Troostwijk selling rules
At our online auctions we apply the following rules:
5 minutes rule
Each time someone bids within the last 5 minutes of an auction, the closing time is extended by another 5 minutes until no more bids are placed. Therefore it is unnecessarily risky to wait with your bid till the last seconds before an auction closes. Most bids are placed on the first days of a sale.
A combination lot is a collection of separate lots which may be of interest to a user as a package.
You can recognize lots that belong to a combination by the combination symbol. You can only place a bid on a combination when all the separate lots belonging to that combination are closed. The starting bid of a combination is determined by the sum of the highest bids of the individual closed lots plus an addition of usually 10%. If there are bids for a combination, the lots are allocated to the highest bidder for the combination, not to the highest bidders for the individual lots because they have been outbid by a combination bidder.
If there are no bids for the combination, the individual lots are allocated to the highest bidders for each separate lot. Furthermore it is possible to bid for an end combination. End combinations contain separate lots and/or combination lots.
Usually goods are allocated to the user with the highest bid. In this case you see 'reserve met'. It may also say 'reserve not yet met'. For this lot a minimum price has been set by the seller but this price has not yet been met.
Exceptions to direct allocation are lots which are sold by subject to allocation. In this case, the highest bid for this lot will be presented to our client immediately after closing the auction. In two days the user will be informed if the bid for the lot is accepted.
Different closing times
To assist you to manage bidding on several lots on the day of closure, we use different closing times for lots or groups of lots. Closing times of the lots are easy to follow in MyTroostwijk.
Lots without a bid
From all lots without a bid, the closing time is extended with 30 minutes after the last closing time for lots in that auction. In this way latecomers still have the possibility to place a bid.
Static or proxy bid
There are two kinds of bids. With a static bid your bid is a fixed amount per lot. With a proxy bid you indicate the maximum price that you are willing to pay for the lot. Then the auction system will automatically increase your bid if you are outbid by a third party.
This process continues automatically until your maximum bid is reached. If another bidder places a static bid equal to the maximum of your earlier placed automatic bid, the automatic bid comes first (an automatic bid beats the static bid). You can cancel your automatic bid by placing a static bid at the amount of the next minimum acceptable bid. At this point you are still the highest bidder, until you are outbid. It is not possible to cancel a bid, not with a static or a proxy bid.