Boos & Booyahs: Best & Bad Auctioneer Lot Descriptions

It’s important to be in sync with the Proxibid technology to showcase your photos, hone your lot descriptions, and highlight your consignments for top bids on the leading portal! In the latest installment, Proxiblog laments bad auctioneer lot descriptions. Tomorrow we will name the best in recent auctions. (Click pictures to expand and view lot descriptions below.)


One Big Boo to this “best-selling” Proxibid house for consistently opening bids near, at or above retail. This quarter eagle opens as if gold is selling for $2,500 an ounce rather than $1,350. A reasonable opening bid would be $100. This house multiplies that by six.


Another Big Boo to his house for selling a counterfeit fractional gold piece. See this post to learn what’s real and what isn’t.


Boo! to this house hyping the estimate of an ounce bullion coin worth about $25-30.


Boo! to this repeat offender citing PCGS values for lower-tier slabbed coins. No matter how many times we “Report this Item,” this auctioneer will continue this practice. Sigh.


Boo! to this unnamed auction house for describing almost every coin as “rare” and “key date.” All key dates are rare, of course; but not all coins are key dates, especially the scarce and common ones depicted here.


Boo! to this house for photographing coins at a slant, which exaggerates luster and hides detail, and for not including a reverse picture of each coin lot.


Boo! to this house that posts blurry photos of coins. If you want to sell to the Internet crowd, you just have to shoot better than this!


Boo! to this auctioneer who makes an error in describing a common 1902-O as the scarcer 1902. Fill out lot descriptions carefully, or deal with bidders and Proxibid rules later, concerning “Significantly Not As Described.” See this post about that.

Viewers can point us to other candidates for our “Boos & Booyahs!” series. Just leave a comment but follow our rules–all in good fun as a way to inspire accurate lot descriptions on Proxibid. Tomorrow we will showcase the best lot descriptions. Stay tuned!

Proxiblog is an independent entity with no connection to the auction portal Proxibid. Our intent is to uphold basic numismatic standards as established by the American Numismatic Association and the National Auctioneer Association and to ensure a pleasurable bidding experience not only on Proxibid but also on similar portals such as iCollector and AuctionZip.


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