Real-Time Online Auctions during which buyers can bid on AWA's live auctions in Vaalwater via the website. Internet buyers bid in real time against buyers who are physically present at AWA's auctions.
Online auctions works as follows: An auction is registered on the Wildlife Auctions website and is advertised to take place at a certain time. It can be any time of day but will most likely be in the evening, when buyers have had time to settle in behind their computers. There is no limit to the number of buyers who can load lots, but in the interest of effective time management, the aim will be not to offer more than 50 lots per auction. Sellers can load lots themselves, or a Wildlife Auctions representative can do it on their behalf. Two photographs will be available per lot, and all information relevant to the lot will be loaded and available. Animals do not have to be in a boma, so capturing can take place after the auction, which lessens the stress on the animals, leading to fewer mortalities.
The costs incurred by the seller are of course decidedly lower as the animals do not need to be transported to pens before the auction. Good pictures and accurate information are thus of cardinal importance and will have an impact on prices achieved.
Buyers firstly register as users on www.wildlifeauctions.co.za and are then issued with a buyer number for each auction in which they want to partake. These are not tender auctions; it happens in real time, and buyers thus bid against each other while they are behind their computers, on their tablets or on their cellphones. Buyers see how the bid appears on the screen and can choose if their name will be visible to other buyers or not. A computerised voice will also announce the bid to recreate the feel of a real auction, and buyers can switch it off and also change the volume. Two options will be available that will be set beforehand: an auction with a predetermined time allocation per lot, i.e. 5 minutes, which means the lot automatically sells to the highest bidder after 5 minutes have passed, or it can be controlled by an agent who closes the lot as soon as there are no more interested bidders.
Buyers immediately know whether their bid was successful, just like with live auctions. This is a live auction in every sense of the word, except that buyers are at home/the office behind their computers instead of physically present in an auction house. Tablets and cellphones work equally well, and these devices support the technology of the auction site. To facilitate the process, buyers will not have to type in amounts, as there are "quick bid buttons" on the page. Buyers only have to click on the button for R100, R200 etc. after which the bid is added and the total new amount offered appears on the screen. Invoices are issued directly after the auction, after which payment takes place; the animals are loaded at the place and on the day advertised prior to the auction.
As with a live auction, buyers will be able to arrange their own transport, or they can request the seller or Wildlife Auctions to take care of these logistics. Sellers can decide on the game capturers, and this will also appear on the advertisement for the auction. We plan on holding these auctions on demand – even as often as once a week if necessary. Sellers can contact us to discuss commission, but it will be much lower than with live auctions as there are no boma or catalogue costs. Commission will be a maximum of 4% and a minimum of 2.5%, based on a sliding scale that will be negotiated separately with each buyer. Permits can be arranged through us for a R200 fee (seller and buyer in the same province) and a R400 fee (in cases where an inport/export permit is required).