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AUCTION TERMS AND CONDITIONS (T&C's) : 1) Condition Grading System (0-10) This is only provided as a guide and not a definitive statement of condition. If anything we try and err on the cautious side. We look at the condition of each item with a fairly critical eye, then try and break this down numerically. This is not an exact science but can be used as a guide when say comparing items. It can also provide some sort of assurance that an item scoring 9.9 will be in far better condition than that of a similar item scoring 7.5! nb any condition report varies from category to category. (eg a few nibbles on the base of a c1680 Bellarmine is far more acceptable than on a 1910's Codd bottle) (9.8 - 10) - Mint/ Cellar found - Perfect in every way. This item has not been professionally polished and doesn't have any flaws at all. Rarely will any items fall into this category (9.0 - 9.7) - Excellent/ Near Mint - Absolutely minimal damage (if any). Possibly a tiny fleabite in an area where it doesn't show, or a feint small glaze-line in stoneware. Some small patches of insignificant haziness in glass or the odd small scuff/ scratch. Nothing that really detracts at all and flaws seen only with close scrutiny. Many items people call 'mint' will actually more likely fall into this category (8.0 - 8.9) - Very good - Hardly any damage. A very small flake on the back of an item, even a small feint hairline. If polished, then only lightly and to a very high professional standard without any visible signs that detract (eg orange-peel effect, weak embossing etc) (7.0 - 7.9) - Good - Some minor damage, but quite acceptable. A small hairline in stoneware that hardly detracts or even a small bruise or tiny fisheye or two in glass. Any chips will be small and nothing to detract on display. Polished items are to an acceptable good standard, with a few minor signs of pitting etc (6.0 - 6.9) - Fair/Good - Some acceptable damage but nothing major - Some haziness but not all over. The odd small chip or two or even a hairline in stoneware, but nothing to really detract. Possibly some heavier polishing with some light pitting. (4 - 5.9) - Fair - Damage fairly evident. Probably only really acceptable in very early, exceptionally unusual or particularly rare items. Some pitting, flakes, hairlines, chips and/or haziness will be evident. Cracks in glass though will be minimal. Nothing that really detracts though (1.0 - 3.9) - Very poor/ Poor - Damage very evident. We can't think of any instant where AA Auctions will want to sell an item this poor unless it has incredible historical interest or would be worth a small fortune if undamaged! 2) Descriptions AA Auctions makes every effort to ensure it provides detailed, accurate and honest descriptions you can rely upon. Please therefore ensure you read the full description before placing any bids. Many high resolution photo's are provided in each lot for the guidance of prospective bidders and form an integral part of the description. Please note that we will not be held accountable for descriptions not read properly, but if you do see any errors, please inform us so that we can amend them before the auction end 3) Buyer's Premiums This is set at 15% of the hammer price (plus there is no sales tax to be added on these auctions) As an example, if a lot is won for £50, the only premium to add will be £7.50; Premium: (£50 x 15%) = £7.50 Therefore the total to pay will be £50 + £7.50 = £57.50 4) Bidding Bids will typically be made via the AA Auction Ltd website 'www.AAAuctionsLtd.com' - Absentee bids via mail, e-mail or phone can also be made. All bids are in British pounds (sterling) If no bids are received in the last 5 minutes of the scheduled end-time, that lot will close. If however a bid is received within the last 5 minutes of any particular lot, the end-time of that lot will be extended by 5 minutes. This is important as it prevents people from 'sniping' an item and gives everyone an equal chance at securing a lot. Please remember to refresh the bidder page on your computer to have the exact time an item ends! 4a) Absentee Bids To make an absentee bid, you must be registered first. These must be written instructions directing AA Auctions to bid on a lot/s up to a maximum amount specified for each lot. We will execute the absentee bid at the lowest possible price taking into consideration the reserve and other bids. There is no fee for this service. If identical bids are left by two or more parties, the first bid received will take preference 4b) Telephone Bids AA Auctions is also prepared to execute telephone bids on behalf of prospective bidders who are not able to bid online. There is no fee for this service but it is under the strict condition that the bidder acknowledges the inherent risks of taking instructions over the phone in the course of an auction has inherent risks (such as misunderstanding, miscommunication and other problems caused by a telecommunications fault or failure including a mobile telephone connection dropping off) - It is on this understanding that AA Auctions shall not be responsible for any errors or omissions in connection with the execution of telephone bids 5) Postage/ Packing etc As an introductory offer, postage is at pure cost - (no additional fees for storage/ handling/ packing/ admin etc) After the auctions end, postage will be estimated for each winning bidder so as to generate invoices If you would like an estimate on any lots beforehand, please ensure you do that at least 2 days before the auction ends. We are happy to combine items but for overseas AirMail this will be restricted to 2kg for each box (it becomes very expensive otherwise) Any parcels with a value of £50 or over will need to be sent via tracked or signed for (at the auctioneers discretion) - Please note that if you have any specific postal needs it is your responsibility to contact us first - We always use Royal Mail for overseas parcels, so please visit www.royalmail.com to familiarise yourself with up to date costs and the services they provide. Please note that we pack items with extreme care and use professional materials. As is the case with any items in transit, it is not possible to obtain cover for breakage to glass or ceramics etc 6) Payments We gladly accept PayPal with no fee*! (* free of any surcharge as a special introductory offer) We also accept BACS & Internet Banking payments (UK only), Sterling Cheques drawn on a UK bank (although we do have to wait for clearance on these which could delay posting by 5 working days) plus Bankers Drafts/ Money Orders/ Postal Orders/ Cashiers Checks (all in Sterling) and sterling CHAPS payments from overseas 6a) Payment Terms Payment of the full Purchase Price is due within 7 days of the receipt of an invoice. Payments are to be made in the currency of the auction only (British Pounds Sterling). Nothing will be sent out or handed over before payment has been made 7) Collections Any lots won can be picked up for free from various shows up and down the country, but please check beforehand to ensure that I will be attending that particular show - nb All items need to have been paid for in full before they can be released. 8) Returns We appreciate that sometimes an item bidders receive isn't always as expected. We strive to ensure that you are 100% happy with what you have won. We don't want unhappy buyers - Therefore if you feel any item you receive is significantly different to the condition report (and detailed photo's) please tell us within 7 days of receipt of said item and we will do everything we can to rectify the situation. Please ensure you advise us before any items are returned 9) Privacy AA Auctions adheres to strict codes of confidentiality. Therefore all information regarding Registered Members is private and secure and will not be shared or revealed to anyone else under any circumstances, unless by legal requirement. Back to AAAuctionsltd.com This auction system supports competitive bidding of Left bids. The way it works is: You bid in the Left box whatever you are willing to pay for each item. If you are the high bid, Your Bid may be lowered to the next bid increment increase over the previous high bid. However, your Left bid is saved; when other bids are posted, your Left bid is bid against them. How The Left Bids Are Bid New bids are only accepted if they are a full increment over the current high bid. When there already is a Left bid which has been lowered: If the new bid is higher than the current Left bid: - If the bid is less than a full increment over the current Left bid, it is becomes the current high bid. - If the new bid is more than a full increment over the current Left bid it is lowered to the full increment increase over the previous Left bid and this becomes the new high bid. The Left bid is saved to be bid against the next bidder. If the bid is lower than an outstanding Left bid, and if the Left bid is a full increment greater than the new bid it is bid at the full increment increase over the new bid. If the Left bid is less than a full increment increase over the new bid, it is entered at the amount bid. After the bid is placed, the results will show the status of the bid after Left bids are processed. Hit refresh to get updated bid status.