Conditions of Sale
5. BUYERS PREMIUM 21% will be applied to all property sold to be paid by the buyer as part of the purchase price and is therefore subject to applicable state sales tax. A 3.5% discount is given to those paying by Cash, Money Order or Pre-approved Check, Wire.
NOTICE TO INTERNET BIDDERS:
5A. Poulin Live Internet Bidding Platform Participants: Participation through Poulin live internet bidding platform incurs an additional 1% fee based on the hammer price for the lots that bidders are successful on.
5B. Proxibid, I-Collector, Invaluable, Auction Zip & Live Auctioneers are internet bidding services that are provided by separate companies that hosts our auctions. There is a 3% charge to use their services. This amount is added to the Buyer's Premium on your invoice.
IN HOUSE BIDDERS: FOR THOSE BIDDERS WHO ATTEND OUR AUCTION IN PERSON OR PLACE THEIR ABSENTEE/PHONE BIDS DIRECTLY WITH POULINS
17.5% IF PAYMENT RECEIVED BY: CASH ~ CHECK ~ WIRE ~ MONEY ORDER
21% IF PAYMENT RECEIVED BY: AMERICAN EXPRESS ~ VISA ~ MASTER CARD ~ DISCOVER
"POULIN LIVE" INTERNET BIDDERS: FOR THOSE BIDDERS WHO ARE USING POULIN LIVE INTERNET BIDDING SERVICE THERE IS A 1% FEE
18.5% IF PAYMENT RECEIVED BY: CASH ~ CHECK ~ WIRE ~ MONEY ORDER
22% IF PAYMENT RECEIVED BY: AMERICAN EXPRESS ~ VISA ~ MASTER CARD ~ DISCOVER
INTERNET PLATFORM BIDDERS: FOR THOSE BIDDERS WHO ARE USING PROXIBID, AUCTION ZIP, INVALUABLE, I-COLLECTOR, LIVE AUCTIONEERS THERE IS A 3% CHARGE TO USE THEIR SERVICES
20.5% IF PAYMENT RECEIVED BY: CASH ~ CHECK ~ WIRE ~ MONEY ORDER
24% IF PAYMENT RECEIVED BY: AMERICAN EXPRESS ~ VISA ~ MASTER CARD ~ DISCOVER
8. PAYMENT: All items are to be paid for in United States American Funds. We accept Cash, pre-approved checks, Visa, MC, American Express, Discover & wire transfers. All items must be paid for in full before being removed from our facility. All fees associated with the cost of a wire transfer or bank check are those of the purchaser.
*Must have valid driver's license when paying by charge cards & checks.
*Checks are to be pre-approved by auctioneer prior to the auction (at least 2 business days before auction, NOT the day of the auction). A letter of reference from your bank is recommended to those who have never done business with us before. The auctioneer reserves the right to hold merchandise purchased by checks that have not been pre-approved until we can see that the check has cleared the bank. It is our policy to hold merchandise on all first time buyers, due to our bank's recommendation of 10 days, until the check has cleared the bank. (This enables the check to clear the bank and if it does not, then it gives them the time to notify us via mail).
*There will be a $25 fee charged for all returned checks.
*Third party checks are not accepted.
Note: Delay in payment, means delay in shipment to you. Delay in shipment to you could mean you lose all possibility of a return, so please make a prompt payment. The speediest forms of payments are credit cards or bank checks.
Personal or Business checks from first time buyers will hold the shipment up for 10 business days until checks have cleared the bank. This could jeopardize the warranties of the descriptions if the shipment exceeds 18 business days.
9. OUT OF COUNTRY BUYERS:
9A. Payment must be in the form of either Wire transfers or Checks (made out in United States funds). Credit cards are only accepted for the shipping process. All fees associated with the use of a wire transfer are the responsibility of the purchaser. This includes the $25 fee that Poulin Antiques & Auctions, Inc. is charged by their bank for the international wire transfer.
9B. All firearms (this includes all antiques, curios or modern firearms), plus edged weapons and any item that has a portion of an animal (ivory, etc..) must go through either an exporter or another FFL dealer that supplies this service. We, Poulin Antiques & Auctions, Inc., will not ship any of these items out of the country without the use of an exporter.
19. SHIPPING: Poulins makes every attempt to ship your goods in a timely fashion. Because of the high volume of items being shipped and delays that shipping carriers deal with, please allow 2-3 weeks for your items to be delivered after all paperwork and full payment is received and applied. We do not attempt to make money on shipping but neither do we wish to lose money on shipping. The following is our shipping policy and shipping/handling/box and insurance charges.
*ASAP Orders: Are available on small quantities of 10 guns or less, however there is an additional charge of $50.00
*Hard Cases: There is a $20.00 charge for hard cases. These are usually used for items that have sold for $2000 or more. Or upon request.
*Handling charges: Handguns are $8.00 per gun. Longarms are $15.00 per gun. Miscellaneous items and larger Class III items will vary depending on material used and time it takes to package. Labor rate is $30.00 an hour on these other items.
*Insurance Charges: A rate of $8 for the first $800 and 95 cents PER each $100.00 after $800. This covers the Hammer & Buyers Premium only. This does not include shipping, nor does it include what you expected to get for the item if resold.
*Shipping cost: Carrier cost plus all firearms (including antiques) are shipped with adult signature required. Any item(s) shipped with a value of $1000.00 and up is shipped with signature required.
*Boxes: $7.50 per box used in your shipment. No charge if it is a free box supplied by the carrier. (We do not carry all box sizes from these carriers, only generally sized ones).
*Multiple winning bids will be combined to save buyer money.
*We reserve the right to not ship an item if we feel that it is too fragile or bulky to be done safely. (i.e. Bronzes, frames, delicate and/or oversized items, etc.)
*We are happy to assist you in your shipping needs. Please understand that we will try to expedite your shipment when requested, but we make no guarantee that it can be completed in such a time frame as you may request or in the manner that you may request.
19A. HAZMAT INFORMATION:
*Aerial flares (Non-USCG Approved) are restricted in the following cities and/or states: All of Alaska; Sacramento, CA; San Francisco, CA; All of HI; All of MA; NYC, NY; Bronx, NY; Brooklyn, NY; Manhattan, NY; Staten Island, NY; Queens, NY; Washington D.C.; APO & FPO Addresses, No PO boxes. Flares are considered hazardous material and they require an extra S&H charge.
*Other Hazmat items include primers in original boxes and smokeless gunpowder in original containers.
*HAZMAT DISCLAIMER: Commercial Carrier (FedEx) charges a $30.00 handling charge for each package containing Hazardous Materials. Hazmat items will be shipped via FedEx Ground only. NO 2nd Day or Next Day shipment on Hazmat items or ammunition. If you have any questions please call: 1-207-453-2114.
*Note: We will not declare an item as something other than what it is, change the name on the invoice, or declare an item to be of lesser value than what was paid for it. We will not break the law in a description or on a value so that an item can get through customs.
4. 5.5% SALES TAX must be charged to all successful bidders.
*Maine residents who do not present a valid ANNUAL RESALE CERTIFICATE at the time of registration will have to pay the 5.5% sales tax. NO EXCEPTIONS.
*Under Maine law, items to be shipped within Maine will have the tax applied.
*If you reside in the state of Maine, but maintain an out of state tax number, you must pay sales tax. This is Maine law.
*Out of State residents. If you are not a Maine resident, we require a copy of your resale certificate. Due to the recent Supreme Court ruling, items shipped to some out of state residents may be charged sales tax, if your state requires our company to collect the recipient's state sales tax.
Firearms Condition Categories::
Firearms Condition Categories:
Extremely Fine: All original with 98% finish, or better, brilliant shiny bore, very crisp mechanics, shows most original finish on bolt face and loading gate, etc. Terminology may also include "As New", "Appears to be Unfired", etc.
Very Fine: All original with 94/95% to 98% finish or better, crisp mechanics, bright to brilliant bore with no rust or pitting may also include "Shows Very Little if Any Use".
Fine: All original with 90% to 94/95% finish or better, very fine to light surface rust or minor, scattered pinprick pitting tight functional mechanics, strong, bright bore with minor.
Very Good: Minor touch-up or very minor, small parts replaced with 80% to 90% finish, scattered minor, light rust or pitting slightly loose mechanics but functional, strong bore with some shine, light to moderate pitting.
Good: Minor touch-ups, visible small parts replaced with 60% to 80% finish, light or moderate rust or fine pitting, good and functional mechanics, strong rifling or smooth bore with moderate pitting.
Fair: Little to no original finish, minor or small major parts replaced, light to moderate pitting externally, functional mechanics, fair bore with heavy pitting but visibly rifling. Poor: No original finish, possibly some major parts replaced, loose but functional mechanics, active or heavy external rust, poor bore with heavy pitting and little or no rifling visible.
Relic: Heavy brown rust patina, broken or missing parts may or may not be functional.
Definitions of Mechanical Condition:
"Mechanics are crisp" means that the mechanical function of the firearm is nearly or exactly as it left the factory and functions perfectly.
"Mechanics are fine" means that the operation of the firearm is as it should be with no hitches or malfunctions to impede its proper use.
"Mechanics are functional" means almost the same thing but implies that they may be a little loose, worn and require careful handling.
"Mechanics need attention" means that there is something wrong that requires attention before the firearm can be effectively used.