Fair business practice

In order to guarantee safe and reliable auctions, Catawiki operates on a number of guiding principles.

1. Notary verification

All auction proceedings are verified by independent notary official mr. J. Borren of mr M.J. Meijer Notarissen N.V., Amsterdam.

2. Sellers are not permitted to bid on their own items

Sellers are not permitted to place bids on their own submissions. To that end, our system ensure that sellers are unable to place bids on items submitted using their own accounts.

3. The highest bidder wins

For all of Catawiki's auctions, if a bid is placed in the final minute, the bidding window is automatically increased by one minute. This gives other bidders enough time to place a counter-bid and you won't be required to wait till the final seconds start ticking away before placing your bids. Catawiki always provides a clear indication of which bidder placed the highest or winning bid. All winning bidders receive a confirmation email indicating they've won as soon as the auction ends.

4. Employees not allowed to sell at auction

Catawiki employees and/or their family members are not allowed to submit items for auction at Catawiki. This helps guarantee the neutrality of our employees when dealing with our auctions. Catawiki sees to it that this rule is strictly enforced.

  • Auctioneers are not allowed to place bids.
5. Seller IDs are required

Before allowing our users to submit their items for review, Catawiki requires them to submit a copy or scan of a valid ID. This additional verification provides bidders with an additional measure of security. These copies or scans are destroyed immediately following the verification process.

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