Fort Myers Auction Company Auction FAQ's
How to Bid?
Online Auction Bidding.
First, log into your account by clicking the "My Account" link.
If you don't yet have an account, click the "Register to Bid" link and create an account.
Once you are logged in, enter the auction of the item you wish to bid on. Click on the item to view the product page.
On the right side of the page is a light blue box with "Place Bid" at the top.
Enter your bid in the box and click the "Review Bid" button in the bottom of the box.
NOTE: The computer will bid ONLY at the next increment; it will not immediately place your bid at the maximum amount.
Look for our online video tutorial and more helpful how to's coming soon!
How do I register?
Registration is easy. Simply visit fortmyersauctioncompany.com and click the "Register To Bid" button and complete the 3 easy steps.
This will generate a username/password that will allow you to access all of our auction sites, as well as our licensed auctions.
Will my email address automatically be placed on any mailing lists by registering?
No. The option to sign up for free auction notices is presented during the registration process, but it is not required or automatic.
You can also sign up for auction notices by email in the "My Account" section after registering,
or by calling our office and requesting to be added to our postal mailing list.
What do I do if I forget my username and/or password?
This happens to everyone at one time or another.
If you have forgotten your password, click here to reset it.
The page will require your username and will ask for the answer to the 'hint question' that you answered upon creation of your account.
Is my User Name " Password valid on All AOS auction sites?
Yes. Where ever you see the OAS logo your username and password are accepted.
I won't be near my computer while the auction is live. Is there a way to bid in advance?
Yes our online auctions features the option for the user to 'pre-bid' on the item.
A pre-bid is a specified dollar amount that is initiated before the auction goes live.
This allows you to establish a maximum that you're willing to pay for the item.
During the actual auction, your name will be displayed as the high bidder as long as your pre-bid remains the highest bid.*
Posted closing times and displays of Auction Co.'s current time are approximate.
Auction Co. reserves the right to close early or extend auctions at any time at its discretion.
It is strongly recommended that bids be placed early to avoid losing out due to an ill-timed, last minute bid.
All times are based on the Time Zone as specified on the auction.
Dynamic bidding - The dynamic bid on this website is a feature that does NOT allow an item to sell at the end of the auction until there is 10 minutes of bidding inactivity.
Example: An item is bid on at 7:50pm. An auction is scheduled to close at 8:00pm.
When this bid is placed the ending time will automatically extend to 8:10pm.
When another bid is placed at 8:01 the auction will extend to 8:20pm.
This will give the bidder 19 minutes to place another bid.
If no bids are placed this auction will conclude at 8:20pm.
The key to your dynamic bidding feature is that the auction extends from the preset closing time in 10 minute intervals,
NOT 10 minutes from when you placed your bid.
*Assuming that there are no higher pre-bids placed by other users before the auction begins.
What is a 'Maximum Bid'?
A maximum bid can be placed in the pre-bidding stages of the auction or during the auction itself.
Establishing a maximum bid allows you to establish the most you are willing to bid for a specific item.
It ensures that you will continue to be the highest bidder at the lowest qualifying bid until another user either outbids your maximum or establishes a higher maximum bid than you have.
If the auction closes before your maximum bid is reached, then you will have won the item for less than you maximum bid.
What are 'bid increments'?
A bid increment is the required minimum amount that the auction bid can successfully be increased by.
For example, if bidding for a particular item has reached $20.00, and the bid increment is $5.00, than the next acceptable bid would need to be $25.00.
Any placed bids that exceed the bid increment are treated as a maximum bid.
How do I know if my bid went through?
After clicking the 'place bid' button on the page, a notice will appear to indicate as to whether your bid was successfully accepted or if your bid did not meet the minimum requirement.
You may set your account settings to receive notifications of bid status by email.
What is a 'Buyer's Premium'?
A Buyer's Premium is a transaction fee added to the high bid, to be paid by the buyer as part of the Auctioneer's compensations.
The Buyer's Premium is also explained in the site and auction terms of each individual auction.
How do I view items won or items watching?
To view items you are watching, log into your account and click 'items I'm watching' in the middle of the screen.
You can also view items won in the last 30 days.
Once you've logged into your account, click the 'my account' link and then click the 'view items I've won' link.
Do you package and ship items?
You must pcik up items yourself.
Can I view the items in person before bidding?
Certainly, we encourage it! All items offered for auction are available for viewing at the auction location.
Please check the auction terms for viewing days and times.
How do I sell my own items?
Yes! fortmyersauctioncompany.com offer sells (consigns) your personal items or property!