Auction Event FAQ's

What makes us different?

Ducks in a Row Events does not believe in the "hard sell" regarding our services.  We want to give you the best event possible to accomplish your goals and keep you focused on your mission.  Therefore, we will talk with you about those goals ahead of a contract being signed to make sure that we can achieve them with our proven system of managing your event. 

How much do you charge?

Ducks in a Row Events charges strictly based on a flat fee.  We will never charge you based on a "commission".  Our feeling is that while this might make you a little more money, it not only encourages auctioneers and consultants to be more "high pressure" with your guests, but makes it difficult for you to predict your event budgets. 

Will you tell me what I want to hear?

We believe that, while we know you are under a lot of stress from managing your event, telling you what you WANT to hear, isn't what you're paying for.  We will share with you our perspective from years of auction experience, what you need to change, and what it will take to achieve your goals. 

What software should we use?

Please speak with us on an individual basis about auction software.  We have experience working with most of the leading auction software programs.  You will want to take the time to evaluate them all, and our experienced staff can assist with that process if you have questions.

We provide training and technical support for Greater Giving, Auction Maestro Pro, and Auctria Software to name a few.

Do you have trips, autographed memorabilia, and other consignment items we can purchase?

NO.  We do not SELL you items for your event.  There are many companies, auctioneers, consulting firms, and commission salespeople who will "donate" a trip or piece of autographed memorabilia to your auction for a "reduced rate".  The problem is:

  • It takes significant bidding power out of your room and gives it to another company, especially if you have several in one auction. 
  • What these auctioneers/companies don't tell you is that they get a "finder's fee" every time they sell one.  If they sell multiples, they get many times their fee.  This is an "upsell" that they use to increase the amount of money they can make from "helping" you with your event.
  • We do not condone, nor promote these kinds of items.  Some consignment items ARE appropriate in the right setting, but these items should be kept to a minimum and should be purchased from the provider...not a middle-party. 

Still have questions? Please feel free to contact us anytime!

Christin Kundert

christin@ducksinarow-events.com

(206) 251-1230