The future for OPAL auctions is uncertain. The problems encountered over the past
few auctions have been:
1. Items submitted without descriptions and/or starting price. 2. Losses in the post
when items have been sent to successful bidders by standard rather than insured post.
Future auctions will have to insist on items being sent at bidder’s risk unless
insured post is used. 3. Insufficient material to offer.
These can all be overcome, but it is for members to decide.
The closure of many rural post offices in England has resulted in the auctioneer
having a considerable journey to make in order to post items. It is only worthwhile
if the auctions are well supported and thriving.