The items you see on our auctions come from a variety of sources including estate sales, local sellers, liquidations, and storage facilities. Auctions are open to online bidding for 1-3 weeks, and all items are available for inspection during this time at our River Falls location. All auctions end on Wednesday nights starting at 7:00pm. After an auction ends, winning bidders must pay and pickup their items within three days.
1) Register to Bid. You will need to provide your contact information and a credit card. Credit card information is required but it is not charged here; it is used primarily for bidder authentication. You will receive email confirmation with your bid number. If you don't see the email, check your spam/junk folder.
2) Enter your bid amount. You will need to provide your bid number and password at the bottom of the page to submit bid.
3) Check the status of your bid. You will receive notifications via email regarding the status of your bid. You can review your bids at the bottom of the page if you are logged-in.
Your Bid: You can enter any amount greater or equal to the minimum bid amount. The Minimum Bid is the lowest amount required for the next bid. It is highlighted in blue and guided by bid increments.
Maximum Bid: The maximum bid is an optional. It is the highest amount you are willing pay for an item. With this bidding option, you are committing to any amount up to your maximum bid. This bidding type is used on eBay. It is known as proxy bidding because an automated bidding service is bidding the minimum increment on your behalf to ensure that you stay in the lead up to your maximum bid. If somebody places a bid that is higher than your maximum bid, you will receive a notification that you have been outbid.
Example: If the high bid for an item is currently $50 and you submit a maximum bid of $100, your bid is really only for $55. Now, if another person bids $60, your bid is automatically increased to $65 in order to keep you in the lead. If there are no more bids, you win the item for $65.
Buyer's Premium: This is a fee added to all purchases. It is a percentage of an item's winning bid. Northern Auction charges a 15% buyer premium. You can get 3% off when you pay with cash and another 2% off if you pickup your items the first day after an auction closes.