Terms & Conditions

1.  USE OF SITE

You may use the Site only in accordance with and subject to these Terms of Use. Once you complete and submit your registration you have opted-in to receive email communication from us and in order to remain a member of this Site, you must agree to receive email from us.

 

2.  MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILITY

The Site is available to members who are 18 years and older and who have not been suspended or removed by BRG for any reason.  By becoming a member you represent that you are of legal age.  As a member, you agree to provide true accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Site’s registration forms.  In addition, as a member, you agree and acknowledge that you will maintain valid credit card info within your membership profile so long as you maintain an account with BRG.

 

3.  BUYER’S CONTRACT

Bids placed on the BRG website are a binding contract and you are responsible for paying all amounts due to BRG.  Please do not bid if you are unable to pay and take possession of the items in the specified time periods for each auction, sale or event.

 

4.  ITEM DESCRIPTIONS

All items are sold as-is, where-is.  While BRG will do its best to list any damage, repairs or restorations, the absence of these descriptions or conditions must not be taken to imply that the lot is in perfect condition.  Most of the items BRG sells are antique, vintage or used.  You should expect signs of wear consistent with age.  BRG offers preview inspections for the sole purpose of allowing the opportunity for personal inspection before placing your bids.  Condition reports may be available upon request.  

JEWELRY NOTE: Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client. It is only a subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Black Rock Galleries and should not be treated as a statement of fact. It is to be used for guidance purposes only. Black Rock Galleries shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. Black Rock Galleries follows GIA standards for jewelry and all weights, measurements, color, and clarity are estimated and approximate.

 

5.  PAYMENT

Beginning September 1, 2016, BRG will transition to an auto-debit system for online auction payments.  A valid credit card is required to be “on file” for all registered users to place a bid. By providing your credit card information to BRG, you authorize BRG to charge your credit card for all auction invoices, including buyers premium, any applicable shipping/transportation/delivery fees and applicable taxes.  All site users must agree to this payment format in order to continue using this site and acknowledge that you will maintain valid credit card information within your user profile so long as you maintain an account with BRG.

 

6.  BUYER’S PREMIUM

A buyer’s premium of 18% will be added to the hammer price in all online only auctions. Live auctions buyer's premiums will vary.

 

7.  SALES TAX

All sales are subject to appropriate sales tax laws.  Tax exempt buyers must provide the appropriate state sales tax exemption certificate prior to the end of the sale.  Upon receipt of such information by BRG, your future purchases will not be taxed.  Tax resale forms can be submitted in your membership profile.  Your profile name and address must be the same as your resale certificate.

 

8.  RETENTION OF CREDIT CARD INFORMATION

By providing your credit card information to BRG, you authorize BRG to auto debit/charge your credit/debit card on file for the purchase amount of any successful bid(s) or purchase(s) plus any applicable taxes, shipping/delivery/transportation costs and handling/storage fees.

IN THE EVENT THAT YOU FAIL TO PICK-UP AND/OR PAY FOR YOUR ITEMS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE BRG TERMS AND CONDITIONS, YOU HEREBY AUTHORIZE BRG TO CHARGE YOUR CREDIT/DEBIT CARD FOR THE PURCHASE AMOUNT OF THE ITEM/S PLUS ANY TAXES, SHIPPING/DELIVERY COSTS AND HANDLING/STORAGE FEES.

 

9.  SHIPPING, DELIVERY & PICK-UP

Successful buyers must pick up their items at the designated sale location within the assigned time frame as stated in the sale details page.  BRG generally does not provide shipping nor packing services. See “Shipping/Transportation Options” below for exceptions (coins, jewelry and smalls) and warehouse-to-warehouse transportation between BRG locations. All other shipping services must be arranged by winning bidder at winning bidder's expense.

If after winning an item you determine you are unable to pick up your items during the scheduled removal times and dates, you must contact BRG within 24 hours prior of the pick-up date and we will determine if alternate arrangements may be made.  These arrangements will be at the sole discretion of BRG and will be subject to transport and storage fees which will be payable upon retrieval of your items.

Items which must be transported back to the BRG warehouse from a remote location are subject to a minimum handling fee of $5 per item or lot.  BRG, at its sole discretion will charge $5 to $500 per item or lot depending on the size, weight, packing materials and labor involved to transport the property.  You agree that BRG may charge a higher handling fee for certain items which are difficult to transport at the sole discretion of BRG.

Items which are stored at the BRG warehouse beyond the scheduled pick up dates and times will be subject to a minimum storage fee of $10 per item per day.

Shipping/Transportation Options

USPS Priority Mail:  BRG will pack coins, jewelry, and smalls (objects up to 12” in its largest dimension, excluding all art) for shipping via USPS Priority Mail to winning bidders. Additional shipping fees will be applied to invoices if this service is chosen. Because BRG is not in the shipping business, please allow up to two weeks for BRG to process your USPS shipping request. BRG will only ship coins, jewelry and smalls at the winning bidders request. It is the sole responsibility of the winning bidder to contact BRG to make the USPS shipping request.

Transportation:  BRG offers transportation of lots from one BRG location to another for convenient pick-up. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A SHIPPING SERVICE WHERE ITEMS ARE DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME/BUSINESS. Winning bidders may choose to have lots transported (for a fee, per lot) between BRG’s Bridgeport, Greenwich, Boston, and Raleigh offices. Bidders must choose a pick-up location at the time of bidding and must adhere to designated pick-up dates/times for that specific BRG location (dates and times for pick-ups are clearly listed on the auction landing pages). Because of space limitations at BRG’s locations, items that are transported must be picked-up as scheduled, otherwise they are considered forfeit. Items cannot and will not be stored or held beyond designated pick-up dates. Transport fees will be added to your account and are charged on a per lot basis. Charges generally range from $5 to $100 per lot, depending on size, weight, fragility, etc. Please note: transportation fees are NON-REFUNDABLE after the close of the auction.

 

10.  FORFEITURE OF ITEMS

Any items not paid for in accordance with the Site’s Terms & Conditions will be forfeited by you. Any items not picked-up in accordance with the designated auction pick-up dates and times will be forfeited by you.  BRG at its sole discretion will re-offer the items or donate them to a charity of BRG’s choosing.  BRG reserves the right to report your account to collections for the combined total of the original invoice amount and any moving or disposal charges.  You membership with BRG will be revoked unless past due invoices and any additional charges are paid in full and all auction winnings are picked-up within the designated pick-up dates and times.

IF YOU FAIL TO PICK-UP ANY ITEMS WITHIN 21 CALENDAR DAYS OF THE CLOSE OF BIDDING, IT WILL BE CONSIDERED THAT YOU HAVE FORFEITED THE ITEMS AND TITLE WILL REVERT TO BRG.  BRG MAY AT ITS ABSOLUTE AND SOLE DISCRETION, RESELL THE ITEMS OR DONATE THEM TO A CHARITY OF BRG’S CHOOSING.  BRG RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHARGE THE CREDIT CARD ON FILE FOR ANY MOVING OR DISPOSAL CHARGES.

 

11. PROHIBITED USE

You agree not to sell, license, rent, modify, distribute, copy, reproduce, transmit publicly display, publicly perform, publish, adapt, edit or create derivative works from content or materials on the Site. Use of the content and materials for any purpose not expressly permitted in these Terms of Use is prohibited. You may not decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, or otherwise reduce the Site to a human-perceivable form, except and only to the extent that such activity is expressly permitted by applicable law, and in that case, only if you notify us in writing in advance. You may not copy, frameset, enclose or otherwise distribute any part of the Site.


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A NOTE ABOUT EXTENDED BIDDING ("SOFT CLOSE"):

What is extended bidding?

BRG online auctions feature extended bidding (a.k.a. "soft close"). It is the closest way to mimic the actions of an auctioneer (in a live auction) in an online/automated format. During a live auction, the auctioneer gives bidders opportunities to increase their bids before hammering the winning bid (when there is no further interest in the lot). Our online, automated system will automatically extend the closing time of a lot (auction item) whenever a bid is placed within the last five minutes of its scheduled closing to allow other interested bidders an opportunity to increase their bid (if they wish to do so). This may occur multiple times on any given lot depending on bidder interest. Once all interest and bidding in a lot ceases the clock will run out and the lot will close.

 

A NOTE ABOUT BIDDING INCREMENTS:

What is a bidding increment?

Bidding increments refer to the minimum amount an auction bid must be raised during bidding.  For example:  If an item is currently at a high bid of $20 and the bidding had been going in $1 increments ($17, $18, $19, etc.) the new increment will jump to $2 per bid ($22, $24, $26, etc.), as indicated by BRG's bidding increments. BRG follows the following bid increments:

 

If the bid is between: 

 

Then the bidding increment is:

$1 - $20

 

$1

$20 - $60

 

$2

$60 - $200

 

$5

$200 - $500

 

$10

$500 - $1,000

 

$25

$1,000 - $2,500

 

$50

$2,500 - $5,000

 

$100

$5,000 - $10,000

 

$500

$10,000 - $25,000   $1,000
$25,000 - $60,000   $2,500
$60,000 - $120,000   $5,000
$120,000 - $200,000   $7,500
$200,000 - $350,000  

$10,000

$350,000 - $9,999,999   $15,000

 

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