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I guess much of Central Europe is on holidays as it seems the whisky auctions online contain some real bargains at this moment. I do have a personal interest in some of the items (trying to buy), but thought I would also bring it to other's attention that there seems to be some very good prices for old bottlings now available in the auctions. Dunno, all of you may already know these places.
www. whiskyauction is one place to look at, and another is http://www.whiskyhammer.com
Saw a nice Port Ellen for less than 60 euros, a lot of older Rare Malts for affordable prices, Hazelburn 1st release and so on..Prices for Ardbegs seem sadly quite high.
This is still quite a new site, it only opened towards the end of March this year and is still largely quite unknown.
You are correct that there are some great bargains at the moment, all currently without bids. Please feel free to log in, enjoy the site and place some bids. If you have any questions, you may contact me directly.
- It is possible to get older, unavailable bottlings of less hyped whiskies for excellent prices.
- For hype-whiskies such as Ardbeg, this is much less likely in auctions, and some people are willing to bid what I'd consider extraordinary prices for the items for sale - but some can be bought for "reasonable" prices most certainly.
- For some whiskies which are still available in the shops, astonishingly some bidders well exceed in their bids the prices in the shops! - perhaps they do not bother to search with google first? A good example was a 30yo Ben Nevis, selling in auction for 250+ euros, and the very same bottling was available for a good 70+ euros less in a few shops. Go figure.
- The prices that appear very low in the very beginning of the auction often climb to silly levels at the end of the bidding at whiskyauction.
- The starting prices which do appear much higher at whiskyhammer do represent realistic values, and eventually one may end up getting the bottling (much) cheaper from this less known source.
By no means do I wish to advertise, and I am not affiliated with either source mentioned. These observations represent only my personal views and perhaps simplified deductions I have made.
It really is a case of doing your home work and obviously people are not doing that but that is their loss. Always search for your bottle else where before getting involved in a bidding war.
I saw a bottle of Ardbeg Still Young going for 125.00 on Ebay and it still had a couple of days to go on it. I missed what it went for in the end but it is around 50-60Euro in online stores still ????
Buyer Beware and all that
As such, whiskyhammer does strike me currently as more sensible source at least for the buyer often as long as it avoids such bidding frenzy.
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