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Why bother with wine auctions?
Wine gifts from eBayThere are many places to buy wine - by the bottle or glass in your favourite bar or restaurant, directly from winery cellar doors, supermarkets bootleshops, specialist retailers, wine of the month clubs and all sorts of online or mail order plans.
Perhaps you buy wine from a number of these already, but have you tried wine auctions?
Advantages for buying wine at auctions
The obvious one is that the wines are often cheaper. Discontinued stock, mislabeled stock, cancelled orders and overstocked lines are often disposed of via auction. Private individuals, deceased estates and collectors sometimes sell wine via auctions, either in the large auction houses or via Ebay.
Auctions can be the only way you can get aged wines. The costs of storage mean that most commercial operations just can't keep wine for extended cellaring. If you want to try some aged wine and don't feel like waiting for ten years to see what an superb aged riesling is all about auctions might be your best bet.
I love wine auctions because they are fun! I get satisfaction out of being the winning bidder, and waiting to try the wine.
Risks of online wine auctionsOf course there are risks involved with buying wine at auction but there are a few ways you can minimise those.
First, don't spend a fortune without some sort of guarantee. Wine is a notoriously variable product - even when kept in ideal conditions it can deteriorate in an unpredictable way, especially if given extended bottle age.
Before you register and bid you should take a few minutes to read the conditions of the service. If you use eBay for example you can check the sellers rating.
Why I think online wine auctions are safe
If you use Ebay you can view information about the seller including feedback from previous customers.
This is a valuable safeguard if you are contemplating a substantial purchase. Ebay is a very large business. It is in eBay's interest to maintain solid ethical standards. They rely on the power of the internet to do their business and they are fully aware of how quickly a bad reputation could be spread via the internet and kill their business overnight.
Equally your payments on Ebay are through PayPal, a highly sophisticated payment system which has a first class reputation that they intend to keep.
Using eBay StoresA good way to get started with buying wine online is to use Ebay stores. Many of the items in these stores are "Buy Now" rather than Auctions but the level of protection is the same. The advantage of buying at from these stores is that EBay maintains an index of customer satisfaction. Rip off merchants just don't stand a chance. For example this rare wine, port and armagnac shop has 1200 wines, makes nearly 4000 sales a year, and has a customer satisfaction rating of 100%
Have you bought wine online from eBay?Let us know about your experiences. Tell us what you bought and whether you got a bargain. Do you have any advice for newbies in the wine auction scene? Do you buy lots of things over the net, or was your wine buy a one off?
What is your experience of online wine auctions
Good or bad, lets hear it! Tell us which auction site you used and boast about your bargain, or warn others not to be taken in.
Do You Sell Wine By Auction?Your success depends on getting enough bidders to get full value for your wine.
The Make Your Net Auction Sell! Masters Course is full of practical advice suitable for beginners and experienced auction seller alike.
You can use it to sell wine, or the collection of antique toenail clippers you inherited from your eccentric great uncle.
Hint: It's all about how to attract bidders, not just visitors, to your auction. The more bidders you get the better your results.
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