TERMS & CONDITIONS
All bids whether live in the room, timed online or by proxy are legal and binding. All won lots are subject to 15% buyers commission with no vat on the auction hammer or Buy Now price.
All lots are sold as seen. The auctioneer & staff will describe the lot to the best of their ability and include condition reports where necessary and possible. The onus in on the buyer to inspect the lot, or send an agent to inspect the lot on their behalf and ensure that they are happy with it prior to bidding. The buyer is bidding on the Lot Number & Title not the full description. For long distance buyers our staff will assist you as much as we can with further information or observations to help you decide if you want to bid.
Payment Terms: We accept cash, debit/credit cards, bacs & cheques (latter from known long term clients only)
Collection: All lots must be collected within 6 working days of the auction end. During 2020 amidst covid-19 we appreciate that this may not always be possible and will assist with further options where we can. We are happy to liaise with agents or courier re collections, so long as written permission has been given by the buyer and the items is paid for in full. Proof of payment will be required prior to any release of goods. Items can be stored short term or taken to storage long term, all costs to be agreed and paid for in advance prior to going into storage and paid monthly in advance thereafter. The onus will be on the buyer to cover any purchased items or ensure they are covered with suitable insurance whilst in storage.
Perpetual offenders of buyers t&cs will be blocked as clients.
The saleroom reserves the right to re-offer items to redeem any unpaid debts or losses, in compliance with current laws.
VENDORS (PRIVATE, TRADE OR CLEARANCES) :
Ownership: All lots forward from vendors are put forward for public auction or sale and therefore must be their free/unencumbered property. You will be signing that the item belongs to you/the estate you instruct for and is free from hire purchase, ownership disputes etc. From deceased estate clearances, instruction must be sent in writing from the acting agent, solicitor or executor, prior to the clearance commencing, to ensure we have the correct official instruction to proceed.
Reserves: All lots forward will be sold with no reserve unless instructed otherwise. (For clearances, if no specific reserve instruction is received, then the auctioneer will use her discretion on setting the reserves/offered with no reserve as seen fit) The auctioneer and staff reserve the right to reject any items upon presentation or withdraw any items on later closer inspection, should they feel it is over reserved for the current market or the condition standard required for that reserve. All reserves are subject to the auctioneer’s discretion of 10%.
Commission & Safety Charges: The commission rate is currently 15% with no vat, but there is a minimum of £2 per lot. The auctioneer may choose to waive the latter in circumstances when lots have been offered specifically by the auctioneer in smaller value quantities. This is solely at the auctioneer’s discretion. Electrical safety test checks are made on all electrical items at the fee of £3 per plug and £6 for a hardwired item such as a plugless cooker. Replacement plugs are charged at £1 for supply & fit. These electrical charges are payable even if the lots is unsold and has to be collected. Do not cut off the plugs, it will not save you money, as your item will be rejected or incur the extra charges to fit a replacement. Items with the cable cut off will be rejected. Only items such as high end lamps with ALL WIRING completely removed may be accepted, if it is seemed worthwhile to a buyer to pay to have it completely re-wired.
Transportation Charges: All labour costs for transporting items to the saleroom are to be borne by the vendor. Please remember that if it takes an hour to load a batch it also takes and hour to unload it at our end. The labourers will be working and charges commence from starting at the collection point to finishing unloading at the saleroom. Travel expenses to longer distance locations for pick-ups may incur extra charges for time and fuel getting there, but will be quoted in advance. As at 10/10/20 our labour charges are £25 per hour for a first person & van and £15 per hour for a second person.
Waste Charges: We are registered & licensed Trade Waste Brokers & Carriers and we take waste seriously! Waste is expensive! Whether part of a lot left behind by a buyer, an unsold leftover lot from a vendor or a quantity of waste from a clearance property. It all has to be sorted, correctly recycled &/or disposed of and above all paid for! This all costs money whether in time sorting or dumping fees. We sort potential waste where we can both on site at clearances and at our premises afterwards in order to reduce the waste as much as possible. Metal goes to scrap, with any credit balance, although minimal, going to our local charity. Recyclables such as some plastics, cardboard, useable wood, bottles, in date foods, disability aids etc are recycled were possible. Inert and general waste are sorted to try to reduce the waste charges as much as possible, whilst finding a happy balance between extra labour time. The amounts that we are charged, for both general waste and individual items are passed to the client with no additions other than labour/transportation costs and are detailed on this link SPARLINGS RECYCLING. The individual items can be very expensive such as fridges/freezers/mattress, a member of our team can advise you on how to reduce those costs, without breaking any laws or instructing professionals who turn out to be fly tippers!
Additional Charges: we do not charge any fees for lotting, catalogue, photographing, research, advertising (unless an entire dispersal sale with specific requirements or exceptional circumstances after prior agreement)
Additional charges may incur for excessive storage times, unusual requests, double manual handling, increased insurance etc. These would all be discussed and agreed in advance and are rarely applicable.
Unsuitable or Illegal Items: All furniture items must comply with current laws. We will reject items with foam in that do not comply with Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 Pre 1945 does not need a fire label. (for 1945s-1980s items please send over images as we may be able to advise you of the best options) For furniture entries it is recommended that you either speak to a member of the team or email pictures prior to loading and hauling items to the saleroom, as depending on type/unsuitability, we may turn some items away. Furniture is often falling into the brackets of ‘highly saleable’ or ‘not saleable at all’ with very little middle ground. So please check before, so you don’t waste your time loading or paying someone to bring it in. It is amazing how many people get angry with our staff because we won’t accept items they have transported in. We will be brutally honest and you may need to be prepared for that.
We do not accept main gas items as we cannot corgi test them. But may accept LPG/bottle gas fed items but will turn all canisters away unless virtually full.
We also do not accept faulty goods or electrical items with the cables cut off. See charges above for more information re electricals.
We reserve the right to reject or even confiscate items that fall into illegal brackets! Yes it has happened on many occasions… bomb squad, firearms dept etc. We sell a lot of antique flintlock and percussion weapons as well as other sporting collectables. PLEASE send images or speak to us before transporting any weapons to the saleroom if you are unsure if it is legal to do so! Some items falling into either illegal or morally incorrect brackets, such as endangered species taxidermy or ivory, we will always advise you, as best we can of your options or do research for you if required.
Settlement of Vendors Accounts: Pre-covid 19, all vendors reports were raised 10 days after each sale, with some vendors chose to have a running account until all lots are sold. Payment method and timing will be discussed and agreed with each vendor individually during 2020 and into 2021, as some lots may sell quicker than others, depending on whether Buy Now or Auction lots. Auction lots will be settled in the normal above mention manner and timescale, but Buy Now lots can be individually invoiced or set as running accounts for multi items entries, with monthly revision.
House clearance accounts will normally be settled once all lots are sold and any waste/labour bills are ready for deduction, this may take slightly longer depending on lockdowns etc. Invoices in stages can also be arranged. From October 2020 we will be reviewing them monthly until normal service resumes.
Timed Online Auctions: Items deemed suitable for our timed online auctions built within our own online auction platform, will be presented with multi-images, dimensions, condition reports etc. These lots are chosen by the auctioneer. S0me may have reserves and some may be offered with no reserves at all. Bidders may place progressive bids and follow the progress accordingly, they may place their maximum bid and allow the system to thereafter bid for them in their absence, or they may choose to take their chance on bidding in the final minutes or seconds and therefore the saleroom accepts no responsibility for delays in internet speed, devices etc. It is up to the client to ensure that their bid is in place and confirmed prior to the auction end.
Buy Now Lots: Items deemed by the auctioneer to be not suitable for auctioning may be offered in the room or online as ‘Buy Now’ lots for reservation. These lots are mostly general household or items with a small estimate margin, deemed in the vendor clients best interest to approve an acceptable offer. Auction lots with no bidders may be offered as buy now lots to all subscribers.
For your information: Please note that we do not accept boxes of mixed items/miscellaneous , such as ceramics & glassware or low end items from privates or trade unless they are extremely good for their type!
You may happen to see some of these at the saleroom, but these will be from house clearances where we have got to remove it all and we try to reduce landfill/macerated waste by accepting donations in aid of our local charity the Callington Memory Cafe, instead of wasting/recycling them. We currently do not accept item donations for this cause, so don’t try to use this as a way to get rid of your rubbish please. Due to space/risk of waste costs it will be rejected as we will be one step ahead of you! Anyone dumping at our gateway will be reported to the authorities for fly tipping and via our extensive cctv systems will be named and shamed.
If you are really lovely by kindly offering really good donated items that will be snapped up quickly and benefit the charity greatly, then of course we will accept them, with thanks. The definition of really good will be at the auctioneer’s & staffs’ discretion. We presented the charity with £369 collected August & September 2020. Helping a little to save the planet from waste and helping our local community too!
If you have an item of which you are unsure if we will accept it for Buy Now, Auction or Charity, then please contact a member of our team for advice or email over a picture of it.