Frequently Asked Questions

How do I Bid?

Simply go to the register to bid link on our homepage and follow the on-screen instructions. You will then receive your bidder number via email shortly after. Once you receive your bidder number, enter your bidder number and password on the auctions page after you have placed your bids.

My bidder number is not working.

If you were previously registered with our former affiliate you will need to re-register with Richmond Online Auctions in order to place bids. You will receive a new bidder number via email, this will only work on our site,

Can I preview items before I bid?

Yes, we are open for preview Monday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm for preview, we try to have the upcoming auction available for preview when you pick your items up on Friday.

Where do I pickup my items?

Most auctions that are run on our website are picked up at our Ashland location, 14174 North Washington Highway, Ashland Va 23005.

How do I consign?

We have an open drop off period every Monday and Tuesday from 10:30am to 6pm. The first time you consign with Richmond Online Auctions you will be given a consigner number. If you wish to consign and entire estate you have the option of either doing an auction at the residence/location. You also have the option of having the contents of the estate transported to our warehouse.

Will my card be charged automatically at the end of the auctions?

No, all payments are made at the day of pickup (usually the day after the auction ends) payment can be made with credit/debit card, cash or check. Please Note: If items are not retrieved on the designated pickup day, and prior arrangements have not been made with Richmond Online Auctions, your registered credit card will be charged for the total amount at the end of that day.

What is the maximum bid feature?

Upon placing a bid, you will be prompted to enter your “Maximum Bid” this is the largest amount you are comfortable paying for that item at that time, our software will attempt to win you the item at the lowest possible amount. For example if you are the first person to bid on an item and you enter a $10 dollar maximum bid, your actual bid will only be 1$ until someone else places another bid. The system will then competitively bid for you up to the maximum amount you have set.

How does a staggered auciton work?

Starting at the designated end time for each auction (normally 2pm on Thursdays) items will begin ending at a rate of 3 items per minute, for example items 1, 2 and 3 will end promptly at 2pm while items 4,5 and 6 will end at 2:01pm and will continue that way until all items have ended.

How does auto-extend work?


Any time a bid is placed on an time that has less than 3 minutes until its end time, the system will automatically extend the end time an additional 3 minutes in order to allow the interested parties more time to place their bids. Each additional bid will extend the end time a further 3 minutes until such time as no more bids are placed.

What is a buyers premium?

All bid prices are charged an additional 15% on top of the winning bid amount. For example a winning bid of $10 would result in a $11.50 total amount. Before sales tax if applicable.

Can I register a tax ID number?

Yes, simply email us at or call us during regular business hours at 804-299-2098 to register the number.

Is my personal information safe?


Can I get an item(s) shipped?

Generally speaking we do not ship items, however during certain specialty sales shipping will be available. Out of state bidders can make special arrangements with Richmond Online Auctions to receive their items.

Why are some items sold in groups?

Our goal for our consigners at Richmond Online Auctions is to have at least a $10 dollar value for each lot. When individual items do not meet this criteria, they will be grouped in an attempt to meet the $10 goal.