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Bidding on an auction is a legally binding contract, so according to applicable laws,
you must be at least 18 years of age to bid on an auction, and therefore at least 18
years of age to register at Aggieland Auctions.
Every new user that signs up, gets a $3.00 sign up credit that can be used towards your first (or even 2nd)
auction to pay the fees. This in effect could make your first auction listing free.
When you find that you need to add additional funds to your credit account, you simply log in
and go to the Members Area section, click on My Account and finally on Manage Account.
From there you can add funds to your account using PayPal
or Google Checkout
You do not have to have either a PayPal or Google Checkout account. You can pay with a valid
credit card through either one of those payment gateways.
Aggieland Auction uses a Proxy Bidding process. This means that Aggieland Auctions
will place bids for you on your behalf.
When you place a bid, you enter the maximum amount you're willing to pay for the item.
Please consider shipping charges if applicable.
The seller and other bidders won't know your maximum bid amount.
Aggieland Auctions will bid as much as necessary (up to your maximum amount) to make
sure that you remain the high bidder.
If another bidder has placed the same bid before you or a higher maximum bid,
we'll let you know that you've been outbid so that you can place another bid if you wish.
However, if no other bidder has a higher maximum bid at the end of the auction, you win
the item even if your bid doesn't go as high as your maximum bid.
You could pay significantly less than your maximum price. This means you don't have to
keep coming back to bid again every time another bid is placed.
First you need to become a registered user. Once you have registered,
simply login to your account and click on
the "Sell" link.
Select a category and if applicable a sub-category.
Indicate the title and description of your listing, and select any
images (up to 5)
that you wish to display to
Specify all other details required for the auction.
Once you have reviewed
the item, simple click submit and your item will be listed
and the auction has begun.
In order to activate your PayPal Direct Payment option so that bidders/buyers can
pay you directly via PayPal, you must first have a valid PayPal
Once you have set up your PayPal account, log into your Aggieland Auctions account, and click on My Account within the Members Area. Finally click on Manage Account and scroll to the bottom of that screen.
Enter your PayPal email address, and click Save.
The Direct Payment Gateway with your PayPal is now set up and ready to be used.
In order to accept Google Checkout so that you can accept direct payments from buyers/bidders, you must
have a Google Merchant
account. It's still free to sign up, but takes a little longer.
Once you have a Google Merchant Account, go to the Members Area, My Account and click on Manage Account.
Scroll to the bottom of that screen and enter your Google Merchant ID and Google Merchant Key. Press Save.
Now you can accept Google Checkout for your items that you are selling and bidders that have a Google Checkout
account can pay you directly via Google Checkout.
With Google Checkout
, you can purchase many items online easily and securely. Google Checkout is very similar to a PayPal account and Google Checkout is also accepted in many places online.
When uploading your images, you can upload up to 5 images. Each image can be
no larger than 1 Meg (1,024 KBytes). If your image is larger than that, you will
need to reduce the size using any image software available to you.
Yes you can. You should limit your HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language)
to the basic tags. More complicated HTML may not work within the auction.
You can easily monitor the items you are selling or the items you are bidding
on through your "Members Area
You will need to be a registered user and logged in to visit the "Members Area".
Aggieland Auctions uses an account type format. When you have accumulated
a number of fees, you can pay them through the members area.
You can pre-pay in advance on your account. This way any auction fees that
are accrued are deducted from your balance.
No, if you bid on an item, you are obligated to pay in the event that
you win that item.
Bidding on an online auction is a legally binding contract between you
and the seller.
If you are uncertain that you do not want to pay for the item in the event
you win, then you should not place a bid for that item.
Remember to consider any shipping and/or handling charges if they
happen to apply.
Aggieland Auctions can suspend your account if you do not pay for
an item you have won or purchased with the Buy-Out feature.
Aggieland Auctions is only the middleman for sellers to conduct auctions
and for bidders to bid
Aggieland Auctions is not involved in the actual monetary
transaction between buyers
and sellers. We do not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or
offer any buyer protection or seller verification.
and Google Checkout
are already accepted as direct payment options at Aggieland Auctions.
If you already have a PayPal or Google Checkout account, you can enable
direct pay, so that buyers/bidders automatically pay you directly through
either PayPal or Google Checkout.
Sellers may also opt to accept other forms of payment such as check or money
order or pay upon item pickup. These third party payment processors should
be listed in the auction comments section.
Aggieland Auctions will not be held
responsible for any fraud that may occur.
We recommend using one of the trusted third party payment processors listed
above, which will not only speed things
up considerably but also provide you with
If the seller decides not to sell, and you have not paid for the item,
please leave a negative comment in the sellers reputation section to warn
other potential victims.
If you have paid for the item, make certain the seller uses some sort of delivery
tracking method, and insurance if possible.
If it is your belief that the seller is acting in a dishonest
or unethical manner,
contact the seller through email and post negative
feedback to warn other potential
If you have not received your
merchandise within 30 days after payment has
cleared please file an abuse report
or contact us
and provide us with the auction
number/title along with your payment details.
We will attempt to contact the seller on your behalf and may suspend or remove the
user if we are not given a satisfactory
In addition, if you used PayPal or GoogleCheckout, you can contact them directly
and file a fraud report against the seller.
You may only leave feedback about another user if you have had a closed
auction transaction with that user. On the users profile page, click on
We use a Star rating system to rate users' feedback,
with one star being a low
rating and a five star being a high rating.
You must choose
your star rating, as well as leave your written comment about
your experience with the
transaction and/or user.
Reputation feedback is made up of comments and ratings left by other
members, you have either bought from or sold to.
These comments and
ratings are valuable indicators of your reputation as a buyer
- +1 point to your feedback score for each positive comment and rating left for you.
- 0 points to your feedback score for each neutral comment and rating left for you.
- -1 point to your feedback score for each negative comment and rating left for you.
Once you have 10 or more comments and ratings left for you, you will receive a star.
Some Tips For Leaving Feedback:
- Always leave feedback after a transaction so that other members may benefit from your experience.
a high feedback score and high percentage is a good sign, but you
should always check the member's profile and read
the comments looking for negative remarks.
- Contact the member and try to resolve any issues before leaving negative feedback.
cannot remove Feedback once it has been left, so be sure to leave only fair and
factual comments and ratings that relate to a specific transaction you
have with the member.
Yes. Obviously items that are illegal can not be sold at Aggieland Auctions. A partial list of those items is below:
- Protected animals and wild animals (does not include livestock)
- Illegal or bootleg recordings
- Counterfeit items (including currency)
- Credit cards
- Drugs and drug paraphernalia
- Embargoed goods from other countries
- Any item that encourages illegal activity
- Government issued ID's or licenses
- Hazardous items
- Human parts or remains
Aggieland Auctions strongly discourages using wire transfer services
(such as Western Union and MoneyGram for example).
You should be very cautious to anyone offering payment option of Western Union,
MoneyGram, or any other wire transfer payment method. There is no way to get
a refund from these services if this turns out to be fraud. You are solely responsible for
any loss you incur if you pay by Western Union, MoneyGram or another wire transfer
Aggieland Auctions highly recommends PayPal
or Google Checkout
payment gateways. And if you have either a PayPal
or Google Checkout
account, you can
set it so that buyers pay you directly through Aggieland Auctions.
You should also be cautious for items that are being sold overseas or if you get
contacted by an overseas buyer wanting to pay more than what you are offering.
These are almost always fraudulent.
Western Union and MoneyGram are registered trademarks.
Be very leary of checks you may receive where the total is greater than what you have sold your item for.
These are sometimes called "Advanced Fee" scams.
FAKE CASHIER CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE COMMON.
BANKS WILL CASH THEM AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE!
Here's an example of how these work:Let's say you post an auction for a large item (perhaps a car) for $3,000.
A foreign buyer bids on the item
for the full asking price or use the buy-out option.
When payment is arranged the buyer says
there is someone in the United States
who owes him money. The person
who owes the buyer money offers to send you
a cashier's check for
$5,000 and asks that you wire back the difference to the buyer.
agree because they offer you a small commission for brokering the
You receive the cashier's check, deposit it, and because
cashier's checks are mistakenly
thought to be as good as cash, wire the
leftover sum to the buyer. Ten days later your
bank informs you that
the cashier's check was fraudulent and that you're responsible for
money you've drawn against it. Unfortunately, you've lost your money
to a scam.
There are other variations of this scam as well and not all scammers are from outside the
Here's another scenario of the same type of scam:
Let's say you post an auction for a dirt bike, and one person offers to buy
the bike very quickly.
To expedite the sale, the
prospective buyer wants to have a third person (who owes him money)
send a certified check for more money than the cost of the bike
directly to you.
The check will probably be for more than the
price of the bike, the prospective buyer will ask
you to deposit
the check in his or her account and then wire the back the excess money.
buyer would then pick up the bike later. Here's the problem, the “certified”
check is really
a high-class, hard-to-detect counterfeit.
Here are some warning signs that might help:
You are asked to act very quickly - Scammers don’t want you to have time to carefully verify whether
the cashier’s check or certified check is authentic or counterfeit or
to wait for the check to clear. Scammers typically ask you to wire
cash as quickly as possible using an outside wire service such as
Western Union. They know that their fakes are very professional and
usually will pass an initial visual inspection at the financial
institution taking the deposit. Some counterfeits, particularly those
that involve identity theft of a real person, are so good that it may
take weeks to identify the check as counterfeit. At that point, you are
left holding the bag: the scam artists have your money and, under law,
you are responsible for the missing money and may even be suspected of
Fake check scammers often claim to be in another country -
That makes it difficult, they say, for them to send you a check
directly and so they will have someone send a check on a U.S. bank.
Often you are asked to wire the funds out of the country.
The deal is too good to be true -
This old, smart consumer advice holds true in these cases. If a
stranger is eager, sight unseen, to pay full price or more for the
big-ticket goods you are selling and they’ll express a cashier’s check
that afternoon, smell a rat. If after a few emails or phone
conversations or even meetings, a stranger wants you to go into
business, slow down.
Never accept a check for an amount greater than your selling price or fee - If the “buyer” sends a check in excess of your selling price, send it back and don’t send the merchandise.
If you accept a check even for
the exact amount, “check out” the check - The name and
address of the bank issuing the check will be on the check. If the bank
is local, visit them and ask them to verify the check. If the bank is
not local, locate the phone number independently (don’t use the number
on the check) and call them to verify the check.
We at Aggieland Auctions wish to make your buying and selling an enjoyable and safe one.
If you suspect an item to be fraudulent or part of a scam, please report it to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include the item and any
information you have, and any evidence you have showing why you believe the
item to be a scam or fraud.
In addition, you should contact your local (non-emergency) law enforcement office.
You can also report the incident to the following agencies:
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC). They have an online
The Internet Fraud Complaint Center
Aggieland Auctions will never ask for any personal information or passwords by email or phone. If
we ever do need to verify confidential information with you, we will do
so through the secure message board integrated into the Aggieland Auctions members