Archive for December, 2010

Changes to our user agreement

Posted in News with tags on December 9, 2010 by Bid for Wine

From time to time we review our user agreement to make sure it still provides everyone using Bid for Wine with the protection and assurances they need. In light of this we’re going to be making the following changes which will take effect on 7th January 2011. No action is required (unless you’re not happy with the changes – in which case, please contact us to close your account.

The changes we will be making are as follows and highlighted in italics:

General Terms of Use
Misuse of Bid for Wine

15.
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t. You may not email bidders in a currently open auction being run by a different seller, offering similar or the same items at any price level. Shill bidding (when you or someone you know bids to artificially drive the price up) is strictly forbidden. You may not use an alias to place bids on your auction for any reason nor are you allowed to bid on auctions run by family members, housemates, employees or others with whom you have a pre-existing relationship. You may purchase from them via other formats. Breaches of this condition may lead to referral to law enforcement or other authorities.
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x. Without prejudice to clauses 13 [Bid for Wine may refuse our services to anyone at any time, in our sole discretion.]. and 15 b) [b. circumvent or manipulate Bid for Wine’s fee structure, the billing process, or fees owed to Bid for Wine;] & s) [s. attempt to circumvent the Bid for Wine system by conducting transactions off the Bid for Wine system;] above, Bid for Wine reserves the right to charge commission and fees at our usual rates on any transactions (whether or not conducted via the medium of Bid for Wine) between users who have traded with one another on the site in the previous six months.
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T. is necessary due to incidents such as this whilst X. is intended to deal with the very small number of individuals who use Bid for Wine as a ‘shop window’ to sell their stock without paying fees (understandably our staff like to be sure there’s money coming in to pay them..!)

Finally we are making a minor clarification regarding consignments to us:

Terms and Conditions of Shipping, Storage & Collection
Insurance and Risk

10. Items consigned to Bid for Wine are insured by Bid for Wine from their arrival at EHD until their sale. Whilst we are able to arrange collections of wine on behalf of consignors, unless otherwise explicitly agreed in writing, shipments are not insured until arrival at our warehouse.

Shipping Lots for Christmas

Posted in Advice, News on December 7, 2010 by Bid for Wine

We have several cut-off dates for shipments before Christmas depending on where the wine is lying (specified under ‘Shipping details’ at the bottom of each listing – see right).

16TH DECEMBER UPDATE: Our Couriers have advised us that due to snow they are unable to guarantee any that any stock collected by them from Monday 20th onwards will be delivered before Christmas. Our apologies for this.

For stock at EHD

-All requests for UK delivery must be received by Sunday 19th December at the latest.
-Requests to collect stock can be processed up until 1pm on 21st December.
-Requests for overseas shipments must be received by 12th December.

For Stock at BWA Logistics

-All requests for UK delivery must be received by Sunday 19th December at the latest.
-Requests to collect stock can be processed up until 1pm on 21st December.
-Requests for overseas shipments must be received by 12th December.
For Stock at Stevenage

-For UK delivery at our usual rates, requests for delivery from Stevenage must be with us by 12AM on Friday 10th. Orders placed between 10th and 19th December will be processed but may incur a delivery surcharge if required before 24th December.
-Requests for overseas shipments must be received by 10th December.
-Requests for delivery placed after 21st December will be processed from Tuesday 4th January 2011.

New Competition: The 12 Days of Christmas

Posted in News on December 1, 2010 by AB

Between now and 12th December we’ll be running a special competition – win a bottle of fine wine for each of the 12 Days of Christmas!

How does it work?

Well each day we’ll hide a bottle on our auction list and it’ll be available to buy for the nominal price of £1. Search through the list (you’ll have to do this manually as we’ll only give a clue as to what the wine is) and once you’ve found it, it’s a race to be the lucky buyer. We’ll be announcing when the bottle goes up via Twitter so if you want to be the first, you might want to follow us!

What are the prizes?

We hold very little stock but occasionally have bin ends which we’ve bought from clients – we’re digging in to these for prizes as well as sourcing a few interesting bottles from other places… They’ll range from Sauternes to Barossa Shiraz and everything in between. We’ll be announcing the day’s prize once it’s been found and claimed.

How do I get hold of my prize?

If you’re based in London it’ll be available to collect from 12th Dec. Alternatively we’ll give free delivery within the M25 or can ship at cost within the UK.