LBKA, Lincoln District

Rules for Sale of Bees & Equipment


1   Name. The auction of bees and beekeeping equipment is organised by the LBKA, Lincoln District, hereafter called ‘the association’.


2   General. The association will organise the auction and make reasonable efforts to check the statements concerning lots, the general health of bees and the cleanliness of equipment.


3   Accepting bees & Equipment. Live bees may be moved to the auction site the evening before the auction.   Stewards will normally be on site between 3pm and 6pm on the evening prior to the auction. No items will be accepted for sale after 10am on the day of the auction without prior agreement.


4  Right of Refusal. The association has the right to refuse to accept any equipment, items offered for sale, or colonies of bees without giving reasons.


5   Disclaimer. Neither the vendors nor the association warrant expressly or implicitly that any lot is free from varroa or any other bee disease.


6   Opening hives. To avoid excessive bee activity on the auction day, unauthorised opening of hives is not encouraged.   Vendors should make themselves available at the time of sale on the auction day to answer buyers’ questions, ( normally around 1pm).  Any inspections are at the discretion of the vendors, and would not normally involve removal of brood frames.


7   Accidents.  The association will not be responsible for any loss, damage, injury, illness or accident caused by stings before, during or after the auction.


8   Descriptions. Vendors are required to supply to the sale stewards details of their name, address, phone number, and  details of all lots, including any Reserve Prices.  ( It is the responsibility of the vendor to ensure that any Reserve prices are noted by the Auctioneer )


9   Security. The association will not be responsible for the safety of any lots during or prior to the auction and will not be liable for any loss or damage.  All lots must be removed from the auction site before 7pm on the day of the auction. 


10 Sold ‘as seen’. Lots are sold ‘as seen’, and no statement by any member of the association will be deemed a guarantee of value or worth of any lot. This is particularly important in the case of colonies of live bees where no guarantee can be given that  a queen  bee will  be alive at the time of sale or after the sale.


11 Customer numbers. A customer number is used to speed up selling.    The same customer number is used for buying or selling. All prospective buyers and vendors should obtain a customer number from the stewards prior to making a bid. This number must be made known to the auctioneer after a successful bid.


12 Auctioneer’s rights. The highest bidder will normally be the purchaser. The auctioneer will have the right to accept or reject bids as he thinks fit. In cases of dispute the auctioneer’s decision is final. Lots become the responsibility of the buyer at the drop of the hammer, but ownership will not be transferred until the auction price has been paid in full, including the buyers’ premium.  Unsold lots remain the property, and responsibility,  of the vendor.


13 Responsibility. The association is acting as a link between the buyer and seller and will not be responsible for items sold or  unsold after the fall of the hammer.           


14 Commission. The vendor will be charged a commission of 12.5% on all items sold. A 6% buyers’ premium will be added to the price to be paid for all lots.


15 Drawn brood comb. On the advice of the National Bee Inspector LDBKA will not accept for sale drawn brood comb which has been bred in. This measure is to reduce the spread of bee diseases.


16 Movement of bee colonies. Buyers and sellers of live bee colonies should be aware that after the sale the association will supply the Bee Inspectorate with a list of buyers and sellers of all live colonies sold.


17 Electrical Equipment. We are unable to accept  for sale electrical equipment which has not been checked for electrical safety. Items of beekeeping equipment with electrical components designed for use at mains voltage, must have a valid certificate to say the equipment has been tested and is electrically  safe.  Items without a certificate or failing the test will be sold as 'Unsafe equipment - for spares only'.


18 Payment. Payment must be made on the day of the sale and before any lots, bees or equipment, are removed.   Payment may be in cash or by cheque. No purchase may be removed without a receipted invoice, and then only with the permission of a steward. It is particularly important that purchasers of live bees check with the live bees steward to ensure they remove the correct hive!


19 Payment to vendors. Payments to vendors will be by cheque, approximately  fourteen days after the sale, after deduction of commission.