If you are an avid auction participant, the idea of taking your interest to the Internet may seem strange. After all, why bid online? Auctions are supposed to be attended, right?

Convenience versus Attendance

No matter what you collect, from antique silver to sports memorabilia, sooner or later there will be an auction which you desperately want to attend, but can't. It might be the distance that prevents you from getting to the auction, timing, or even a previous engagement, but with online auctions, it just doesn't matter.

You can opt for computer auctions at www.allbids.com.au/c/computers-it.

Once you have registered and received permission to bid on a particular auction, you don't have to be there. You can sit down at your computer, stream the auction live, participate, bid, and triumph without setting foot outside your home.

This is particularly wonderful if the auction is taking place several states away. You don't have to spend a ton of money for travel only to end the day empty-handed.

Absentee Bidding Online

Of course, if the real problem is that the auction is taking place when you have another engagement, live bidding won't work. For this, there is absentee bidding. The concept isn't new – people have used agents at auctions forever – but you never really know if your agent will represent you accurately.

With the new software, you can look through an online catalog, evaluate what you wish to bid upon, and place a maximum bid well in advance of the actual auction. You can do all of this when you have the time and can make a good, rational decision.

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