How To Bid With Us – A Step By Step Guide

Thursday, 13th December 2018

January is now in full swing and after the Christmas Period, buying endless gifts turned out to be more expensive than what you expected! Learn how to bid with John Pye and grab yourself a needed bargain to survive through the longest pay gap month of the year!

We have put together a simple 5 step guide with everything you need to know about buying through our auctions from the viewing day to collection.


How To Bid With Us Public Viewing

Public Viewing

Before you bid, we strongly recommend you come and view our items. All our lots are sold as seen and range in condition. We hold public viewings at all our sites around the UK and you get the chance to view and test many of the items on display, our auction porters will be there to give you a hand if you have any questions on the day.

View our Auction calendar for weekly dates and viewing times

Step to Step Guide Bidding Begins

Bidding Begins

Once you have found the items you are wanting to bid on, head to our website, create your account if you do not already have one and start bidding! Find the lot you are wanting to buy and enter your bid.

Remember there are different fees applicable to each auction so keep these in mind when placing your maximum bid.

Check out this small cheat sheet below on what the invoice price will look like:

£100 bid on a lot with VAT: Y & 20% BP (eg. a laptop) = £144 invoice total

£100 bid on a lot with VAT: N & 20% BP (eg. a car) = £124 invoice total

how to bid with us 3 minute rule

3 Minute Rule

If a bid is placed on a lot in the last minute of the auction the ‘three-minute rule’ kicks in.

When the three-minute rule kicks in, bidding on that lot is only available to the current bidders for the next three minutes.

No new bidders place a bid on the lot and swipe the lot at the last second!

how to bid with us payment


An hour or so after the auction ends you will receive an invoice to your registered email. There are different ways in which you can pay for your new goods.

Debit or Credit card payments are available in our cash offices at our sites across the country and you can pay online.

If paying online log into your account and click on ‘my invoices’ where you will be able to fulfill your payment.

For more information on paying for your lot check out our FAQ’s

Collection & Couriers

You can now collect your items! You can collect directly from the saleroom to which the auction was held between the allotted times (link to auction timetable). We do not deliver all items; however, we do accept collection by courier.

Once you have chosen a courier you must send a packaging request to the relevant saleroom (information will be on your invoice) and we will send you the weight and dimensions of your packed items, so you can book your courier. Collection deadlines are applicable.

Our luxury items are sent by Royal Mail courier after we have received the payment of the invoice.

All information regarding the collection of your items, site, saleroom, and lot number will be displayed on your invoice.

If you need help packing your items into your car, our friendly auction porters will be onsite to help!

We have thousands of lots each week, so don’t miss out on your chance to bag a Christmas bargain!



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