LiveAuctioneers.com is a website that acts as an auction house by allowing other auctioneers to sell off just about everything you can imagine. The only problems with them is that the auction houses are the ones that pay Live Auctioneers, not the bidders, and therefore they treat bidders like….should I say….crap! Not only that but there are many unscrupulous auction houses preying on unsuspecting bidders and violating the truth in advertising guidelines that states have, such as Florida.
Let’s look at one case. It’s the reason this site was created. An auction house by the name of Wilton Theatre Auction Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. While Bonnie, the owner, seems like a decent person, she employs some very nasty and rude people. Especially one by the name of Zack who is her “online” person and manages her online business. Through Liveauctioneers.com they have managed to commit false, deceptive, misleading, or untruthful advertising or dissemination of information a staggering 65 times!
Live Auctioneers has allowed them, and other auction houses in Florida, to continually commit these punishable offenses without regards to how they affect the bidders. As long as the sellers (auctioneers) pay them, liveauctioneers.com has a careless disregard for violations of the law and false, deceptive, misleading, or untruthful advertising.
In my case, I brought it up to them. Blaine at Customer Services basically told me that Live Auctioneers works with the auction houses and NOT the bidders. That he’s not even supposed to talk to me. “We have too many bidders so we only respond through email. Only the sellers can call us.” Shame on you Blaine, Liveauctioneers.com, Julian Ellison (LiveAuctioneers founder) and John Ralston (Co-founder). REMEMBER….It’s the bidders that bring in the money to the sellers, who then give you the money! Even eBay, with over 233 Million users, has telephone support for bidders. I’m sure that no one at eBay has ever told a bidder that they’re not even supposed to take their call. They’d be fired on the spot.
So what happened when I complained? They locked me out of my accounts. That’s typical Liveauctioneers.com action. You complain about them or an auction “partner” of theirs and they shut you out, instead of looking at the constructive criticism. It’s a little cocky but the bigger you are the harder you fall. Today I received a telephone call from someone named Andrew. One of their employees. He called, with a cocky attitude that is typical of Liveauctioneers.com, to let me know that they blocked my account because I complained, because of this site and because I told them that I was going to file a complain with the Attorney General’s Office in Florida. According to Florida law, both Liveauctioneers.com and Wilton Theatre Auction Gallery committed 65 counts of of false, deceptive, misleading, or untruthful advertising or dissemination of information. If I didn’t have the proof I would not have let them know.
This website will be dedicated to all those complaints that LiveAuctioneers.com bidders have. Get ready to post them so all can see. When will this site go down? When the State and Federal regulators intervene on behalf of the consumers. For Julian Ellison, the CEO who’s from the UK, the consumers are the bidders that are being lied to. Those who you have instructed Blaine and others in your company NOT talk to.