Sell your Used Printing, Bindery, Packaging and Mailing Equipment with WireBids

Selling on WireBids is easy! More than 10,000 bidders across the globe will be able to view and place bids- live on our website. WireBids sells equipment directly from one printer’s floor to another, globally and domestically. With no up-front costs- selling equipment online has never been easier.

Whether you have a warehouse full of equipment or a few pieces, we will walk you through every aspect of your auction, from start to finish. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you develop marketing opportunities to build your brand and drive customers to you.

You will have the ability to govern the auction by your own terms and conditions (as long as they don’t violate ours). Once the auction has ended, WireBids will automatically generate invoices for your customers. You’ll collect the money.

We offer:

  • Free appraisal of your equipment based on a long history of selling equipment online. We can help you asses the value of your stock.
  • Free live support for both buyers and sellers.
  • A prime listing right on the front page of our website, plus a featured slide in our banner.
  • Customized email campaigns to reach customers across the globe. Our proprietary list includes more than 8,000 opt-in users and more than 60,000 industry leaders. We’ll get you noticed.
  • Free advertisements on trade websites and auction directories.
  • Fast technology with up to the second updates. See who is bidding in real time.

Brands we frequently sell:

Heidelberg, Ryobi, Challenge, Horizon, GBC, Baum, Stahl, Xerox, Polar, Horizon, AB Dick, Konica Minolta, Canon, Pitney Bowes, Duplo, Bourg, Xante, Rosback, Eastey, Martin Yale, Kluge, Chandler and Price, Astro, Epson, HP, Kirk Rudy, Agfa, Yale, Sakurai, Secap, Graphic Whizard, Hamada, Harris, Seal, Halm, Itek, Rollem, Chief, Morgana, Oki, FujiFilm and more

Equipment we frequently sell:

Offset presses, digital presses, paper cutters, plate setters, envelope feeders, paper folders, UV coaters, business card slitters, collators, stitchers, trimmers, letterpresses, die cutters, perfect binders, screen press, wide format printers, laminators, shrink wrappers, coil inserters, punches, joggers, inserters, sealers and more

You can reach us at 888-229-5733 or by email at to begin selling your used printing and bindery equipment today!

Updated Privacy Policy

WireBids takes our customers’ personal information seriously. WireBids has created the following Privacy Policy to protect your information.

1.     What information we collect from you.

We will ask you for an email and password, name, address and phone number We may also ask for credit card information or a scan of an unexpired government-issued photo identification. We may ask you for any or all of this information upon account registration, through separate email or phone communications, or through a response form contained on our website.

2.     The role of sellers on WireBids.

Sellers are independent of WireBids. We do not control the auction content or the contracting process. WireBids will provide your personal information to the seller to allow the seller to screen and approve bidders. You agree to allow and direct WireBids to disclose your personal information to sellers. Although we admonish sellers to maintain a privacy policy of their own, we do not separately warrant against seller misuse of your information, and you agree to release WireBids from any liability incurred by a seller’s privacy policy or lack thereof.

3.     How else we use your information.

In addition to facilitating a bidder approval process for our sellers’ auctions, we may also use or disclose your information to unaffiliated third parties for the following reasons:

1.       To improve the quality of our service;

2.       For improvement or maintenance of the website;

3.       For processing transactions;

4.       For sending you notifications related to your account;

5.       For advertising new auctions via email lists;

6.       For administering a contest or reward;

7.       To resolve a dispute between users;

8.       For purposes of facilitating a merger or transfer of WireBids;

9.       To update you on company news;

10.   Or when we’re legally required to disclose your information as detailed in Section 5

4.     Email notifications.

If you wish to unsubscribe from email notifications, follow the instructions we provide at the bottom of each email we send to you.

5.     Legally required disclosure.

There may be occasions where we are legally required to disclose information about you, such as in a response to a subpoena, to prevent fraud or to comply with an inquiry by a government agency. By registering with WireBids, you consent to the release of your information for this purpose. Even if you have elected to opt out, certain pieces of your personal information may be ordered to be disclosed.

6.     Cookies.

WireBids uses cookies to improve your browsing experience on the website. Cookies are small files that a website provider transfers to your computer through your Web browser that enables the sites to recognize your browser and capture and remember information. We use cookies to help us keep track of which items you are bidding on, your site preferences, and compile and to analyze site traffic and use patterns to provide better service. You may block the use of cookies by changing the settings on your web browser.

7.     California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance.

WireBids has taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. As part of the California Online Privacy Protection Act, all users of our site may make any changes to their information at any time by clicking on the “My Account” link on the header of any page.

8.     Terms and Conditions.

In conjunction with this Privacy Policy, please read the Terms and Conditions for using this website.

9.     You agree to abide by this Privacy Policy.

Use of WireBids signifies consent to this Privacy Policy.

10. Changes to this Policy.

We may make periodic changes to this Privacy Policy. If we do, we will post most up-to-date version on this webpage. This policy is effective as of January 27, 2016.

11. Contact us with any questions.

The Museum of Printing

Gordon_Jobber_x300The Museum of Printing is dedicated to the preservation of graphic arts history, technology and craftsmanship. The museum catalogs hundreds of original prints, antique printing and bindery machines as well as an extensive library of print resources.

Located in Haverhill, Massachusetts, the museum documents the evolution of print communications over the past 500 years. Guests can learn about linotype, hot metal composition, typesetting all the way up to dark room development and the shift towards digital printing. The museum also features workshops in topics ranging from Letterpress Printing for beginners, Two Color Printing and beyond.

Have you visited the museum? Let us know in the comments.

Join us at Print 2017!

WireBids will be attending Print 2017, formerly known as Graph Expo. This year’s show is from September 10th to September 14th located at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

We will be looking to link up with used equipment dealers, print shops and auctioneers. Contact us at (888) 229-5733 to find out where we’ll be. We’d love to connect.


The Pros and Cons of Reserve Prices

WireBids allows sellers to place reserves on higher value items to ensure the seller gets a fair price for their equipment. Each reserve must be approved by WireBids prior to the auction launch.

These reserve prices give sellers the peace of mind that their equipment won’t sell for less than they are comfortable with- but could these reserves be reducing the final selling price of their lots?

We have previously discussed the downward trend of reserve prices upon relisting in subsequent auctions but we hadn’t delved into whether or not reserve prices result in the best possible price for the seller.

Although it is impossible to tell what the same lot would have sold for in the same auction without a reserve, we can analyze other reserve metrics.

From May 5th 2016 through January 26th 2017 there were 357 reserve items placed in 13 multiple location auctions. Only 37% of these items met their reserves. Of these met reserves, only 55% of them matched or exceeded the reserve by $100. 45% of these reserves climbed more than $100 over the reserve price.


This suggests that more often than not, users across the board slow their bidding once the reserve price has been met. On average, each WireBids auction lot has about 8.12 users vying to purchase. The number of interested users bidding on items with reserves drops to 4.14 bidders per lot. This data would indicate that nearly half of WireBids users won’t bid  on reserve items- and when they do, they are unlikely to bid much more than the reserve price.





3 Tips for Shipping Printing Equipment

Obtain accurate dimensions for equipment.

These measurements can sometimes be found in the product manual. If the manual is absent you can try a google search to find it. Some manuals even offer tips for moving the equipment safely. Make sure the equipment can clear your new location.

Thoroughly secure equipment

Wrap and secure blades, cover vulnerable areas and ensure fluids are contained. An experience rigger can offer advice on how to band and secure equipment for transport.

Know what is insured

Know what is covered under your transporter’s insurance. The industry-standard liability coverage offered by most LTL is $.10 cents per pound. Photograph equipment upon delivery to make sure everything has arrived safely.

WireBids Users by Locations

WireBids connects buyers and sellers of industrial equipment online. Our easy to use platform allows users from 152 countries to place bids on and win the equipment they need to run their printing business at an affordable cost. Although WireBids attracts equipment buyers across the globe, the majority of our users are from the United States. Beyond the United States, the majority of our users are from Canada, Mexico, India, Pakistan and Peru.

Within the United States, most of our bidders reside in California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Illinois. Broken down by region, nearly 32% of our users are from the Midwest.


English, Dutch, Shouted or Sealed: A History of Auctions

auction-hammer-variant-tool_318-48513Since the inception of the auction around 500 B.C., different industries have relied on several unique styles of auctioning goods. Through the internet, buyers and sellers alike enjoy the freedom to conduct business from anywhere at any time.

WireBids’ online timed auctions most closely resemble English auctions where bids ascend in price. Even the word “auction” is derived from the Latin word for “I augment,” or “I increase.”

On the other end of the spectrum, a “Dutch Auction” is based on descending prices. Often used to sell produce, fish, flowers or other perishable goods, the bidding starts very high and is lowered until a buyer claims the item for their own.

Beyond English and Dutch, silent and shouted- there are sealed bid auctions, sometimes known as Vickrey Auctions. In this type, bidders submit sealed bids without knowing the intentions of other bidders. The highest bidder wins the item and pays the second highest bid. This is sometimes referred to as a Second-Price Sealed-Bid Auction and has historically been used by stamp collectors since the late 1800s.

With WireBids, lots close at a predetermined time. Unlike a live “ballroom auction,”  online bidding takes place over the course of a couple of days, allowing bidders plenty of time to research and make decisions. With WireBids, if a buyer places a bid in the last ten minutes of an auction, the time automatically extends several minutes.

WireBids’s top goal is your satisfaction. Our website makes it possible for sellers of commercial assets to reach buyers online.

Who Operated the Gutenberg Press?

The Guttenberg Bible was comprised of 1,282 pages, each manually inked and pressed by the “beater” and the “puller.” Scholars estimate that each page required approximately 2,600 individual pieces of type.

The press itself was rather innovative. Many components remain in practice, such as pin registration to hold the paper exactly in the right place when printing on both sides of paper.

Pressman known as “beaters” used “ink balls,” leather drums stuffed with wool or horse hair to coat the moveable type with ink. A pressman called a “puller” cranked a wooden handle to lower the platen to place pressure on the paper. Historians believe that 20 employees worked with Guttenberg to create the first 180 bibles.

The Crandall Historical Printing Museum in Provo, Utah offers some insight into Guttenberg’s process through extensive demos and history lessons. The museum features replicas of famous historic shops and presses including a re-creation of the world’s oldest printing house.

Check out the video below to see how it’s done.