The Next Generation of Auctions: Everything Bidders Need to Know

February 01, 2017

Living in a fast changing, modern world, promoting an auction in a newspaper or trade magazine just isn’t enough anymore. Nowadays, almost all savvy auctioneers are turning to more modern methods that make full use of technology. In doing so, they are making it easier for bidders to find what they need at the price they want to pay. Learning more about the different ways you can connect with auctioneers and find out about upcoming auctions can help you snag a great deal.

Easy Online Search Options

People are buying and reading newspapers less frequently than a few years ago. Auctioneers, in turn, are choosing to market upcoming events and individual items in online listings and on business webpages. Browsing through your favorite sites and forums for specific auction houses or news can help you spot a great deal. Auctioneers place advertisements on sites that are relevant to the items they are selling.

Start Looking Online

According to the recent study held by the Pew Research Center, 64% of all adults get at least some of their information straight from their mobile phones. Auctioneers have figured this out, so at the very least, a local auction house or business should pop up when you use search engines for the term “auction” and your city.

Engage with Auctioneers Online

Businesses understand the need to communicate with potential bidders online and via social media. If you find a local auction house or an auctioneer you like, then following them on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest can help you get the first shot at new goods and learn more about upcoming posts. You can also become a more savvy buyer, since most auctioneers go out of their way to cultivate new bidders and attendees.

Sign up for Updates

When you find an online auction you like, sign up for their email list and any newsletters offered. Some auctioneers are still old school, so don't be surprised if a paper newsletter shows up in your real mailbox. These updates allow you to stay up to date on what goods are being offered and the dates of upcoming events. Some auction houses also offer SMS and text reminders if an item you're interested in is up for sale, so indicating your interests can help you score a great find.

Not sure where to begin? You don’t have to do it all at once – or all alone. makes it easy find local auctions near you – or those that specialize in the items you are looking for. Contact us for help – or set up your profile today, it’s fast, easy and free to start.