Whether you are a first time bidder or a veteran who has participated in many BidSpotter.com auctions, everyone can use this guide to prepare for a sale. It outlines the four basic steps for participating in an auction: log-in, registration, approval, and bidding. If you get stuck at any point call, our skilled customer service department at 1-866-597-2437 and one of our representatives will troubleshoot with you personally.
Step 1: Log-In
Log into your BidSpotter.com account. If this is your first time on the site, create your account by clicking register on the top right corner. Once you have an account, you can log in by pressing the button located on the top right corner. This will pull up a log-in screen like the one below.
Enter in your email address and password then press log in. After you are logged in successfully your name will show in the top right corner. Below you can see Joe BidSpotter is logged in.
Step 2: Register
On BidSpotter.com you must register for every auction you wish to participate in. While logged in, navigate to the auction you are interested in, and access the auction registration page by pressing the “Sign up to bid” button.
Below is an example of an auction registration page. This particular auction requires a credit/debit card so there is a “Select a card” section. If the auction did not require a card it would have a place to add your address instead. Some auction companies require a card on file to register while others do not.
To complete the registration, first read the sale information and the Auctioneer’s Terms and Conditions. Auctioneers put important information in both of these sections, including any additional requirements for registration, making it crucial to review these sections. Once you read all terms and conditions, check the boxes to agree to the Auctioneer’s terms, the bidder terms, and select a card if one is required. If you do not have a card listed under “My cards” add one by pressing the “add card” link. Make sure the card is selected and displaying a green check mark next to it.
If you are tax exempt and have your tax number, check the box and enter your tax number. If you are tax exempt but do not have your tax number available or are unsure what number is needed, you may leave it blank and call the auction company to give them the required information.
When you press complete registration you will be taken back to the main page of the auction and you should receive an email indicating that your registration is pending auctioneer approval. If the page remains on the auction registration, it means that something still needs to be filled out. Additionally when you have successfully registered, the “sign up to bid” button will be replaced by either a gray or green “bid” button.
Projected Spend: Some auction companies require a projected spending amount on their registration page. Your projected spend is the estimated amount you plan to spend in the auction. This amount is for the auctioneer’s use, so it will not limit your bidding on BidSpotter.com. The total entered at registration is an estimate and does not have to match the actual total spent in the auction.
Step 3: Approval
Once you have successfully registered for an auction your registration is sent to the Auction Company running the sale for approval. While awaiting approval, double check if there are any other requirements for the sale in both the important information and the terms and conditions. Some auctioneers require additional steps, such as a deposit or a completed form before they will approve a bidder. If you are not sure if you need to send in anything else you can always call to check in with the auctioneer. Some auction companies approve bidders very quickly while others can take a few days. If you need to be approved quickly call the auction company directly. When you are approved, our system will send you an email and the bid buttons will turn from gray to green. Please note that you will need to refresh your page to see this change.