October 26, 2017
By Joel R Kolander
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Very few places offer live online bidding, and the majority of those that do offer it do so via a 3rd party service such as Proxibid, Invaluable, or iCollector. With that in mind, RIAC is proud to announce RIAC Live, our very own live bidding service. Accessed right on our website, you can now bid in real time without leaving your house. What do you need to do to use this exciting new software?
Got all those taken care of? Then let’s get started!
The same auction terms and conditions apply.
Once approved, you should see the approval message below. Then all there is to do is wait until auction and head on over to www.rockislandauction.com/live and start bidding!
Real Time Bidding: This is truly real time bidding. You will be bidding against other live bidders, people in attendance, phone bidders, and sealed bidders. Once you click the bid button, your bid is sent immediately to a real person at RIAC who bids on behalf of anyone using the service.
Don’t Outbid Yourself: If you have placed sealed bids with us on some items, the bid amount will be displayed for you as the items appear in the list with the words “Sealed Bid.” This can be seen in the first picture in this article.
Streaming Audio/Video: This is optional. You do not need to turn on the live video stream to bid. We always say, “We provide a service to our consignors, and an experience to our guests,” and we want to bring that auction experience to you. See the auctioneers working, hear the bids being called, and feel the same nervous anticipation when the gun you want is on the block. This video will have a delay typically 2-4 seconds. If you have a slow or choppy internet connection, we recommend you disable the live video. If you have a good connection, try it out.
Fee: The 1% added to the standard buyer’s premium for live online bidding.
Customize Your Experience: You control how the auction feels. Want the video off? Easy as a click of a button. Do you want all the sounds off? You can do that too. Looking for an item and need to turn off the auto-scrolling list of items? Sure thing!
Sync with Your Wishlist: If you use our online catalog’s Wish List feature, any items in your wish list will be highlighted in green as they appear in the auction items list on the right side of the page. See the first picture in this article for an example.
This first version of RIAC Live is designed for desktop/laptop computers only. There is no mobile support at this time.
A general “rule-of-thumb” is to try and make sure that, regardless what browser you choose, you are using the most up-to-date version as possible. Any browser released within the last year should suffice, but here are some benchmarks to go off of.
We hope you’re as excited to use this new bidding platform as we are to unveil it. It’s just another way that Rock Island Auction Company is improving the auction experience to make putting guns in your collection easier and more entertaining than ever before.
NOTE: RIAC will continue to list our catalogs with Proxibid for our customers that prefer to use those platforms.
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