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Embracing the economy
Posted: 16/11/2017
Embracing the current economy!   We are very much living in the Information Age, where technology is changing everything faster than most of us can keep up with it. In many ways, I think a better description of the era would be the Change Age....
Apples from an orchard
Posted: 16/11/2017
Wholesale clearances are like buying apples from an orchard   We love a good analogy here at Haddon & James, especially a tasty one that is ripe for the picking and as fresh and relevant as one of your five-a-day. And this little story is ...
Nerf Guns
Posted: 07/11/2017
It’s high noon at the HJ Corral   If you have children of game-playing age, the latest Nerf Gun craze will not have escaped your attention. And it may well be that you are aware of these fun-filled, foam-firing, fantasy-photon toys even...
Star Wars
Posted: 31/10/2017
How to ‘force’ your way onto a Christmas list…   Now, I know that it is still only October and it is far too early for most businesses to mention the ‘happiest time of the year’ but we do have a valid excuse. In ...
Premium sales attract premium stock!
Posted: 25/10/2017
You will shortly be seeing the launch of a new website associated with Haddon & James, but aimed specifically at the reseller market in London and the surrounding areas. auction.london will focus on everything premium and is a reaction to what ou...
Go on - give us a real challenge!
Posted: 16/10/2017
When I first got into the auctioning business, many decades ago, it was the daily intrigue and the thrill of the unexpected item which caught my interested. In the same way that Bargain Hunt, The Antiques Roadshow and all the other auction motivated ...
Anyone can run a successful online shop!
Posted: 16/10/2017
The world of business has changed dramatically since the internet became a regular feature of commercial life. From the time when most businesses realised that having an online presence had become a basic marketing requirement, through to the emergen...
Everything we touch is turning to sold!
Posted: 13/10/2017
By the time this post gets published August will be over, and at the current rate we will have broken yet another record. Traditionally, the summer period is a quiet time for us, here one of the UK’s fastest growing auction houses, but this yea...
Head of Marketing opportunity
Posted: 28/06/2017
  Head of Marketing     Position Overview  Permanent Full-time (with three months initial probation period)  Standard business hours are 9:00am to 5:30pm Tuesday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:...
It's all about you...
Posted: 20/06/2017
The famous old ‘Cabaret’ song tells us that ‘money makes the world go around’ but is that really true? You see, the world was quite happily spinning on its axis long before money was invented. Even before mankind learned to ba...
Lights, camera, action… PROFIT!
Posted: 13/06/2017
It’s been all go, here at Haddon & James, with more and more quality tech stock coming in and getting shipped out, often by the pallet load, each sale. When I think back to where the business was, just a few short years ago, it is similar ...
You'll me made up with our makeover!
Posted: 06/06/2017
There can be few things in business life that are better than a genuine win-win scenario. The obvious ‘best bit’ is that both sides of the relationship win commercially – hence the self-explanatory name. Less obvious, but equally fu...
John Lewis – unknowingly undersold?
Posted: 30/05/2017
We don’t like to name-drop – although sometimes we just can’t help ourselves. In fact, if you look through any of our live auctions ‘right now’ you’ll see that they are littered with brands, big names and High Stre...
Turning spare time into quality-of-life time!
Posted: 28/04/2017
Many of our regular customers are making seriously good money having started by merely dabbling in trading during their spare time. In fact, some of them have turned an evening hobby into a full-blown business that eventually overtook the income gene...
Investing in a better future for everyone
Posted: 21/04/2017
Auctioneering has traditionally been associated with the past. In one form or another it is the oldest commercial enterprise of all, starting when civilisations first began to barter and swap goods with the highest bidder. Throughout the centuries an...
The best deal is in the detail!
Posted: 23/03/2017
Customers often ask me the real secret to winning big at an auction and taking away the best bargains. In my experience, it doesn’t matter whether you are bidding for valuable antiques, second-hand cars, job lots from a house clearance or surpl...
Everything has gone GREEN at Haddon & James
Posted: 16/03/2017
It is many years now since we started out as a traditional, family auctioneers, serving the homes and businesses of St Albans and the surrounding towns. It has always been a pleasure to be part of the local community and we have been involved in many...
Reasonable rules… but rules nonetheless!
Posted: 10/03/2017
Our policy is always to put customers first! It is where we started, as a small business serving a local community, and it is still at the core of everything we do. Without our customers, some of which have been buying stock from us consistently for ...
It's a win-win-win in time for Spring
Posted: 01/03/2017
With Spring well and truly here, the cold damp Winter behind us and the warmer months to look forward to, it is defiantly time to start thinking ‘garden’. Whether it is new items to put in it, or jobs to do around the place, all that real...
Did you know?
Posted: 23/02/2017
It is a long time since we have posted a blog all about unusual facts, lots and tall tales from the wonderful world of the auction room. So, we thought it was time we put the record straight and write up a few more auction oddities. This really take...
What is in a name?
Posted: 15/02/2017
Recently we have been selling lots of tablets. But of course, we are not a pharmacy or a backstreet drug dealer: these are a completely different sort of tablet. The only similarities between our tablets and the ones that the doctor prescribes are th...
Is it me or is it getting lighter?
Posted: 08/02/2017
Our business is certainly seasonal: not so much in the amount of stock that we sell and the keenness of the pricing (as we are getting busier all the time and only ever deal in bargains), but more in the type of products we sell. The really clever bu...
Love is in the air...
Posted: 08/02/2017
It is that time of year again when people begin to think romantic thoughts and plan small, larger or outrageous gestures of love. From long weekends away in Paris or New York, to stylish nights out, expensive gifts or a simple card with a heartfelt m...
What innovations and technological surprises will await us this year?
Posted: 23/01/2017
On 10th January 1977, a full forty years ago, Clive Sinclair (the inventor of the failed Sinclair C5) introduced a new 2-inch portable TV which retailed at around £175. It was a revolutionary, almosts space-age, innovation of its time and gave ...
Have you already broken your resolutions?
Posted: 16/01/2017
For many people, the start of a New Year means fresh beginnings; the opportunity to give up the things they don’t like or start things that they do. Gym memberships are taken out; bad habits are put to one side, some decide to follow their drea...
Merry Christmas and thank you from Haddon and James!
Posted: 22/12/2016
This year has been a really exciting one for us, not to mention a time of changes and adaptations. So we just wanted to say a big thank you to all of our customers; those from the trade and all you private buyers who are savvy enough to sniff out a b...
The day Santa went to the auction…
Posted: 20/12/2016
“Wow, what a particularly unusual and intriguing twelve months it’s been,” said Santa to Mrs Clause as they sat down for their traditional three days off before the busiest 24 hours of the year began. “I think I’ll give ...
APPsolutely marvellous…
Posted: 15/12/2016
So Black Friday has been and gone, and most of our customers did a roaring trade by getting hold of amazingly good deals well ahead of the mad rush, and being totally prepared for the big day. Well, it may have escaped your notice, but another, even ...
From Black Friday to a White Christmas
Posted: 07/12/2016
It appears to be an established part of the Christmas cycle now, and the Black Friday phenomena seems set to stay; although the jury is still out on whether it is a good thing for the retail industry or not. The end user customers seem to relish the ...
Once it’s gone, it’s gone…
Posted: 23/11/2016
Often I get a call from a desperate customer who calls up, having just missed out on a quality lot (or a series of lots) and asks when we are getting some more. OK, sometimes I can answer the question satisfactorily and say, we are in discussions wit...
Has there ever been a better time for reselling to the hungry?
Posted: 16/11/2016
The most fundamental law of economics is supply and demand. Add to that a knowledge of your marketplace, and you have a recipe for success, an opportunity to cook up a good deal and the chance to have your cake and eat it!   Whether it is beca...
Appy days... H&J goes mobile
Posted: 07/11/2016
I mentioned last month that we were about to launch our first ever App, purely to make our customer’s bid process even faster, easier and more fun. Well, I am happy to announce that it is now here and available for iPhones and iPads in the App ...
It's back to Black Friday!
Posted: 03/11/2016
It is amazing to think just how quickly Black Friday has become part of our pre-Christmas shopping culture over this side of the pond. The tradition started in the US in the 1930s, on the day after Thanksgiving, and quickly became recognised as the s...
Storage costs, but selling makes money…
Posted: 02/11/2016
Most of our suppliers are manufacturers and large retailers that have simply run out of room. They have brought in a large amount of stock in an effort to benefit from economies of scale and to meet predicted customer demand. In most cases, they get ...
From auction house to convenience store
Posted: 24/10/2016
There is no doubt that if you want to set up a business reselling stock through any number of online channels or from a stall in a market or a field on a Sunday – we can help. There is certainly no other auction house in Hertfordshire, possibly...
Four candles for fifty grand!
Posted: 18/10/2016
Watching UK Gold the other day I stumbled across a clip of one of the most famous classic comedy sketches of all time. The Two Ronnies’ ‘fork handles’ or ‘four candles’ set is surely the greatest collection of misheard r...
Brexit will bring more opportunities!
Posted: 11/10/2016
This year has seen many changes here at Haddon & James: both in significant improvements to the service and turnaround speed we deliver, and our ever greater focus on commercial auctioneering. The combination of these shifts in our business, comb...
The transfer window is over…
Posted: 04/10/2016
The Premiership’s transfer window closed again on 31st August with the usual array of frantically signed final hour deals, seemingly knee-jerk last minute decisions, and splashing the cash on a longshot. Unlike most years, this one seemed a lit...
One million dollars for that old fruit!
Posted: 27/09/2016
At the end of August, one of the first Apple computers ever made sold at auction for $815k. That is about a 122500% markup on its original selling price back in 1976. Although around 70 of these Apple-1 originals are known to have survived, this one ...
The tale of two mistakes…
Posted: 20/09/2016
No matter who you are, how clever you are, your life-experience or your propensity to exert intense attention to detail; everyone is capable of making a mistake. Some mistakes cost fortunes, others can be brushed under the carpet so that no one would...
What's in a name
Posted: 13/09/2016
The great Bard himself gave us many phrases and big ideas contained within the pages of his wonderful works. One of the most intriguing is the thought that names of things merely describe them but do not define them. In the most famous scene of his ...
Making money with Haddon & James
Posted: 06/09/2016
Most of our customers are commercial resellers buying stock to resell on to their own customers: online, in stores or at markets. The way it works really is very simple, and there is nothing to stop you doing the same thing. All you need is a little ...
Customers Happy, We're Super Happy
Posted: 30/08/2016
When our customers are happy, we are super-happy! The headline on our website reads, ‘The auction saleroom where ‘sold’ is our trademark’, and it is a statement which sits at the very heart of everything we do each day. The b...
One puff and it’s gone!  
Posted: 30/08/2016
We occasionally get commissioned to deal with liquidation stock or managing the assets of a business that has gone into receivership. As champions of small business, this task is always tinged with a little bit of sadness for us; but we also recognis...
The biggest brands in the world…
Posted: 23/08/2016
It’s funny how words can create a reaction or an image in your mind isn’t it? Mention the word ‘posture’ and everyone who hears it will sit up straight in their seat, at least for a while. If I started to tell you ab...
There are two sides to every story!
Posted: 16/08/2016
The last few weeks and months have been pretty extraordinary, haven’t they? From terrorist atrocities to political upheaval, sporting disappointments and the multitude of challenges that we all have to face from day to day. It seems that the un...
Even more interesting auctioning facts…
Posted: 09/08/2016
It’s been a while since we’ve done a trivia based post, all about auctions; and I know how some of you like to collect interesting knowledge to store up alongside all your Haddon and James bargains. So here goes… The art of auctio...
We’re ready to help at your convenience!
Posted: 03/08/2016
Back in June, we had a call from a small convenience store in High Wycombe, which was closing down. Sadly, it had only been open 12 months earlier but, for whatever reason, things hadn’t quite worked out. One of the more traditional jobs that ...
Everything has just been so BIG recently…
Posted: 27/07/2016
This year has been a year of GOING BIG. Our warehouse is bigger, our sales are soaring, we have more staff, more shifts, a wider range of products, larger bulk sale offerings, and some seriously big items for sale. The phone doesn’t stop ringi...
Carrying the world’s largest candlestick…
Posted: 21/07/2016
Even when you deal with the new, the old and the unexpected every day, it’s still nice to come across something really special. Last week we were commissioned to research, register and catalogue the world’s largest collection of chamberst...
A low bid is better than no bid
Posted: 12/07/2016
You’ve heard the expression, “you’ve gotta be in it to win it!” usually associated with the National Lottery? Well, it applies to much more than just the fourteen million to one chance of winning the Lotto Jackpot. Pretty muc...
The diary of a first-time online bidder…
Posted: 06/07/2016
Last week, I was speaking to a first-time bidder on one of our online auctions, and he agreed to share his experiences so we could turn it into a blog post. So, if you have only ever been to live auctions in person, or never been brave enough to vent...
Changing the channel for TV purchasers…
Posted: 20/05/2016
We’ve blogged quite a lot about all the incredible deals on smart TV’s that we’ve been putting out there over the last year or so. And we offer no apologies for writing even more… Neither will we apologise for offering a whol...
Are you ready for the summer?
Posted: 20/05/2016
Ever taking the positive outlook, here at Haddon and James, we are getting ready for a sizzling Summer. We’ve already seen a number of garden furniture items come into the stockroom and go straight back under the hammer at bargain prices. As th...
The sun has got his hat on…
Posted: 03/05/2016
Hip, hip, hip, hip hooray! After a turbulent winter, and a cold, wet start to the year – could it be that the Spring is going to finally warm us all up? Whether it does or not – we are ready to provide you for whatever your home needs in ...
It just gets better and better…
Posted: 29/04/2016
Our continual push towards improving our customers’ experience means more staff and better processes. A few months ago I wrote about the extended warehouse space and last month about the extra Monday evening shift. Well, it just keeps getting b...
The customer is always right!
Posted: 28/04/2016
Actually, I don’t believe that the customer is always right, but they certainly drive everything that happens in a retail environment. The customer may be wrong, from time to time, but they hold all of the cards, control market trends, decide w...
New owners for old stuff and old stuff that has been made anew!
Posted: 25/04/2016
Traditionally, auctions sold old, unwanted or the no longer needed things to clear space for their former owners. This still happens today and many of our sales are dedicated to house clearances, antiques and good quality second- hand goods. In fact,...
As safe as houses!
Posted: 22/04/2016
One of the more interesting themes to start appearing in the auction room recently has been a range of top quality Home Security equipment. This kit is amazing and really does bring James Bond and Jason Bourne style surveillance tech into your living...
Some of the most valuable bids of all time
Posted: 21/03/2016
Last year we posted an article that mentioned the top-priced paintings ever to be sold at auction. The post, like the paintings themselves, proved to be one of our most popular so I thought I might share some more valuable and interesting auction fac...
If you’ve never been to an auction…
Posted: 21/03/2016
There are many types of auctions in the world and a whole catalogue of interesting stories and sales that go with them. The oldest auction house dates back to 1674 in Sweden but the practice of auctioning can be traced back as far as 500BC in ancient...
Driving home the best bargain ever
Posted: 19/02/2016
Over the decades, we have witnessed some pretty incredible deals go through the saleroom, but few could match last week’s amazing drive-through, take-away. I’ll come to that in a moment, but first let me tell you about some of the other g...
The bid goes to the fast and the vigilant
Posted: 19/02/2016
In the world of auctioning it is always a buyers’ market in that ‘they’ ultimately decide the price. This can be good for the seller because often the market values their products higher than they expected or valued them themselves....
A shift towards (even) better service
Posted: 04/02/2016
We have always prided ourselves on the relationships that we have with our customers, the consistent quality of the products we sell and the great prices that we give. The service area that has always caused a little more difficulty, mostly for reaso...
It’s not cheap – It’s just darn good value!
Posted: 04/02/2016
Several times a week (and counting) a customer asks what is wrong with our stock that we can sell it so cheaply. I quickly correct them, of course, and explain the difference between cheap and good value. Now, we love speaking to customers here at Ha...
The longest January sale ever…
Posted: 25/01/2016
2016 has started with a deluge, both in terms of the wet weather all over the country and the stock coming into our warehouse. It goes without saying that Christmas is always one of the busiest times of the year for us, but this year the rush just di...
We even amaze ourselves sometimes…
Posted: 25/01/2016
One of our weaknesses as a company is that we really like saying ‘yes’. As far as our customers are concerned, however, this is a real strength and one that can quite often get them out of a tight spot. In retrospect, then, I suppose that...
Happy New Year from Haddon and James
Posted: 05/01/2016
Christmas is over for another year and the time for thinking about the future and making resolutions has arrived. There will be the usual array of new gym memberships being opened, plans to stop or reduce alcohol consumption and one or two, “th...
Are you suffering from auction addiction?
Posted: 05/01/2016
It’s interesting isn’t it that the word addiction is always associated with bad things. I’m not sure that always has to be the case though (please bear with me). If it is possible to have both good habits and bad habits, why shouldn...
If you don’t pay, we’ll take it away (actually we won’t even send it)!
Posted: 11/12/2015
If you’ve ever been to one of our auctions (online or in person) or if you’ve even looked at the number of auctions we hold each week, you will know that we are quite busy! In fact, it will come as no surprise to you to hear that we manag...
Christmas shopping at Haddon and James
Posted: 11/12/2015
Whether you had Christmas covered months ago (food planned, presents purchased and decorations ready to go up) or, like everyone else, just starting to notice that it is December – we’re here to help. On Wednesday 16th December, the grea...
The building is growing and the gavel keeps falling...
Posted: 02/12/2015
The buzz of the saleroom, even on non-sales days, is a constant in the Haddon and James offices. It feels like an ethereal combination of activity and anticipation which hangs in the air and brushes against everyone who enters, workers and visitors a...
Black Friday or not Black Friday
Posted: 26/11/2015
Black Friday or not Black Friday? That is the question! It has been a debate for some time in the Haddon and James office. Not just whether we should get involved in the phenomenon that has descended on our shores from the US in recent years; but if...
Christmas in November...
Posted: 26/11/2015
Christmas in November? Let’s get the party started! So it probably hasn’t escaped your notice that Christmas is coming. I’m sure we say this every year, but doesn’t it seem to start earlier each year? Whatever, the actually s...
Demystifying the jargon of the saleroom
Posted: 23/11/2015
As with any marketplace, or indeed any area of life, there are various terms which evolve over the years and become commonplace jargon amongst those ‘in the know’. When you work in these environments, you get so used to this sort of termi...
300% above the estimate, 200% profit and 100s of happy customers
Posted: 16/11/2015
This post contains two great examples of just how much value can be achieved for sellers, buyers and the environment through creative auctioning. The tale of an empty office and a full house… Sometimes even our experienced valuers are surpri...
And the nominees for this year’s final are… Haddon and James!
Posted: 09/11/2015
Haddon and James were honoured to have been nominated amongst the finalists for the seventh annual St Albans Chamber of Commerce Community Business Awards. We were represented in the Corporate Social Responsibility category and are proud of the contr...
Solving the 'fabulously last year' surplus for suppliers
Posted: 05/11/2015
Here in the western world we love the bright, the shiny and the new. And nowhere is this truer than in the electronics world where tablets, TV’s, laptops, and game consuls dominate Christmas lists and Birthday wishes. Has FMCG has digital?Anyo...
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
Posted: 06/10/2015
‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ might be a nice bit of alliteration, and there is a degree of truth within the phrase. But when it comes to auctioned goods it might be a little too harsh a description compared to t...
Saturday morning with the auction on…
Posted: 06/10/2015
Recently, one of our customers told us that she often has our live auctions on instead of the radio. We were delighted and amazed at the comment because the thought that we might fill that space in someone’s life had never been part of the busi...
Late summer mornings and Arabian nights
Posted: 06/10/2015
Our summer break culminated in one of our busiest live sale mornings of the year, on Saturday 12th September. It was packed solid with a wide variety of interesting items from house clearances and police recovered goods. As the area’s approved ...
Five big dangers of buying on eBay
Posted: 16/09/2015
Number One – The obvious thing to watch out for is that the seller is legitimate and that they actually have the product they are offering. Unless it is someone that you have purchased from before, or there is an abundance of positive ‘bu...
That’s ‘so last year’ but it's brilliant!
Posted: 14/09/2015
Are you one of those people who queue outside the Apple store on the night before the latest release? Or do you suffer from ‘technology envy’ and feel that you just need to get the latest TV, laptop or gadget every six months? Here a...
Do you call that downsizing?
Posted: 11/09/2015
It is not uncommon for parents that have worked hard to bring up a family and create a family home to eventually downsize. All their lives they have made sacrifices, skimped and saved, squeezed the maximum out of the smallest space, and coped with th...
Busy, busy, busy another normal week
Posted: 10/09/2015
If you are a regular visitor to the saleroom, either in person or online, then you will be no stranger to the Haddon and James jive. Others might call it a buzz in reference to the hive of activity that takes place under our various roofs each week, ...
Redeployment to redevelopment and the redistribution of wealth… in 7 days!
Posted: 29/06/2015
When we were asked to empty a 60 bedroom hotel recently, ready for redevelopment, we sent in our crack team of experts to access and audit the stock; then prepare it for transportation. Over a long weekend our taskforce photographed and catalogued ea...
New homes found for the contents of an old home that touched many hearts
Posted: 29/06/2015
When the owners of a nursing home and former convent were faced with the sad prospect of closing the site; the decision stirred many trips down memory lane. With a long history of caring for the building’s residents (both body and soul) its cor...
Going once, going twice, going TEN TIMES more than the competitor’s quote…
Posted: 29/06/2015
The BIG LESSON here is that it is always worth getting a second opinion… especially one from an expert. Our client was selling their hotel for redevelopment; but intended to keep it open and fully operational right up to the final day. This m...

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