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How Estate Sale Listing Websites Handle A Complaint – Estatesale.com

As we start this multiple part series of articles about estate sale listing websites, associations, and societies there are over 14,000 estate sale companies in the United States today and the large majority are honest, ethical, hardworking people that perform an invaluable service to millions of Americans for numerous reasons. On rare occasions an estate sale company will not have the same ethical standards as the majority. To enable you to understand how estate sale listing websites deal with complaints about the few unethical companies we asked them to respond in writing to our question how do you handle this situation so that if you are a seller you can understand the process and what can be done.

We will feature one response from an estate sale listing website today, Wednesday, and Thursday. They will become part of our archives as a resource for you. Estate Sales News thanks each of the owners of the companies that responded; Amanda Smith, Micky McQuade, and Mike Judkins.

Our first response was from EstateSale.com.

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If a consumer has a complaint about any company found on EstateSale.com they are encouraged to reach out to us and tell us about it.

By phone: (814) 766-0067

By email: info@estatesale.com

We find that most of the complaints that we receive at EstateSale.com are a result of poor communication and unrealistic expectations. Here are a few examples:

My couch was like new! I paid $4,000 and they gave it away for $300 (8 years old). They were rude when I took “just two little things” out of the sale (2 advertised items… the day before the sale).

While these types of complaints are not things that we act on, we find it important to take the time to listen to the sellers and do what we can to help them better understand the situation.

We do occasionally get a complaint of non-payment. When a seller has not been paid, we request that they send us the following information:

Information about your sale (Company, sale dates, full sale address). The date you were supposed to be paid (according to the contract or agreement). Previous efforts you have made to contact the company for payment.

We immediately follow up with the company to get their side of the story. In most cases, it is a misunderstanding or miscommunication and the issue is resolved quickly. If the company disputes the seller’s allegation of non-payment, or is unable to resolve the issue right away, here is how we proceed:

  1. If the company acknowledges the fact that payment was not made, they are given 15 days to make payment. If they make payment within the 15 days, no further action is taken. If the company does not make payment within the 15 days they will be removed from EstateSale.com with no further notice. The company may be re-activated later if they prove payment was made and we have no other complaints of non-payment made against them.
  2. If the company denies the allegation of non-payment, we let the seller know that the company is disputing their allegation. At this point the seller will have to proceed by filing a legal complaint. If the seller proceeds in this manner, we request that they send us any judgements or rulings against the company. If we receive notice of a conviction or judgement related to non-payment, the company will be removed with no further notice.

Note from EstateSale.com: There are many reasons a seller and company could end up in court. We will not remove a company for a civil judgement related to a contract dispute, unless specifically related to non-payment or fraudulent activity.

EstateSalesNews.com wrote to MegaEstateSales.com and we have not received a reply.

Disclaimer – EstateSalesNews.com does not endorse any company in this series of articles. This is presented for your information and as a resource.

Happy Labor Day – Enjoy, Be Safe, From Estate Sales News

As you celebrate Labor Day Weekend remember the American worker and celebrate. This includes the 14,000 plus estate sale companies and their staff. See on Tuesday, September 8th. Please use our archives for information and resources anytime.

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Labor Day Weekend A Time To Rest, Recharge And Restart

Labor Day weekend for most, signals the end of the summer season. In the northeast it also signals the beginning of school in most communities. Other areas of the country have already started back. Please drive carefully to estate sales on Thursdays and Fridays. Take care not to get so involved in the estate sale hunt and endanger our children.

There are many estate sale companies that will be hosting estate sales over the long weekend, however, many liquidators are going to take this last stretch of time to give themselves and their staff some rest before the hectic fall season of estate sales begin.

This is a great time to look for bargains on patio furniture and garden accessories, summer clothing, and other summer related items.

Estate Sales News will also be enjoying a long weekend starting Friday, Sept. 4th and we will return to the Front Page on Tuesday, Sept. 8th.

Whatever your plans are, Estate Sales News archives are available to you free, 24/7. Whether you want to learn about estate sales, estate sale contracts, what to expect as a buyer or seller, staging, advertising, social media, how to choose an estate sale company, what’s selling, you’ll find it here on the #1 source for estate sale news and information.

*We have contacted approximately a dozen companies and estate liquidator learning and membership sites with a set of questions to enable you to understand what they need if you have a serious issue and what membership with them does for the liquidator and for your. Be sure to watch for our series of articles starting on Tuesday, September 8th.

Have a safe and great weekend.

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Humdinger Estate Sales And Where To Find Them!

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The last weekend of August and there are some humdinger estate sales out there.

Here’s a link to one in Lawrenceville, GA. that is in process.

This link is to a sale starting tomorrow in Palatine, IL.

Started on August 27th in West Bloomfield, MI another loaded estate sale.

To find 1000’s of other estate sales you can click on the links below.

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EstateSales.Net

EstateSales.org

Need to know more about estate sale costs. Click here.

Please let the estate sales you visit know you read EstateSalesNews.com and you can click on the buttons at the top of our Front Page to like us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. We are passionate about estate sales.

** Schools are in session in many places so please drive with care!!

The Stock Market In Chaos The Best Place To Buy Is An Estate Sale

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As I sit and listen to CNBC’s the Closing Bell Wrap Up with Kelly Evans, and Bill Griffeth this Monday, discussing the upheavals of the stock market and the uncertainty associated with it, Ms. Evans commented that most people are not going into a Nordstrom (a high end retailer) right now looking for shoes. They are concerned with their portfolios. The graphic above is used with the permission of Microsoft.

Ms. Evans and Mr. Griffeth are absolutely right unless the wealth one has is infinite.

That is just another good reason to be shopping now more than ever at estate sales. Last week in Chicago Gucci, Coach, Judith Leiber, and other designer handbags were being sold at an estate sale well below full retail price. Jewelry, both gold and silver were also being sold. Designer clothing was featured at several sales across the country.

Whether your looking for designer apparel, kitchen dishes and glassware, lawn care equipment, linens, art, furnishings, and many other items you can find them for sale at an estate liquidation and right now with the market in flux this is a great time to save $$$ and help keep the planet green. It also still allows you the opportunity to buy those sought after items with out the guilt of paying retail while the stock market rides a roller coaster.

2-t_002Here is a sample starting “today” in Clinton Township MI. Gucci, Michael Kors, Louis Vitton, Prada, & Burberry hand bags and more. Click here for link.

 

 

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Starting tomorrow in Scottsdale AZ – Everything including the kitchen sink including Central Air Unit to Hot Water Heater Click here.

 

Estate Sales Friday – Links To Estate Sale Websites, Estate Sale Contract Info

Estate Sale signAs we end the third week of August we offer links for you to use to find estate sales and right here on Estate Sales News information pertaining to estate sale contracts, staging, interviews, clean outs, what to expect and more.

Estate Sales News your #1 estate sales news and information source.

Click the links below to go to major estate sale listing websites.

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Shopping For Estate Sales – What Do You Look For?

MC900433835This week across America there are many outstanding estate sales. What attracts you to specific sales?

Today estate sale companies post hundreds to thousands of photos of the items that will be for sale at their liquidation events. Do you look through every photo? Do you read through the descriptions? Some of them offer a list of items and others give you the story of the estate as well as the items that are in the sales.

Do you subscribe to an estate sale listing websites to see what sales are taking place in your area? Many estate sale shoppers go from one listing site to another to see what may be posted as not all estate companies use every listing site available.

There are estate liquidators that have chosen to put up videos of their estate sales along with photos enabling you to take a virtual tour of the sale ahead of time. Do you take advantage of these video tours?

Each estate sale attendee shops differently and with that in mind estate sale companies have changed the way they market their sales. So have the estate sale listing websites. They now offer the liquidation companies that list their sales on them the ease of posting them to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social media outlets.

With so many outstanding sales this week with from the estate of a Hollywood producer to beautiful antiques and other great items we will look at the many ways to advertise and attract the attention of buyers and even perspective future sellers.

What’s Selling At Estate Sales This Weekend?

In Davis, CA starting today, conducted by Jennie Krausse Estate Liquidation, the estate of Lani Ball, a theatrical stage manager on Broadway, for touring companies and international. The sale includes textiles, artwork, furnishing, jewelry and everything she owned. Jennie called her an endless romantic. The sale is packed. Here is a link to her sale and site.

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Platinum Estate Sales LLC will be conducting a walk back in time sale starting August 1st in Crystal Lake, IL with toys, vintage, retro, tools, diggers, pickers,  and a 1999 Cadillac and more. Click here for a link to this sale that has unique, retro items, and a pickers delight.

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These are only two of 1000’s of estate sales across the country. The estate liquidators have been working hard from days to weeks preparing these liquidations. To view sales in your area click on one of the links below in your area.

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EstateSales.Net

EstateSales.org

Please let the estate sale companies you visit know you read and follow EstateSalesNews.com the #1 source for estate sales news and information. You’ll find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest or on Google+.

What’s Selling At Estate Sales This Week – Collections

There are a variety of collections for sale at estate sales both public and online.

All About Estate Sales is selling off a large collection of copper and brass. Click here for a link to their company.

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In Kirkwood MO this weekend, Paint and Patina Services LLC has a sale with many collections one of which is china shoes. Click here for a link.

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In Bradenton, FL starting today Palma Sola Appraisals and Services is conducting a sale including a large collection of Llardos. Click here for a link to the sale.

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Estate Sales Are Not Garage or Yard Sales – Know The Difference

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There are so many sales going on this July. It may be record breaking. Understanding about a garage and/or yard sale and estate sale is paramount if you are planning on buying at anyone of the three.

Garage sales and yard sales are typically run by the owners of the items they want to sell. The majority of people are simply looking to rid themselves of unwanted or older items that may or may not be wanted or working. Most owners price to sell in one day and will be willing to negotiate immediately. There are specific sites that list garage/yard sales. The owners are not usually knowledgeable about prices and items so you may find an occasional treasure. Their concern is to clear the stuff out.

An estate sale, however, is quite different. The conductors are almost always professional estate liquidators with knowledge, experience, and the ability to market, stage, research (if necessary), and price the items. They are usually conducted for two to four days although more estate sale companies are selling for at least three days. The majority provide signs to let you know the terms and rules of the sale. It is a mistake to walk into a professionally run estate sale and expect a discount on day one. The estate sale company is working for a seller who chose them and they have a fiduciary relationship with the sellers. They have priced the items based on current market trends and conditions.

When attending an estate sale look for signs that explain their policies. Listen carefully to announcements before the door opens for the first time if you are waiting in line. If you have a question about an estate sale email or call the company if they indicate on their website or the website with the estate sale listed on it if they will communicate with you.

Yard sales and garage sales are run by amateurs and are clean outs. An estate sale is very different and knowing the difference can affect your success.