What is it about whisky that makes you want to buy it? Are you looking to invest or speculate, collect, or simply to drink the best stuff you can afford? All these lead to buying different kinds of bottles, the more you understand about what you want out of whisky; the more effectively you can buy it.
Our auctions can be extensive and diverse; be sure to look through the whole sale carefully and add anything of interest to your watch list so you can narrow down what you want to research and bid on. Being methodical means you are far less likely to miss out on something. Remember there are also a variety of ways to organise and browse our sales to suit your preferences.
Get as much information about the item you're interested in before you start bidding; read our descriptions and information carefully in advance and don't be afraid to email us for more photos or information before bidding. Check out the blogs and other websites for reviews; see what other people are saying about this bottle and how highly (or not) it is regarded in the whisky world. When it comes to buying old or rare whisky: knowledge is power!
In your account area we provide you with the facility to make notes on the bottles in your watch list and any you're bidding on. This can be useful as a way to grade your bottles and to help you decide your bidding priorities.
Avoid the temptation of getting into a bidding war; follow your wallet not your heart. Once you've determined what you're willing to pay for a bottle, enter your maximum bid and let our auto-bid feature bid on your behalf up to your max bid. It's easy to get emotionally caught up in the thrill of the moment and continue bidding beyond what you can afford; our auto-bid feature helps keep this under control. If your max bid is £80 and the bottle is sitting at £30, you may still only have to pay £32.50 (plus buyer's commission) provided no one else bids as the bid would only go up one increment. See Increment Breakdown.
Understand the commission charges before you bid. Every auction house charges a commission on top of the final hammer price. Also consider if you require shipping, storage or insurance. All our charges are clearly listed on our website for you to view prior to bidding: See our charges
Set a reminder on the auction closing date and time. When you register with us you will receive email alerts from us, such as outbid notices, but setting yourself a reminder of the time the auction ends will ensure you don't miss out.
Remember, when the auction closes, if you are the highest bidder: it is a legal contract to buy.
Once successful, payment is required immediately after the auction closure. During checkout, transport arrangements can me made for your winning lots. It's worth doing this quickly to prevent storage fees that might apply. It is also hugely beneficial to us as a company as it means we can pay our sellers faster. Keeping our sellers satisfied means we can maintain a healthy supply of excellent bottles for future sales which is in your interest as a buyer.
Once you have received your winning lots, whatever your reason for buying them, be sure to enjoy them; there is a lifetime of pleasure to be had in whisky and auctions are one of the most enjoyable and diverse ways to acquire new bottles