A long day at the South of England Showground attending the monthly general auction run by Mid Sussex Auctions. With over 1,500 lots it looked like being a very long day with a late finish but fortunately the auctioneer knocks the lots through with little patter – you either buy or miss out – and alos offers buyers the option to buy similar following lots. Suddenly you have jumped fifty lots so you need to stay awake to catch your number.
This general auction offers a broad range of items mainly from distressed sales and lost property. Clothes and bedding comes in big bundles but computers and mobile phones are sold individually. Amazingly there was little interest in SLR cameras but bidding for the Mac Book was fierce. Someone bought it untested and with no extras such as power supply for over £250.
I had hoped for a bargain with a “lost” laptop but the CEO of Dragoon Solutions chased us all away. He told me afterwards that they buy all laptops at auction on the south coast. So better to go direct to Dragoon Solutions and see if they have what you want and they may even offer a guaratee.
One other key point – bring your own chair. The sofas and chairs can be removed as soon as sold so some unfortunate bidders had to stand for a long time. Lots of gold and watches for sale but one dealer just took them all.
Another great day watching entrepreneurs at work and wondering what sort of business plan and business plan resource they all used. Our Dragoon man must have found it worth spending his time bidding rather than enjoying the seaside!
By the way, bring a large van to take all your lots away!