Why online auctions have got us hooked

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Click happy: bidding on the Catawiki auction site is easy Credit: Shutterstock

Online auction site Catawiki sells everything from vintage cars to rare artefacts. Bidding is easy, but beware! It's addictive.

Online auction house Catawiki is making a name for itself by giving easy access to special and exclusive objects - from art to vintage cars, classic jewellery to limited edition whiskies, and a whole lot of other stylish items in between. So if you’re looking for that special something, take a look.

What is different about Catawiki?

Each object up for sale on the Catawiki website must have an estimated value of at least €75 (roughly £65), differentiating it from the more conventional online auction websites.

Objects are rigorously screened by Catawiki’s team of specialist auctioneers and each submitted lot must pass the scrutiny of one of these experts, who can verify its quality and provenance.

Although there is a huge variety of objects on Catawiki, the auctioneers are selective, taking pride in their carefully curated auctions.

Warning, browsing Catawiki’s auctions can be quite addictive

What is also particularly appealing is that each auction starts at £1, whether it’s an Aston Martin DB4 Series III, an 18-metre luxury Italian yacht or a fedora especially made for and owned by Michael Jackson. Bidding on these items for £1 is thrilling in itself – although unfortunately the price usually rises quite quickly away from this point.

How easy is it to start bidding on Catawiki?

The answer is very easy.

Registration is free and painless. You are simply required to choose a username, fill in your email address and pick a password. Then you’re in the club.

All auctions start at 12 noon (Central European Time) on Fridays, giving customers on average a week to browse and bid for the 30,000 lots that feature on the Catawiki website every week.

Warning, browsing Catawiki’s auctions can be quite addictive. You may start with a Scandinavian design auction to check out whether there are any Arne Jacobsen designs on offer – and quickly potter over to the photography auction to fill that wall space above your bed - and before you know it, you’re 27 lots deep in the curio auction, seriously considering bidding on a crocodile skull made of bronze.

Weird and wonderful: rare items are up for grabs on the Catawiki auction site

As many of its lots are unique items, checking back to see what is on offer can make Catawiki quite an addictive website.

Yasper van Ringelesteijn, vinyl enthusiast, says: “Catawiki manages to persuade the customer to keep returning to its website. At least this is the effect it has on me; every time I visit I get sucked into trawling inquisitively through auction after auction. Especially the record auctions. I am always surprised by the uniquely affordable pieces on offer.”

And if my bid is successful, what next?

If you place the winning bid, the next steps are simple. To ensure an extra level of security, payment for lots is made via Catawiki. This extra barrier ensures the safety of your money. The seller will then ship your item directly to you within three working days.

To keep itself up to date with the trends and fads of the moment, Catawiki also has a buyers app, for both iPhone and Android, which now has 220,000 monthly users. Check out all the auctions with ease, mark your favourites and bid with the tap of a finger.

Curious to see what Catawiki has in store for you? Head to the auction site to check out the wealth of exciting wares on offer. 

 

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