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Auctions 101

Auctions 101

The Auction Process

 Before the Sale

In preparation for the sale, you can look at our Auction Calendar to see a list and photos of the items being sold that day. The auction listing will also tell you if items at that day’s sale are up for online bidding. Often, the listing is just a sample of the items available at the sale, so you will be sure to find some surprises at the sale! The listing will also let you know if there is a preview or open house for the sale.

 Day of Sale

 When to Arrive:

We will always be at the sale at least an hour before the auction start time. You are welcome to come early and check-out items. In fact, this is encouraged because all items are sold “as is where as” which means the buyer has the obligation to investigate the condition of the items being sold. The auctioneer will disclose as much information as possible, but they often don’t know every detail about each item.

Registering for the Auction:

Before you can bid, you must register at the auction office if the sale is at our facility or at the auction trailer for an onsite auction. To register, you need a valid ID with your correct address. The friendly ladies in the office will take all your information and give you a IMG_1232bidder number. Please keep track of your number; it is how we know what items you purchased. We do charge Indiana Sales Tax at many of our sales. If you are tax exempt, bring your tax id number and inform the staff when you register.

How to bid on items:

When the auctioneer gets to an item you want to purchase, just bid card backraise the bidder card you received when you registered.
The auctioneer will recognize your bid and then move onto the next increment. Generally, the auctioneer moves in increments of $1, $5, $10, and up depending on the price of the item. Sometimes the auctioneer will have an assistant called a “ring man” who will be signaling bids. If the ring man sees your bid, he will signal it to the auctioneer. Remember, the auctioneer moves fast, so bid quick!

After the auctioneer says sold:

If the auctioneer says sold and you have one the item, you now own it. That means it is your responsibility! We recommend you bring along a box in which you can keep your items so they don’t get stolen. We will write your bidder number on larger items to identify they are yours.

Paying for your items:

2016-09-25_165113819_38240_iOSYou will notice there is a clerk recording the items sold as the auctioneer is selling. That information is given to the ladies in the auction trailer who will add up all your purchases. Once you have bought everything you want, head over to the trailer (the same place you registered) to check out. You can pay by cash, check, Visa or Master Card. We do charge a 3% buyers premium on credit card purchases.

Auction Terms

 Absolute Auction:

All items in the auction will be sold to the highest bidder, regardless of the bid. There is no reserve or minimum on the item for bid

Auction with Reserve:

Some or all items in the auction have a minimum bid that must be reached by the bidder before the auctioneer can sell the item to the bidder. This type of auction is reserved mainly for property with a high value such as residential homes or commercial real estate

“As-Is” or “Where-As”:

There is no warranty on the merchandise and the bidder is responsible for removal from the auction location. This means that the bidder must rely on their own information to make bidding decisions. The bidder is responsible to inspect and move the merchandise


Auctioneers use this buying option when more than one product is being offered for sale. The bidder may bid for an individual item, and the winning bidder may take as many of the set as they wish. If the bidder does not want them all, then they are for sale at the same price to any bidder

All for One Money:

Multiple items are being offered for sale and what you bid is one price for all of the items. Bids for individual items are not accepted

Times the Money:

Multiple items are being offered for sale and the bidder’s price is per item, however; the bidder must take all the items


When the auctioneer says the word “sold” or the gavel falls after the bidding has ceased, the item is sold as the auctioneer directs to the clerk. The bidding cannot be reopened after the word “sold” is said

Final Word:

The auctioneer has the final word in all bidding situations. If the ringman took your bid and the auctioneer did not see the bid, the item is sold as the auctioneer directs. The staff at Kraft Auctions is happy to provide you with further information and to answer any of your questions about the auction process


 What will be sold at the auction?

At Kraft Auction Services, we sell many different times of items. Items may include antiques, new merchandise, collectibles, tools, household goods, historical items, vehicles, heavy equipment, farm equipment, real estate and much much more. Check our Auction Calendar for more detailed lists for each sale!

How are Kraft Auctions different than eBay?

Kraft Auction Service is different from eBay in several different ways. 1) Individuals do not post auctions to our site – we control all the products that we sell as an agent for our selling clients. 2) If auctions are online, the end date and time is actually the beginning of our live auction event. So if a live auction starts on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. CST, that is when the first lot in that auction will be offered for bid to the live bidder competing against the Internet bidder until the last bid for the item is over and then the item is sold.

 How do I sell items at the auction?

We are always looking for sellers to consign items of all types to our auctions. With many different auctions, we are sure to have the perfect sale for your items or real estate. Please visit the Sellers tab for for much more information.  You can also call us at 219-973-9240 or email

Are there any guarantees on the items sold?

Everything sold by Kraft Auction Service is “As is, Where As”. The responsibility is on you as the buyer to check the condition of items. We are glad to take condition report requests by email or phone. We also encourage you to come early to the auctions to check on the items in which you are interested. However, we do not place guarantees on any items sold

Will I get a title if a buy a car, trailer, boat, truck or other titled item?

Yes, you will get a title for any titled item. If you pay cash or credit card, we will give you your title the day of the sale. If you pay by check, we will send the title to you by registered mail. There is a $15 fee for sending titles by registered mail. If there are any problems related to the title, the auctioneer will clearly state it before the sale of the item.

How can I pay for the items I buy?

You can pay for your items by check, cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. There is a 3% fee for credit card charges. Except for real estate sales, you must pay for your items in full on the day of the sales. Real estate sales require a non-refundable down payment; check the real estate listing for exact terms.

What if I can’t come to the sale?

We are happy to take absentee bids if you can’t come to the sale. Please call us today at 219-973-9240to place those bids or send an email to

What do I do if I am the executor of an estate and don’t know what to do with the house and property?

SellersKraft Auction Services is the perfect solution for you! Please check out our Estate Auctions and Sales page for lots of information on how we can help you. To set up an appointment and get even more information Email Us at or call 219-973-9240

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