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FAQs

Selling to CAA

Q - How do I sell things with Cape Ann Auction?

A - Text, email or use our contact page to see if what you have is a good fit for our auction. 

Q - What kinds of things are you looking for?

A - The list is long, but the things at the top of it are: Cape Ann Art, fine jewelry, coin collections, Maritime antiques etc. See this page for a more in-depth list.

Q - What is your commission fee?

A - Generally between 20% and 50% 

Q - Do you have reserves on items?

A - Rarely.

Q - What other fees do you charge?

A - None. 

Q - Do you buy outright?

A - Yes.

Q - Do you make house calls?

A - Yes.

Q - Do you buy entire estate contents?

A - Yes.

Q - Do you provide references upon request?

A - Yes

Q- Do you do Certified Appraisals? 

A - Yes, however, these are separate from our auction service and fees apply.

Buying From CAA

Q - How do I bid at your auctions?

A- We run Bid-From-Home auctions on the Maxsold, Auctionninja, Liveauctioneers and Whatnot websites, and soon Instagram and Facebook. You will need to register on these sites to bid on our auctions.

Q - I've never heard of some of these sites, are they safe? 

A - Yes, we've vetted these sites. They are standards in the industry.

Q - How do I receive my item if I have to bid online?

A - We have local pickup at 159 Maplewood Ave. Gloucester, MA 01930, or we offer shipping on many items. It's important to read the item description and terms and conditions. 

Q- Can I preview the auction items in person?

A - Yes, we have live preview available at 159 Maplewood Ave. Gloucester. Tues & Weds. 11-3,  prior to each auction's closing.

Please have a list the items you wish to inspect,  we are unable to offer browsing. You MUST be a registered bidder to preview.

Q - You often use the term; Absolute Auction, what does that mean?

A - An Absolute Auction is one that starts at $1 and has no reserves. ALL ITEMS in the auction are sold to the highest bidder, no matter what. They're the most fun to bid at, and generally, the best way to get great bargains at auction. Most of our auctions are Absolute.

Q - Do you offer support getting started on the sites listed above?

A - Yes. We can walk you through the registration and bidding process. Because we don't own the websites, we CANNOT change anything regarding their rules or process.

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