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Before We Begin

Farmer Auctions is a little bit traditional (with previews and pickups), a little bit eBay (online bidding), and something altogether different (event based, photo catalogs and credit card only payments).

Even if you’re familiar with our auctions, take a look around. You will learn about our process, policies, and techniques, helping you have the best bidding experience possible.

If you need additional assistance, our customer service team will be more than happy to assist you.

Please note: Anytime you see a (+) symbol just click on it to expand the selection for more information. The “helpful links” are really helpful.

Getting Started

Great Values

We promise to offer the stuff you need at the price you set. To continually provide great values we have developed buyer rights and responsibilities. Please read carefully through this page for a smooth buying experience. See you at the auction!

Online Auctions

Farmer Auctions conducts auctions online and live in our gallery. No bids will be accepted offline for our online only auctions.

What is the difference between Farmer Auctions and traditional auctions?

Getting Registered

Registration is required to bid on an auction. It also helps us qualify bidders. Read through our buying process before registering.

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How do you qualify bidders?
Why do you qualify bidders?
Is there a fee?
Do I need a credit card?
What is an authorization?
I'm having trouble registering

The Buying Process

1. Inspection

Most auctions feature a preview, inspection or open house one or two days prior to closing. This showcases items at their physical location.

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Where do I go?
Do I need ID to enter?
How many people go?
What if I can't make it?

2. Bidding

You must register before bidding.

Once you are registered bidding is easy. Click the auction link for online bidding.

Place your “Max” bid in the corresponding box, at the bottom of EACH page enter your username and password. Click the submit bid button. Once you confirm the terms your bid will be accepted.

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I need help submitting my bid
Still having trouble?
Am I bidding on the photo or the description of the item?
Can I bid on multiple items?
Is there a minimum bid price?
How do quantities work?
Explain the closing process.
Do I get notified if I am outbid?
How do I know if an item is closed?
How do I know if I won?
What are the bidding terms?
Are there bidding strategies?
How do I view all my bids at once?
Oops! I submitted an erroneous bid. Now what?

3. Payment

We accept Visa or MasterCard. You must have available balance on your credit card for your online purchases. At the conclusion of the event your credit card on file will be automatically charged for the entire amount of your purchase.

Please note:A 15% buyer’s premium will be added to each purchase. If you bid $100.00 at check out you will be charged $115.00.

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What is a buyer's premium?
If I do not want the item do I still have to pay?
My credit card was charged automatically. Is that normal?
Is there sales tax?
My credit card did not go through. Now what?
Where do I get tax exempt forms and how do I submit them?
Is there a warranty?

4. Removal

Items are to be picked up at the location noted in the event details. Farmer Auctions offers shipping through The Packaging Store. Please contact them directly at 540-772-0999 to arrange shipping. Items not picked up during the removal will be considered abandoned.

Buyers must bring all tools, people and equipment to safely remove won items.

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What are examples of tools and equipment?
When can I remove my items?
What if I cannot make it to the removal time or I forgot to pick up my item?
How do I know the location?
Will there be someone on site to assist me from the Rasmus team?
Do I have to bring movers?
Do I need to disassemble items?
Can I send professional movers?
What if something breaks during removal?
What if the picture and description do not match?

Important: Bidder Responsibility & Termination Policy


We work to bring you unique items a great prices. To help us in this process bidder required to:

• Pick up items during specified removal times and only during specified removal times

• Bring all tools, people, and resources to safely disassemble and remove items

• Bid only on items you are serious about winning

• Follow through on auction purchases

• Understand that your credit card will be charged immediately following the close of an event

Embracing these responsibilities helps us continue to enhance the overall online auction experience.

Our Bidder Termination Policy

We are grateful that you choose Farmer Auctions to get the stuff you need at the price you set. Out of respect for our clients and customers, we will terminate a buyer’s bidding privileges after two infractions.

Suspension: If a buyer does not live up to their responsibilities throughout the auction process we will suspend bidding privileges until one of our customer service team members is able to speak with the buyer and resolve the issue.

Termination: If a buyer does not live up to their responsibilities throughout the auction process a second time we will terminate bidding privileges.

Click here to read full terms and responsibilities of our policy.

Now that you know how it works and are ready to get registered

  • I understand the buying process(?)
  • I understand that there will be a $100 authorization per event I bid on (?)
  • I understand the termination policy(?)
Register to Bid


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