Goss Collectors' Club Auction Rules


1.    Only members may bid; (a non member may join by sending bids at the same time as his/her membership fee and subscription)


2.    Members or non-members may submit lots for auction, which must be sent to the Auction Secretary prior to the sale, except by special arrangement.


3.    The Auction Secretary reserves the right to determine whether the lots are suitable for inclusion, and defer lots to a later auction.


4.    A reserve price may be placed on lots, but this need not be disclosed in the listing.  The Auction Secretary will set a reserve if the vendor so wishes but in doing so shall not be held responsible for any loss, which may result.  Return postage and packing must be paid on unsold items, which are returned to the vendor.


5.    10% commission will be charged on all lots sold with a minimum of £1 per vendor.


6.    The bidder should make only one bid per lot, which can consist of any combination of pounds and pence representing the maximum sum the purchaser is prepared to pay.  Lots will go to the highest bidder over reserve price.  A bidder may also state a cash limit on expenditure, exclusive of postage and packing, with bids being processed in the bidder's stated order of preference until the limit is reached.  Bids may also be made on an 'either - or' basis, where the bidder has no preference as to the piece to be received - the least costly option will be followed.

       If bidding by e-post then the bidder should include details of his/her full postal address everytime any communication is made which could result in the postal service being used. Bids by e-post must be made by midnight on auction eve.


7.    Bids are processed using lot numbers and whilst detail of the piece bid for can be helpful in case of doubt the lot number will form the basis of the contract between the Club and a bidder.


8.    The successful bidder will actually pay an amount calculated from either the next bid below or the reserve price.  To this startpoint will be added a sum depending on value as follows but so as not to exceed the bid made.


       Items under   £5.00          -25p             Items £100 - £249.99        -£5

       Items     £5 -    £9.99        -50p             Items £250 - £499.99           -£10

       Items     £10 -  £49.99             -£1        Items £500 - £999.99           -£25

       Items     £50 -  £99.99             -£2.50          Items over £1,000                 -£50


9.    Successful purchasers will be notified by post, or if they have bid by e-post, or an e-post address is known, then notification will be by e-mail, and will remit to the Auction Secretary the sum stated which will include a sum to cover postage and packing costs.  Cheques to be made payable to Goss Collectors’ Club.  Special Delivery or Compensated Parcel Post is used for any package of over £100.00 value.  The purchaser may, totally at his/her own risk, opt for ‘uninsured’ post.


10.  Bids will be held for seven days from the date of auction, awaiting payment.  Should payment not be received, the Auction Secretary may at his/her discretion offer items to the next highest bidder.  Failure to honour bids will result in the bidder immediately being barred from future auctions as both vendor and bidder for a period, of not less than a year, to be decided by the Club Committee.  Items will be held pending a members return from holiday: please state dates with your bid.


11.  Every lot is in good condition, unless otherwise stated.  In the event that an item proves to be unacceptable then it MUST be returned to the Auction Secretary 's hand no later than 21 days after auction otherwise no refund can be made.


12.  Whilst every care is taken with pieces, all pieces are accepted at owner's risk and insurance whilst lots are in the Auction Secretary's charge is strongly recommended.


13.  In the event of any dispute the Auction Secretary's decision is binding on all parties and the submission of bid(s) and/or pieces for auction will be deemed as acceptance of these rules.




14.  Successful bidders will be notified by Airmail and the results of successful bid(s) will be held for 21 days from the date of auction; payment must be made in sterling.


15.  Successful bidders will be responsible for payment of surface or air mail as they desire together with any custom or other dues which may be payable.


The following are not rules but the information will assist me to be of assistance to you


1.    I am usually at home in the evening and very often during the day.  Please make any 'phone calls to me in the period between 10am and 9pm.  I am pleased to provide any further information which you may require but if examination of the lot is involved please ask for such information you require as soon as possible and I shall seek to provide it in the following 2/3 days.


2.    Bids are accepted until 2.29pm on auction day (except by e-post where the cut-off is midnight on auction eve). I will not give advice as to what to bid but I will give advice on the purchase of unsold lots. The earlier you bid the better since in the event of drawn bids the first to be with me is that which will have precedence.  The use of the standard bidding form is preferred but is by no means mandatory - do please ensure that you quote the correct lot number, see rule 7 above.


3.    If you wish to ring after the auction to find out how successful your bid(s) have been this is welcomed between 6.00pm & 7.00pm on auction day (other time by prior arrangement) however it is imperative that you advise the Auction Secretary with your bid that you intend ringing.


4.    All parcels are packed on the Sunday following the auction; it is therefore not possible to add to a parcel after that time.  Extra purchases either have to bear their own P & P costs or wait until the next auction.


5.    Please read the preamble to the auction listing - it often contains important administrative information.  Auctions are usually held on the third Saturday of each month but the date may vary.


6.    If you seek to make a 'phone bid and no reply having been received and you are not prepared to leave a message on the answerphone please do not ask the auctioneer to ring you back.  For you to try again should be only one further call whereas very many 'phone calls could be requested of the auctioneer; at considerable cost. If you do leave a bid/s on the BT answerphone service then please don’t ring to see if I have received it - either trust the system or ring again.


7.    Visitors/observers are welcome but please advise the auctioneer in advance and seek to time your journey for a 2pm or later arrival time.


8.    If you want your parcel sent to other than your home address or you wish to collect at a forthcoming fair it is imperative that you provide appropriate information with your bid.


9.    Any change of address or 'phone number should be advised to the Auction Secretary - the Registrar does not know who buys or sells through the auction and does not pass information forward.


10.  If you are attached to the Internet then the 'Goss Hawk' publishes web addresses each month for the current auction and unsold lot details.