Only registered bidders may participate in our online auctions. To register, select the 'Register' link displayed on any of the auction detail pages or select the 'Register to Bid' button on the side navigation panel. After you complete the registration form and submit it you will receive a verification email. This verification email will contain your bidder's number only. Your password will not be emailed to you - you need to remember what you entered as your desired password during registration. You may now use your bidder number (and password) to bid.
After you have registered you can bid. Select the auction of interest from the home page. Each auction has different Terms & Conditions - you must read them before you bid. When you bid, you are agreeing to the all the terms & conditions for that particular auction. You can now browse the items for auction by selecting a catagory or selecting 'ALL ITEMS.' To enter a bid you must have your bidder number and password available.
After you have read, understood, and agreed to the Terms & Conditions of the auction of interest, you can place a bid. There are two places to enter your bid: (1) 'Your Bid' and (2) 'Your Maximum.'
There are two methods of bidding available. Those are:
'Review Bids' Button is used for bidders that have previously entered bids. To uses this feature enter your bidders number and password then click the 'Review Bids' button. The program will then display all your AutoBids and/or regular bids thus far submitted under your bidders number.
Outbid Emails: Are only sent prior to the auction closing - once 10am hits on the auction close date - outbid emails are not sent.
Bidding Errors: Bidders are responsible for their actions, if you make an entry error you must call our office (608-437-2001) and the error will be examined to determine if it was an error and corrected by Wisconsin Surplus. Errors will not likely be corrected within the last 12 hours of the auction. If you are unsure how to bid or are new we strongly suggest you do not wait until the very end of the auction to bid.
Multiple Item Purchases: If you are the high bidder on multiple items you are responsible for paying for all items -- Bidders are NOT allowed to win mulitple items and then decide which item they want or if you didn't win an item but won several others you are required to pay for the items you did win. Behavior of this nature is not tolerated, if you win 3 items you pay for 3 items.
Bid History: Bid history times are displayed in Eastern Time Zone (1 hour ahead of Wisconsin's Central Time Zone). If it displays 10:00am it is 9:00pm Central.Examples and Messages:
Our auctions use the AutoExtend feature. The basic rule is there must be a minimum of 10 minutes for a bidder to react to a bid. If there is a bid placed in the final 10 minutes for an item, the ending time for that item is automatically extended for 10 minutes to allow the bidders to react. If another bid is received during that 'extended time,' the ending time is extended again--and again, if necessary, for 10 additional minutes for each extension. This continues and repeats until there are no more bids submitted during the 10 minute extended period. This 'AutoExtend' feature allows the bidding process to be fairer for every bidder and gives all bidders a chance to respond to any last-minute snipe bid(s). Items are Autoextended ONLY if a bid is placed within 10 minutes of the scheduled closing time. EXAMPLE: If you are bidding on an item scheduled to end at 10am and you place a bid at 9:59am - the auction will Autoextend to 10:09am - if another bid is placed at 10:04am the auction will again be Autoextended to 10:14am. This will continue until no bids are placed during the 10 minute Autoextend period.
Our online auctions with multiple items use a Staggered ending time. Each item has its own ending time. If the auction is scheduled to end at 10:00am the first item is scheduled to end at 10am and each item after the first will end in a set staggered interval. An example is a 5 minute stagger, each item will end 5 minutes after the item before it. But, don't forget if an item is bid on in the last 10 minutes the AutoExtend will begin for that item. The following items will stay on the original scheduled staggered ending time (unless they too are Autoextended).