Well, after my first experiences of the whisky auctions online, I have drawn some conclusions:
- It is possible to get older, unavailable bottlings of less hyped whiskies for excellent prices.
- For hype-whiskies such as Ardbeg, this is much less likely in auctions, and some people are willing to bid what I'd consider extraordinary prices for the items for sale - but some can be bought for "reasonable" prices most certainly.
- For some whiskies which are still available in the shops, astonishingly some bidders well exceed in their bids the prices in the shops! - perhaps they do not bother to search with google first? A good example was a 30yo Ben Nevis, selling in auction for 250+ euros, and the very same bottling was available for a good 70+ euros less in a few shops. Go figure.
- The prices that appear very low in the very beginning of the auction often climb to silly levels at the end of the bidding at whiskyauction.
- The starting prices which do appear much higher at whiskyhammer do represent realistic values, and eventually one may end up getting the bottling (much) cheaper from this less known source.
By no means do I wish to advertise, and I am not affiliated with either source mentioned. These observations represent only my personal views and perhaps simplified deductions I have made.