FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions. If your question is not answered here, please send an email to info@austinmagicauction.com. An excerpt of the answer is shown. To see the full answer click on the question.

  • Q1: Who produces the auction and do I need to be a member of a magic club to buy or sell?

    A:  The auction is sponsored/produced by the Austin Magic Community with a team of volunteer staff and auctioneers. The Auction is open to all levels of magician and magic enthusiasts. It was attracted magicians and magic enthusiasts from all over the world. It consists to a large silent auction and a day long stage auction. The admission fee is only $10 if you preregister. Registration is $15 at the door. Some say the admission fee is worth the show alone with David Hira, Scott Wells, Grant Walsh and Auction founder Kent Cummins on the stage!

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    A:  The auction is sponsored/produced by the Austin Magic Community with a team of volunteer staff and auctioneers. The Auction is open to all levels of magician and magic enthusiasts. It was attracted magicians and magic enthusiasts from all over the world. It consists to a large silent auction and a day long stage auction. The ...
  • Q2: Is there a cost to sell like on e-bay?

    A: There is no up-front cost to submit items for sale in the auction. However, the auction retains a 12%-30%* seller’s fee based on the level of service needed for auction items.  If you have an item that sells for $1 at the 12% rate, you get 88 cents.  If your item sells for $100, you get $88.  If your item does not sell, you owe nothing.

    *As you are no doubt aware, our all-volunteer staff works hard to give you the best auction experience possible. However, we have discovered that some seller require us to work much harder than others. To address this imbalance, we have developed a new three-tier pricing structure that more accurately reflects the amount of effort required of our volunteers.

    The new service pricing is as follows:

    • BASIC SERVICE: 12% seller’s fee. The seller COMPLETELY fills out the on-line form and uploads their own web friendly photos. This is just like eBay.
    • PLUS SERVICE: 20% sellers fee. This fee applies when the seller attempts to sort the items, but has not completed the paperwork or uploaded photos. A seller will be automatically be assigned the PLUS SERVICE fee if their paperwork or photo uploads are incomplete.
    • DELUXE SERVICE: 35% sellers fee. This fee applies if we have to sort, catalog and photograph an estate or collection. The fee is similar to the reasonable and customary commission charged by estate sales professionals.

    To attend the auction, everyone pays a $10 admission fee to get in.

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    A: There is no up-front cost to submit items for sale in the auction. However, the auction retains a 12%-30%* seller’s fee based on the level of service needed for auction items.  If you have an item that sells for $1 at the 12% rate, you get 88 cents.  If your item sells for $100, ...
  • Q3: How do I buy things in the auction?

    A: You must be present at the auction to bid.  To enter the auction, everyone pays the $10 admission fee (even spouses, kids, volunteer staff, auctioneers and the Auction Chair).  You will receive a bidder’s number when you enter the auction and everyone who pays the admission fee (including staff and auctioneers) is entitled to bid on any items.

    For the live auction, please hold the number high and call out your number if requested to do so by the nearsighted auctioneers.  In the silent auction you will use your bidder number next to each bid you write on an item sheet.  It is as simple as that.

    Payments may be made by Cash, Credit Card, or Approved Check.  By the way, there are no buyer’s fees added on at our auction…that means the winning bid you make is the actual price you pay!

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    A: You must be present at the auction to bid.  To enter the auction, everyone pays the $10 admission fee (even spouses, kids, volunteer staff, auctioneers and the Auction Chair).  You will receive a bidder’s number when you enter the auction and everyone who pays the admission fee (including staff and auctioneers) is entitled to ...
  • Q4: What do I need to do to sell things in the auction?

    A: Anyone can sell at the Austin Magic Auction. You should read the Official Auction Rules, but here is how you get started:

    Registration for the auction and entry of items is all done through our on-online app at accounting.austinmagicauction.com. Create an account and you will be automatically assigned a seller number.

    Add your items. Remember, you are limited to 50 items. Photos can be attached but are not mandatory. (However, buyers like to see photos!) You can edit your items.

    Package your items—and be sure to include instructions! These items will be moved around by auction personnel, so if you can, package larger items in a box or bag to help protect them. All small items should be placed in zip lock bags to facilitate easy handling and to keep all pieces together. We recommend putting a little note inside the item’s bag with the item number. You can find this on your list of items after you enter them into the system. They will have something like 5-1 (your seller number, a dash, and the item number). This helps our crew tag your item and makes it easy to match things back up if something gets detached.

    If you have any questions or problems, please contact us.

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    A: Anyone can sell at the Austin Magic Auction. You should read the Official Auction Rules, but here is how you get started: Registration for the auction and entry of items is all done through our on-online app at accounting.austinmagicauction.com. Create an account and you will be automatically assigned a seller number. Add your items. Remember, you ...