Where's my money, auction house?
October 4, 2012 9:36 AM Subscribe
What additional steps should I take to get money an auction house owes me?
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (6 answers total)
A local auction house--think country auction, not Sotheby level but established-- accepted for consignment several antiques I wanted to auction off. I signed the consignment form, which said sold items will be paid for in 30 days.
After 50 days from the date of the sale where my pieces were up, I called the auction house to inquire about whether my pieces had been sold. Yes they had. So I asked about my check. I would get it soon, I was told.
Nearly a hundred days after the sale, I still have not received that check. So far:
--I have visited the auction house personally and asked for the boss to get back to me, which he hasn't done.
--I have called twice, asking that the boss get back to me. He hasn't.
--I e-mailed a friendly reminder. He did respond, saying it wasn't all that long!!!
--I waited a week and e-mailed a polite but less friendly reminder that the money owed was well beyond the contracted date. I cc'd the Better Business Bureau (which had resolved several previous complaints with this business) on the e-mail.
--Now I'm about to send a registered letter giving the owner a week's deadline to mail my check, after which "I will explore all legal avenues to get my payment."
So, Mefites, are there other things I should be doing paper trail-wise and officially? I plan to file a Better Business Bureau complaint. But what paperwork should I be gathering or generating? What other recourses should I pursue? (Attorney General? Small Claims Court? File a theft claim with the police for taking my goods without paying me then profiting from their sale.)
Should I do all or some these things simultaneously if the check doesn't come in a week after I send the registered letter? The money owed is about $600.