Estate Sale Terms & Conditions For Buyers

Most estate sale companies are winding down for 2015. There will still be estate sales this weekend and then most companies will be taking some much needed time off between Christmas and New Years to celebrate with family and friends and recharge for business in 2016.

Estate sale companies often post signs about the property explaining the terms and conditions of their sales. Understanding their terms can prevent disagreements.

All sales as is – this reflects that any purchase you make is sold in whatever condition it is in. Working or not, chips or cracks, faded, or perfect. What you see is what you are buying.

All sales final – any purchase you make cannot be returned. Just as items on sale in retailers are marked final sale, most estate liquidators do the same. They have a short window of two to four days to sell as much as they can for the seller and then they pack up and leave. The seller expects payment at the end of the sale and the business is concluded between the two parties.

Credit card, checks, or cash – every estate sale company determines what form of payment they will except. Some will only accept credit cards (each company may require whether an extra fee to the buyer for using the credit card and others may not), while other companies accept cash, and checks may be accepted by estate liquidators (however, this is usually done in smaller communities where most people know each other), but be prepared to provide a photo ID such as a current (not expired or suspended) drivers license with photo.

No purses or large bags – this is to advise buyers that they should either wear a pouch (commonly referred to as a belly bag) or lock their purses, bags, or pocket books in their cars. This is a security measure to prevent theft. Often times you choose the items you wish to purchase, leave them with an estate sale company staff member and return to your vehicle to get your form of payment, pay at the cashier and then collect your purchases and exit the sale. If you wish to return for another look you again follow the instructions concerning pocket books, purses, or large bags.

In some areas if you have a large or bulky coat you may be asked to leave that in your car or remove it immediately upon entering the property and leave with a staff member until you have completed your shopping and paid for your purchases.

Entrance to the sale – getting into a sale can be by a sign up list, numbers, card draws or just an orderly line. Be sure you know ahead of time how it works at the estate sales you are shopping at. Most companies post this under terms and conditions on the estate sale advertising listing website and on their website or social media. In todays’ world many estate sale companies have taken to hiring off duty police or security people to oversee entrance to the sale.

Furniture and delivery – estate sale companies usually advise customers if they will move furniture, assist with moving furniture, or deliver. Be sure to check this out if you are looking to buy pieces that you cannot lift or move alone or fit into your vehicle.

Discount policy – estate liquidators determine their discount policy. Many companies will post their policy and the majority do not take mark downs on the first day, but be sure if it isn’t posted to ask the liquidator what their policy is and follow it.

Shopping at an estate sale is cost efficient, fun, and helps us keep our planet green. A knowledge of the terms and understanding them is beneficial to both parties.