Bidding

HOW DO I BID?

When the auction opens, links on both the Homepage and Current Auction pages are activated. Clicking on these links will take you to the HiBid auction platform. We encourage you to register with HiBid and to bid through their platform.

DO I HAVE TO USE HIBID?

The HiBid platform is the best way for you to participate in the live sale, but you do not have to use it. If you prefer, we can bid on your behalf. Simply email your bids or call and give them to us. If you choose to bid in this way, we need your bids at least 24 hours before the day the auction closes. If you choose to bid this way, you will not be notified if you are outbid.

Email: mapleleafauctions@hotmail.ca

Phone: (613) 257-7756

DO I HAVE TO REGISTER TO BID?

You have to register to use HiBid. On the main HiBid website there is a LOGIN/NEW Bidder page. This is where you login or register if it is your first time.

If you are not using HiBid, there is no formal registration. You simply email or call and give us your basic contact information.

WHY DO WE USE HIBID?

HiBid offers a high quality auction platform used by professional auctioneers all over Canada. The software behind HiBid is well designed and provides an excellent user experience. Your HiBid account will let you track your bids. You are notified by email when outbid. With HiBid, one lot closes at a time. If you are outbid, a timer starts that gives you two minutes to bid again.

WHAT ARE THE BIDDING INCREMENTS?

Each lot will list a minimum bid and a current bid price, if there has been bidding on the lot. If the lot has not been opened, you can bid the minimum. If there is already a bid on the lot, then you must bid the next increment. Bid increments vary with the price of the item:

  • Up to $250: Increments of $10
  • $250 - $500: Increments of $25
  • $500 - $1000: Increments of $50
  • $1000 - $2500: Increments of $100
  • $2500 - $5000: Increments of $250
  • $5000+: Increments of $500

ARE THERE RESERVES ON ANY LOTS?

In an average auction there are a few lots with hidden reserve prices. Maple Leaf Auctions sets the minimum bids on lots relatively high (usually half the high range value) effectively removing the need for a reserve. However, some higher value items may have hidden reserves.

IS THERE A BUYERS' PREMIUM?

The buyers' premium is 12%.

DOES TAX APPLY TO SALES?

Canadian residents pay sales tax. The tax varies depending on your province or territory. You pay tax on the total cost of the lot – including the buyers' premium.

HOW DO I FIND OUT THE RESULTS OF MY BIDS?

If you bid using HiBid, you will know in real time if you have won a lot. At the end of the sale, your account will show you what you won.

If you did not use HiBid, we will email you your results a few days after the close.

WHEN WILL I GET MY INVOICE AND HOW DO I PAY?

Please consult the Pay & Ship section of our website.