How to Bid in an Online Auction

How to sign up and bid in our Calgary online auctions

Do you need some help getting started with our Online Auction? Well, you’re in the right place. Signing up to bid for the auction is a quick, easy and free process! You can do so in a matter of seconds online through our online bidding portal. There are thousands of weekly new yyc deals on modern furniture, electronics, home decor, wholesale liquidation products, vehicles and much more to be had in our weekly Public Auction.

Here’s a short video to help you with the Online Auction process:

Our Online Auctions are easy to access from the comfort of your home on your desktop or mobile device. Registering to bid is simple and totally free!

Let us guide you through the process in 5 simple steps:

Step 1: Find the “Bid Now!” Button to Access Our Auction Catalog

Click the “Bid Now” button at the top right corner of our menu. From there, you’ll be redirected to our online bidding page.

Step 2: Select the Date and Type of Auction to View Available Products

Select the Upcoming Auction you wish to participate as a bidder, then find the green “Bidding Open” button under your desired date and Auction type.

Step 3: Sign-in / Register to Bid

Click “Register to Bid” under the auction information OR choose an item you’d like to bid on. A pop-up window will prompt you to sign up as a New Bidder (or Log On if you’re a repeat customer.)

For first-time bidders — select the gray “New Bidder? Click Here” option.

You’ll then be asked to input your email address and then confirm it. (From there, we’ll verify that your email address is new to our system, to avoid duplicate accounts.)

Fill out the required fields with your contact and credit card information to complete your registration process.

Step 4: Bidding in the Auction

Once you’re logged in, scroll through the Online Auction inventory. (In an average sale there are 10+ pages of products!) When you find an item you’re interested in, go ahead and click the “Bid” button.

In the pop-up window, enter the amount you’d like to bid — then click “Confirm Bid”.

Step 5: Enjoy the Online Auction, and Find Some Awesome Deals!

That’s it! Keep an eye on your inbox after the auction ends — we’ll email you letting you know whether your bids in the auction were successful. (Don’t notice an email? Be sure to check your spam folder just in case)

If you found some value in this post – We’d recommend taking a look at our Guide to Online Auctions or our look at the Top Auction Sites in Canada.

If you run into issues, please call us directly at 403-777-9393 or contact our support email at We’re always happy to hear from our customers, and we’ll get you set up in no time.

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28 thoughts on “How to Bid in an Online Auction”

  1. How do you register to online bidding? Where do I find what you have for merchandise for online bidding? Thx!

  2. Hey Diane! Thanks for reaching out — To bid in one of our Online Auctions all you need to do is click the “Bid Now!” button in the main menu above. What you see here and our bidding portal are separate auction sites. Be sure to check back as we update it daily with hundreds of new items as the auction is set up throughout the week. The catalogue will have its last major upload occurs on Friday evening.

    If you’re new to the Online Auction and want to get a better idea of what we sell, you might want to check out this resource hub ➡️ What we sell in our various Calgary Auctions

    Please let us know if you have any more questions!

  3. How long do I wait for the confirmation email of a successful bid? My credit card has been charged but I have not been notified. (I checked all spam folders)

  4. Hey Brenna, sorry for the delay! For new bidders registration — approval is generally confirmed within 24 hours as long as we can verify the information. Returning Online Auction bidders are generally approved within 3 hours.

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any further questions! You can also check out our customer support page.

    Have a great day!

  5. Hey Graham, thanks for reaching out! We review new Online Bidders manually to confirm that the information they submitted is correct. New customers are usually confirmed within a few hours!

    If you need any help at all please make sure you get in touch with us or check out one of our customer support resources.

    Have a fantastic day ?

  6. Hello,
    I am a new bidder and trying to join the forum but I do not know how to go about it despite the fact that I read your manual. Please I would like you to but me through.
    Thank you

  7. Hi there Omoniyi, sorry to hear you were having trouble signing up to bid! You can always access our current Online Auctions through the “Bid Now!” button at the top of the page.

    We’d be happy to help you however we can, feel free to contact us at any time or check out our FAQ resource

  8. Hello!
    I was wondering if the bidding starts at 9am on Saturday’s and how long does it usually run for?! First time online bidder but previous in person bidder 🙂

  9. Hey April, we’re glad you reached out!

    Online bidding for the Wholesale Liquidation Auction actually spans throughout the entire week starting on Monday, and closes at 10:30 AM on Saturday. You can sign up and view the catalogue by clicking the “Bid Now!” button.

    The Car Auction is hosted via Live Webcast starting at approximately 12:30 PM every Saturday.

    If you need any more help or have any further questions feel free to get in touch or visit our support resources.

    Have a wonderful day!

  10. Hey Sandy, we hold onto the items you won for two weeks after the sale. During that time we’ll send you a few reminders, but you’re also welcome to make arrangements with us to ship or pick them up at a later date.

    If you have any other questions please feel free to reach out to us or check out our auction customer care hub!

  11. I have never bid on line before and I want to bid tomorrow on some items , what do I need to do to be successful at entering the bidding process tomorrow.

  12. Hey Bernie, we get plenty of kitchen appliances that come through our weekly online auction in Calgary! I’d recommend checking the catalogue throughout the week by clicking the “Bid Now!” button in the top menu – Or we welcome you to come see in person as well.

    Hope to see you soon!

  13. Do you offer a record of what the winning bids were from previous auctions.It would be nice for us neophytes to get a feeling of the market value of some items we are interested in.

  14. Hey Greg! You can create a watch list through any of our online auction catalogues by clicking the star beside the item you’re interested in.

    Watch online auction item

  15. Hi This is Anne Marie Yule from Gleichen. I am new to online auctions. I think I understand the bidding but I can’t seem to find how long I have to pick up my items. Also is there a time I can look at the merchandise. I have read the procedure to pick up anything I have purchased . I haven’t read anything about the cars . At this point I am not going to purchase a car
    Thank you for your information
    Anne Marie

  16. Hello,
    How long do I have to pick up a won vehicle and is there an in person viewing for vehicles? Also is there a buyer’s fee and or GST on won vehicles? Thanks

    • Hi Queenie,

      We are flexible on picking up vehicles once they are purchased, generally, it is 7 days, beyond that we can store the units for a monthly fee.

      We are flexible on picking up vehicles once they’re purchased, 7 days is our general policy. Beyond that we can store the units for a monthly fee to help you keep your vehicle safe and secure while it sits idle!

      Buyers fees are as follows for our weekly vehicle sale;

      Vehicle Buyer’s Fee Schedule per vehicle:

      • Purchase Price between $0 – 999 is a $150 fee
      • Purchase Price between $1000 – 1999 is a $200 fee
      • Purchase Price between $2000 – 2999 is a $250 fee
      • Purchase Price between $3000 – 3999 is a $300 fee
      • Purchase Price between $4000 – 4999 is a $400 fee
      • Purchase Price between $5000 and over is a $500 fee

      Feel free to contact us at any time at if you have any further questions!


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