Auction Rules

GENERAL

  1. You do not have to be a member of GCAS, ACA, or any other club to buy or sell.  There is no entry fee for buyers.
  2. GCAS, ACA, their members, and associates are not liable for any injuries that might occur before, during, or after the auction, or on the site of the auction.
  3. All items become the buyer's responsibility once they are sold and GCAS/ACA assumes no further responsibility for sold items.

 

SELLERS

  1. Sellers are limited to no more than 40 items entered into the auction. Only six (6) bags of any one species or color morph will be accepted per seller.
  2. All items must have the ACA generated item label affixed to the item. They are included in your registration package. Sellers who are not registered attendees must pick up their labels at the auction check-in table prior to 10 AM Sunday morning. Auction registration will close at noon on Sunday and no further items will be allowed.
  3. Only cichlids and catfish will be accepted for sale in the auction, no plants or dry goods.
  4. The selling split is 70% to the seller and 30% to GCAS/ACA, if the seller is a registered convention attendee. If the seller is not a registered convention attendee (either full event or one day), the split will be 50% to the seller and 50% to GCAS/ACA. Membership in ACA or GCAS does not entitle you to the higher split percentage; you must be a registered attendee for convention to receive the higher split. All sellers will receive a check in the mail for their proceeds. This amount will not be deducted from their purchases.
  5. All sellers must have a letter assigned to them by the auction chairperson and only these letters may be used.
  6. A rebagging charge of $2.00 will be assessed on all leaking bags and any fish that are in freezer, zip-lock, or sandwich bags will not be accepted.
  7. All juvenile fish must be a minimum of one inch. Exceptions must be approved by the auction committee. Bags of unsexed, immature fish must have at least three fish per bag. All bags will be inspected before entry into the auction.
  8. The auction committee retains the right to reject and/or dispose of any fish not meeting these rules. No hybrid fish will be allowed.
  9. All items remaining at the end of the auction become the property of GCAS/ACA.
  10. All items must be labeled with seller's name and telephone number, identity of contents, quantity, and any other pertinent information. Use permanent ink marker on self-sticking labels. Label fish as follows: “PAIR” one of each sex; “MATED PAIR” two fish that have spawned with each other; “TRIO” one male and two females; “REVERSE TRIO” two males and one female; “MIXED SEXES” at least one of each sex. If uncertain, label “UNSEXED”.  Any bags not properly labeled will not be permitted.
  11. There will be NO minimum bids allowed on any item to be sold. Any item to be sold will go to the highest bidder, no matter what the price might be. All sales are final once the auctioneer says sold.
  12. Seller must deliver own items to the auction or they will not be accepted for sale.

 

BUYERS

  1. Anyone who wants to run a tab must leave with the auction treasurer either a signed and dated check made out to ACA 2016 along with a valid state driver’s license or a valid credit card. No company or corporate checks will be accepted without prior approval from auction chairperson. VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover will be accepted.
  2. All bidders running a tab must have a bidder number. Hold your number up to bid and if you are the highest bidder, please keep your number up until the runner delivers your purchase.
  3. The starting bid is $1.00 (exceptions to be made at the discretion of the auctioneer).
  4. When the auctioneer says, “Sold,” no more bids will be accepted on that item. The auctioneer has the final say on the bidding of an item. The highest bidder will pay that amount.
  5. To accommodate out-of-town travelers, a “Priority System" will be used. For a fee of $3.00 per item, buyers may call an item to the auction block. This fee is collected up front, in cash, and is not applied to any bid on the item. This fee does not guarantee that the person who paid the fee will win the bid on the item. This fee cannot be added to the final price of the item.