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Quickstart: how to sell whisky

Most marketplaces and many social media platforms do not allow spirits to be sold. Therefore, using our specialised auction platform is the best choice for selling your valuable whisky.
Step 1
Register account

Of course you must have an European Whisky Auctions account before you can sell whisky through our platform. Registration costs €5 (excluding VAT) to authenticate users. The registration fee is a one-off, non-refundable fee.

By creating an account you automatically agree to our terms of use (for sellers). When you create your account, we will also ask you to confirm your e-mail address. In order to sell whisky, you must also provide your bank account details and verify these with our Payment partner.

After setting up your seller account and configuring your shipping rates, you are ready to register bottles for one of our auctions.

Most online auctions offer only one way to auction your bottles. Either you do everything yourself, or you leave the work to the auctioneers. European Whisky Auctions has a unique position here. With us you can do both!

On the one hand you have the possibility to do everything yourself. You are then responsible for registering the bottle, taking pictures and sending the bottle to the buyer. Of course, we will guide you through the entire process.

Too much work? No problem. We offer a hassle-free auction service where we do all the work for you. Just send us your bottles and we take care of everything. We take professional photos, write attractive texts about the bottles, do the listing and ship the bottles to the buyers. And all that for a very small amount of money. All you have to do is watch the bids come in...

So, choose... You or us...

Step 2
You or us?
Important:
Is the expected hammer price of a bottle 2000 euros or higher? Then it is always us. Contact us for more information.
Step 3
Register bottles

Registering your bottles isn't that hard. On the contrary, we have made the process as easy as possible. Simply sign in to your account and click the 'register bottles' link.

Fill in the form as completely as possible. It is important that you accurately describe any damage to the bottle or packaging. We also need to know if the bottle is no longer complete (e.g. the packaging is missing). When registering, you can indicate whether you want to set a reserve price or not. This allows you to set a minimum hammer price for the sale. Please note that there are costs involved with setting a reserve price.

Are you going to auction several bottles? You can also submit your bottles in an Excel list and we will take care of the registration. Please contact us for more information.

The next steps depend on the choice you made in step 2.

  • Good photos are important for getting a good return for your bottle of whisky. Many buyers look at the photos first before they start bidding. In addition, good photos can prevent buyers from being dissatisfied afterwards because they received something other than what was visible in the photo.

    What should you pay attention to when taking photos? Good lighting, sharp photos and make sure the bottle is clearly visible. Also make sure that no other things are visible in the photo. This will distract attention from the bottle.

    At least the following photos must be taken:

    • Overview photo of bottle and packaging together
    • Photo of the front of the bottle
    • Photo of the back of the bottle
    • Close-up of the cap (cork) with seal (from all sides)
    • Photo of the bottom of the bottle
    • Photos of any damage

    See our photography tips for more information. Please also note the minimum dimensions of the pictures. Take photos like a pro! Is this difficult for you? Or don't have the time? Then you might want to consider our auction service.

    Step 4
    Make stunning photo's
    Step 5
    Auction

    Once registration is complete and photos have been uploaded or we have received the bottles (depending on your choice), we will schedule the bottle for one of the upcoming auctions. Below you can see the upcoming auctions. Registration must be completed before the deadline or the bottle will be moved to the next auction.

    A listing fee applies for each bottle included in the auction. This is an administrative fee for checking and listing the bottle. If the bottle is not sold, it can be re-listed once at no additional cost.

    Auction live Closes down Bottle registration deadline
    17-12-2021 20:00 CET 02-01-2022 20:00 CET 10-12-2021
    21-01-2022 20:00 CET 30-01-2022 20:00 CET 14-01-2022
    04-02-2022 20:00 CET 13-02-2022 20:00 CET 28-01-2022

    Check the auction calendar for an overview of all auction dates.

    After the auction is closed, you will receive a message from us with instructions for the next steps.

    If you have chosen to handle everything yourself, you can prepare the bottle for shipment as soon as you have received notice from us that your bottle has been sold. The buyer then has already received payment instructions. As soon as we have received the payment, we will inform you that you can send the package. In the bottle tracker you will find all the information you need.

    Within three days of receiving the package, the buyer must let us know whether everything is fine or not. After three days, we assume that everything was ok. We will then arrange the pay-out.

    Pack the whisky carefully! Also read our tips for wrapping bottles. As an extra service we have made a comparison of parcel deliverers and their conditions. Use it to your advantage!

    Step 6
    Prepare for shipment
    Step 7
    Payment

    At the end of the auction you will receive an invoice from us with the proceeds of the bottle (the hammer price) and the auction fees that we will charge you.

    These auction costs can consist of:

    • A listing fee of € 2,00 per lot
    • A reserve price fee of € 6,50 per lot (optional)
    • A sales commission of 5% of the hammer price
    • 21% VAT on the fees and auction commission (no VAT applies to the hammer price)

    Please note that for international transactions, your bank may charge you for transfer costs. You can find all our pricing here.


    Do you have any questions left? Please don't forget to checkout our frequently asked questions on selling whisky.

  • If you use our auction service, after successful registration you can send the bottles to us or have them delivered to you. You will receive shipping instructions for this. We offer the following options.

    Step 4
    Send your bottles

    Delivery by courier service

    You choose your own parcel delivery service or courier service and have the bottles delivered to us. You will receive a registration note for each bottle, which you should include with the bottle.

    The delivery address is:

    European Whisky Auctions
    Stavangerweg 23-16
    9723 JC Groningen
    The Netherlands

    Please pack the bottles carefully. We are not responsible for the condition in which we receive the bottles. And never send bottles without our registration document. Without this document, we cannot process the bottle.

    Delivery by courier service

    If you are able to deliver bottles to us in Groningen, that is also a possibility. You can send us an e-mail or call us to make an appointment.

    Pick-up service

    Within the Netherlands and the North-western part of Germany, we offer the possibility to pick-up your bottles. Please note that for this service, a charge of 35 cents per km may be charged. Please contact us for more information.

    Step 5
    Auction

    Once registration is complete and photos have been uploaded or we have received the bottles (depending on your choice), we will schedule the bottle for one of the upcoming auctions. Below you can see the upcoming auctions. Registration must be completed before the deadline or the bottle will be moved to the next auction.

    A listing fee applies for each bottle included in the auction. This is an administrative fee for checking and listing the bottle. If the bottle is not sold, it can be re-listed once at no additional cost.

    Auction live Closes down Bottle registration deadline
    17-12-2021 20:00 CET 02-01-2022 20:00 CET 10-12-2021
    21-01-2022 20:00 CET 30-01-2022 20:00 CET 14-01-2022
    04-02-2022 20:00 CET 13-02-2022 20:00 CET 28-01-2022

    Check the auction calendar for an overview of all auction dates.

    After the auction is closed, you will receive a message from us with instructions for the next steps.

    At the end of the auction you will receive an invoice from us with the proceeds of the bottle (the hammer price) and the auction fees that we will charge you.

    These auction costs can consist of:

    • A listing fee of € 2,00 per lot
    • A reserve price fee of € 6,50 per lot (optional)
    • A sales commission of 5% of the hammer price
    • 21% VAT on the fees and auction commission (no VAT applies to the hammer price)
    • Any service fees for using our auction service

    Please note that for international transactions, your bank may charge you for transfer costs. You can find all our pricing here.

    Step 6
    Payment

    Do you have any questions left? Please don't forget to checkout our frequently asked questions on selling whisky.