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CellarBid.com Buyers Guide

Registration:

You must register to place bids, make offers, or make immediate purchases on this site and you are expected to abide by site policies. You may purchase items by adding to the shopping cart, then checking out with PayPal without registering on the site.

Your Member ID and Password:

Once you have registered you may not change your Member ID. You may certainly change your password at any time. Your password is stored in the Contact Info area and may be accessed by logging in to the Members Area.

Messages/Email:

CellarBid.com will send notices by email when you have bid, been outbid, or have won a listing. To ensure that you receive these messages you will also find a copy of every message sent in the Messages section of the Members Area.

Viewing Listings on CellarBid.com:

To view the items for sale or on auction, start on the Home Page where you can:

  • Featured Lists: Click the Tabs to see the Featured Items, New Items, Top Auctions, and Most Watched Items Each section has a link to more of the same items.
  • Browse by Category: Each category will display all items listed in that category or it's sub categories. Click the links to the sub categories to narrow down the lists.
  • Search: Search all listings by Keyword here or anywhere on the site. Click Advanced Search for more search options.

When viewing results, click the listing title to view the item detail and place your bids.

Icons Used on CellarBid.com:

When viewing lists of items either on the home page, through searc, or in the categories, you will notice icons that are designed to tell you something about the item at a glance.

New Item New Listing
Item Ending Soon Ending Soon
Buy Now Buy Now Available
Make Offer Make Offer
Hot Item! Hot Item
Reserve Item Reserve Item

Types of Listings:

Each listing is an auction listing where you will need to bid to win, or a store listing that you can purchase immediately. Some items will allow you to make an offer. Offers may be accepted, declined, or countered. In the case of auctions and offers, you will be notified by email if you are outbid, win, or the staus of your offer changes. If you do not receive the email, you can find a copy in the Messages section of the Members Area.

Purchasing Outright:

When a listing is for outright sale, you can purchase the item immediately by using Buy Now, or by adding the item to your Shopping Cart. Adding to your Shopping Cart is helpful, but be aware that someone else can purchase that item before you checkout. You can view your Shopping Cart and items that you have Purchased but not checked out in the Members Area.

Making an Offer:

Some items on the site will allow you to make an Offer. Click the link to view the listing, and click the offer tab. When entering your bid, enter only numbers and decimal points. Do not enter dollar signs or commas. Your offer can be automitcally acceped or declined, otherwise it will be sent for consideration. Each offer placed by a member may then be accepted, declined, or countered. Once an offer is accepted, it is your responsibility to purchase that item at the offer price. Please keep in mind that offers do not include shipping. This amount is stated on the listing page, and will be included when you are sent an invoice.

Once you enter your bid, you will be asked to confirm your bid. Be careful. You may not retract a bid once placed.

Placing a Bid:

If an item is up for auction you can place a bid. The system is similar to how eBay works. In order to bid you must be registered, and logged in. The minimum amount you must bid is displayed with the listing. When entering your bid, enter only numbers and decimal points. Do not enter dollar signs or commas.

Once you enter your bid, you will be asked to confirm your bid. Be careful. You may not retract a bid once placed.

Bidding When Multiple Quantities are Available:

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!

First ... An auction with more than one bottle of wine being offered is referred to as a Dutch Auction, and is treated quite differently than a standard auction. In a standard auction if the Opening Bid required is $50 and you bid $100, your bid starts at $50 and increases as necessary to keep you as the high bidder up to your maximum bid of $100. In a Dutch Auction, since there are multiple bottles, your bid of $100 is not a maximum bid, it is your immediate bid for each bottle, regardless of what the seller has listed as the Opening Bid. As such, in a Dutch Auction your bid is what you will pay if you win the auction, multiplied by the total quantity entered, so please bid accordingly. Consider using a lower opening bid and check back to see if you need to increase your bid.

Second ... When a seller lists multiple quantities available, the wines are NOT being sold as a "lot". The bottles are being sold individually, therefore, your bid is per bottle. If the quantity available is 3, and you enter 3 with a bid of $100, you are bidding to buy all 3 bottles for $100 each, for a total bid of $300. You can enter a quantity that is lower than the total numbered offered for sale, but your bid will be per bottle multiplied by the total quantity entered. Note: If a seller is selling a "lot" of wine, the quantity for that item will be 1 and the description will include information of how many bottles are included in the "lot".

At the end of the auction the system will determine the winners by looking at the following: Bid Amount; then Quantity Bid; and finally the time the bid was placed.

Bidding on Regular Listings:

When entering a bid amount, you may choose to enter only what is necessary (and make it easy for someone to outbid you!), or you may enter a Maximum Bid.

A Maximum Bid is a confidential bid that is used to bid for you should someone raise the bid. The smallest amount of your Maximum Bid necessary to be the high bidder is used when placing your bid.

If an auction item contains a Buy Price bidding will immediately end if your bid meets this price.

Bidding Results:

After you have placed your bids, you will be informed if your bid has been accepted. If a higher bid is needed you will be informed and allowed to place another bid.

At the close of the auction, or when you purchase something outright, you will be notified by email. If you have won or purchased multiple items, these items can be combined by requesting an invoice from the seller.

Tracking Bids:

The Bid Tracker, located in the Members Area, keeps track of listings that you have bid on or marked to watch.

Tracking Purchases/Checkout:

If you have won or purchased an item, you will need to checkout if you have not received an invoice. You can access Checkout from the link sent to you by email, or in the Bid Tracker, or in the Items Won/Purchased area in the Memebrs Area. Once you have checked out and received an invoice, you can find the invoices in the Invoices for Purchases section which is located in the Members Area.

Cellar Bid welcomes Wine Brokers:

It is important to note that Cellar Bid welcomes Wine Brokers to sell their wines at this site. Since Wine Brokers often represent other parties, it is possible that even though the wine is listed for auction, the wine may no longer be available. Therefore, it may be necessary to confirm availability after completion of the auction. This accommodation cannot be used as a selling tactic or "bait & switch" tactic by a Wine Broker. Cellar Bid requires that Wine Brokers list their wines with an opening bid price that the Broker finds acceptable as a fair selling price. That assures a bidder that the wine will be delivered, if available, regardless of the selling price.

Caveat Emptor:

CellarBid.com was created for the sole purpose of providing a forum for Buyers & Sellers of wine to come together. Although CellarBid.com will do everything possible to provide a quality forum, free of dishonest sellers, CellarBid.com cannot speak to the quality of any bottle of wine nor can CellarBid.com guarantee any purchase you make. While CellarBid.com will attempt to assist if requested, it is up to the Seller to determine the course of action if you, the Buyer, are unsatisfied with any specific purchase.

Hold Harmless:

By using this site, you as Buyer recognize that any potential transaction between you and a Seller is the sole responsibility of Seller and Buyer to complete the transaction and you agree to hereby hold CellarBid.com harmless for any damages you may suffer, financial or otherwise, from the use of the auction site.

For more information on using CellarBid.com, please consult the following guides.

Policies
Buyers Guide
Sellers Guide
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