Ask a Professional Auctioneer – Your In-Depth Auction Questions Answered

posted on December 28, 2015 by Don Reinhart | No Comments

Although it’s easy to find answers to basic questions on working with a professional auctioneer, you might not be able to find responses for more in-depth inquiries.  If you’ve always wanted to know more, check out these professional auctioneering related Q&As.

#1:  I have a lot of items to sell.  Why should I go to a professional auctioneer rather than trying to sell them myself?

This is a question a lot of people ask.  The basic answer is that a professional auctioneer is going to be able to draw a much larger number of people to a sale, thereby increasing the potential of you getting more for your items.  Plus, he will be able to encourage ever-higher bids.  Though you can try to sell your items alone, if you have a number of them, it may take a lot of time and effort; in the end, you could end up wasting energy and money.

#2:  We have an auction fundraiser coming up and want to use a celebrity as an auctioneer for the event.  Why would we need a professional auctioneer instead?

While there’s no reason not to accept the willingness of a celebrity to help with your auction, it’s also not reasonable to expect that the celebrity will have the expertise to get as much for your nonprofit as he or she could.  Professional auctioneers are trained in the art of getting bidders to spend money.  If you’re serious about building revenue for your organization, you should really talk to a professional auctioneer.

#3:  How fast do professional auctioneers really speak?

This is actually frequently asked, but no one has a definitive answer.  As long as the auctioneer can be understood, the speed isn’t that important.  However, it’s safe to say that professional auctioneers are able to utter quite a few words each minute without losing any kind of stamina!