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Tips for Selling Whisky at Auction

tips for selling whisky at auction

GETTING STARTED 

Regardless of whether it is a whisky that has sat in your drinks cabinet for years, a gift that you are unlikely to drink or even a bottle that you have inherited, they could all potentially hold an unexpected value on the secondary market.  

To get the ball rolling ask our team of experts for a free valuation to find out if you are indeed holding unexpected treasure. Of course this price is not guaranteed but an auction estimate will give you a good idea of a price range to expect.  There is no obligation to sell once a valuation has been received. 

 

GETTING YOUR BOTTLE TO US 

We have developed a range of methods to assist our sellers in getting their bottles safely to us. You can find more out here.

 

Packing tips 

Pack your bottles carefully before you send them to us;  

  • Include any original gift boxes, outer packaging, spare stoppers, certificates and receipts. 

  • Your box should be large enough that no part of the bottle is in contact with the sides.  

  • Look to see that there is sufficient packaging within the box to ensure that there is little to no movement of the contents if the box is shaken.  

  • Make sure the box is labelled clearly and that your details are included within. 

 

PLACING A RESERVE

A reserve is a price that you place on your bottle below which it will not sell. If you need to achieve a certain price for your whisky then a reserve can be reassuring however there is a fee for placing a reserve so it is worth weighing up this cost against the overall value of the bottle. The best thing to do if you are unsure is chat to our customer service team who can advise on whether a reserve would be beneficial for your bottle.  

 

AFTER YOU'VE SENT YOUR BOTTLE 

We receive hundreds of bottles into our warehouse every day. They are queued and listed in order of receipt. ‘Listing’ is when a lot is created for your bottle and this is matched up with your registered account with details being inputted under the seller section on your personalised dashboard.  

You will receive an emailed copy of your seller listing receipt and can also access a copy through your dashboard on the website. You should carefully review this receipt to ensure that you are happy it reflects what you consigned. 

Our photography team will then photograph your bottle and upload it to the relevant lot, ready for the auction going live.  

 

WATCHING YOUR LOT AT AUCTION 

During an auction you can quickly and easily monitor the progress of your lots via your dashboard on our website. It is worth remembering that auctions last for 10 days often with most bids coming in on the final day, so don’t panic if the bidding seems slow initially.  If you do have any concerns or questions during the auction you need only get in touch with our customer service team and they will be able to help. 

 

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A BOTTLE IS SOLD 

Whilst we pack up your bottle and ship it off to the lucky buyer, you can access your seller invoice via the Selling Lots tab on your dashboard. Ensure that you have updated the payment details section also on the dashboard so that we are able to process a payment to you within the period stated in our payment terms. 

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF A BOTTLE HAS NOT HIT RESERVE

You can either reenter it into the next available auction with the same reserve or a revised reserve or you can ask to have it returned to you. It is worth noting that listing and reserve fees will be applicable each time you enter a bottle for auction. If you’d like some advice on how best to proceed our customer service team can help.  

 

Get in touch today to receive your free expert valuation and organise transportation of your bottles to us. Your bottle could feature in our next auction, which will be a rewarding experience in more ways than one hopefully!  

Contact Us

UK Address:
Whisky Auctioneer Ltd,
West Building, Ruthvenfield Grove,
Inveralmond Industrial Estate,
Perth, United Kingdom, PH1 3FN

German Address:
Zechenring 6B, 41836, Ratheim,
Germany

Tel: +44 (0)1738 245576

Email: info@whiskyauctioneer.com

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