Saturday, February 16, 2019

United Food and Commercial Workers
876 Horace Brown Drive
Madison Heights, MI 48071

Motor City Aquarium Society presents our semi-annual auction of live tropical and pond fish, supplies, and accessories. Expect our usual selection of rare and fancy fish, plants, and new and used aquarium and pond supplies. We also offer a raffle of both live and dry goods from our members, manufacturers and local supporters.

Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and refreshments are available on site.
Registration runs from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.
The auction begins at 10:30 AM and ends around 6:00 PM.

Future Dates

Saturday, February 16, 2019
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Saturday, November 14, 2020
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Saturday, November 13, 2021


Bidder's Form (.pdf)
(Please print two!)
Seller's Form (Excel)
Seller's Form (Wordpad)

General Auction Rules and Procedures

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1. You need not be a member of an aquarium society to buy or sell.

2. Total item limit is 50 items (10 of these 50 can be hard goods/Buy It Now) per person. Buy It Now items (hard goods) MUST BE REGISTERED along with fish/live goods.

3. Goods must be aquatic-related. No venomous, state- or federal-restricted goods allowed.

4. Bring a suitable container to carry away your purchased items.

5. MCAS will not be responsible for any item up for auction nor for any personal injury which may occur during the auction or while on its site.

6. Goods must be packaged in polyethylene fish bags, buckets, similar containers, and/or styrofoam boxes with ample air and water for live goods. Sandwich bags are not allowed. Killi and Rainbow fish eggs should be packed in vials, bagged spawning mop, or peat moss. Items requiring re-bagging will be subject to a $1.00 handling charge.

7. All items must be labeled with MCAS labels; these include the item number, seller's name and seller's phone number; live goods should include common and scientific names, number of items, and advice as to sex (if known). If claiming a "pair," they must be a known male and female. A "spawning pair" must have spawned with each other.

8. Buy-It-Now Table: All equipment or dry goods (10 item limit) must go directly to the Buy-It-Now table. Please see the right sidebar for more information.

9. Goods must be clean and labeled as to their working condition. Specify if a tank leaks and whether mechanical goods work or not. Bundling of related items is highly encouraged, i.e., tank, stand, light fixture; box of filters, lights, heaters, etc. The auction committee reserves the right to reject any item not fit for sale (i.e. sickness, disease, severely damaged goods, etc.).

10. Generally accepted hybrids (i.e., flowerhorns and certain African species) will be accepted for auction at the discretion of the auction chairman.

11. A limit of five bags per species or color form will be allowed for each seller.

12. Minimum/Reserve Bids: Sellers will be allowed to request two (2) items to be auctioned at Reserve or Minimum Bids. There will be a $2.00 "prepaid" surcharge whether or not these items are sold.

13. Items are not necessarily sold on a first-in basis but rather under a priority sticker system administered at time of registration. The auction committee reserves the right to prioritize the sale of all goods, i.e., donations, large fish in buckets or styrofoam boxes and the like.

14. Priority Items: As an exception to item (13), for a non-refundable $2.00 service fee per item, prospective buyers may request the immediate auction of any item.

15. All purchases are cash, check (members preferred), or credit. Credit card sales are now available. There is no additional charge for paying with credit.

16. All items become the buyer's responsibility upon completion of each individual sale.

17. Acting as each individual seller's agent only, MCAS will retain 30% of the selling price.

18. Sellers' proceeds will be mailed within 2 weeks.

19. Items not claimed at the close of the auction will become the property of the MCAS and disposed of at the sole discretion of the auction chairperson.

Revised 03/2017

Buy It Now Rules and Procedures

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1. The Buy-It-Now table will be available from opening of auction until 3:00 PM.

2. All equipment or dry goods, up to a limit of 10 items, must go directly to the Buy-It-Now table. These must be registered the same way as live goods.

3. Sellers may opt to enter their live goods under this system with no limitations.

4. In addition to the standard labeling requirements, sellers must add to their labels "BIN" and a fixed price for each item.

5. If their goods do not sell by 1:00 pm, sellers may adjust their prices before the table closes at 3:00 pm. This announcement will also be made on the projector screen behind the auctioneer.

6. A limit of five (5) unsold equipment or dry goods may then go into the general auction. They are to be coded with the middle color coding.

7. At closing, sellers may either reclaim their unsold live goods or opt for furtherance into the general auction. At the discretion of the auction chair, the disposition of unsold equipment and dry goods may or may not be allowed into the auction. Unsold goods not forwarded into the auction shall be marked "no sale" and returned to the seller. If sellers fail to reclaim their unsold goods the auction chair will determine their final disposition.

8. MCAS will retain 30% of the selling price. There is no additional charge at this time to enter your goods under the Buy It Now system.

Revised 03/2016