Auction Help

HOW TO BID

REGISTER
This auction is FREE but we do require that all sellers and buyers be registered. This enables our software to keep track of items for sale and who bids on what. It protects both us as auction providers and you as buyer and/or seller. Registration is simple and painless. Merely click on [New Registration] here or near the bottom of any auction page.
BIDDING
We've gone to great lengths to find and list items starting at good prices. We hope you'll want to bid on some of these great auction lots. To get a category list, click on [Category List] here or near the bottom of any auction page. Click on one of the categories you find interesting. This shows you a list of specific items. Click on the name of items you'd like more information about. If you wish to place a bid, enter your bid in the box below the item, then just click on the "place bid" button nearby. We suggest that a good strategy for items you really want, is to place the highest bid you are willing to pay. Otherwise, someone may beat you out. This system accepts proxy or maxbid bids (see Proxy Bids below). Should someone outbid you, the system sends you an e-mail notification with a link back here to the item. Click on the link right in your e-mail message and you will be returned directly to the item. You can then decide whether you want to raise your bid.
RAISING BIDS
To raise your bid, go down to the "place bid" input box below the item's description and enter your new, higher bid.
RESERVE BIDS
Sometimes (and our system supports this) a seller enters a Reserve Bid. For example, his Model 384T Golden Widget sells for $100 new. He or she decides to place a starting bid of on the item but they want to get at least $80 for it. So a reserve bid of $80 is entered into the system. In such a case--even if you are the high bidder at, say, --you will not win the item unless you go over . We feel this is a poor auction strategy and wastes the time of buyers and sellers alike. We suggest this to sellers: enter the item at the least price you will accept.
AUTOMATIC E-MAIL
The system automatically sends the buyer (highest bidder) and seller of the item e-mail when the auction ends. The buyer and seller then are responsible for making their own arrangements to conclude the deal by payment and shipment. This auction merely offers a venue for buying and selling. We will not, and legally cannot, be held responsible in any way for any lack of performance by any and all parties. We simply provide a place that allows people to buy and sell. HOWEVER, do let us know of any problems. We can and will banish anyone who abuses our auction.
PROXY BIDS
There are several systems of "proxy" bids; i.e. the system bidding for you automatically. The system in the EveryAuction software is called "MaxBid." Think of 'Max' as someone who stays and watches the auction 24 hours a day while you're off doing more interesting stuff. You activate 'Max' by entering the highest amount you are willing to pay for an item into the "place bid" box. The system will then bid for you, bidding only enough to make you the high bidder. If someone tops that bid, good old 'Max' places another bid for you and so on up to the maximum amount you've specified. Under no circumstances will 'Max' ever bid MORE than you said. But the system will send you e-mail about an outbid and you can give 'Max' a few more bucks to play with, if you like. Just enter another bid amount. Not yet implimented.

POSTING ITEMS FOR SALE

Posting your items for sale here at Auctions @ Rowley Corvette is both free and easy. Simply register if you have not already (by clicking [New Registration] here or at the bottom of any auction page). Our system automatically mails your password within usually a few seconds (no need to disconnect while you wait). Once you have the password, you might want to copy it from your e-mail and go to [Change Registration] to replace our rather obtuse collection of letters and numbers with something you might more easily remember.

Again, we currently charge nothing to buy or sell items. We do charge a nominal rate for premium features that other auction sites have like bold listings, featured auctions, and the like.

Posting items for sale is accomplished by clicking on [Post New Item] here or at the bottom of any auction screen. Fill in the form that pops up with a short descriptive title (make it snazzy to get people's attention). Next, select the category the item should be in (if you don't see an appropriate category on the drop down list, please e-mail us auctionhelp@rowleycorvette.com and ask for that category to be added. Be a little patient, please--we get LOTS of e-mail.

Pictures sell items! You may upload either gif or jpeg images to our server from your computer for free, provided they conform to the size specs specified in the "Post New Item" section. Larger pictures may be used if they reside on another server. Link a large picture to your item posting by entering the URL (its web address like, for example http://yourname.com/pictures/picture.jpg) in the "IMAGE URL" box.

Featured Auction Listing! This purchased option sets your auction's title text and page link aside from the rest by appearing on the main auction gateway page affording it the added visibility to all auction visitors.

Featured Auction Picture! Want to promote your auction to the max, purchasing this option will display your auction's feature picture on our main auction gateway page in plain view of all auction visitors.
Feature pics are small promo pics uploaded to our server. Both or either Featured Auction Listing and Featured Auction Picture can only be purchased after an auction item has been created and expire when the auction has terminated. We only allow 8 Feature Pics to appear at a time. If 8 pics are showing don't buy another until 7 or less appear. Live totals of appearing Feature Pics are displayed during the Feature Pic purchase process to prevent an over sold situation.

Image Scan or Resize Service!
Have us scan or resize image(s) or have us submit the entire auction for you.

Decide how many days you want to offer your item at auction. Our system supports 1-20 days. Most people use seven days.

Enter a description. You can simply type your description into the "Description:" box but we also support HTML just like eBAY and the other biggies. So feel free to use your favorite HTML editor (like FrontPage), then cut and paste your descriptive masterpiece into the Description box. Be sure to include such facts as who pays for shipping and how much that is. Also detail the type of payment you will accept, such as personal checks, Visa and MasterCard (and/or other credit cards), will you ship C.O.D., and so forth.

After the description is complete, enter your username in the "Your handle/alias:" box and your password in the box below.

Below that is the "Your Starting Bid" box. The starting bid is very important. If you put a very low price just remember, you might get it! The best auction strategy is to start an item at the lowest price you are willing to sell it for, then anything above that is a pleasant bonus!

One thing on our starting bids you should be aware of: Let's say you want to start an item for $5. First set the "Bid Increment Box" (the default value is $1 but you can change it to fifty cents, or whatever). Your starting bid will be $4! Thus, the first bidder will be asked to bid $5 (what you entered plus the bid increment of $1). Please make sure you understand how the above works, or you might start the bidding at too high a level and your item not sell.

Posting items on this and any internet auction is a legally binding action. Your are irrevocably promising, assuming you get one or more bids, to sell the item and ship it promptly after payment is received. Mutual trust between buyer and seller are what drives online auctions. We will tolerate no scammers or breakers of promises on this auction.

Once the posting form is filled in to your satisfaction, hit the Preview button. The system shows how the posted item will look. If that pleases you, click on the Post button and the auction is live.

You will be notified automatically by e-mail if the items sells, or if it ends without selling. At that time, feel free to repost unsold items.

If someone sends you e-mail asking about an item, please respond promptly and courteously. It's simply good business.

We expect you to be honest and truthful in the descriptions of posted items. Anyone abusing this auction will be banished.

So, post away and the very best of luck to you from everyone here at Auctions @ Rowley Corvette and, please remember, if you have any questions, drop us an e-mail to auctionhelp@rowleycorvette.com.

Happy buying and selling!


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Qualifications for Registration

We are very serious here at Auctions @ Rowley Corvette in presenting you a pleasant and safe venue for buying and selling items online. We will not accept any sort of fraud, scamming, or illegal activity of any sort in this auction or on this web site. Persons engaging in such will be terminated from this auction and may be subject to criminal prosecution. Below are the legalities we are required to state and which you agree to abide by when registering to bid or sell in this auction:

Article 1. Eligibility of membership - This auction site is only available to people who are legally able to form binding contracts as the seller/buyer of an auction item. People who are of under the age of 18 are not eligible for membership. If you do not meet these requirements, you are not eligible to use these auction services.

Article 2. Auctions @ Rowley Corvette is only providing auction services - We only provide services to people interested in selling and buying merchandise via internet auction. We do not have control over the items that are posted in the auction site, and cannot guarantee the authenticity and quality of said product. We are not responsible for the actions the sellers/buyers take before, during, and after the auction, typographical errors, misprints, loss of merchandise/money, damage or failure of equipment, due to your visit to this auction site. Use of this site is at your own risk, and content is presented 'As-Is'. The parties acknowledge that the Internet is neither owned nor controlled by any one entity; therefore, Auctions @ Rowley Corvette can not guarantee data integrity or access thereof at any given time. Auctions @ Rowley Corvette represents that it shall make every good faith effort to ensure that its auction software and data are available as widely as possible and with as little service interruption as possible.

Article 3. Bidding and Selling - As a user, you may bid and/or sell merchandise over Auctions @ Rowley Corvette. As a bidder, you know that placing a bid is a binding contract between you and the seller, and the bid cannot be retracted unless due to fault by the seller of typographical error, or other error, due to human error on the seller's part. Once you place a bid, and if you win, you will be obligated to buy the product at the said price you indicated as your bid. Placing a bid on this auction site, and winning, then not paying for the product is illegal in most states, and prosecution can result to you. As a seller, the item that you place up for bids must be real and as represented. Pre-sales are excepted as long as the item is so noted prominently. Once a bid has been placed for your item, you are being placed in a binding contract with the potential buyer of the product, if that bid shall be the highest bid. Once the auction is over, if over reserve price, you are obligated to sell to the potential buyer which is the highest bidder in your auction. If, reserve price was not met, you are not obligated in any way to sell this item at all. As a seller, you are not in any way to bid on your own items (the system prevents this at one level, however unscrupulous operators may find a method to circumvent our efforts). If reported, your auction will be deleted.

Article 4. Posting Items - As a user, you are welcome to post items up for sale in the Auctions @ Rowley Corvette. We do have restrictions on what items you may sell, and what you may not sell. You may not sell illegal merchandise, including pirated software and music, firearms, adult videos, or anything that is affiliated with pornography, etc. Items that are posted for bids are subject to review by the staff of Auctions @ Rowley Corvette, and may be removed without prior notice, if in violation of the User Agreement.

Article 5. Charges - Posting an item up for bid, bidding on an item, and registering are free on this server. Do not abuse this privilege.

Article 6. Privacy - We gather your information so that other people will have it on hand when they win your auction, or you win their auction. Personal information is not sold, or rented. Personal information sent to a user regarding a product bought or sold on the auction is not to be used for any other purpose, except for communication with the auction item.

Article 7. Warranty - Auctions @ Rowley Corvette provides this website in an 'as-is' condition, without a warranty or condition. Auctions @ Rowley Corvette is not liable for any damages resulting in an auction, or your visit to the site.

Suspension or Termination

Here are some things that will get you suspended, terminated, and/or prosecuted:

  • Giving us false information when registering, such as a false name or fraudulent contact information.

  • We are against Spam and we respect the privacy of our users. We do not use "cookies" or any other method to gather information about other than legitimate registration. We use your e-mail address for contacting buyers or sellers only. Any use of this private information by anyone else is strictly prohibited and we WILL take action.

  • Don't bid unless you intend to buy. Don't offer an item unless you intend to follow though with the winning bidder. For a buyer or seller not to honor an auction bid is illegal in many states.

  • Don't list items in inappropriate categories just to get additional exposure or for any other reason. Violators of this policy are subject to suspension or termination. If you have something that does not fit any of our categories, please e-mail auctionhelp@rowleycorvette.com and request that category be added to the auction.

  • No sellers can bid on their own products to artificially raise the selling price.

  • Any one attempting to compromise the safety, security, data integrity, service, or any other fact of Auctions @ Rowley Corvette will be suspended or terminated and WILL face possible legal action. We've worked hard to present this auction opportunity for you and will not allow one or two to ruin it for the many.

  • Any one attempting to post illegal merchandise, including pirated software and music, firearms, adult videos, any item in any way infringing on a legitimate copyright, or anything that is affiliated with pornography, etc. Links within your auctions to sites violating the above are included. Items that are posted for bids are subject to review by the staff of Auctions @ Rowley Corvette, and may be removed without prior notice, if in violation of the User Agreement. Then the person posting them is in trouble with us!

Conditions of Service

  1. Auctions @ Rowley Corvette acts only in providing a place for buyers and sellers to buy and sell approved items. We have no control over quality, usability, legality, et al of the items put up here for auction. In other words, Auctions @ Rowley Corvette provides this website in an 'as-is' condition, without a warranty or condition. Auctions @ Rowley Corvette is not liable for any damages resulting in an auction, or your visit to the site. Auctions @ Rowley Corvette is not responsible  nor liable for any damages caused or alleged to be caused directly, indirectly, incidentally, or consequentially by anything on or related to this auction site.

  2. We at Auctions @ Rowley Corvette cannot and will not get involved in disputes between users. In the case that you have such a dispute, by registering on this site, you are releasing Auctions @ Rowley Corvette and its agents, employees, and assignees, and any affiliated companies or individuals from any claims , suspected and unsuspected, whether disclosed or undisclosed, arising out of, or in any way connected to, any disputes. We suggest and expect that users will employ common good business practices and personal courtesy to avoid disputes. If another user has a complaint with you, please establish a polite dialog with him or her to resolve the dispute to mutual satisfaction. Above all, when buying something from someone--whether on the internet or anywhere else--your best protection to be an informed buyer. In Latin: Caveat Emptor! The age-old warning of Buyer Beware!

  3. We cannot, and will not, be held responsible for any interruption in service, caused by any means, therefore we cannot guarantee continual, uninterrupted service as our website could be interfered with by means out of our control.

  4. The use of a trademark or service mark in your auctions should be capitalized and indication as such. Since we have no control over posting, the use  of any trademark or service mark in this auction, proper or improper, cannot and should not be construed as affecting the validity of that trademark or service mark.

  5. We reserve the right to remove anyone from this auction at any time for any reason we deem sufficient and without explanation required.

  6. We will tolerate no violations of law or regulations by any actions, especially those that are libelous, threatening, harassing, or obscene.

Your use of this auction marks your acceptance in full of these Terms and Conditions.

Thank you for using Auctions @ Rowley Corvette.

FAQ for Auctions @ Rowley Corvette

(Frequently Asked Questions)

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  1. Who determines the minimum or starting bid?
  2. What is the Bid Increment?
  3. Okay, what are Proxy or MaxBids?
  4. What does using this auction cost and how do I qualify?
  5. How do I bid?
  6. What are Reserve Bids?
  7. How do I Post an item for sale?
  8. How do I find out more about a posted item?
  9. How do I know I'm getting a good deal?
  10. How do I know I won?

Who determines the minimum or starting bid?

The seller (the person who posted the item) decides what he or she wants the bidding to begin at. Usually this is (and should be) just below the lowest price acceptable for the item. If you bid, the system will ask you to bid the starting price PLUS the Bid Increment.  Sellers are encouraged to start items at a reasonable amount and not absurdly high. Buyers like the auction process because it allows bargain shopping. If an item is priced right, people recognize the bargain and bid on it.

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What is the Bid Increment?

The Bid Increment ($1 is the default increment) raises the bidding each time by that minimum amount (you can always bump it up even higher or enter a Proxy Bid, in which case the system will bid either the bid increment or enough of your stated amount to make you the leading bidder. The purpose of the bid increment is to keep someone from outbidding you by some silly amount like $.01. It protects you and assures the seller of getting a decent return if the item is hotly contested.

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Okay, what are Proxy or MaxBids?

There are several systems of "proxy" bids; i.e. the system bidding for you automatically. The system in the EveryAuction software is called "MaxBid." Think of 'Max' as someone who stays and watches the auction 24 hours a day while you're off doing more interesting stuff. You activate 'Max' by entering the highest amount you are willing to pay for an item into the "place bid" box. The system will then bid for you, bidding only enough to make you the high bidder. If someone tops that bid, good old 'Max' places another bid for you and so on up to the maximum amount you've specified. Under no circumstances will 'Max' ever bid MORE than you said. But the system will send you e-mail about an outbid and you can give 'Max' a few more bucks to play with, if you like. Just enter another bid amount.

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What does using this auction cost and how do I qualify?

This auction is FREE but we do require that all sellers and buyers be registered. This enables our software to keep track of items for sale and who bids on what. It protects both us as auction providers and you as buyer and/or seller. Registration is simple and painless. Merely click on [New Registration] here or near the bottom of any auction page.

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How do I bid?

Click on the name of items you'd like more information about. If you wish to place a bid, enter your bid in the box below the item, then just click on the "place bid" button nearby. We suggest that a good strategy for items you really want is to place the highest bid you are willing to pay. Otherwise, someone may beat you out. This system accepts proxy or maxbid bids (see Proxy Bids below). Should someone outbid you, the system sends you an e-mail notification with a link back here to the item. Click on the link right in your e-mail message and you will be returned to the directly to the item. You can then decide whether you want to raise your bid.

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What are Reserve Bids?

Sometimes (and our system supports this) a seller enters a Reserve Bid. For example, his Model 384T Golden Widget sells for $100 new. He or she decides to place a starting bid of $1 on the item but they want to get at least $80 for it. So a reserve bid of $80 is entered into the system. In such a case--even if you are the high bidder at, say, $60--you will not win the item unless you go over $80. We feel this is a poor auction strategy and wastes the time of buyers and sellers alike. We suggest this to sellers: enter the item at the least price you will accept, with no reserve.

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How do I Post an item for sale?

Posting your items for sale here at Auctions @ Rowley Corvette is both free and easy. Simply register if you have not already (by clicking [New Registration] here or at the bottom of any auction page). Our system automatically mails your password within usually a few seconds (no need to disconnect while you wait). Once you have the password, you might want to copy it from your e-mail and go to [Change Registration] to replace our rather obtuse collection of letters and numbers with something you might more easily remember.

Again, we charge currently nothing to buy or sell items. In the future, we do reserve the right to add premium features that other auction sites have like bold listings, featured auctions, and the like. For those, we may charge a nominal rate.

Posting items for sale is accomplished by clicking on [Post New Item] here or at the bottom of any auction screen. Fill in the form that pops up with a short descriptive title (make it snazzy to get people's attention). Next, select the category the item should be in (if you don't see an appropriate category on the drop down list, please e-mail us auctionhelp@rowleycorvette.com and ask for that category to be added. Be a little patient, please--we get LOTS of e-mail.

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How do I find out more about a posted item?

If you have any questions about an item, by all means contact the seller and ask him or her (not us!). The seller's e-mail address is included on the item's page. Just click on it to send him or her mail. You can ask about condition of the item, payment and shipment terms, or anything else not already spelled out in the item's description.

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How do I know I'm getting a good deal?

When buying something from someone--whether on the internet, in any kind of auction, or anywhere else--your best protection to be an informed buyer. In Latin: Caveat Emptor! The age-old warning of Buyer Beware! We do police this auction and make our best effort to keep it clean and pleasant, but we can give no blanket guarantee. You might read our Terms & Conditions page for more info on this. However, we also go to great lengths here to make sure you have plenty of great stuff at bargain prices to bid on.

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How do I know I won?

The system automatically sends the buyer (highest bidder) and seller of the item e-mail when the auction ends. The buyer and seller then are responsible for making their own arrangements to conclude the deal by payment and shipment. This auction merely offers a venue for buying and selling. We will not, nor cannot, be held responsible in any way for any lack of performance by any and all parties. We simply provide a place that allows people to buy and sell. HOWEVER, do let us know of any problems. We can and will banish anyone who abuses our auction.

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For any other questions you might have, please feel free to e-mail our auction administrator, auctionhelp@rowleycorvette.com.