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Auction: An invoice will be emailed to you after the close of the auction confirming your winning bids and the payment information on file. Your payment method will be charged to include:

  • The total of your winning bids
  • The 17% buyer's premium
  • Sales tax, if applicable

Buy Now: Your Buy Now invoice is emailed to you as soon as you have completed your order. Your payment method will be charged to include:

  • The total of your purchased wines
  • Sales tax, if applicable

Shipping: Shipping charges are billed and invoiced when your wine is shipped from our warehouse.

All invoices can be viewed in your account.


As part of WineBid's continuing efforts to ensure the integrity of our auctions, your payment method must be confirmed and pre-authorized for all bids placed in the auction. It is one of the ways WineBid verifies that a payment method is valid and that it has not been reported lost or stolen. The authorizations may be higher than the bid total in order to cover premium and any applicable taxes. When the auction closes your payment method will only be charged for the final invoice total. All pre-authorizations will be released.

Debit card users: Before you place bids please read and understand your Cardholder's Policy regarding debit authorizations. Pre-authorization can trigger an actual charge on some debit cards. For this reason, we recommend using a credit card.


Title to, and ownership of all wines passes to Buyer in California upon payment of the purchase price.

For wines delivered to Louisiana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon and Wyoming (collectively, “Direct Shipper States”), WineBid’s permits in these states require the collection and remittance of taxes pursuant to each Direct Shipper State’s requirements. Except for these Direct Shipper States, and purchases being delivered to an international address, California sales tax will be charged on all purchases, including wines picked up by the Buyer at WineBid’s premises.

Sales tax is calculated as a percentage of the entire price paid, including the hammer price and the buyer's premium for auction purchases.


All transactions are conducted in U.S. Dollars. The actual amount you pay in your currency will be determined by the exchange rate used by your credit card company. Buyer is responsible for all duties and customs charges incurred in shipping.

You may choose to pay by wire transfer to expedite the shipment of your wine. Please contact Customer Service to arrange a wire transfer.