Buyer’s Premium-?

At the beginning of the 2013 season, Merritt Auctions made the decision to offer it’s sellers the option of deferring some of the commission costs to the buyer’s in the form of a 10% Buyer’s Premium (negotiated at the time the auction is booked-our sellers ALWAYS have the option of choosing a different commission structure).  We made this decision in response to the growing angst & dismay our sellers were having in incurring ALL the costs of the auction.

As a full-service auction company, Merritt Auctions of Greenville MI provides a service to both sellers & buyers.  It is our pleasure to unite eager sellers with qualified, interested in buyers in a professional setting wherein all parties benefit.  This service is what we have provided for over 50 years, a win-win environment for all.

With rising costs of labor, insurance, fuel, etc, it was at the point that something had to be done if we were to continue offering the same professional service that we have for over 50 years.  Charge the sellers more?  This is the approach we took at first.  But again we ask, should the sellers have to incur all the costs when BOTH parties are benefiting?  Many of the extra costs we incur we do so for the benefit of the buyer.  In talking with our buyers, most would prefer to pay a premium in return for the excellent customer service they receive rather than have us cut back on those services or be unable to offer auctions altogether.

We have seen the jabs taken by other auction companies, trying to capitalize on the fact that they do not charge a buyer’s premium, even accusing us of being ‘unfair’ and that’s their prerogative.  We will stand on our hard-earned reputation for bringing quality sales in a professional, trusting manner…rather than cutting costs by offering an inferior product, or by being ‘unfair’ to our sellers.

It is standard practice by many auction houses across the industry to charge a buyer’s premium (Miedema’s, Sheridan’s, Harris Bros, Proxibid, Christie’s, Sotheby’s, etc)  We value each & every one of our buyers AND our sellers and we prove that everyday in the excellent customer service we provide to all.  We thank each & every one of you for your loyal patronage over the years, and hope you will continue to support us as you always have.  We listen to all of our customers, and value your feedback.

Thanks again-The Merritt Auction team.

Click here for wikipedia Buyer’s premium page

Click here for an article by Mike Brandly on calculating the Premium

Another Happy Customer!

Below is an excerpt which was copied and pasted from an email we recently received from one of our sellers:

Thank You to Doug, Tim and all the crew of 
> Merritt Auctions.
>  It took me 10 years to decide to have an auction after dad died, then 2 
> years to pick the best Auction Co.  I picked the best with Merritt 
> Auctions.   Their years of experience  is evident in their confident, 
> professional manner.   I was very pleased with how they took care of 
> everything from start to finish.  Once you sign the agreement, they take 
> over and do the rest.  They worked very hard in difficult conditions and 
> were all very polite and positive.
> What a great group of people and great service.  I wish I had talked to 
> Doug 10 years ago!  Thanks
> If anyone considers having an auction for anything.. Call Merritt Auctions 
> and relax!
> You may use any or all of this note for your advertising... Dean Wood, Lansing MI

We’re always grateful to hear words like these…Not to toot our horn too loudly, but we get feedback like this all the time.  We feel it is a reflection of several qualities we bring to the table including (1) A love for what we do! (2) A dedication to not only our bidders, but our sellers also and (3) Our professional and knowledgeable crew!