While sellers can easily post items for sale across a wide variety of categories at Catawiki, Harrison believes that buyers love Catawiki for its reliability and trustworthiness, reporting that less than one percent of books sold by Catawiki end up being returned due to the buyer being dissatisfied with what they received. So while buyers do not get to handle items before bidding, they can rest assured that the item is described with a great attention to detail and the utmost accuracy.
“You can buy with confidence at Catawiki,” Harrison said. “We pride ourselves on taking care of the buyer’s financial security. All of our transactions go through an escrow process, which means that buyers get full refunds in case something goes wrong, but that happens so seldom.”
A few upcoming auctions help outline the impressive breadth of fine books and other artifacts Catawiki has for sale on its site. For example, a Fine Bindings Auction will begin Wednesday, Nov. 10, and run through Saturday, Nov. 20. The auction, focused on beautiful and elaborate bindings, will feature items such as an edition of “Voyage autour de ma Chambre” by Xavier de Maistre & Hedouin, with a French binding signed by Kauffman, in half blue morocco, and “notable for the quality of work and elegance of the finish,” Harrison said.