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Forum topic by AZWoody posted 07-18-2016 02:03 PM 597 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-18-2016 02:03 PM

I am interested in a tool they have up right now but I can’t get anyone to answer phone messages or return e-mails.

I tried calling the shipper that they name and nothing. Then I e-mailed the person who works for auction company whose name they put in the listing and nothing…

Is this the norm for this company?

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#1 posted 07-18-2016 07:36 PM

They are an on-line auction site so not much happens until the auction is over. I bought several large WW machines several months ago through them.

Basically you enter a proxy bid and you can change you bid as the auction happens. Be aware that there is a 10%- 15% add-on charge to your final auction bid (if you are top bid) and they sometimes also charge a loading fee. Third party trucking companies will arrange pickup and delivery to you if you are not local, but there charges can get expensive so best to get a quote before hand.

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#2 posted 07-18-2016 07:39 PM

Yep, make sure to factor in all costs associated with “winning”. They do tend to add up, and should be accounted for in your final bid. I have bought a few times through IRS auction services, and wrestling away the details and the material can be a bit of pain.

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#3 posted 07-18-2016 07:44 PM

That’s the problem. The shipper won’t return messages and I asked the auction company the details of the shipping prep, loading and any other shippers they work with as their recommended one doesn’t return voicemails.

Oh well, if I can’t get answers, I just won’t bid as I’m not going to buy it then get a list of those charges without knowing what they’re going to be upfront so I can figure what my max bid should be. Also, if the shipper they use is not reliable, I cannot guarantee they will get the item out of there by the removal date.

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#4 posted 07-18-2016 07:52 PM

You’ll have a buyer’s premium added if you win… 7.5%
or something like that… I have bought from them 3x.

The seller may load your machine for free if they are
a business with a forklift and some guys hanging
around. If it’s a liquidation situation, you’ll probably
be billed an additional amount for loading by a rigger,
regardless of the weight of the machine. I was
at one pickup where I paid $60 to have a 1300lb
machine loaded and another guy was grousing that
he was paying $60 ea. to have a couple of easy-to-move
radial arm saws loaded, so for me it was fair, for him
it was a ripoff. At the end of the day, the rigger
brought his truck and trailer rig and a forklift and
had to be there all day, etc… and the loading
fees are how he got paid so that’s how it has to

Try your best to get a phone number… frequently
when dealing with machine auctions that’s the only
way to get an answer, especially if it’s an older fellow
shutting down a shop.

Overall my experience buying through MachineryMax
has been very positive.

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