MEARS Auction Rules and Policies
Anybody planning on placing bids with MEARS Auctions must be a registered bidder. You may register for the auction up until its close at 9 p.m. CST, simply by clicking on the “register” link at MEARSOnlineAuctions.com. At that time, a credit number will be used to authorize the potential auction participant. For those who would like to register over the phone, please call 414 828 9990.
In the event that you forget your password, please email email@example.com or call 414 828 9990.
Our buyer's premium is 20% for cash, check or wire transfer. All major credit cards and paypal are accepted with a buyer's premium of 22.5%.
Wisconsin sales tax will be charged to any order collected, delivered in or shipped within the state of Wisconsin unless the purchaser has provided MEARS Auctions with a proper sales tax exemption certificate issued by the State of Wisconsin.
Bidding can be executed at MEARSOnlineAuctions.com. All bids are raised in increments of at least 10 percent.
Bids can not be retracted. Once a bid is placed, the customer is legally obligated to purchase the item if their bid is indeed the successful high amount.
“Max Bids” (“Ceiling bids”)
Bidders may place a “max bid” on any item, meaning the designated item will be bid on that person’s behalf, automatically raising it to the next increment when needed. MEARS Auction software DOES NOT permit us to see what your "max bid" is.
The 15-Minute Rule will take effect at 9:00 CST. You must have placed a bid before 9:00 CST to continue extended bidding. Once you have placed a bid, you may continue to bid on any lot after 9:00 CST.
If any lot receives a bid, the 15-Minute clock resets, and bidding on the entire auction continues. If the 15-Minute clock expires, the auction is OVER. All final bidding will close at exactly 2:00 AM CST (3:00 A.M. EST) and items will be sold to the highest bidder.
An invoice will automatically be emailed to all winning bidders to their on file email address. In the event the winning bidder does not receive the email invoice, you may log in and then go to "my account" to view your own invoice. Payments are due within 14 days of invoice notification. We accept:
-money order/cashier’s check
-paypal payments sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
After 14 days, MEARS Auctions may automatically bill your credit card on file for total amount due.
In the event that a buyer’s purchase is not paid in full by 30 days from the invoice date, MEARS Auctions reserves the right sell any/all of the items privately or resold via MEARS Auctions, at a future sale. The original buyer is responsible for any difference between the price when the item was resold versus the original invoice price. In the instance that MEARS Auctions is forced to consult a collections agency, the buyer will be responsible for all MEARS Auctions legal fees that may be a result in MEARS Auctions’ collections attempt. Non-Payment will also result in the suspension of the account for a period of no less than 24 months.
Shipping of lots won
The timeframe for the shipment of items will be approximately 5-7 business days after payment is received (if paid by check, items will be shipped after check clears). Customers interested in picking up winning bids, please email email@example.com or call 414-301-9536 (if picking up, winning bidder will be responsible for paying Wisconsin sales tax).
Some items in MEARS Auctions are framed. Although we do our best to protect framed items, MEARS is not responsible for the condition of the frame once shipped.
Delivery confirmation: MEARS Auctions does not include delivery confirmation with your order. In the event delivery confirmation is requested, written consent and prior approval must be obtained. MEARS Auctions is not responsibile for items left unattended.
Items will be available for preview at the MEARS Research Center and Auction Showroom, which is located at 1234 Manitoba Ave., South Milwaukee, Wis., by appointment only. However, we will be more than happy to assist all potential bidders with questions via phone and also will provide additional requested scans, faxes and if needed, will send additional information via USPS mail (time permitting).
MEARS Auctions reserves the right to remove an item from our auction at any time. Any error in a MEARS Auctions listing or lot description, whether typographical, photographic or technical, will be dealt with at our discretion. Additionally, MEARS Auctions also reserves the right to amend lot descriptions. In the case of amendments being added to a lot or item description, those comments will appear in a separate font and color. In addition, bidders on the lot in question will be informed of the change and offered the opportunity to rescind those bids placed before the amendment.
MEARS Auctions contracts with JSA (spenceloa.com) to evaluate autographs for the auction. Those lots will be noted in the description as having JSA LOA. Autograph auction house letters are available for upgrade to full letter within 30 days after auction end. MEARS Auctions will provide winning bidders 30 days from auction end to have autographs inspected or the autograph letter upgraded. After 30 days, the consignors are paid and all sales are final.
MEARS Auctions prides itself on accuracy in all lot descriptions with respect to authenticity and condition. The MEARS Buyer’s Protection Program will continue to apply to all game-used items evaluated by MEARS and offered through MEARS Auctions. For items outside of the category of equipment and game used memorabilia, no refunds will be made unless the item is shown to have been improperly described. As such, bidders are highly encouraged to ask questions about items and their lot descriptions before bidding.
Shill bidding is strictly prohibited. MEARS Auctions defines Shill Bidding as bids placed by any person in order to drive up the final price paid and realized when there is no intent to actually take ownership of the lot. Under no circumstances are consigers permitted to bid on their own lots.
Certain lots may have reserves established by the consigner as a means to protect their investment. Reserve bids may be executed on these lots only up to the point of the established reserve, but not past it. Since as part of the auction contract a reserve may have been established, an item with a reserve is not considered for sale or transfer until that established reserve has been met. Bids up to the reserve may be executed confidentially on behalf of the seller in a manner similar to the execution of absentee bids.
Framing & Displays
Framed items and display holders are sold "as is" and MEARS Auctions is not responsible for condition of framing, display cases, etc.