Yes, we also attended many Betthauser auctions,and also had the same problems.I would consign things into the auction,for extra money to help with bills(like anyone else would),and the people running the auction would bid on the things. Which I thought was a conflict of interest,in my book.It would seem like these items would sell for very little,in the end, then the auction company would bid on the items,themselves using lower numbers. These lower numbered bidders like 5 were actually the people running the show.It would seems slanted,and unfair,and somewhat crooked. Let the other people who come there bid on the items,and not the people running the actual auction. It's not in their best interests to bid on the items,but to just run the auction,and allow people to bid.
They make plenty of money just by running the whole show. But they're greedy,and it's a total conflict of interest. And I don't attend these auctions anymore for that reason,alone.
I caution anyone bringing their items to this place,to sell. You won't get what it's worth!
Sell it at your own rummage, ebay or Craig's List or any other venue,like maybe a trustworthy antique store,but don't bring it to Betthausers Auction Service. And be careful what you buy,the extra added fees can also add it to a lot more than you think! Everything is in their favor and not yours as a seller and a buyer! Beware!