Getting started

What is AuctionZip?

AuctionZip is the world's largest online auction marketplace. We're the go-to destination where more than 25,000 professional auctioneers and 13 million auction buyers come together each year to list and find auctions. With best-in-class online bidding technology, AuctionZip is the nation's largest online bidding destination. Every week we list thousands of new items at auction and live auctions around the world.

How can I contact an auction house?

There are a few ways that you can get in touch with an auction house or auctioneer that uses AuctionZip!

Follow the steps below if you need to contact an auction house whose online auction you've registered for, placed absentee bids or won lots with, or whose lots you've saved. These messages will be sent through AuctionZip's message center.
  1. Log into your AuctionZip account.
  2. Click My Account in the upper right of the page.
  3. Click Account from the list that displays.
  4. Click My Auctions, My Watched Lots, My Bids, or My Won Lots.
  5. From any of those pages, click Contact Auctioneer to select a subject and send a message.

Follow the steps below if you need to contact an auction house but have not registered, bid, or saved items from the online auction.

  1. Go to the lot page for the item you're interested in getting more info about.
  2. Click Request Info to the right of the lot's photos.
  3. Select a subject and send a message.

Follow the steps below if you need to contact an auctioneer who lists auctions on AuctionZip but does not have an online auction posted.

  1. Click Auctioneer Directory at the top of the page.
  2. You can search within a certain radius of your zip code, or change the miles to "any".
  3. Enter the auction company name or auctioneer's last name and click Find Auctioneers!
  4. Click the auctioneer or auction company name to view their auctioneer profile.
  5. On the auctioneer profile, there should be a phone number and/or email address for the auctioneer.

How can I sell items or advertise auctions on AuctionZip?

In order to be an auction company on AuctionZip, you must have the proper business and/or auctioneer's license to operate in your state or country. If you are interested in learning more about how to connect your business with online buyers, please visit this page to learn more about our advertising options. If you'd like to learn more about running auctions online with AuctionZip, please visit this page and provide the requested information.

If you are an individual and are interested in consigning items, please note that AuctionZip is not able to sell items on your behalf. We encourage you to get in touch with one of our auction house partners directly to inquire if they are accepting consignments. You can find an auctioneer near you by searching our auctioneer directory!

How does online bidding work?

Through AuctionZip, you can enjoy the excitement of bidding in auctions around the world from the comfort of your home. You can place an absentee bid before the auction begins, allowing you to get in on the action ahead of live bidding that takes place once the auction kicks off. Once a live auction begins, AuctionZip bidders gain access to an online bidding console so that you can follow and participate in the auction in real time.

How can I get more information about an auction or item that I found on your site?

If you would like more information about an item or auction available on AuctionZip, we recommend you contact the auction house directly. For online auctions, you can click "Request Info" on the right hand side on each lot page.

If you've registered or placed bids in an auction, you can view that activity by following the steps below:
  1. Log into your AuctionZip account.
  2. Click My Account in the upper right of the page.
  3. Click Account from the list that displays.
  4. Click My Auctions or My Bids.
  5. Click Contact Auctioneer next to your registration or bid.
If you found an advertisement for an auction near you that is not available for online bidding, you can search for the auctioneer or auction company in our Auctioneer Directory to view their auctioneer profile page with contact information.

Do I have to create an account to use your site?

No, you are not required to create an account to browse AuctionZip but creating a free AuctionZip account is simple and takes less than 3 minutes.

With a free AuctionZip account you can:
  • Search for auctions near you and save those auctions to your account.
  • Place online bids in live and timed auctions.
  • Send messages directly to AuctionZips auction house partners.
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for upcoming items that match your interests or upcoming auctions near you.

Are there fees for bidding online?

Creating an AuctionZip account is free. For online auctions, winning bidders are responsible for the fees for items won at auction, in addition to tax and shipping. Each auction house may charge a buyer's premium (which is an additional fee that a winning bidder is required to pay above the auction price) as well as other shipping, handling, and other fees including applicable taxes.

Please review the auction house's terms and conditions before bidding, and contact them directly if you have any questions.

Can I view a live auction without placing bids?

You are certainly welcome to watch a live auction without bidding! This can be a great way to familiarize yourself with the process of bidding at auction. Of course, if you find an item of interest that is being offered, we hope you'll go ahead and place a bid to join the action.

View our glossary of auction terms

Buyer's Premium: Percentage additional charge on the hammer price of a lot sold at auction, which is collected by the auction house as their commission on the item. Absentee Bid or Pre-Bid: A bid placed before the start of an auction. Live Auction: Live auctions are simulcast events that allow people to bid for items online using our live bidding software, at the same time as bidders on the auction floor. Lot: An item, or collection of items to be sold in a group at auction. Max Bid: The maximum amount that you are willing to pay for the item; this is entered when placing an absentee bid. Realized Price: The hammer price that an item was sold for. Reserve: The minimum price that an auctioneer will sell their item for. Timed Auction: An auction in which the auction house designates a set end time for all items to close, at which point the auction is over and the highest bidder is the winner. Watched Lot: A lot with online bidding on AuctionZip that has been saved to your member account. Watched lots make it easier to refer to lots of interest within your account.