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  Tips for Buyers
 
  Become a registered user:
We will need just five pieces of information:

1.  A "Username" -  this is how you will be known at the Audiogon.
2.  A "Password" - choose a password that you can remember.
3.  Your name
4.  Your email address - must be valid and deliverable.
5.  Your phone number - released only to another user in a transaction with you. 
6.  Your address - not released to anybody unless you specifically tell us to.

Just click the Registration link in the top frame, or here to do it right now.  Once you fill out the form with the above items, you will receive an email with your temporary password.  You may change the password once you sign in.

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  How to Change your Password:
You will need your "Username" and your current Password.
Go the the Registration page, and you will see a form to change your password.
Enter your handle, your current password, and your new password twice.
You will never be asked for your password by any of the Audiogon staff, so do not reveal it to anybody. 

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How to bid on an auction:
All listings will have a set of bidding fields near the bottom of the page.  You will need to enter your Username, password, and your bid.   You will see a minimum required bid amount that you must meet or surpass.  By using the Proxy Bidding System, you can bid your maximum price right away, and let your Proxy enter bids for you, at the minimum accepted.

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The Proxy Bidding System:
The Proxy Bidding System is designed to save you the time of watching every bid at the auction, and is used by all reputable internet auction systems.   The system assumes the Proxy role automatically, if you bid more than you "have to".  Essentially, you bid the Maximum price you are willing to pay, right off the bat.   But your bid is actually kept confidential, and not posted.  Only the Minimum Required amount is bid for you.  The system will then place bids for you when necessary to beat other bidders.  Your Proxy will only bid one increment more than your competition, and will never bid more than your maximum.  If someone bids more than your top price, you will be notified via email.

An example
Current high bid is: $100.00
Bid Increment is: $2.50
Next required Bid : $102.50
   
You bid your max.: $160.00
Your Proxy submits: $102.50
Joe comes along with: $105.00
Your Proxy bids: $107.50
Joe bids again: $125.00
Your Proxy bids: $127.50
John Moneybags bids: $175.00
Your Proxy does NOT bid: It emails you.


Another example:
Current high bid is: $100.00
Bid Increment is: $2.50
Next required Bid : $102.50
   
You bid your max.: $160.00
Your Proxy bids: $102.50
Joe comes along with: $200.00
Your Proxy bids its max: $160.00
Joe's Proxy bids: $162.50
Your Proxy does NOT bid: It emails you.

By bidding your maximum right away, you are sure not to pay too much at the end of an exciting auction.  If the bidding goes higher than your maximum, no problem, you probably would not have paid that much anyway.

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  What is the Audiogon BlueBook?
We have collected an extensive database of high-end audio models, and their observed resale prices on the used market.  Our BlueBook covers more than 25,000 models, with original resale price, observed or estimated used prices, and some general info.  It also contains links to any online reviews, and other tools for you to research the item in questions. The Audiogon BlueBook has tons of free information, but you will need to pay a small fee to access the pricing data.  The remaining information is readily useful for any visitor.  Take a look

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  What is the Audiogon Grading Scale (AGS)?
It is often difficult to gauge the physical condition of an item based on the seller's description.  What exactly does "Mint" mean?   Especially when everybody seems to use it all the time?  The Audiogon Grading Scale is a standard that is used by audio dealers and reference books.  It is a 1-10 scale, with very specific criteria for each of the numbers.  If the seller is using the Audiogon Grading Scale, you will see a X/10, followed by AGS, which will be a link to the Grading Scale description.  If the seller does not state an AGS rating for his item, email him and ask that he qualify his item on the AGS.

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  What good is the Manufacturer Directory?
Sure, you've seen all the links to the manufacturer's websites, but their websites have information on their current models only.  If you need additional information on an older model, or need to confirm the "upgraded to mkII" in a listing, you have to call the manufacturer to ask for help.  The Audiogon has compiled not only addresses and phone numbers, but also contact names in many cases, to put you in touch with the right person.  The Manufacturer Directory is an invaluable resource to audiophile traders.  

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