How to Score at Household Appliance Auctions

Pretty much anything can be sold at auction, but usually, to make it worth it, people will sell larger or more valuable items.  One category of items is household appliances -- from blenders to microwaves to refrigerators.  Some of these items you may prefer to buy new (a used fridge, for instance, can be pretty disgusting if it wasn't taken care of), but others are just as functional when purchased second-hand.  If you're looking for a reasonable price on a household appliance and don't mind that it's used, try out the next local auction.

 

Dishwasher purchased from an auction.Before you go anywhere -- whether it's to purchase a new appliance or to check out the auction scene -- decide what features you aren't willing to compromise on.  Come up with a list of things you'd like to have in the appliance: functions, buttons, power options, color, size, etc.  Unless you're absolutely set on getting the best deal, don't compromise on this list -- hold out until you can get the appliance you want, even if that means attending a bunch of auctions.

 

The process of buying appliances at auction differs depending on the size.  Small appliances are easy to look over and test at the auction house, while larger appliances are more difficult to gauge.  It's also harder to find used ovens, refrigerators, and dishwashers that are still good enough to auction off, and you'll want to check the inside to be sure it's clean enough for use.

 

Be sure the objects are working safely before you place your bids.  Speak with the auctioneer about the condition of the appliance -- ask him or her if the owner has mentioned any flaws.  Ask about a return policy or money-back guarantee in case the appliance malfunctions.  Be extremely careful when first using appliances bought at auction -- you don't want them to explode in your face!


When you arrive on auction day, make sure you've got a way to take the appliance home.  If you're planning to buy large appliances, take along a large truck or trailer to put it in, and when you arrive back at your place, be sure you've got plenty of help to move it; don't strain your back or arms trying to move it by yourself.


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Comments (10) -

Peyton Bloom
Peyton Bloom
2/28/2013 12:26:13 PM #

Before going to a garage sale, assess your needs first and make a list of things you need to buy at the garage sale. Set the qualities you're willing to bargain with like you can take an appliance that has rough edges and scratches on it as long as it works. Having a list is advantageous because it keeps you on track whether you've bought all the things you need at the moment.

Parker Copelan
Parker Copelan
2/28/2013 12:29:36 PM #

I suggest you buy a new appliance instead of trying your luck with garage sales and still ending up to buy a new one because it was broken to start with. If it's on a garage sale, it means that it's either broken or the owner just needs money at the moment or the owner has a lot of the same appliance he sells. Be cautious in buying second hand appliances because they are most likely broken or will be broken in the near future.

Nicole Bluestein
Nicole Bluestein
2/28/2013 12:34:02 PM #

Inquire about your chosen appliance, ask about it's quality, brand and anything you need to know to ensure that it is still safe to use and performs properly. You need to have quality assurance that you're not just getting a cheap appliance but a cheap and WORKING appliance. What's the use of a cheap one if it does not work anymore.

Jay Danoff
Jay Danoff
2/28/2013 12:41:25 PM #

If you need to buy or replace one of your bigger appliances like your stove or refrigerator, it is important to consider first the size of these appliances. We're talking about heavy appliances so you need to plan where to put it or store it after you buy it in a garage sale. The hard part would be getting it and transferring it your place. It's harder if the host of the garage sale does not have any transportation plans set-up for his items. To be sure, bring along a car to have a means to bring the item HOME. Or you could contact rent a van services to use as your transportation means for your refrigerator.

Daphne Lakin
Daphne Lakin
2/28/2013 12:46:02 PM #

You're right JAY, size does matter Tong

I mean about the refrigerator is that you should measure the space available in your home and the item itself if it would fit perfectly. If not, it could be a disaster because you will now bring it back because it does not fit. You wasted your time going to a garage sale and surveying for quality products and there's no assurance that you can get your money back. Think ahead of things so that if something goes wrong, you have something to go to and not end up empty handed.

Abdiel Thaw
Abdiel Thaw
2/28/2013 12:49:36 PM #

If you have no other choice but to go for a garage sale for a new appliance then be prepared for the risks associated with your choice. You could be scammed by a host pretending to sell a functioning appliance but in truth, it does not work anymore. Be keen in examining the quality of the appliance your about to purchase. Even if you will act and sound like a untrusting shopper and a bit stubborn, then do it because you're also worried if you're getting a good deal out of this.

Oliver Hyatt
Oliver Hyatt
2/28/2013 12:55:18 PM #

Not all garage sale hosts have bad intentions like the one I came across last month. His name was Andrew, he was a nice person to talk to and really relates well with people. He opened a garage sale for the reason that he needed some immediate cash for family reasons. I got a second hand oven toaster and coffee maker from him. The items were still in their tip-top shape and he proved that they're functioning properly. Now, I'm enjoying my cup of coffee and having a sandwich while surfing the internet on early mornings.

Kathleen Sky
Kathleen Sky
2/28/2013 1:01:33 PM #

Try using the appliance first before buying it. You can ask assistance from the host to plug and test the appliance yourself. Examining the item personally is an added bonus so that you can make sure that the item is really what he says it is. You can bargain a lot more with appliances because they cost so much and you could use the age of the appliance to your favor.

You could convince the host to sell it in a lower price by pointing out its flaws and problems and somehow implying that no one would buy an appliance like this with your price. That way, your manipulating the host and not the other way around.

Joel Snape
Joel Snape
2/28/2013 1:11:02 PM #

Don't buy items which could not be tested the way you wanted it to be. For example, avoid buying a washing machine because you could not accurately gauge it's effectivity in cleaning dirty laundry (unless you brought your own used clothes for the week) Go for smaller appliances because its cheaper and carries less consequence than buying a large refrigerator. So if your scammed, it won't be such a loss because it's only cheap and smaller.

Venia Denise Laurent
Venia Denise Laurent
3/9/2013 12:07:04 AM #

I don't think you can buy appliances in an auction just exactly the same with what you want. It's gonna be difficult especially if you have lots of wants on the list on the type of appliance you wanna have. It might be better if you try to look on online stores or even on sites like ebay so that you can take a look at it without wasting your energy. But if you are really betting on your luck, then perhaps make a Complete and precise list with you to avoid regrets.

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