It is the customer’s responsibility to pay any local taxes and duties applicable when a bottle enters their country. Please make yourself aware of what these charges will be before placing a bid. Find out more about lot location and what this means for you in our Buyer’s Guide to Lot Icons page.
Yes, our UK office is open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm. Please see our Help page on options following checkout, including collecting your bottles in person. Please note, you MUST book an appointment in order to collect your bottles in person, and is subject to our offices being open to the public.
*COVID-19 NOTE: If your area has travel restrictions or lockdown measures in place or you are required to self-isolate, please do NOT book an appointment to visit our premises.
Due to the governing laws for licensing in Scotland, there is a minimum price for alcohol units. As a result we have introduced a minimum bid price for each item, £15 will be the starting bid for most bottles of rum, but this will be calculated on a lot by lot basis.
Individual sellers deliver bottles that they wish to sell to our office. Once they have been authenticated, the bottles are listed on the website in the next auction. Rum Auctioneer hosts rum auctions on a frequent basis, during which registered users can bid on the bottles. The highest bidder at the close of the auction is then notified and asked for payment. The seller receives payment within 21 working days of the end of the auction.
You can submit as many bottles as you like.
Rum Auctioneer reserves the right to restrict, in the case of new releases from a single seller, to one bottle per auction.
The value of a bottle of rum is constantly fluctuating according to supply and demand. Rum Auctioneer can provide a valuation according to the latest market trends. If you would like a free, no-obligation valuation, please visit our Free Auction Estimate page.
Most courier companies fail to cover alcohol or glass on their insurance policies. We can offer Loss & Breakage Assurance for your items at a cost of 3% of the total hammer price and commission.
If you would like to add Loss & Breakage Assurance to your order this is selected at the checkout stage.
We have many years experience in shipping rum globally and work hard to reduce any risk of damage to items bought in our auctions.
We make it extremely easy for you to get your bottles to us - whether you want to ship them, drop off, use our in-person pick-up service or arrange a courier.
You can find all the steps, information and contact details on our How To Get Your Bottles To Us Help Section.
When browsing the bidding history on a specific lot, the list of recent bidders is shown as 'anonymised bidders' with the exception of any bids placed through your account - which would appear as your username.
When logged in to your account your bids are shown with your username, however, other users are not able to see this and you will appear as an 'anonymised bidder'.
User information/identity will never be revealed in the bidding process. We take user data and information protection very seriously at Rum Auctioneer. Further GDPR info here.
Our UK offices are open 7 days a week between the following hours:
PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 safety restrictions and policies, access to our UK office must be by appointment only, however, if your area has travel restrictions or lockdown measures in place or you are required to self-isolate, please do NOT book an appointment to visit our premises.
Sellers are paid within 21 business days from the end of an auction, however, payment is only completed if the buyer has paid us.
Payment is made by direct bank transfer and can take a few days to show in your account.
Any banking charges or exchange rates are paid for by the seller.
Once your maximum bid is placed, our system automatically increases the bid level of the Lot incrementally (based on the table below) until it reaches your maximum bid.
The bid increments vary based on the current bid. Please see the table below.
|£0.01 - £0.99||£0.25|
|£1.00 - £4.99||£1.00|
|£5.00 - £24.99||£2.00|
|£25.00 - £99.99||£5.00|
|£100.00 - £499.99||£10.00|
|£500.00 - £999.99||£25.00|
|£1,000.00 - £1,999.99||£50.00|
|£2,000.00 - No Limit||£100.00|
The end date of the current auction will always be clearly displayed on the blue notification bar at the foot of the website.
Our auctions will end anytime from 7pm (UK Local Time). Once 7pm is reached, activity on any item will prolong the ENTIRE auction by a further 2 minutes.
The entire auction will end when there has been no bidding activity placed within the last two minutes after 7pm.
Due to various reasons we don't accept the following items:
Rum Auctioneer reserves the right to accept or reject any bottles at their own discretion.
If your item fails to meet a reserve price, we still require the listing fee and reserve fee be paid. We will then offer you a chance to re-list the item or discuss returning the bottle to you.
Yes, but please see our Help page on storage and any applicable charges.
You can collect your orders by booking an appointment if available, but please note this is subject to our offices being open to the public. If you intend to have the items shipped then please complete our Ship Stored Orders form.