Club Lime Gym Equipment
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.

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5/02/2018
Looking for last minute gift ideas? We might have something for you!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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18/12/2017
A bit of bling - buying quality jewellery online
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.

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25/10/2017
Delivery/Pickup
Each auction listing will clearly identify how you can take delivery of the item you are bidding on. Some listings would have description “Local Pickup or Contact us for Freight” which means item is available for local pickup only, however you can contact AllBids to arrange a Freight (charges applicable). Some auction listings would have both options “Freight or Local Pickup”Whereas some items might also be delivery only as they aren’t shipped from the warehouse and are “Freight Only”Large items like industrial equipment and cars might be local pick up only. Make sure you check the item description to understand what freight charges might be applicable to your winning bid. If your item is less than 25kg you can use the freight calculator to determine the cost of delivery to your door. Just enter the postcode or suburb name and click on “Calculate”. If you are logged in it will automatically display the freight amount.

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1/02/2017
Looking for specific vehicle
Simply navigate to allbids.com.au and select AllBids Car Auctions. Use the 'Refine search' option to select the make/model/year etc. vehicle that you are looking for.

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1/02/2017
Inspection of the Items
We have a Canberra warehouse where we store a lot of our items. This means you can inspect pretty much anything you want to bid on. If the Item is not located in our warehouse, we expressly state that on the listing and you will need to contact ALLBIDS to enquire about the available time and conditions for viewing.We also provide our buyers with confidence that the items are as described. If you cannot inspect the item physically but need more information you can ask a question online and we will get back to you within 4 business hours.

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1/02/2017
Online Auction Process
You may bid by placing an Instant bid or by placing a maximum bid (Proxy Bid)If you bid at an online auction by placing maximum bid (Proxy bid), you are responsible for monitoring the online auction in which you are participating and acting in the auction by instructing Proxy bid with your bids.Proxy bid will always start at the bid increment above the starting bid or the current highest bid. If you want to match a current or starting bid you must submit a normal bid.If you do not leave a Proxy bid amount, the bid amount that will appear when you submit a normal bid will apply.An online auction will start at the specified time and bidding will start at the nominated minimum starting price.All bids placed at an online auction must be made on a per-item basis, and may only be increased by multiples of the posted bid increment.

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1/02/2017
Extended time for Online Auction
Every auction closes at the end of the time period specified for that online auction where there are no new bids during the 5 minutes immediately preceding the end of the time period specified. If there are any successful bids on a particular lot/item within 5 minutes of the close of the online auction (the going, going, gone period), the auction will continue to be extended until there are no more within the Refresh Period. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Refresh Period may vary from time to time by a number of seconds. ALLBIDS accepts no responsibility for any circumstances or incidents arising as a result of any slight variations that may occur in the Refresh Period

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1/02/2017
Last Call for Bids
All auctions are set to close at a certain time.If a winning bid is placed within the last 5 minutes of the set closing time, the closing time will be extended automatically by a further 5 minutes.If a bid is placed within 1 minute of closing time, and that bid is immediately beaten by another bidder's proxy bid, the auction will be extended for 1 minute to give you a chance to rebid.This likens the Auction to live auction where the bidding only ends when everyone is certain they do not want to place a further bid. It also stops the winning bidder “sniping” a bid 1 second before the end of an auction.How it works:
  • Auction closes at 7.30:00 PM
  • The bidding is at $90A bid is placed at $100 at 7:29:10 PM
  • The new close time for the auction is set at 7:35:00 PM
  • At 7.30:00 the last call comes again.
  • If there is a winning bid placed between 7:30:00 PM and 7:35:00 PM the new close will be 7:40:00 PM.
Example of a 1 min Extension for bids that got beaten by proxy:
  • Auction closes at 7.30:00 PMThe bidding is at $90
  • A bid is placed at $100 at 7:29:30 PM, but get beaten by a proxy bid.
  • The bidding is at $105
  • The new close time for the auction is set at 7.30:30 PM
  • If there is a winning bid placed between 7:29:30 PM and 7:30:30 PM the new close will be 7:35:30 PM.

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1/02/2017
Buyer's Premium
ALLBIDS charges a Buyer’s Premium on the final price of all auctions. The Buyer’s Premium is a percentage of the winning bid price, which is paid to ALLBIDS as an auctioneer’s fee.The Buyer’s Premium differentiates the auction market from the retail market as buyers are allowed to set their own price. The Buyer’s Premium may vary and usually relates to the extra costs that may be incurred when handling certain items.So if the winning bid (Bid Price) is $50 and it has a 15% Buyers Premium, then the buyer will be invoiced $57.50

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1/01/2017