Auction Format: Auctions will be conducted on the date and time noted on our website, with bidding live online through HarrisToyTrainAuctions.com software platform. Before bidding online, you need to register to bid, which registration is offered at: HarrisToyTrainAuctions.com
Absentee Bidder Guidelines: Absentee bids for most auctions are submitted by fax, email, telephone or postal mail, must be received by Harris Toy Train Auctions no later than 1:00 p.m. PDT time Friday before the online auction sale. Online absentee bidding closes one (1) hour prior to the scheduled auction time on the day of the auction sale. AFTER THESE DEADLINES, NO ABSENTEE BIDS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Due to the amount of time required in handling and shipping absentee bids, we ask that you observe the following guidelines:
Successful absentee bidders will be charged a reasonable shipping fee sufficient to cover our packing costs, UPS delivery service and UPS shipping insurance.
Internet Buyers premium is 23%
Harris Toy Train Auctions website absentee bidders Buyers premium is 23%
No absentee bids under $50.00.
Please make bids in the following increments:
$50 - $199 . . . $10.00 increments
$200 - $999 . . . $25.00 increments
$1,000 - $1,999 . . . $50.00 increments
$2,000 - $4,999 . . . $100.00 increments
$5,000 and up . . . $200.00 increments
Absentee bids will not require a down payment for this auction.
We will not have phone lines available for call-in bidding unless the item is valued over $2,000. You must tell Harris Toy Train Auctions your high bid amount in advance so we can determine if your bid will be competitive; we will let you know if this is the case. Limited telephone access at the auction site requires that we restrict phone bidding to the most serious bidders.
Charges are due upon receipt of absentee bid win notification.
Absentee bids can be entered online through our website catalog or mailed to Harris Toy Train Auctions, 6151 Lakeside Drive, Suite 2100, Reno, NV 89511.
IMPORTANT: Please include item description, lot number and bid amount for absentee bids. Bids also need a signature, phone number and an address (not a PO box).
All absentee bids are executed competitively as if you were there. When multiple identical absentee bids have been placed, the one received first has priority.
We work very hard not to overlook any absentee bids, however, we are not responsible for missed absentee bids.
Absentee bids may be deleted if the auctioneer feels there is valid reason, such as condition conflict, late or non-payment from previous auction.
We usually ship one (1) to two (2) days after we receive payment. Nonetheless, please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery by United Parcel Service.
Grading was done strictly and by appearance of the item, not boxes and not running ability. We do NOT guarantee running ability of any item, unless it is expressly noted in the item description that the item has been oiled, lubed and runs. Absolutely no returns are accepted on items graded C5 or lower and on items that have no grade. After thirty (30) days from the date of the auction, we will not accept returns under any circumstances, including items that may be described differently due to new technologies or information. Harris Toy Train Auctions makes a reasonable effort to represent authenticity, originality and grade of items with maximum accuracy at the time of the auction. Payment for an auction item that is received by Harris Toy Train Auctions more than thirty (30) days after the auction date voids all rights to returns, for any reason. Payment is expected within thirty (30) days after the auction. Payments after that period waive all rights to return and in some cases the item may be returned to the consignor.
In addition, online absentee bidders using our website catalog should be aware of the following:
Absentee bids cannot be reduced or deleted once entered, though you may increase your bid.
You will not be notified if you are outbid online, so periodically check your bid status.
The high absentee bidder online will not necessarily be the high bidder at the live online auction.
If your absentee bid wins at the live online auction, Buyers premium and shipping/insurance charges will be added according to the terms listed above.
Online absentee bidding ends one hour prior to the scheduled auction for that day.
To register for an ID number and password for online bidding, follow the directions on our website, by clicking on the ?Sign Up? tab at the top of our website. If you have questions, then email firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at . Please contact us early! If you email us on the final day of absentee bidding, we may not be able to respond in time. Thank you.
Harris Auctions dba Harris Toy Train Auctions, conforms to Train Collectors Association (TCA) grading standards. Please read the grading criteria below CAREFULLY. Grading Scale and Abbreviations are as follows:
C1 Junk- parts value only.
C2 Restoration required.
C3 Poor- requires major body repair, heavily scratched, major rust, missing parts and major restoration candidate.
C4 Fair- scratched, moderate paint loss, dented, missing parts and surface rust. Evidence of heavy use.
C5 Good- signs of play wear, with scratches and minor paint loss. Small dents and minor surface rust. Evidence of heavy use.
C6 Very Good- minor scratches and paint nicks, minor spots of surface rust and free of dents. May have minor parts replaced.
C7 Excellent- all original, with minute scratches and paint nicks. No rust, no missing parts and no distortion of component parts.
C8 Like New- complete and all original. No rust, no missing parts and may show affects of being on display and/or age. May have been run.
C9 Factory New- Brand New. All original, unused, may be evidence of factory rubs and the slightest evidence of handling, shipping and having been test run at the factory.
C10 Mint- Brand New. All original, unused and unblemished.
All grading is done subjectively, by experienced fellow TCA members. Grading is by appearance of the item, not boxes and not running ability. Not responsible for typos, errors or omissions.
O/W = otherwise
WG = wide gauge
SG = standard gauge
pc or pcs = pieces
RP = reproduction or repaint
C = condition
GA = gauge
litho = lithographed
loco = locomotive
CI = cast iron
Additional details are included with each auction lot description.
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