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Good service

I have attended about a dozen times from about 2 hours away and have always been treated well by the staff and other buyers. They offer just about everything at auction at one time or another, so if you watch their website, you'll find what you are after.

User's recommendation: Arrive early to get good parking and enjoy some good food from the onsite vendor.

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#2485269 Review #2485269 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Very Helpful

Called Mr. Brandly today out the blue and with no problem, received the help I needed for my situation and gave me both sides of the coin of my idea along with other useful options and helpful tips to help me run a smooth auction for my event!!!
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#1458699 Review #1458699 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Poor parking, set up and staff!!

have been to many auctions and figured I would give this one a try, since I hadn’t been here before. Plus, there were a few items I was interested in. Arrived at auction facility. Couldn’t even enter because there were cars everywhere and NO where to park. One reason they couldn’t fit anyone else in their parking lot was because whoever plowed their lot did a terrible job! This only left about 40 open parking spaces. They were trying to park cars in snow banks. They were completely rude about the parking and were then trying to triple park if you didn’t want to park in the snow bank. I drove almost an hour and a half just to get to this auction! Do yourself a favor. DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME HERE! Very upset and will NOT return!
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#1738223

Your Loss. Very busy auction and capable staff.

#1435795

Still same POOR service and will NOT go back!

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#1171255 Review #1171255 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Groveport, Ohio
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Mike Brandly Auctions Parking
Reason of review
Poor customer service

Worst Auction House in OH

I find this one of the worst auction houses to sell your products at. They are extremely rude and, they even throw your stuff away without asking. Seller's and buyer looking to buy or sell I would avoid this auction house. A couple of things I have noticed is when they are selling your stuff, they are really uneducated on what it is they are selling. Meaning the buyer gets good buy, but I believe as auctioneers they should have some idea of what it is they are selling. Also as a seller they tell you what will sell and what will not sell. Now you would think this would be a nice feature to have. Not when they try to tell you things will not sell that actually do sell. Worst auction house ever.
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#931518 Review #931518 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Groveport, Ohio
Reason of review
Poor customer service
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Want to inform people on this auction house.

Review in Auctions and Internet Stores category from Columbus, Ohio

I have been attending and buying at auctions for years and find this auction house one of the last truly nice and professional companies in the Midwest. They have helped thousands and thousands of people over the years and sure there will always be some folks who do not understand how auctions work. They are in the business to make as most money as they can so they get more commission and are not a charity organization. Use any other local auctioneer and see how great Mike Brandly auctions are for sellers and buyers. They do not rip off anyone and I have been going to auctions for 40 years around the country.
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#760388 Review #760388 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Columbus, Ohio
Reason of review
Pricing issue

Mike Brandly Auctions Staff Review

They do a wonderful job! Lisa is the nicest and kindhearted lady I've ever met.
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#751803 Review #751803 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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New Straitsville, Ohio
Reason of review
Good customer service

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Lisa. Is a *** who doesn't know how to treat customers.
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#748469 Review #748469 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Detroit, Michigan
Reason of review
Poor customer service

Rude, unprofessional and insulting - my impression when meeting with Female auctioneer Lisa to see how I could use their services to auction my estate to downsize after my husband's death.

I have been selling off items from our estate (we are only 50 yrs old, husband passed away from an brain injury almost 3 years ago.) We custom built our dream home on 2-1/2 acres in 2006. After my husband passed away unexpectedly, after just getting let go from a corporate career of over 17 years, I needed to re-evaluate my future and I realize that I can't continue with the dream world we had created. I sold all of his hot rod collection, zero turn mower, coin collections, many major items that I wouldn't have trusted to anyone to do for me. I kept a lot of items from our 2,700+ sq ft home in storage while I temporarily moved to a rental property while I was redirecting my life. I have a young son (13yr old now) and virtually no family, all parents deceased and we both are only children to our parents. I think I have done a good job of downsizing and starting a new life so far on my own given my circumstances. I have used or sold many appliances, household goods, tools, etc. I do have a couple of large storage units left that I am unable to use in my newest home and I have been researching how to get rid of what is left of my former life. All items have been professionally moved and stored in climate controlled storage and are newer, gently used items, many new still in the box even. I was asking Lisa how to have an auction of these items so that I can make a little money off the remaining items and quit paying storage on items that I am ready to let go and move on. She took offense to how I worded my question, I am not sure exactly what I said but I was questioning the $100 and hour fee for guys to move my stuff to the auction site + 35% commission on all sales. I know how much my stuff is worth but at an absolute auction if someone offers a $1 and nobody else bids on it because it isn't something they are looking for then I just payed $100.35 for someone to buy my $50 (minimum) craftsman workbench for $1. I was only asking how I can help them make money and make a little to show for all of my items that I still have. I thought that she would be glad that I had such a potential small gold mine that she would try to help me see how this auction would be a good idea and everything could happen rather quickly. But she took offense to my questions and huffed and grunted and told me they " are in the business to make money, not make me money." And she said she was offended by my comments on the quality of items that I had seen for sale the previous night. I was mearly trying give her an idea that my stuff had been in storage for about a year now but it wasn't the typical condition of the items that I saw NOT being bid on in last night's auction. I tried to ask her nicely if someone had actually paid them $100/hr + comm to have all that "junk" auctioned. I guess my wording struck her wrong, to say the least. She got really loud and when I asked her how we could help each other make some money, she told me "WE are not social services" and that I need to find another auctioneer. Boy, I hit a nerve somehow. I will be glad to just keep on selling my own stuff and I might consider speaking to another auctioneer. I have been doing just fine without them so far, I was just looking to make the process a little easier/quicker. I may just call Volunteers of America and have them take whatever they want. I'll be damned if I pay her to insult me.
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#1080322

I don't believe anything this woman said. Lisa and Mike are awesome.

This is an honest company that I've been dealing with for years. Top notch.

#969340

Sounds like you truly wanted to somehow get the job done cheaper because of your life situation. Yes it is cheaper to do these things yourself and all you have to do is put your time into it and wait for a matched buyer.

Or have it all done for you and your time is free for other things. I just think your complaint is not fair. I do not for a moment think they were rude to you. But then again seems you did call their auction the night before a bunch of junk.

Yes you could have taken your better than junk to them and saved some money. I have dealt with them for years now and have never been treated rudely.

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#541716 Review #541716 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Groveport, Ohio
Reason of review
Rude, unprofessional and insulting
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It is their loss, not mine. I feel fine with just sharing/posting my experience so that others can judge for themselves if they want to take the chance of being treated so poorly and unprofessionally.
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Mike Brandly Auctions Ripped Me Off Bigtime!!!

Last summer I found myself in serious financial shape--so much so that my electricity had been cut off leaving me with no A/C, no refrigeration, no hot water and no way to cook. I decided the only way out of my situation was to sell some of my best furniture and I thought an auction would be the best way. Was I ever wrong!! Mike Brandly told me that he had a great way to publicize his auctions and that he always had great turn-outs for his auctions. He also told me that he was going to auction my items on that Wednesday, which was just 2 days after they were picked up. When I expressed my doubt that there would not be enough time to advertise, he pushed my question aside and told me not to worry--he had everything under control. The 17 items he took to sell included 2 beautiful Victorian-period beds, one walnut and one cherry in perfect shape, Victorian bed stands, an antique trunk, a Victorian dresser w/mirror,a sofa, lamps, rugs and miscellaneous household item--all in great shape. His own men told me how beautiful my things were! Well, the auction took place and I was anxious to get my electricity back on and eat again. When I got my check it was for $376.00!!! For everything!!! He tried to tell me that both the beds had been altered in such a way as to be almost valueless. Completely untrue!! As a matter of fact, one of the beds had been appraised at $1300 over 25 years ago! It was then that I learned that his "big crowd" had consisted of just 15 people and HE had bought the Victorian dresser himself!! For $25.00! I was flabbergasted and asked him what kind of advertising he had done, he insisted that he had done plenty to get the word out about my things, but when I asked to see the photos that he had supposedly put on his website, he told me that they had been deleted. When I offered to recover them, he refused. When I offered to show his assistant how to recover them, he again refused. My big mistake was letting Mr. Brandy know how desperate I was for cash. But, even so I had told him I would be willing to wait a week or two to have the auction if it would mean more people would turn out that were interested in Victorian antiques. When he smelled desperation, he decided to take big advantage of me. As a certified appraiser, he knew exactly what he had and he ripped me off. When I cried and told him that the money wasn't even enough to get my electricity back on he laughed and said "not my problem". He also assumed that a person like myself, in financial trouble, wouldn't have the money to sue him. WRONG!! BEWARE OF MIKE BRANDLY AUCTIONS IN COLUMBUS!! Anyone else have a story like mine?
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#1086751

Yes, my family and I brought well over 5K worth of merchandise to be auctioned...we received a check for $98. And I'm quite sure he purchased some of the items we brought to him.

Very disappointed, but he'll have to answer to a higher authority than even the court system eventually....I don't really know how he sleeps at night...my siblings and I are licking are wounds, but we'll survive!

WHAT A SCAMMER!!! Mean people SUCK!

#1080334

Obviously this guys stuff was junk and he doesn't understand their are no friends at an auction and Victorian furniture is in the toilet. Mike is the most honest auctioneer in the area.

#847790

Mike Brandly is a man of high moral character and is not a rip-off! These people are obviously together and trying to ruin a good guy.

I have dealt with Mike & several other auctioneers and auctioneers today go over all the specifics of an auction and the possibility that items may not reach the price one hopes for but is an auction some stuff sells high some stuff sells low. These people just have sellers remorse and are looking to blame the auctioneer because their $25.00 stuff sold for what it was worth!!

#553644

mike brandly allows people of other cultures(being nice) to come to the auctions and steal from the stuff he has to auction and looks the other way and still expects you to pay for stuff you do not have.this is bs and as this has happen alot of times i have been there...i for one will not give him anymore of my money and advise anyone going there to watch his workers ..they know this is going on but bc they spend alot they look the other way..also buyer beware you will be charged rather you recieve your stuff or not..shame on mike!!!!!

#26600

Mike Brandly is a complete ***. I have a friend that was ripped off by him as well.

What I want to know is--how can it be legal for him to buy the things that HE is auctioning??

Anyone know anything about that?

#733805
@PissedConsumer26600

Mike Brandley is truly a *** & does not care about the people he is ripping off.. He helped at our auction a few weeks ago & could not have stuck the knife in any deeper..We were certainly dissalutioned as to his character when we met him -- before the auction.. Now we know about several of them...

#1425503
@PissedConsumer733805

Care to elaborate on this complaint? How could an auctioneer that was helping another auctioneer rip you off and stick a knife in so deep?

This auction would have been under the control of the auctioneer that was contracted for this sale.

If another auctioneer was helping out, most likely they were bid calling, so I don't see merit for this complaint. I wish people that were complaining actually posted their real name instead of hiding behind a keyboard to attack an innocent man's character.

#1425501
@PissedConsumer26600

It is completely legal for an auctioneer to bid on items they are selling. Every auctioneer I know does this, and I don't believe for a minute your friend was ripped off by this auctioneer.

I have attended dozens of Mike's auctions and have felt they are thoroughly honest. Someone sounds disgruntled here.

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#130370 Review #130370 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Columbus, Ohio

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