The new auctioneer is online



John Ewoldt, Star Tribune

“In search of three hulking auto hoist lifts for Crosstown Auto, co-owner Russ Payne went to the same place he might buy books or electronics — the Internet If purchased new from an auto-parts store, the lifts might have cost $3,500 to $4,000. But Payne, 42, bought the one-ton lifts sight unseen for $2,000 each at Auction Masters, an online marketplace based in Maple Grove. “I don’t need to see them in person,” he said. “Online auctions are a definite timesaver.”

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