How to Use

Welcome to the Davissons Ltd website. We have worked hard to make it functional and easy to use. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us.

How To Use This Site

The website can be browsed without registering. To bid in auctions, add lots to your watched-lot list, or make store purchases, you must be a registered user. To sign up for an account, click here, and fill in the requested text fields. After registration an email will be sent to the address you provide. Clicking the link in the email will log you in to our website, after which you may set a password to use for future logins.

The Easiest Way To Bid...

The simplest way to use this site is to click the "watch this lot" button on every lot that you are interested in, then go to your "Watched Lots" page (you must be logged in to do this). Once there you can view all your watched lots simultaneously, see their closing times, and bid, all from the same page. There is no need to refresh the page if you have javascript enabled; the time remaining and current bid level will update automatically.

How To View Lots

Clicking the “Auction” tab will take you to our current auction lots. By default all lots are displayed, but you may filter by category, price, or lot number using the tools on the left of the screen. You may also search for certain lots using the search box in the upper right. Clicking on a lot will take you to a larger view of that lot with the full attribution visible. Clicking the image again on this page will display an enlarged view of the image. You may bid on lots, or add them to your watched lot list, either from the single lot or multiple lot view pages. Simply click the “Watch this lot” or “Bid Now” button. You may view your watched lots or current bids by clicking the link on the left.

How Bidding Works

Davissons Ltd uses a soft close for its auctions, which means no lot closes until everyone is done bidding. Every time a bid is placed within the final 40 seconds of a lot closing, the timer is reset to 40 seconds. This continues until no bids are placed for 40 seconds, at which point the lot closes. There will never be more than one lot closing at once, as the next lot is not allowed to begin closing until the current lot closes.

To bid: enter your maximum bid into the text box, and click submit. Only round dollar amounts are accepted. You are then required to confirm your bid. Once confirmed, all bids are final. If you have placed a bid in error you must call during office hours and speak to one of us. If you are the current high bidder then it will display “Current High Bidder: YOU” If you are not the high bidder, or if you are not logged in, then the current high bidder will be identified by their 5 digit client ID. You may find your client ID under the Account tab (you must be logged in).

Bids are reduced automatically, so feel free to bid your maximum and it will be reduced to one increment over the current high bid. If a user places a bid that is higher than necessary to be the current high bidder on the lot, the displayed bid will reflect one advance over the next lower bid. For example, if a user "A" places a bid of $120 on a lot which opens at $100, "A" will be winning that lot at $100. If another user "B" bids $110, the winning bidder will be "A" at $120, one advance over the supporting bid of $110. If user "B" in this example instead placed a bid at $120, then user "A" will still be winning at $120 because they placed that maximum bid value first.

Bidding Increments



Min Max Increment
$0 $19 $1
$20 $49 $2
$50 $79 $5
$80 $159 $10
$160 $299 $20
$300 $599 $25
$600 $999 $50
$1,000 $1,999 $100
$2,000 $2,999 $200
$3,000 $4,999 $250
$5,000 $9,999 $500
$10,000 $19,999 $1,000
$20,000 $29,999 $2,000
$30,000 $64,999 $2,500
$65,000 $119,999 $5,000
$120,000 $199,999 $10,000
$200,000 $299,999 $20,000
$300,000 $499,999 $25,000
$500,000 $999,999 $50,000
$1,000,000 $1,999,999 $100,000
$2,000,000 $2,999,999 $200,000
$3,000,000 $4,999,999 $250,000
$5,000,000 $9,999,999 $500,000
$10,000,000 and up $1,000,000

The next bid will always be on the next increment. This means that if the current bid is $100, the next bid is still $110. But if the current bid is $105, or $102, or $109, the next bid is still $110.

How Payments Work

After the sale closes you will receive an email notification of what lots you have won, along with a link to allow you to checkout. You may also find all of your orders on your account page, and you can start the checkout process from there. We accept Visa and MasterCard through our website or over the phone. We also accept check, money order, wire, or direct deposit. After you finish the checkout process you will receive further instructions for your chosen payment method.

How Bidding Works

Davissons Ltd uses a soft close for its auctions, which means no lot closes until everyone is done bidding. Every time a bid is placed within the final 40 seconds of a lot closing, the timer is reset to 40 seconds. This continues until no bids are placed for 40 seconds, at which point the lot closes. There will never be more than one lot closing at once, as the next lot is not allowed to begin closing until the current lot closes.

To bid: enter your maximum bid into the text box, and click submit. Only round dollar amounts are accepted. You are then required to confirm your bid. Once confirmed, all bids are final. If you have placed a bid in error you must call during office hours and speak to one of us. If you are the current high bidder then it will display “Current High Bidder: YOU” If you are not the high bidder, or if you are not logged in, then the current high bidder will be identified by their 5 digit client ID. You may find your client ID under the Account tab.

Bids are reduced automatically, so feel free to bid your maximum and it will be reduced to one increment over the current high bid. If a user places a bid that is higher than necessary to be the current high bidder on the lot, the displayed bid will reflect one advance over the next lower bid. For example, if a user "A" places a bid of $120 on a lot which opens at $100, "A" will be winning that lot at $100. If another user "B" bids $110, the winning bidder will be "A" at $120, one advance over the supporting bid of $110. If user "B" in this example instead placed a bid at $120, then user "A" will still be winning at $120 because they placed that maximum bid value first.

Increments can be viewed here. The next bid will always be on the next increment, so if a user is winning a lot at $100, or $105, or $109, the next bid will still always be $110.

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