How to Bid Online

It's easy to register and bid online for JSA live auctions. Our online bidding service is Windows and Mac friendly, and available in English and Japanese.

  1. Create an account

    Sign up for a free account

    1. Register to bid online

      Click ‘Register to bid online', complete your registration and agree to the terms and conditions.

    2. Place a bid deposit

      You will be required to place a refundable bid deposit of Y500,000. Check your inbox for a confirmation email and read our system requirements

    3. Enter the auction on auction day

      On auction day, sign in to your account and click ‘Bid now!'

    4. Listen to the auctioneer

      The auctioneer will introduce each lot and call for bids. Turn on your audio so you can hear him! If no one places a bid, the auctioneer lowers the ask price. When a bid is placed, the auctioneer raises the ask price. Bidding continues until no more bids are placed.

    5. Follow the bidding

      You will see the current high bid and ask prices on your computer screen. When you place a bid, you are bidding at the ask price. These numbers are updated in real time, so you can follow the auction as closely as someone bidding on-site.

    6. Activate the bid button

      The next lot being sold will appear next to a check box in the lot selection area on the right of the screen. If a choice group is being offered, multiple lots will be listed.

      If you want to place a bid on an item listed, select the check box to activate your bid button. If you're bidding on a choice group, select the check box next to your first choice. Only select one lot, even if you want to buy more than one item in the group.

    7. Click ‘Bid Here' to place a bid

      If you would like to place a bid at the current ask price, click ‘Bid Here.' The message "Bid Accepted – You're On" will appear. Your bid will be immediately relayed to the auctioneer, and your bid button will be deactivated so you don't accidentally bid against yourself. If someone outbids you, the message "Outbid – Bid Again" will appear.

    8. Sold! Look for the message on-screen

      Bidding continues until no more bids are placed. If you are the highest bidder when the auctioneer says "Sold!" the message "Sold to You!" will appear on your screen.

      Note: Items will be sold, pending approval of selling price by the consignor

    9. Pay and collect your purchases

      After the auction you will receive an invoice by email. When your invoice is paid in full, you can collect your purchases and put them to work!

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