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  1. By participating in Indiana Buy It Now, you acknowledge that you have read, understand and accept these rules. The Hoosier-Times (The Times-Mail in Bedford, The Herald-Times in Bloomington, The Reporter-Times in Martinsville, The Mooresville/Decatur Times in Mooresville) reserves the right to update and change these rules from time to time.

  2. Items purchased through Indiana Buy It Now will not be refunded via The Hoosier-Times. Issues with the merchants, such as going out of business or a change in policy must be raised with the individual merchants. The Hoosier-Times is a vehicle for these businesses to sell items and any questions concerning their offers must be handled with the merchants. Refunds will not be made through The Hoosier-Times.

  3. The Hoosier-Times provides Indiana Buy It Now as a venue for sellers to advertise and promote items for you to bid on. The Hoosier-Times is not involved in any transaction entered into through Indiana Buy It Now except to the extent that The Hoosier-Times will collect the total purchase price for items (other than real estate or automobiles, as outlined herein). The Hoosier-Times is not involved in the buying, selling, exchanging or dealing of items in Indiana Buy It Now, nor is The Hoosier-Times soliciting orders on behalf of the sellers. The Hoosier-Times charges no fee to sellers for listing items in Indiana Buy It Now, nor to buyers who purchase items from sellers who participate in Indiana Buy It Now.

  4. The Hoosier-Times makes no representations or warranties and there are no conditions of any kind, expressed or implied, statutory or otherwise, with respect to the goods and services offered through Indiana Buy It Now, including without limitation:

    • implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement;
    • any implied warranty arising from course of dealing or usage of trade;
    • any obligation, liability, right, claims or remedy in tort, whether or not arising from the negligence of Hoosier Times Inc.

  5. All items in Indiana Buy It Now are new, unless otherwise indicated, and come with applicable warranties, as determined by the seller. The Hoosier-Times is not the seller of the items and assumes no responsibility for the items in any respect. The respective sellers of each item are solely responsible for descriptions in Indiana Buy It Now and the condition, estimates, authenticity, title, representations as to price, and all other matters relating to the offer and sale of the items.

  6. All items in Indiana Buy It Now may be viewed at the respective seller's place of business as indicated in the auction guide. Bidders are urged to view items on which they intend to bid prior to bidding.

  7. Participation is open to anyone 18 years of age or over with the exception of employees of sellers who have submitted items to The Hoosier-Times and their immediate families. Such employees of the participating businesses may bid, but not on items that are provided by their respective companies.

  8. Neither The Hoosier-Times nor any of its employees or agents is responsible for any claims relating to the use of any goods, the provision of any of the services, or as a result of your participation in Indiana Buy It Now.

  9. You are prohibited from using any method, mechanism, device or software to affect the proper functioning of Indiana Buy It Now and its website. The Hoosier-Times may, at its sole discretion and without notice, terminate the right of any participant in Indiana Buy It Now or user of the website to participate in Indiana Buy It Now or use the website.

  10. All content on this website is the property of The Hoosier-Times or the sellers. The Hoosier-Times grants a limited license to each user of the website to make personal use only of the website itself. Any other use, including reproduction, modification, distribution, transmission, or display of the content on the website is strictly prohibited.

  11. Indiana Buy It Now is governed by and construed in accordance with Indiana law. You agree to comply with all applicable laws, statutes and regulations regarding participation in Indiana Buy It Now and use of the website.

BIDDING RULES

  1. Indiana Buy It Now commences on Friday, November 24 at 9 am and ends on Monday, November 27 at 9 pm; starting and ending time is determined by the website clock. Bids will be accepted during this time period only. The Hoosier-Times reserves the right, at its sole discretion and without notice, to extend, terminate or modify Indiana Buy It Now in the event of unforeseen technical difficulties that alter the proper functioning of Indiana Buy It Now.

  2. Bids may be placed online at any time at the website while the auction is active.

  3. The Indiana Buy It Now Committee will set a Starting Bid for each item. The Starting Bid is the minimum amount required to participate in the bidding for that item.

  4. Each item has an opening bid amount. Once a bid has been placed, that bidder is required to purchase that item unless a higher bid is placed by another bidder.

  5. Indiana Buy It Now operates under a proxy bidding system. Under proxy bidding, you enter the amount you are willing to bid for an item. This is your Maximum Secret Bid and is known only by you and the Indiana Buy It Now Committee. You should be sure of your Maximum Secret Bid prior to submission. The Maximum Secret Bid that you submit may not necessarily be the price you pay if you are the successful bidder - you may pay less, but never more. However, choose your maximum carefully, as you will be legally bound to pay up to that price (plus any applicable taxes) if it is the final highest bid.

  6. If previous bids have been placed on an item, then your Maximum Secret Bid must exceed the current leading bid on that item by at least the minimum increment for that item (the increment is $2 for items whose value is $0 - $300, $4 for items whose value is $301 - $500, $5 for items whose value is $501 - $1,000, $10 for items whose value is $1,000 or higher. For example, if the current leading bid is $600 on a $1000 item, then your Maximum Secret Bid must be at least $610.

  7. Based on your Maximum Secret Bid, the bidding software will place bids on your behalf at the lowest amount possible to make you the high bidder for the item. For example, if yours is the first bid on an item, the auction software will place a bid on your behalf equal to the Starting Bid for that item, or if your Maximum Secret Bid is greater than the Opening Price of the item, the auction software will place a bid equal to the Opening Price.

  8. If another bidder places a Maximum Secret bid on an item for which you have placed a bid, and your Maximum Secret Bid on the item is higher than the other bidder's Maximum Secret Bid, the auction software will automatically place a bid on your behalf that is in the amount of the bid increment more than the other bidder's Maximum Secret Bid, to ensure you remain the leading bidder. The auction software will continue bidding in this fashion until one of the following three things happens:

    • No other bids are higher than yours,
    • Your Maximum Secret Bid is reached, or
    • You are declared the highest bidder at the end of Indiana Buy It Now.

  9. It is your responsibility to monitor the outcome and status of your bids on the Indiana Buy It Now website and, in the event that you are outbid by another bidder with a higher Maximum Secret Bid, determine whether to continue bidding on an item. If you are outbid by another bidder with a higher Maximum Secret Bid, you must submit a new Maximum Secret Bid in order to continue your bidding on that item. If you submit a new Maximum Secret Bid, that bid supercedes all your previous bids on that item. The amount of the new bid must be at least the amount of the bid increment more than the current leading bid on the item, and the quantity must be the same or greater than the highest quantity in any of your previous Maximum Secret Bids on that item.

  10. If your Maximum Secret Bid is exactly the same as another bidder's previously-placed Maximum Secret Bid on the same item, the bidder whose bid was placed first shall be declared the leading bidder.

  11. In the event of a dispute between bidders or between bidders and the Indiana Buy It Now Committee, or in the event of doubt or dispute as to the validity of any bid, the Indiana Buy It Now Committee will have the discretion to determine the successful bidder. All decisions by the Indiana Buy It Now Committee are final and binding and not subject to review or appeal.

  12. The Hoosier-Times is not responsible for any bids that are lost, misdirected, incomplete or illegible, or for failed, partial or garbled computer transmissions, or for technical failures of any kind including, but not limited to, malfunctioning of any network, hardware or software, which may limit a bidder's ability to participate in Indiana Buy It Now. Proof of sending will not be proof of receipt by The Hoosier-Times. The Hoosier-Times is not responsible for any online, long distance telephone, or other charges you may incur in connection with participating in Indiana Buy It Now.

  13. During and after Indiana Buy It Now, you may receive emails confirming bids you place, notifying you that you have been outbid by another bidder, or notifying you that you are a winner. These emails are for informational purposes only. Their transmission or omission does not constitute any change in the status of your bid or those of other bidders. Only the record of bids in the Indiana Buy It Now system, as represented on the website, constitutes the true bid record, as used by the Indiana Buy It Now Committee to determine the winning bidder at the close of Indiana Buy It Now.

PAYMENT RULES

  1. All registered users of Indiana Buy It Now will be required to enter a current credit card. This credit card will be charged upon completion of Indiana Buy It Now for any items in which the user is the high bidder. All payments will be made via credit card online and not accepted at the newspaper.

  2. At the close of the sale/auction, the winning bidder (the buyer) for each item and will be contacted by email to notify him/her of his/her winning status. As the buyer, you may not retract your bid and are obligated to make full payment of the total purchase.

  3. The total purchase price of an item for each winning buyer is defined as the leading bid for the item at the close of the sale/auction, for each winning bidder, multiplied by the quantity allocated to the buyer.

  4. The buyer shall pay the total purchase price to The Hoosier-Times, except in the case of Automobiles.

  5. It is the seller's and the buyer's responsibility to obtain any applicable or necessary licenses, registrations, or any other form of approval for the items sold and to pay any fees associated therewith concerning the purchase of items requiring a title.

  6. The Hoosier-Times will collect all the taxes except in the cases of Automobiles and real estate. These transactions will be handled at the dealership or title company and taxes collected at that time. The dealer will pay The Hoosier-Times the auction bid amount within two weeks of auction close for an automobile. All payment for real estate will be handled at the title company.

PRIVACY RULES

  1. You must register to place bids. Registration requires your full name, address, phone number, payment information and e-mail address. This information will be used to contact you during the auction and in the event that you are a winning bidder.

  2. All information collected is for the sole use of The Hoosier-Times, Indiana Buy It Now sellers and Indiana Auction Media. This information will not be communicated to any other third parties without your written consent.