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Terms & Conditions for Public Auctions

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Please take a few moments to review the information below before proceeding to our auctions and other online sales.

Item Description

We strive to accurately describe each item offered for sale. Please read these descriptions carefully and e-mail any questions to  before the sale. We do not ship items for inspection, unless special arrangements have been made regarding a specific item (see below).

Inspection Service

A few select items are available for inspection before purchase. A nonrefundable inspection fee is charged for these items. The fee includes shipping and insurance to the prospective buyer, but the prospective buyer is responsible for return delivery including all shipping and insurance costs. The inspection fee is normally the shipping/handling charge plus 15 to 20% of the item's sale price. Inspection service is available only for select items and is rarely available for items offered at auction. The inspection period is indicated for applicable items and is generally between 5 and 15 days. The sale is considered final if the item is not returned by the end of the inspection period. Please e-mail if you wish to inquire about our inspection service.


We generally bill within 24 hours of the completion of an auction and we expect an acknowledgment from the winning bidder within 48 hours of our electronic invoice. There are several options for payment.

PayPal is a free service that allows payment by credit card. If you would like to use this service and have not already enrolled, please click on the PayPal logo above or click here.  Alternatively, we can send you a PayPal "invoice" if you request this in your e-mail. PayPal is our preferred method of receiving payment, and items usually ship within 24 hours of completing the transaction.

eBay's Billpoint online service is another quick and easy method of credit card payment. If this option was listed for the auction, simply go to the auction page where you bought the item and click on the Billpoint link for the "High Bidder." Payment received with this method usually ships within 48 hours of completing the transaction.

A money order, cashier's check, or personal check drawn on a U.S. bank can also be used to pay for the item. Items paid for with a money order or a cashier's check are shipped within 24 hours of receiving payment. Personal checks require 5 to 10 working days to clear before shipping. Our current mailing address will be sent upon request.

After the auction you will receive your "electronic" bill. Please indicate by return e-mail your preferred method of payment and your shipping address. If you would like to receive a PayPal invoice for using this free service, please indicate this in your e-mail.

Finally, if you have made purchases from separate auctions that ship at the same time or are currently bidding on one of our other auctions and would like your item(s) held for later shipping, please indicate this in your e-mail. We appreciate prompt payment for completed auctions (including shipping charges) and will make any adjustments on the shipping cost of the later item(s). PayPal provides a convenient method of quick payment and allows us to easily refund any duplicated shipping charges (e.g., charging twice for two book in the same Priority Post envelop). Please note that we estimate shipping cost at the time we list the auction; we slightly overcharge on some items and undercharge on others. Reduced shipping costs are generally applicable only for book or other small item purchases.


Shipping and handling charges are clearly indicated for most items. These charges are not negotiable. We estimate shipping charges based on our direct expense for each item. We make a slight amount of money on some items and loose money on other items; it averages out across sales. A few items require special packing or crating, and these shipping charges reflect these additional expenses. All shipping costs listed online are for domestic shipping only. Foreign buyers should contact us regarding shipping costs prior to the sale or be prepared to pay whatever rate is established after the sale. Also, any duty, brokerage, or custom's fees are payable by the foreign buyer. We are responsible only for shipping not for delivery.

We usually include insurance on items sold for over $100 and we use delivery or receipt confirmation on some other items. We are not responsible for items lost or damaged in transit. If you wish to make certain your item is insured, indicate this in your correspondence prior to shipping.


If you're not satisfied for some reason with your purchase, contact us immediately after receipt. We consider all sales final but strive to keep our customers pleased. E-mail indicating the exact nature of the problem or of your dissatisfaction. We consider orders closed after 5 days.

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