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Payment:

Invoices will be sent out the evening of the auction.  If you did not receive an invoice, please contact the auction house the next business day at 603.675.2549.  Successful bidders are expected to complete payment within 7 business days of the date of the auction.


 To expedite shipping for the holidays, ACH payments are offered and encouraged, as is USPS priority shipping.


Failure to address payment within the allowed window will result in forfeiture of the lot and/or a surcharge fee.

All known Smith customers- cash, check or credit card

New clients, cash or bank approved check.

Gold and jewelry- No credit cards unless Smith known client.

All checks to be made payable to William A. Smith Inc. and mailed to:

William A. Smith, Inc.

PO Box 49

Plainfield, NH 03781

Please be aware a $25 Wire Transfer Fee applies to all wire transfers.

Wire Transfer is required for all international purchases.

To pay by PayPal, please contact Lori at 603-675-2549 or email lori@wsmithauction.com

 

Shipping:

Purchased lots must be removed from the auction house within 15 days of the date of the auction. 

Failure to retrieve purchased lots will result in a surcharge, a sliding scale for object storage, according to object size, will be added to one's balance if other arrangements or contact has not been made.

William Smith Auctions does not offer in house shipping.  We are happy to help find shipping for purchased lots through trucking companies, local pack and ship companies, and USPS when relevant.   Please contact Matt at 603-675-2549 or email matt@wsmithauction.com



Rule of Thumb for Internet Bidders: 

To expedite shipping for the holidays, ACH payments are offered and encouraged, as is USPS priority shipping.


In-House bidders are the most assured of having their bids recognized, in-house absentee bids and in-house phone bidding are the second best options. With internet bidding being the last option, as this is the option we have the least control over, and has the most potential for error.

So, if it is imperative for one to attempt to successfully purchase a lot, then attending the auction, or bidding directly through our gallery via Phone or Absentee bidding, is very strongly advised.

There may be delays beyond our control receiving and processing internet bids, which creates potential for error and missed bids. Additionally, third party bidding platforms are operated manually during Live Auctions, creating the potential for both technological and human error. Due to the potential for error via any delay caused by internet connectivity or the interface between bidding platforms and the use to the internet to bid as well as due to the possibility of human error, we highly recommend that if a bidder cannot be present at an auction to bid live, that they leave their bids with us In-House, via an Absentee Bid or a Phone Bid.

If online bidding is your only option, leaving an online backup absentee bid prior to the start of the auction is the most secure way to bid online. Although because this is an online internet bid there is potential for delays and errors once the auction goes live. Online absentee bid amounts are unknown to the Auction House, and are implemented via the online platform software as needed to compete against other online absentee bids, until the live auction begins.

Once the live auction begins, online absentee bids, and live online bids, are then implemented manually, until either the left bid amount is surpassed or all other bidding ends and the lot is won for the increment at the time all other bidding ends. For online absentee bids this can be at your maximum bid amount or below it. As noted above, online absentee bids, and online live bids, do create a risk that the bidder will be unsuccessful even if they believe their bid is the highest or the winning bid, due to the potential of failure of the various digital platforms to properly or timely interface, and/or the speed at which operators must act to try to make sure an online absentee bid, or live online bid, is brought to the attention of the auctioneer, before the bidding on an item is closed by the auctioneer.

Note to All Bidders:

All items are sold as is, where is, with all faults. There are no warranties of any kind, express or implied. All items are available for your examination prior to bidding. Your bidding will signify that you have examined the items as fully as you desire, or that you have chosen not to examine them, and that you have read and agreed to the above terms. Written and oral descriptions are our opinions and should in no way be construed as a guarantee of any kind as to age, condition, materials or any other feature of items being sold. Our goal is to provide prospective bidders with accurate and detailed information to the best of our knowledge. If you require absolute certainty in all areas of authenticity, and the results of your evaluation leave uncertainty in your mind, we recommend you not bid on the item in question. We do not give refunds. All sales are final.

Once we declare that an item is sold, we cannot reopen the bidding. It is the bidder's responsibility to get our attention prior to our saying "sold." We reserve the right to reject any bids deemed inappropriate or to withdraw any item(s) for lack of appropriate bids. If an item is withdrawn from the auction, it will be offered again only at the auctioneer's discretion.


IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS FOR BIDDERS NOT ATTENDING AUCTIONS IN PERSON: Please be advised that our terms and conditions are very clear that bidding via internet poses certain risks due to the possibility of technological or human error and that bidders who are very interested in winning a specific item are encouraged to attend in person or submit an absentee bid in advance directly to our auction house. We are not responsible for instances in which a bidder using an internet platform to bid on an item fails to win that item. As our terms and conditions state, “In-house bidders are most assured of having their bids recognized; absentee bids are second, then phone and internet bids. So, if it is imperative for one to successfully purchase a lot, then attending the auction is strongly advised.” The last thing we want is unhappy bidders, so please consider how badly you wish to be the successful bidder on a given item in our auctions when you decide how to bid.