How To Buy
Bidding on whisky online is as simple as choosing a single malt or blend for the night. One click, and you’re in. We run online auctions every month and you can bid at any stage between the 2nd last Friday 7pm and the last Sunday of the month with auctions soft closing around 7pm. To stop last minute bidding bots and sniping, auction closing times are extended by 15 minutes if a bid is made in the last 15 minutes.
Before we get into the exciting stuff, you’re best to familiarise yourself with the terms and conditions. We know it’s the boring bits but sometimes it’s better to read the small print than not – it might even make the whiskey taste better!
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Check out our FAQ and if you still have a tingling question, get in touch with us, we’re happy to answer!
In order to bid, you’ve got to be registered with us first. If you agree with the Terms & Conditions, It’s a once off $5 fee and then you’re good to go. It takes around five minutes and allows us to ensure we’re legally compliant with liquor licensing and auction laws.
Lets Get Bidding!
Now we’re at the good part. When auctions go live, enter your maximum bid you’re willing to pay for a lot. You will only pay 1 increment above someone else’s maximum bid or the reserve price up to your maximum bid. If bidding goes above your maximum bid, you will be alerted by email. Please thoroughly inspect the images for bottle and box condition. Please note that a buyer’s premium is charged at 10% (inc GST) on the hammer price.
Increments for auctions are as follows
End of Auction
Auctions start soft closing at 7pm on the last Sunday of the month and will be extended by 15 minutes if any bids have been entered in the last 15 minutes. This process will continue until there are no more bids placed within the last 15 minutes.
If you’re the lucky winner of a lot, an email will be sent out to you with a link to make payment for the winning lot(s) + buyer’s premium. Payment can be made by bank transfer or by debit/credit card (note merchant fees charged on top of this method). An email containing your invoice with the breakdown of all costs will be sent out after the completion of the auction. Payment must be made within 5 days of the auction completion.
Australian Whisky Auctions Trust Account
BSB 083004 ACC# 824831907
Frequent Asked Questions
10% of the final hammer price (Including GST).
GST registration number 74 649 882 646
Do you offer Insurance for Loss/Breakage?
The cost of Loss & Breakage Insurance is 2% of the hammer price plus commission. This is highly recommended as we will take the upmost care in packaging the dispatching orders carefully and securely, the courier companies will however not take on any liability for items lost or broken in transit.
How long until delivery?
Once payment is received by the Australian Whisky Auctions then your whisky will be dispatched within 5 business days from our warehouse in Melbourne, Victoria.
Depending on your location, this may take up to 10 business days to arrive via Australia post (or a similar courier).
Do you ship internationally?
Yes! Shipping quotes provided on a request basis. We can ship around the world using the DHL Express network. For an average sized whisky bottle and box, we have provided a rough estimate of costs.
|1 Bottle||2 Bottles||3 Bottles||6 Bottles|
|UK||$58 (£31)||$86 (£46)||$103 (£55)||$143 (£76)|
|Ireland||$58 (€37)||$86 (€54)||$103 (€65)||$143 (€90)|
|Germany||$58 (€37)||$86 (€54)||$103 (€65)||$143 (€90)|
|Singapore||$55 (S$53)||$76 (S$73)||$85 (S$82)||$129 (S$124)|
|Taiwan||$55 (TWD1086)||$76 (TWD1501)||$85 (TWD1680)||$129 (TWD2549)|
|Japan||$55 (¥4460)||$76 (¥6162)||$85 (¥6892)||$129 (¥10460)|
Under certain circumstances, the seller would be registered for GST and therefore the final hammer price will contain 10% GST. The final hammer price will be inclusive of GST and will not increase the amount you have to pay. This will be highlighted within the lots
|AUCTION NUMBER||BOTTLES SUBMISSION DATE||AUCTION GOES LIVE||AUCTION END||PAYMENT DUE DATE|
|1||–||Fri 22nd Jan 2021||Sun 7th Feb 2021 7pm||Mon 15th Feb 2021|
|2||Fri 4th Mar||Fri 19th Mar||Sun 28th Mar 7pm||Mon 5th Apr 2021|
|3||Fri 7th May||Fri 21st May||Sun 30th May 7pm||Fri 4th Jun 2021|
|4||Fri 2nd Jul||Fri 16th Jul||Sun 25th Jul 7pm||Fri 30th Jul 2021|
|5||Fri 3rd Sept||Fri 17th Sept||Sun 26th Sept 7pm||Fri 1st Oct 2021|
|6 (other spirits)||Mon 25th Oct||Wed 16th Nov||Sun 21st Dec 7pm||Fri 12th Dec 2021|
|7||Mon 8th Nov||Fri 26th Nov||Sun 5th Dec 7pm||Fri 10th Dec 2021|
|8||Mon 11th Jan||Fri 21st Jan||Sun 30th Jan 7pm||Fri 4th Feb 2022|
|9||Mon 7th Feb||Fri 18th Feb||Sun 27th Feb 7pm||Fri 4th Mar 2022|
|10||Mon 7th Mar||Fri 18th Mar||Sun 27th Mar 7pm||Fri 1st Apr 2022|
|11||Fri 1st Apr 2022||Fri 21st Apr||Sun 30th Apr 7pm||Fri 6th May 2022|
|12||Sun 1st May 2022||Fri 20th May||Sun 29th May 7pm||Fri 3rd Jun 2022|
|13||Wed 1st Jun 2022||Fri 17th Jun||Sun 26th Jun 7pm||Fri 1st Jul 2022|
Benefits just for you
Operating out of Melbourne, you'll have no additional duties or GST when purchasing from AWA. Shipping using Australian Postal services and couriers, you'll be protected by Australian consumer laws.
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