How it Works
Each month we hold an online whisky auction which lasts for one week. Our next auction starts at 8pm on 22nd May 2013 GMT and will finish at 8pm on 29th May 2013 GMT.
At any time during the auction anyone can register and place a bid. To ensure that bids are only placed by people who are genuinely interested in buying we ask for a one-off registration fee of £3. Once you have registered and paid your registration fee you will be able to bid on as many items (or 'lots') as you like.
Registration / Bidding
Before you can start bidding you will need to register and pay a one-off registration fee of £3. This is to ensure we only receive bids from people who are genuinely interested.
If you are already registered on our main Whisky-Online.com website you can simply login and pay your auction registration fee.
Thinking of Selling your Whisky?
Depending on your collection and preferences, Whisky-Online will make you a fair offer to purchase your whisky outright, or auction your bottles on our site on your behalf. While there are advantages to each solution, we can help recommend the option that will yield the best results. See below to learn more about each solution:
Sell your whisky directly to us:
We use a wide range of methods to establish a fair market price, for items that are offered to us. Current market conditions, our own track record with specific whiskies, the condition and provenance and also recent auction activity all play a role in our offer.
As soon as we have received delivery and confirmed that they are in good condition and match the list you provide we will then make payment by bank transfer or cheque.
If you can drop the consignment off in person at our warehouse you can leave with payment at this point.
Sell at auction
Highly-sought after rare whiskies that have been cared for and properly stored yield the best results at auction, where bidders compete to own these coveted bottles.
Whisky-Online offers a very fair commission structure to both the buyer and seller.
Benefit from low Buyer's Premium!
A buyer's premium is a percentage fee added onto the hammer price of a lot, which any rational bidder takes into account when determining their highest bid.
Sellers will profit from Whisky-Online’s extensive and loyal customer base - thousands of eyes will be on your lots!
For more information please contact us on 01253 620376 or email us at email@example.com.
How to List an Item
If you have some whisky that you would like to put up for auction please fill in our online listing form with details of the items you would like to sell.
Once we receive your completed form we will contact you to let you know how much we think your whisky might fetch at auction. We may also make you an offer if we are interested in purchasing the whisky from you.
- £3 photography
- £3 reserve
- 10% of final selling price
- 10% of final selling price
- Delivery and insurance charges (if required) - click here for a list of delivery charges. Buyers are welcome to collect their items in which case there will be no delivery or insurance charges payable.
Sellers fees are deducted from the final selling price. If the item does not sell we will invoice you for the listing fees only.
- Worldpay - a surcharge of 3% will be applied to the final invoice
- Debit Card (Telephone), Cash, Cheque - no surcharge
- BACS / Bank Transfer - no surcharge.
VAT is chargeable on commissions and fees where applicable, but not to the hammer price.
Q: Can I choose when my auction ends?
A: No. All listings end at the same time on the same day.
Q: How much does it cost to list an item?
A: For each lot we charge £3 for product photography, £3 for setting the reserve plus 10% of the hammer price (the final auction price).
Q: When do I pay / get paid?
A: If your items meet the reserve, once the buyer has paid, we deduct your seller fees and then send on the balance to you either by cheque or bank transfer.
Q: What if my item(s) don't sell?
A: You will still need to pay the £3 photography and £3 reserve fee. We will invoice you for £6 - once this has been paid we will return your items to you.
Q: My item(s) didn't sell - how do I get my whisky back?
A: Once you have paid your listing fee you are welcome to collect your items or we can have them delivered to you - please note there is a charge for this service - see our delivery rates for more details.
Q: If I win an item, do I have to pay VAT on the hammer price?
A: No, VAT is not payable on the hammer price.
Q: Do I have to register before bidding?
A: Yes, there is a one off fee of £3 - this is to make sure we only get genuine bidders.
Q: If I win is it a legally binding contract?
A: Yes. See our terms and conditions.
Q: Can I personally collect the lots I win?
A: Yes, all we ask is you drop us a line to say you wish to collect.
Q: Is the auction protected from last minute bids?
A: If a bid is placed on an auction item within the last 5 minutes of the auction, the end time for that item will be increased by a further 5mins to allow extra bidding time. The auction for that item will finish when no bidding activity has occurred for a full 5 minutes after the original auction end time. This is an automatic feature and Whisky-Online has no control over this.