Q.Will Jones & Horan pay the International Import taxes? A. No. Any taxes generated by the Auction Sale will be paid by the Buyer, not Jones & Horan.
Q.Will Jones & Horan change the values on shipping statements for overseas Buyers? A. No. Any statements generated by Jones & Horan will reflect the values achieved at the auction.
BOTH LIVE and ONLINE-ONLY AUCTIONS
Q.What are the differences between the two types of auctions? A. Both types of auction begin the same, with absentee online bidding. The dynamics of each is quite different on auction day, however! Our Live Auctions close with a Live Auctioneer accepting bids from bidders physically present in the room, pre-arranged telephone bids, and live online bidders. A few other differences are: Our LIVE auctions are held twice each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. Our ONLINE-ONLY auctions are held bi-weekly, with brief hiatuses surrounding the two live auctions and at Christmas time. We also hold special online-only auctions with the same terms as our regular online-only auctions, including "Christmas in July," "Holiday Spectacular" at Christmas time, and occasional pop-up specialty auctions. Consignor checks are mailed out TWO weeks after an Online-only Auction and FOUR weeks after a Live Auction.
Q.Can you explain your grading system and what your abbreviations mean? A. Yes! Please click here for more information on our Grading System and for our Key to Abbreviations.
Q.Are watches tested for accuracy in timekeeping prior to the sale? A. No. We do not guarantee timekeeping or warrantee future performance. When we state a watch is "running", that only means that the balance and escapement are performing in healthy fashion and without apparent defect. Unless otherwise noted, our timepieces are not serviced by us, and we do not know when they were last serviced from our sources. We do our best to indicate any potential problems or needs for repair.
Q.Are watches serviced prior to sale? A. No, in the majority of cases. In the case where service was performed on the watch, such as a new battery installed in a wristwatch, that will be noted in the condition report. If it is not stated, assume we are selling the watch just as it came to us, which is the case 99% of the time.
Q.How do I consign items to a Jones & Horan auction? A. Please follow this link to learn about consigning with us.
Q.Will Jones & Horan hold auction items for me for more than 10 days, without my paying for them? A. Sorry, but the answer is No. If you are not prepared to pay promptly for our auction items, you are not welcome to bid with us.
Q.Does Jones & Horan have a return policy? A. Yes, in cases of error or misrepresentation by us. Please see the top of our Terms and Conditions page for a full explanation of what is and is not accepted for returns.
LIVE AUCTIONS Q.May I bid online during the Live Auction? A. YES!! Please go to our How to Bid page to find out more. If you are not available on auction day to sit at a computer or device and bid live, you may also submit bids online at any time prior to the lot being closed on auction day, as well as by submitting bids in advance (by the Friday before the Live Auction) by phone, email, fax or mail. (Again, go to our How to Bid page for more information.)
Q.May I bid using the telephone during the Live Auction? A. Yes, on lots with estimates of $1,000 and above. Arrangements must be made NO LATER THAN THREE (3) days prior to the auction and only if we have staff phone bidders available. Telephone bids are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Please note: We offer this free service as a convenience to our clients, but will not be responsible for errors or failures to execute bids. Bidders are encouraged to attend the auction in person, and bid for themselves.
Q.Can you ship my purchases? A. Yes, we offer fully insured, fast in-house shipping for the majority of our lots! Large items (such as clocks) will be the responsibility of the buyer, but Jones & Horan will assist whenever possible.
Please see our shipping page for more information!
It is your responsibility to tell us if you will be traveling or otherwise unable to sign for the delivery, or if you wish to have your purchase shipped to an address other than the one on your invoice.
Q.What payment methods does Jones & Horan accept for their Live Auctions? A. The same as in our Online auctions! Cash, Check, Bank Wire Transfers, Paypal, CurrencyPay or TransferWise. See our payment page for more information! There is No Buyer’s Premium or Sales Tax in any Jones & Horan auction.
Q.What are the Terms regulating the Live Auction? A. There is No Buyer’s Premium and No Sales Tax.
Absentee bids will be executed as a convenience to customers when possible. Please see our How to Bid page for more instructions if you cannot attend the auction. Payment is due within 10 days of receiving invoice. The auction house will not be held responsible for any errors or failures to accurately execute bids. Bidders are strongly encouraged to attend the sales in person.
All floor bidders must sign in with the clerk and receive a bidder number. Payment is due by the end of the auction. The auction house reserves the right to hold property until check clears and to refuse to register questionable clients.
Cameras are allowed only upon authorization by the auction house. We thank you for respecting our customers’ privacy!
The auctioneer has the sole right to settle disputed bids and decide whether or not to re-offer the lot, and the record of sale kept by the auction house will be taken as final in the event of any dispute. The auctioneer reserves the right to reject an opening bid that, in his or her opinion, is not commensurate with the value of the lot.
The auctioneer will not be liable for default by either the buyer or the vendor. We will witness against any default should legal action be necessary.
Payment may be made by Cash, Check, Bank Wire Transfers, Paypal, CurrencyPay or TransferWise. Jones & Horan is not set up to accept credit cards directly, but credit card payments can be made through Paypal (with a Paypal account) or CurrencyPay (without setting up an account.)
In no instance will we ever sell, rent or disclose your personal information to any third party unless directed by a court of law.
Statements by us in the catalog or made orally are statements of opinion and are not to be relied on as statements of fact. Such statements do not constitute warranty or assumption of liability by us of any kind. They are for guidance only and items should be evaluated by the bidder. Returns require that the buyer submits the written opinion of two experts within the field that an error was made in description, before Jones & Horan would agree to cancel the sale.
Jones & Horan Auction Team uses the following bidding increment multiples: $10 – $200 in $10 increments $201 – $500 in $25 increments $501 – $1,000 in $50 increments $1,001 – $2,000 in $100 increments $2,001 – $10,000 in $200 increments $10,001 -$20,000 in $500 increments $20,001 - $50,000 in $1,000 increments $50,001 - $100,000 in $5,000 increments Over $10,000 is in increments at auctioneer's discretion
Q.Can I watch the Jones & Horan Live Auctions as they take place on my computer? A. Yes, we broadcast a Live Auction Video over the internet. Just come to our website one hour before the start of the auction, and click on the link that will be posted for you to connect to the broadcast.
Q.My absentee bid should have won that item. Why didn’t it? A. Two floor bidders vie against one another, and due to the random starting bid, and increments used, they reach the exact amount of your bid.
We were not authorized to go another increment for you, so the floor bidder wins it. The employee executing your bid will not jump into the bidding until it has begun, as he is striving to win the item for you at the lowest bid possible. This means that floor bidders will often get in on the bidding first. Note: It is also our policy that bids entered by those attending the auction in person take precedence over absentee bids. We strongly encourage you to attend the auction and place your bids in person!
Another bidder submitted the same amount as you, but his bid takes precedence over yours because it was entered sooner.
You bid using our on-line system, and your bid was reduced according to the increments as posted. Please be sure to follow our posted bid increments when leaving absentee bids.
More than one absentee bid was left on the item and the bidding began on you. The way the increments worked out from there, your high bid landed on another bidder. Here is a scenario to help explain: George leaves a bid of $1500 on an item, and Patty left a bid of $1300 on that same item. Bidding would begin on George at $1400 (one increment above Patty’s high bid). This means if someone bids the next increment ($1500), George would be out. Our only other choice would be to start George at his top bid of $1500, which fundamentally means George bid against himself to get to $1500. It would be as if he bid both $1400 AND $1500. We are against the practice of jumping bids on clients, as we always bid on your behalf as competitively as possible.
How can I prevent that from happening in the future?
FOOTING THE BID: Some bidders prefer to leave their bids with us and indicate +1 increment (or put the extra increment in when leaving bids). This gives us a little more flexibility in trying to achieve the winning bid for that bidder. For example, in the scenario above, George could have left $1500 +1 increment/bid (or $1600), and we would have been authorized to go to $1600 to win the item. This method works for some bidders and is something to consider when leaving bids with us.
Note: Jones and Horan will not be held responsible in any way for any error in executing absentee or telephone bids. We suggest Bidders plan to attend the auction in person and bid for themselves if possible.
Q.Did you use the full amount of my absentee bid as the first bid when the item was sold? A. We may have been forced to if this action was necessary to rightfully eliminate underbidders. For example, if your high bid was one increment above the second highest absentee bid, we would have to start the bidding on your high bid. (Please see the answer to the previous question.)
For further clarification on this point, please call us at: (603) 623-5314
How do I leave bids for the Live Auctions if I cannot attend? Please see our How to Bid page
ONLINE-ONLY AUCTIONS Q.How do I sign up for email updates for your online auctions? A. Simply click on the link at the bottom of our home page and follow prompts.
Q.When and how will you ship my purchases? How much does shipping cost? A. We will ship upon receipt of payment.
PLEASE NOTE that items will be shipped to the address on your invoice. If you wish us to ship to a location other than the one on your invoice, please let us know by e-mail or phone before making payment. Thank you!
DOMESTIC BUYERS: We offer FREE shipping via USPS Priority Mail, signature required, for Domestic Customers for packages valued $300 or less. All packages are insured. Items will be shipped to the address on your invoice unless you request otherwise before making payment. We also offer FREE shipping via FedEx 2nd day where the value of the package is over $300. IF YOUR PURCHASE EXCEEDS $300 AND YOU DO NOT WANT ITEMS SHIPPED VIA FEDEX, PLEASE NOTIFY US BEFORE MAKING PAYMENT, by phone call or email.
INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: There will be a modest fee included for shipping internationally. Shipping charges will be included on the emailed invoice to all international customers unless an address in the US is provided. We ship via USPS Priority Mail in our own boxes for packages valued at $300 or less. Where the value is over $300, we will ship via FedEx Priority International. IF YOU DO NOT WANT ITEMS (over $300) SHIPPED VIA FEDEX, PLEASE NOTIFY US WHEN MAKING PAYMENT. We have found FedEx 2nd day to be the most reliable and safe method to ship items and get them through customs. We also have an account with DHL and are happy to ship internationally with DHL upon request.
Q.What payment methods does Jones & Horan accept for their Online-Only Auctions? A. Cash, Check, Bank Wire Transfers, Paypal, CurrencyPay or TransferWise.
See our payment page for more information!
There is No Buyer’s Premium or Sales Tax in any Jones & Horan auction.
We will e-mail you an invoice no later than the morning following the sale (and usually get them out within an hour following the close of the last lot), if you are a winning bidder. (Please note that these invoice e-mails often end up in “spam” or “junk” mail folders, so please check there if you have not received one. This is especially true of our clients with gmail e-mail addresses.)
We are not set up to accept credit cards directly. We can only accept credit card payments through a third party, either Paypal or CurrencyPay.
Q.What are the Terms regulating the Online-Only Auction? A. No Buyer’s Premium. No Sales Tax. No Reserves. Free, fast, fully insured shipping within the United States.
All descriptions are guaranteed with a 10-day return policy.
Payment is due within 10 days of auction. The auction house reserves the right to hold property until payment clears and to refuse to register questionable clients.
The auctioneer will not be liable for default by either the buyer or the vendor. We will witness against any default should legal action be necessary.
We reserve the right to cancel and/or reopen the auction in the case of system failures.
Q.Can I “ snipe” lots by bidding at the last second before the item ends? A. Yes, but this is dependent on the speed of your internet connection and the device you are using.
Also, please be aware that this bidding system is not as responsive as some other online auction forums with which you may already be familiar. If you attempt to bid in the very last seconds, there is a possibility the system will not recognize your bid in time and you will lose out on winning that lot. Please allow yourself enough time to get your bid in before the lot closes.
Q.Can other bidders see my identity when I bid? A. No.
Q.My account log-in information did not work. What is wrong? A. We have been holding all auctions with HiBid for five years now, and we did not have access to our clients' user names or passwords there. When accounts were transfered to the new platform, email addresses were used as the User ID, and a unique password was assigned to each account. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request your password. Once you log in with it, you can choose to keep it or change it to a different password. To set up a new account, click “Register” at the top right of any web page, and then enter your account information, following all prompts. Jones & Horan does not require credit card information in order to register to bid with us!
STORE Q.How do I sign up for the store updates email list? A. Simply send an email to email@example.com requesting to be added to the store email list.
Q.. I suddenly can't seem to sign into my store account. What do I do? A. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Amanda at (603) 623-5314. Amanda is here to help!
Please see our Shipping Page for full information on all your shipping needs, as well as a release form if we will be handing over your property to a third party shipper.
We will be shipping all packages valued over $300 via FedEx. FedEx has a free tool on their website where you can create an account and specify things like where to leave packages, when to deliver, etc.