Auction Fees & Commissions

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We don’t think consigning your items at auction should be like buying a Time Share in the 1990s. That’s why the Pacific Northwest Auction House takes pride in being 100% transparent and upfront with all fees, commissions, and premiums.

 

We don’t hide our fees.
 

We don’t make you call us to “discuss” our fees. 
 

We don’t play favorites with others and then make you pay more to make up the difference. 
 

We earn our fees, commissions, and premiums by taking great photos and creating full descriptions of your items, and by aggressively marketing each auction and special items via email, on social media, and through other marketing channels. All of this to ensure your items sell for the highest price – netting you the most money! 

Auction Commission Schedule
(Seller's Fees)

PLEASE NOTE: All commissions are charged on a per-item (per-lot) basis, with no minimum seller’s commission. However, if a general merchandise lot or item does not sell at auction, $1.95 will be charged as a NO SALE fee. (There are two primary reasons a lot may result in a NO SALE: The lot received no bids; or the highest bid did not reach the Reserve Price you set. Setting a Reserve Price is your option, though this often discourages bidders until/unless the Reserve Price is met.)

 

The minimum starting bid for all items/lots is $5.00.

 

After the auction has completed, we’ll provide you with a detailed report of your items and give (or mail) you a check (less any commissions and fees). Our commissions vary depending on the final selling price and the type of item. 

We charge a reduced seller’s commission on the following items, though please read all notes, and please contact us if you have any questions:

Coins, Stamps, Sports (and similar) Card Collections – When you consign a minimum of 10 lots of any of these items in a single auction, we charge a flat 10% of the final selling price as the seller’s commission. However, lots that do not sell will be assessed the $1.95 NO SALE fee per lot. Please Note: Sports and Celebrity Memorabilia are treated as General Merchandise and standard seller’s auction commissions and fees apply. 


Gold and Silver Bullion – When you consign gold or silver bullion, we charge no seller’s commission on the final selling price. However, lots that do not sell will be assessed the $1.95 NO SALE fee per lot. 

 

Properly titled and running Automobiles, Recreational Vehicles, Motorcycles, ATVs, and similar land vehicles – When you consign any of these vehicle types, we charge a flat 10% of the final selling price (with a $50 minimum commission) as the seller’s commission up to a maximum $1,000. However, vehicle lots that do not sell will be assessed a $50 NO SALE fee per lot. Please Note: Trailers, Campers, and similar non-motorized items are treated as General Merchandise and standard seller’s auction commissions and fees apply.

Properly titled and working Boats and Personal Watercraft – When you consign any of these vehicle types, we charge a flat 10% of the final selling price (with a minimum $50 commission) as the seller’s commission up to a maximum $1,000. However, vehicle lots that do not sell will be assessed a $50 NO SALE fee per lot. Please Note: Boats less than 19’ in length, Canoes, and Kayaks are treated as General Merchandise and standard seller’s auction commissions and fees apply.

Standard seller's auction commissions for General Merchandise can be found here and listed below: 

Auction Commission Schedule
General Merchandise

17%

If your item/lot sells for $1000 or more, the seller's commission is 17%

23%

If your item/lot sells for $100 to $499, the seller's commission is 23%

29%

If your item/lot sells for $10 to $49, the seller's commission is 29%

20%

If your item/lot sells for $500 to $999, the seller's commission is 20%

25%

If your item/lot sells for $50 to $99, the seller's commission is 25%

39%

If your item/lot sells for less than $10, the seller's commission is 39%

RESERVE PRICES

You may elect to set a minimum winning bid price for an item or lot – this is called a Reserve Price. However, if the final bid does not reach your Reserve Price, the item will result in a NO SALE, & the minimum commission will be charged. Contact us if you have any questions. 

CHARITY AUCTIONS

We’re honored to help local charities raise funds via an online auction; and we will charge no seller’s fees or commissions for properly registered 501c3 charities in the Treasure Valley wishing to use our auction to raise money. 

BUYER'S PREMIUM

A 13% Buyer’s Premium plus the appropriate sales tax will be added to the final price of all winning lots.

If your purchases are intended for resale and tax exempt, a valid reseller’s tax-exempt certificate must be on file with us before you bid. Please understand that we cannot make exceptions to this policy, so please contact us before bidding if this applies to you and you have questions.