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Everything You Need To Know About Commercial Auctions

May 11, 2023

A commercial auction is a type of auction in which private businesses or government entities auction off items they want to sell. The items on offer in commercial auctions include real estate, surplus equipment, industrial machinery or lot, and sometimes even entire companies. You may have questions regarding this market channel, so here are a few basic things to know about commercial auctions to arm yourself with some knowledge.

Here is some essential knowledge about commercial auctions.

Getting Started
As a seller, the first step to conducting an auction is to make a list of all industrial equipment and assets you want to sell. Some of the things you should include are the vintage, make, model, options, serial number, capacities, condition, etc. After you have created a list of your items and supplies, the next step is to create a budget for your auction. The budget should include auction costs, marketing costs, and any other expenses you believe can occur before, during, and after the auction. As a potential bidder, you will be allowed to examine the lot and check the legal pack, which contains all the essential documents regarding the items that will be auctioned. 
With the basics out of the way, it is also important to examine the major factors that lead to a rise in the prices of commercial auctions.


3 factors contributing to an increase in commercial auction prices

Before you enter a bid, it is crucial to know the factors that can affect the selling price of a lot in the auction. This will help you ascertain your budget and ensure you don't pay too much for the hammer price.



Auction prices are based on what bidders are willing to pay. To increase auction prices, buyers try to increase the starting price of the item. This is generally done with the help of an appraiser who adds value to the lot by examining the equipment and providing a legitimate estimate.



It is well known that rare items generate more demand than common ones. With commercial auctions, the lack of supply means that the demand for the product being auctioned will increase exponentially. The seller can then raise prices due to scarcity in order to entice buyers and make a profit.

Number of quality bidders


Experienced auctioneers understand that the greater the number of quality bidders, the higher the hammer price will be. This is because more quality bidders mean more chances of increasing property valuation and bidding. Hence, before participating in an auction, make sure you know your competition.

With this basic understanding of commercial auctions, you can confidently attend an event without worrying about making a wrong purchase. Infinity Asset Solutions continues to provide top-notch auctioning services for businesses across the world. Contact us today to learn more about everything that we can do for you.


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