specialists, ALLBIDS have a proven record of asset re-marketing for a variety of organizations including Government departments, corporate and small to medium businesses. Our account managers provide a flexible, hassle-free solution to all of our vendors to ensure the best possible return is achieved.If you want to find out more about our vendors, click here!ALLBIDS recently received some great feedback from valued vendor, Verser Technology Lifecycles.“Over the past 3 years ALLBIDS have sold more than 10,000 assets on behalf of Verser. ALLBIDS have become an invaluable sales channel and partner for us. Their ability to sell assets directly to end users enables us to achieve the highest possible price for every asset.The service they provide is transparent and seamless – we are able to send assets to ALLBIDS who handle the sales process from beginning to end and they have no problem dealing with assets that are difficult to freight from one location to the next, right around the country.Once the transaction is completed, ALLBIDS provide an accurate sales report for each asset sold. Dealing with an established sales channel like ALLBIDS gives us piece of mind.”Michael Matthews, CEO – 8 November 2011View more testimonials here!

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ALLBIDS Staff Profile – Rob Evans

9/12/2013

A moment with Rob Evans, CEO and founder of ALLBIDSRob Evans, CEO and founder of ALLBIDS.com.au established the online auction site in 2004 – an innovative development that transformed his traditional auction business into the e commerce business it is today. Prior to ALLBIDS, Rob studied a Degree in Accounting that took him to London in the early 1990s. He returned to Canberra during the 2000s to setup his own valuation and auction company before progressing into the online space. In 2002, Rob combined his work and love for the NRL when he decided to sponsor local NRL team, the Canberra Raiders. Rob is unbelievably passionate about the Raiders, so much so that his phone is turned off during the game and there is only Raiders related talk allowed! He can however view the ALLBIDS sponsorship sign from his seat.Rob’s is a keen golfer, long term member of the Royal Canberra Golf Club and member of the Club’s Board. He is passionate about the Club and his own game.In recent years, Rob has taken up running and has competed in marathons including New York, Berlin and Melbourne marathons. Rob believes running is great for the soul, “A morning running clears the mind – it is a no phone zone and prepares me for the day ahead”.Although Rob enjoys activities that don’t require connection to the outside world, while at work he is digitally connected – attending to business, sourcing new items for auction or checking auction listings and sales online. Being part of the digital space is critical to his role and is fundamental to the operation of his online auction business.

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The Hyatt Hotel Canberra Auctions!

4/12/2013

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

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Panasonic VIErA 54? Full HD Neo Plasma TV

23/11/2013

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

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

19/11/2013

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

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Spend a fortune to play golf with footballers

6/11/2013

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

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Two Weeks to Save the Planet – Electric Mitsubishi Miev

1/11/2013

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

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Olivia Lambert Foundation Charity Auction

23/10/2013

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

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Storage Showdown

11/09/2013

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

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Four Poster Bed from the Winter Bed Vigil

9/09/2013

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

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There is only One Direction!

2/09/2013

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

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