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Saved Search / Wantlist Feature...
Although we've had a version of this set live in 2010, it never worked perfectly.  Clients would receive coins that matched their saved search with extra unrelated coins listed.O...
What are the different bid increments?
In all auction listings, GreatCollections uses bidding increments, which differ depending upon the amount of the current bid.Example:  If the current...
Do I receive a confirmation of my bids?
Yes, you will receive an e-mail confirmation for each bid you place at GreatCollections.  In addition, you will be able to see your bid on the item page and on search/browse...
Can I bid by telephone or fax?
If you are unable to bid online, please contact us and in most cases, we will be able to take your bid over the phone or by fax.  We always have staff answering the phone while our coin auct...
Will I receive the exact coin imaged in the listing?
For auction items, the item photographed is the item you receive.  The certification number will match; it's the exact same item.For Buy Now items, the item photographed is also ...
What does CAC mean?
You will notice that certain coins at Greatcollections have a green "bean" sticker on them with the letters CAC.  These coins will also be described as CAC in the heading.CAC was...
How do I find out the current status of my bids?
For auction items that are currently selling, login to MyGC and click on the "Active" tab under the Navigation bar. You will see the items you have placed bids on along with the status and current bid...
What happens if I am outbid?
You will receive an outbid notification via e-mail with a convenient link to the item if you would like to bid again....
How was I outbid by less than a full increment?
Because someone may bid any amount on a lot providing it is at least the next incremental bid displayed on the lot information page, it's possible that a person can lose an item by less than a full in...
Am I subject to sales tax?
GreatCollections only collects sales tax on certain orders to residents of California.1.  California residents are exempt from sales tax on sales/auction purchases of coins and b...
Do you charge a buyer's fee?
Only our auctions attract a buyer's fee.  Our buyer's fee is a low 10% with a minimum of $5 on a per lot basis.Please note all Buy Now items are at a fixed price, and do not attr...
What is a Maximum Bid?
Registered members at GreatCollections can place a confidential maximum bid on any auction.  If there is other bidding activity, GreatCollections will bid on your behalf up until your maximu...
What is the difference between auctions and "Buy Now" items?
Most items listed on GreatCollections are either for auction or instant "Buy Now".Auctions:  These items have a minimum bid and an end time when bidding will stop. You may place ...
What if I don't want to participate in an auction? Can I buy an item outright?
Unfortunately, all items that are listed for auction can only be bid on and won by auction.  We will not change an auction listing to a Buy Now listing.Though, we would like to p...
What is Buy Now?
Buy Now are items that are available for direct sale at GreatCollections.  The prices are listed and fixed, and there is no buyer's fee added to these items....
Why was I immediately outbid?
If you place a bid an on item and you are immediately outbid, this means we already had a higher secret maximum bid from another member.For example:Member A places a secret max...
Can I view the items in person?
Yes, we welcome viewers at our offices in Irvine, California.  Since not all coins are kept on-site, please make an appointment and let us know which items you wish to view.We al...
Why do I see multiple listings of the same coin?
You may notice that GreatCollections may offer many different listings of the same type of coin.  For example, at any one time, we may have 5, 10 or more 1879-S Morgan Dollars, sometimes in ...
Never a hidden reserve at GreatCollections...
At GreatCollections, we believe in full transparency, yet still ensuring that all transactions are kept confidential between the buyer and seller.We start all auctions at a minimum bid amo...
How do I bid?
Bidding is easy at GreatCollections.  All bidders will need to register prior to placing a bid.  Click on the "Register" link at the top of each page.  It's fast, free an...
Do you offer a printed catalog of coin auctions and items for sale?
Unfortunately, we do not offer printed catalogs for clients.  All of the items we offer for sale and by auction are listed online at www.greatcollections.com....
Can I lower or cancel a Maximum Bid?
Please be careful when placing bids.  Once confirmed, bids may not be lowered or canceled.
Do I need to create an account in order to place bids?
Yes, in order to bid, you will need to register at GreatCollections.  It's fast, free and easy to register and in addition to being able to bid, you can create a personal Watchlist, save sea...
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