Online Auctions in Australia

It’s been some time since I last covered the online auction sites in Australia and a quite lot has changed since then, some sites have grown, some have gone and there’s some new entrants.

Whats most interesting is the traditional auction on-site auctions rooms that are establishing in-house online auction sales. Let’s take a look at some of those:

Pickles is one of Australia’s largest auctioneers having locations in each state and now offering regular online auctions of cars, computers & IT, and general goods. You can view there upcoming sales here. Online car auctions are covered in more detail here.

Manheim is Australia’s major auctioneer of vehicles, with auction rooms across Australia, for some time they have been offering simulcast auctions where there on-site in-lane sales are broadcast over the net and through their system you can bid on-line at the same time as on-site buyers. Take a look here for a full description of their on-line services.

Allbids originally conducted on-site auctions of government surplus items in Canberra before opening an online bidding portal that has been growing ever since going online in 2004. There’s regular sales and a quite diverse range of items that go under the hammer, check out allbids.com.au

GraysOnline has been one of the most successful transitions of a traditional on-site auctioneer to online auction sales in Australia (personal opinion!). They offering a large number of concurrent auctions and a very diverse range of goods. Well known for their computer sales featuring manufacturer clearances and ex-lease laptops and all sorts of IT equipment. They also have jewllery, homewares, furniture and more. Visit graysonline.com

Lloyds are the Gold Coast based auction house that have found on-line success in hosting regular online sales of insurance claims, clearance stock, police seized goods and much more. Check out there current sales here lloydsonline.com.au

AuctionBlue has formed a strong online presence featuring a diverse range of goods coming from liquidation, factory clearance, closures and the like. You can see and bid here auctionblue.com.au

Over in WA Ross’s Autioneers and Valuers is one of the most well known traditional auctioneers in the state, they also have online sales which you can view here auctions.com.au

Evans Clarke National Valuers and Auctioneers offer regular sales of all kinds of things, anything from homewares through to forklifts, you’ll never know what you may come across here. Visit evansclarke.com.au

Gregsons Auctioneers and Valuers offer a lots for online auction which can feature unclaimed goods, ex-hotel items and more. See here gregsonsonline.com.au

Interbid hosts webcasts of traditional auctions, and online only auctions, for a number of established traditional auction houses including Hassalls, MGS, Abbeys, Scammells and more. See their upcoming sales here interbid.com.au

Lawsons, the long established Sydney auction house feature online sales of art, wine and up-market goods. More here lawsons.com.au

MGS, based in SA, have the occasional online only sale. See their site for whats coming up mgs.net.au

AuctionKings is the Brisbane based auction service, last look at their site I saw quite a few upcoming online sales. Admittedly, when writing this it’s the first time I have seen their site but it looks like one to keep an eye on auctionkings.com.au

Slatterys Auctions is one of the big players in the traditional auction to online auction transition in Australia, their site is serving a national audience and has been running for a number of years. There’s a broad range of sales changing from week to week, but electronics and computer auctions are a regular event. See more here slatteryauctions.com.au

Online Only and eBay alternatives (where you can list your items for sale)

Quicksales has been around for a while now and has been successful in establishing itself as an alternative to eBay. It was originally known as Oztion, before being sold to Subsidiary of Carsales.com Ltd and re-named quicksales. Take a look quicksales.com.au.

There have been many others trying to challenge the eBay dominance but unfortunately most have withered away. Quicksales, with the backing of the large Carsales network, appears to be the only success story in this category.

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