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Buying At Auction


All bidders must register with us first! There is a once off registration fee of $5, however this is refunded as a gift voucher available to spend on either a winning auction item or at our Whisky Shop. You only need to register once for all future auctions. 

Note: There can be a delay in the system processing your registration. We recommend registering at least 24 hours before an auction ends to avoid disappointment. 

Monthly Auction Dates 

Auction Month

Bottles Accepted Until

Auction Live  (8.00pm AEST)

Auction Ends  (8.00pm AEST)

Mar 22 Fri 11th Mar Sun 13th Mar Mon 21th Mar
Apr 22 Fri 8th Apr Sun 10th Apr Mon 18th Apr
May 22 Fri 13th May Sun 15th May Mon 23rd May
Jun 22 Fri 10th Jun Sun 12th Jun Mon 20th Jun
Jul 22 Fri 8th Jul Sun 10th Jul Mon 18th Jul
Aug 22 Fri 12th Aug Sun 14th Aug Mon 22nd Aug
Sep 22 Fri 9th Sep Sun 11th Sep Mon 19th Sep
Oct 22 Fri 14th Oct Sun 16th Oct Mon 24th Oct
Nov 22 Fri 11th Nov Sun 13th Nov Mon 21st Nov



You will only be able to bid on lots when the auction is live! When the auction is live, you are welcome to bid on as many bottles as you like. We use an incremental system where you can bid any LIVE amount over the next minimum increment, or you also have the option to select the maximum price you wish to pay and the system will only bid the next increment if you have been outbid under your maximum (Proxy Bid).

Bids From Bids To Minimum Increment
$0 $100 $2
$100 $300 $5
$300 $500 $10
$500 $1,000 $20
$1,000 $2,000 $25
$2,000 $5,000 $50
$5,000 Higher $100


You are able to see all your bids in your account and monitor which lots you have been outbid or currently winning.

The Auction will close on the second to last Monday of every month from 8.00pm AEST. Any bids placed in the last 10 minutes will extend the auction time on that lot by another 10 minutes. 

Please make sure that you have examined the lot carefully before you place any bids. By placing a bid on a lot you are confirming that you have examined the item and are satisfied with it.



End of Auction

Your account will show the lots you have won. Winners will also be notified by email. Both the email and your account will have a link to start the checkout process. You must make payment within 5 days of the auction closing to avoid a late payment fee of 2% per week in addition to your order total. We accept payment by Visa Card, Master Card, PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay or Shop Pay.

Buyer Fees

The following fees apply to the winning hammer price:

- We charge a flat Buyers Commission of 10% 

The following fees apply at checkout:

- 2.75% Loss & Breakage Cover (Optional)

- 1.95% Payment Surcharge (EFT Option available at No Charge)

- Australia Only Flat Rate Postage Fee (Selected at Checkout) 

   - Standard + Signature on Delivery $19.50

   - Express + Signature on Delivery $25.00

International Buyers

We currently ship to:

- New Zealand

- Singapore

- Japan

- Taiwan

- Hong Kong

Delivery to these countries is based on a volumetric cost. This means that your delivery charges are calculated according to the box size as well as weight. We will invoice you separately for delivery. Please get in touch for a quote.

We use DHL Express for these countries and it is therefore important that you send us your address in the correct format and include a local contact number. Please ensure your post code matches the city and you include the Region/State/Suburb where applicable. It will delay shipment if we cannot match your address to DHL's system.

Whisky Trade are not liable for any customs fees which may be incurred in the destination country. You are liable for these and will be responsible for making sure they are paid correctly.

Loss & Breakage Cover

Shipments of glass and alcohol are not automatically insured with couriers. You are only protected against loss and breakage if you have a separate cover in place. We offer our customers Loss & Breakage cover at a cost of 2.75% excluding postage. 

If you do NOT want to take out cover, and therefore you accept that you are shipping entirely at your own risk please do not tick the box at checkout to add this coverage. 

We also cannot cover any cosmetic damage to bottle cartons/tins that occurs in transit.

I have taken out Loss & Breakage Cover and my Bottle is Damaged

Please retain all the original packaging that we sent your bottle(s) to you in and get in touch with us as soon as possible. If you fail to keep the original packaging, this may void any potential claim. You will need to supply us with photos of the damage. Do not send the bottle back to us. We will provide instructions how to process your claim. Some carriers will require the bottle(s) to be presented to a local outlet to complete a damage report. 

Legal Age of Buyers 

All lots on our site may only be bid or purchased by persons who are at least eighteen (18) years of age.

By accessing this website and/ registering to use this website as a Buyer, you confirm that you are at least eighteen (18) years of age.

At delivery to the Buyer, all shipments will require the signature of an adult at least eighteen (18) years of age. Proof of age may be required at the discretion of the courier. 

Restrictions of Sale

We reserve the right to refuse any items for the auction, especially when there are concerns regarding authenticity of the lot. 

Please review our Terms of Service. If you have any further questions, please email us at