When you as a bidder see the AUCTION CERTIFIED SEAL, please understand that the auction you are bidding at is a leader in advancing marketplace trust. AUCTION CERTIFIED sets high ethical standards for business conduct. The AUCTION CERTIFIED Code of Conduct (the "Code") helps ensure that AUCTION CERTIFIED validates AUCTION HOUSES and COMPANIES are commitment to an ethical marketplace.
For the purposes of this Code, "AUCTION CERTIFIED " refers to any licensed company that is in the business that conducts any kind of auction and bidding with bidders private and or commercial (" AUCTION CERTIFIED ") and validates the entity as AUCTION CERTIFIED for Marketplace Trust. " Businesses that conduct Auctions" refers to suppliers that contract to provide any product/s or service/s and other organizations that buy or sell with any AUCTION CERTIFIED entity to accomplish its mission, and includes the employees, agents and contractors of the Auction Certified Company. " Businesses that conduct Auctions" are not AUCTION CERTIFIED unless they show one of the registered seals that clearly states they are auction certified and are listed here as in good standing. Accredited Businesses form a contractual relationship with AUCTION CERTIFIED beyond their accreditation of AUCTION CERTIFIED.
AUCTION CERTIFIED expects that these licensed businesses conduct all auctions in compliance with the Code. As appropriate, preference will be given to Businesses that conduct Auctions that demonstrate greater commitment to this Code and ethical standards generally.
1. AUCTION TRUST
As a bidder you can trust the auction even though they are licensed independent individuals or business entities, their actions may impact and reflect upon the items you bid on. This could be in the representation of the product/s, service/s as well as the pickup and delivery procedures. Businesses that conduct Auctions should understand and comply with outlined professional ethics. Self-monitor their compliance through their own administrative processes.
2. Regulatory Compliance
We may collect non-personal identification information about Users whenever they interact with our Site. Non-personal In their daily work procedures these businesses that conduct Auctions will conduct their business activities in full compliance with applicable laws and regulations in all jurisdictions in which they operate, including laws and regulations on bribery, corruption and prohibited business practices in the countries in which they conduct business. Businesses that conduct Auctions will not make any offer, payment, consideration or benefit of any kind which constitutes an illegal or corrupt practice, either directly or indirectly on behalf of their company, as an inducement or reward for entering into a contract or in connection with the provision of any goods or services under a contract. Shill bidding I.e., is prohibited the illegal practice of a seller or a seller’s acquaintances as well placing bids on his or her goods to drive up the price. You as a bidder should you suspect, this activity can reach out to us, and we will open an investigation. Should we be able to validate your assertion the Auction Company will lose its AUCTION CERTIFIED STATUS, and any company where we validate shill bidding occurs will have a permanent ban. We will give you the results of our findings and guide you to the legal, reporting and law enforcement agencies should you want to continue the complaint/s forward.
3. HONEST REPRESENTATION
3.1 All product and service representation should ensure accurate information, actual pictures of the item, full disclosure/s of listed items and services as accurately as they the auction companies know them to be. With the ability for any bidder to have clear contact information so that they can get a timely reasonable response to any inquiry regarding any services and or products. We do want to express to the bidders that due to the fact that hundreds of items can be listed in one auction that almost all auction companies certified here or not do their best with in their own resources to list their items and services accurately as they know the to be and any guarantees, warranties or promises of all products are “AS IS,” unless specifically stated in the auction item description that it is not.
3.2 Businesses that conduct Auctions use AUCTION CERTIFIED trademarks and seals to help establish that they are AUCTION CERTIFIED. Unless AUCTION CERTIFIED has granted permission, any businesses that conduct Auctions should not use the AUCTION CERTIFIED name or other AUCTION CERTIFIED marks on of their business’s materials, including websites and URLs. Businesses that conduct any AUCTION CERTIFIED marks in a manner that represents or infers to be AUCTION CERTIFIED or their employees or any other business entities they may be associated with. Each Auction Certified Seal is represented to one specific business and specified location/s at the time of the accreditation process.
3.3 AUCTION CERTIFIED does not endorse any specific products or services. Businesses that conduct auctions should not publicize their business relationships with AUCTION CERTIFIED or identify AUCTION CERTIFIED as a customer without specific permission from AUCTION CERTIFIED in writing, and then only in the manner, context and language approved by AUCTION CERTIFIED. It is highly unlikely that Auctions Certified is a customer of any of their Auction Certified vetted companies. This provision does not prohibit AUCTION CERTIFIED from participating in affiliate programs (I.e. charity or promotional activities) consistent with AUCTION CERTIFIED policies.
4. Safeguard Data and Privacy
4.1 Businesses that conduct Auctions should ensure the security and confidentiality of AUCTION CERTIFIED proprietary information; business, charity, consumer and donor information entrusted to the by their registered bidders; and data about visitors to their domains (collectively, "Confidential Information"). Businesses that conduct Auctions should have policies and procedures in place and shown clearly on their website to prevent disclosure of Confidential Information to unauthorized parties. In their work on behalf of their daily auction business, companies that conduct Auctions should maintain physical, technical and procedural safeguards in compliance with applicable laws, technology and information security requirements applicable to their own business licensing bodies. You as a bidder have the right to know how your information is stored and if it provided to any third parties.
4.2 Auctions that conduct in their daily work may interact with visitors to their own websites and actual auction locations should disclose in a Privacy Statement/Policy on their websites the following: what information they collect, with whom it is shared, how it can be corrected, how it is secured, how policy changes will be communicated, and how to address concerns over misuse of personal data. Bidders have the right to know this information and may reach out to an Auction Certified Company for this information.
4.3 These Auction Certified Companies do collect identifying information of businesses or individuals as the normal process of doing business in their industry. They should respect contact preferences regarding contact by telephone, fax and e-mail, and keep all of this information free from any third-party sources.
4.4 A auction Certified companies that conduct Auctions that, in their work on behalf of their regular business activities, handle payment card information will certify annually their compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).
4.5 Businesses that conduct Auctions that administer email systems will adopt Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance (DMARC) specifications to the best of their own abilities.
4.6 Businesses that conduct Auctions whose product or service collects information about or track visitors to any AUCTION CERTIFIED domain will certify that their product or service supports any and all regulatory compliance with the Digital Alliance Self-Regulatory Principles, including the Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising (OBA Principles), the Multisite Data Principles (MSD Principles) and the Mobile Guidance (MG) (collectively, the principles). Businesses that conduct Auctions that subcontract or otherwise engage other companies to fulfill any obligations under any contracts should ensure that such companies’ products or services are also compliant with the principles. The principles can be accessed at http://www.aboutads.info/principles/. Further, Businesses that conduct auctions will not transfer any information collected from any domain for any purpose beyond the scope of activities necessary to fulfill their responsibilities.
5. Embody Integrity
5.1 Businesses that conduct Auctions should demonstrate commitment to ethical practices in their business conduct and performance of services and production of products on behalf of their own business. Businesses that conduct Auctions will comply with AUCTION CERTIFIED policies affecting their relationship with their bidders.
5.2 Businesses that conduct Auctions should share a mutual positive and professional commitment to maintaining a workplace where people are treated with dignity and respect. Businesses that conduct Auctions will follow all applicable wage, benefit, child labor, workplace safety, discrimination, and labor laws. While we recognize and respect cultural differences, in their work, Businesses that conduct Auctions will not engage in discrimination based on age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, citizenship status, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, domestic partner status or veteran status.
5.3 AUCTION CERTIFIED relies on the trust and confidence of businesses, charities, consumers and donors. It is important that we avoid activities that create actual or perceived conflicts of interest. AUCTION CERTIFIED employees are not permitted to give or receive anything of value intended to influence a decision. Businesses that conduct auctions will not offer gifts that could be perceived to influence sound business judgment. AUCTION CERTIFIED makes purchasing decisions based on the merit of a businesses that conduct Auctions’ products and services, not on gifts, entertainment or other business courtesies. Bidders, please remember that you can report any Auction Credited company for any reason, and we have to be uninfluenced by any decision/results that would be made on such a report or complaint. Please note: any frivolous and unfounded reports will be discarded.
6. Bidders Report Violations
Registered bidders that are participate in any Auction Certified auction should report a possible violation of the Code as they see it that for a timely review and outcome. As part of the process, you will have had to communicate with the auction company first regarding any issue you might have. We here cannot move forward without this contact and results of that contact. Businesses that conduct auctions are encouraged to work with their bidder to resolve any/all situation/s. There must be fair and equitable representation for the bidders as well as the Auction Certified auction. Bidders, please take note that to be an Auction Certified auction they have been vetted and have an established standing in the auction community. This means that in almost all case were a report may be filed they have a very strong interest not only to understand your concern but most likely will solve any legitimate concerns quickly. The reason Auction Certified exists is to assure that bidders are taken care of in all positive manners. They the auction companies know and respect every bidder that visits their site/s and buys the products/services they list.
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