WireBids Tip #1: Setting your Max Bid

WireBids Tip #1: Setting your max bid

A max bid is the maximum amount you wish to bid- accounting for the buyer’s premium and shipping costs. This number will not be displayed to other users. WireBids will competitively place bids on your behalf until you are the highest bidder or your maximum has been reached.

This feature becomes useful when you aren’t able to watch the auction close. Setting your max bid allows you to bid and walk away, rather than sitting in front of the computer clicking BID! BID!

To enter your max bid, place your cursor in the box above the “Place your bid” button. You can enter any amount as long as it is within the correct increments. When bidding is less than $250, any whole dollar amount will work. When bidding is within $250 to $999 bidding must be placed in increments of 10. $50 increments from $1,000 to $9,999 and $100 increments from $10,000 and beyond. This information can be found below this bid box.


In this case, current bidding is at $960. We set our max bid to $1,600. This causes the current price to jump past another user’s max bid of $1,000 – bringing the current price to $1,050. If another bidder places a bid of $1,400, WireBids will bid $1450 on your behalf and will continue to do so until your max bid is reached. If the lot closes at $1,450 you will pay that amount and not your max bid of $1,600.

Please contact us if you have any questions on bidding, buying and selling your used equipment with WireBids. Call us at (888) 837-8101 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST to reach customer service.

Click here to view our current used printing, bindery and packaging auctions.

New Feature Alert!

WireBids has been busy rolling out new features for both buyers and sellers to bring you the best service available. Selling pre-owned printing and bindery equipment with WireBids has never been easier. WireBids sellers can now:

Set reserve prices

Sellers can now set reserves to ensure the best price possible for their equipment. If the winning bidder doesn’t meet the reserve price the item will not be sold.

Register bidders

Sellers can now govern who can place bids in their auctions. Sellers can now limit the auction to a list of pre-approved bidders or require registration for international buyers only. 

Accept accept credit card with Stripe

Sellers can now collect credit card payments directly through the website using Stripe. The Seller’s Premium will automatically deduct from these transactions and the remainder will deposit directly into your bank account.

Call us at 1-888-229-5733 or email sarah@wirebids.com to hold your next used printing equipment auction. We will be happy to assist you.


Who still uses a Letterpress?

Before offset printing rose to popularity, many print shops relied exclusively on letterpresses to get the job done. Offset presses did not become obsolete when digital presses were introduced just as the letterpress did not vanish with the rise of offset printing.

windmill.jpgDesigners love the letterpress because it allows them to experiment with color and texture in ways that can’t be accomplished with an offset or digital press. These machines can emboss and add foil stamping, resulting in a uniquely detailed finished product. Many prefer the tactile nature of the craft to working exclusively with Photoshop. Printers still use letterpresses such as the Heidelberg Windmill for all sorts of materials, such as high-end wedding invitations, specialty business cards and stationary.

WireBids is a great place to hunt for  both letterpress equipment and offset equipment for your print shop operation. From furniture cabinets and typeset to the letterpress itself- you can find it on our website. We carefully curate our auctions to bring you top quality machines for your shop.

Check out this video below to learn more about how the letterpress process works:

5 Tips for Getting the Best Price Possible for your Used Printing and Bindery Equipment

Selling used printing and bindery equipment with WireBids is easy. Our user-friendly platform connects you with a global audience of enthusiastic and loyal buyers online. Here are some tips to make sure you get the best price for your used printing press or paper folder:

Quality Photographs

Well-lit, detailed photographs go a long way. The more photos the better. In one extreme case, a lot with 48 quality photographs sold for $13,000 more than the exact same piece of equipment that only listed 3 general photos. Include pictures of the serial number plate where possible.



WireBids has found that adding a video to your listings improves bids exponentially. Lots with videos of the equipment in action fetch better prices and receive more bids than lots without videos. Videos offer bidders assurance on the quality of the machine and add transparency about potential flaws. Take a short video yourself- we can help you upload it!

Quality Descriptions

Transparency is key when selling used equipment. Quality listings indicate any necessary repairs, number of impressions and other pertinent details. Buyers will bid more if they know the the machine has new rollers, an up-to-date service history or has been recently refurbished.

Shipping Information

Sellers who spell out shipping costs also garner higher prices. Listing palatalizing and estimated freight costs gives piece of mind to bidders who may be hesitant on purchasing equipment located on the opposite end of the  country. No one wants to buy a machine for a great price only to find that shipping it would cost an arm and a leg.

Good Communication

Reaching out to your buyers soon after the auction closes decreases the chances of a non-payment. Speaking with the buyers right after the auction ensures you can reach out to back-bidders in the event of a non-payment before they have a chance to purchase a similar machine elsewhere.

Call us at (888) 229-5733 or email sarah@wirebids.com today to sell your equipment with WireBids.

Perfect Binders : PUR vs. EVA Binding

Perfect Binding machines use two types of glue to bind covers and pages: PUR and EVA. For a long time, EVA was the only gluing option for perfect binding machines.

PUR (Polyurethane Reactive) glue was developed in the 1989 and quickly proved superiority over EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate.) PUR required less heat, required less glue per book and was dried completely transparently.  PUR glue permanently bonds the paper without cracking or melting. If you’ve ever opened a book that lays flat it was most likely bound with PUR instead of EVA.

dsc_0055.57b33484783faThis machine, the 2011 Bourg / NewBind Adventure-PA Single Clamp perfect Binder uses the PUR gluing system. The single-clamp binder comes up from a cold start within 13 minutes to produce books up to 2 inches thick with spine lengths from 4.7 inches to 17.7 inches at up to 200 cycles per hour.

PUR takes a lot longer to cure than EVA, sometimes up to 24 hours, but once it does the bond is stronger and more likely to withstand moisture and heat. EVA cures quickly and makes for an easier cleanup. This glue can be re-melted over and over again which may be a downfall in warmer climates. In colder climates it has been known to crack.

Although PUR is a more expensive option than EVA, most printers agree that it results in a far superior end product. WireBids auctions perfect binders featuring both types for either preference.