Our website is dedicated to holding online auctions of old, rare and precious books, and its buying section is intended to provide all the necessary information for successful bidding. The auctions are not tied to some predefined time schedule, but once they start, their duration is set to exactly 7 days, or 168 hours. We make sure to inform all our registered buyers as to when the next auction will be taking place. You will receive a notification via email, and the information will also be posted on the front page of our website. From that moment on, you will be able to see all the lots offered for sale at that particular auction, together with their descriptions, reserve and estimated prices.
Only registered buyers can participate in our auctions. The registration process is rather straightforward – you just need to follow the instructions in the attached form and provide the required information. Once you have done this and your data have been verified by us, you will receive a confirmation email to the address you provided in the registration form. Bear in mind that you will be requested to enter your username and password every time you want to get access to the parts of our website having to do with actual bidding and other services we provide, so make sure you don’t lose this information.
As a registered buyer, you have the privileges equal to that of all your peers when it comes to bidding. Previous purchases through our website do not give you or anyone else any advantages during the auction process and all that matters is the highest price offered for a specific item.
When you log in, you have various tools at your disposal that facilitate the use of the website and the bidding process itself. Among other things, you can make a list of lots you want to keep your eye on as an auction unfolds so that you can place your bid at the right time. Also – and this is not at all tied to the time when there is an auction in progress – you can let us know what kind of items, or what item in particular, you are interested in. On our “Wants” page, we provide a form where you can either state your general preference or specify the title of the item, its author and other relevant information. Fill out this form and send it to us and we will make sure to let you know when, or if, the item(s) can be obtained and offered for sale. The “Wants” page is also worth checking because it contains a list of items that can be readily purchased, so make sure you visit it and take a look.
If you follow our instructions carefully, the bidding process also becomes straightforward. Of course, to be considered valid, your bid has to be higher than the current highest bid for the item in question or at least equal to its reserve price if we had not received any offers up until that moment. The bid increment is $10. It is the amount by which a bid will be raised each time the current bid is outdone.
We offer you the possibility to let us do the bidding for you. You just need to contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org . It works as follows: Your part of the job is basically to name the highest amount you are willing to pay for a specific lot (needless to say, this amount, which is called a proxy bid, must exceed, or be equal to, the reserve price). From there, TheAntiquarianBook.com will observe the bidding process and outbid the current highest bid for the lot by $10 each time it increases. Of course, we will do this until the current highest bid is lower than your proxy bid. If the bid placed by us on your behalf is the highest bid for the lot in question at the bid deadline, you win the lot; if no bids were placed for the lot during an auction, you get the lot at its reserve price.
To those bidders who – for whatever reason – will not be able to use computer or visit our website during an auction, we offer the opportunity to bid in absentia. You simply need to inform us about what your maximum bid amount for a specific lot is and we will compare that amount to the other bids we receive. Bear in mind, however, that if you happen to be the highest bidder for the lot in question and thus win the bid, you need to pay additional 3% of your absentee bid amount because you placed your bid in this manner. Currently it is possible to send us your absentee bid via email, but we are working on providing other ways, which will depend on the plug-ins we use. With all this said, in case that you need guidance as to what your absentee bid amount should be, you can check estimate prices in our auction catalogues which are put there mostly for this purpose. All these prices, as well as the shipping rates, reserve prices and other amounts displayed on our web site are expressed in US dollars.
The only valid currency for bidding at our auctions is US dollar, and the only possible payment methods are via PayPal and Wire Transfer (IBAN/BIC transfer within SEPA). When the auction is over, we will send PayPal invoices to PayPal addresses of all the highest bidders, or we will send proforma invoices for wire transfer to email addresses of those who prefer that method of payment. In either case, the total amount payable will include the corresponding shipping costs. We will be expecting you to conduct money transfer within 5 business days after the completion of an auction, and we undertake to send your purchased item by airmail within another 3 business days after the receipt of the money.