Auction

Saturday, November 9, 2019


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

Quick Links for Forms

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



General Auction Rules and Procedures

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1. This function is open to the public and there is no charge for admission.

2. Auction goods put up for auction or sale must be aquatic related. No venomous, state- or federally-restricted goods are allowed.

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

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

5. 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. Killifish and rainbowfish eggs should be packed in vials, bagged spawning mops, or peat moss. Items requiring re-bagging will be subject to a $1.00 handling charge.

6. All items must be labeled with seller’s name and 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.

7. *Buy It Now table: equipment, dry goods, and minimum bids must go directly to the BIN table. There is a ten (10) item limit for the BIN table. See sidebar for further details about the BIN table.

8. Goods must be clean and labeled as to their working condition (i.e., specify if a tank leaks or whether mechanical goods work or not). Bundling of related goods is encouraged (for example: tank, stand, and light fixture or a box of filters, lights, heaters, etc). We reserve the right to reject any item not fit for sale (such as sick or diseased fish or plants or severely damaged goods).

9. Generally-accepted hybrids (flower horns and certain African species) will be accepted for auction at the discretion of the auction chairman.

10. An allowance of 50 total live goods and five (5) bags per species or color form per seller. Sellers may enter live goods into auction or under Buy It Now.

11. *Minimum/reserve bids: “minimum bids” are restricted to the Buy It Now table ONLY. Sellers may remove their unsold items at its “first” closing. Unsold goods via the BIN tables are currently not subject to a service charge.

12. 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, Styrofoam boxes, etc.).

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

14. Auction or Buy It Now purchases are payable in cash, (prior approved) check, or credit card.

15. All items become the buyer’s responsibility upon completion of each individual sale.

16. Acting as each individual seller’s agent, MCAS will retain 30% of the selling price.

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

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

Revised 02/2019


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