Code of Ethics
We, the members of the Ohio Auctioneers' Association, realizing our profession is both competitive and cooperative and that we share with each other a common responsibility to encourage, create and maintain a high standard of professional ethics and honorable relations with each other and the public, hereby pledge ourselves to the observance of the following code of ethics.
- In the best interests of the public and his own profession, an auctioneer should be a loyal member and active worker for the betterment of the Ohio Auctioneers' Association. He should willingly share with fellow auctioneers the lessons of his experience.
- An auctioneer should never publicly criticize a competitor; nor express an opinion of a competitor's transaction.
- An auctioneer should charge for his services only such fees as are fair and reasonable.
- An auctioneer should never resort to "high pressure" tactics nor promises he does not intend to fulfill in an effort to promote or solicit an auction sale.
- In justice to the public he serves, an auctioneer should endeavor to be informed regarding the law, proposed legislation and other essential facts or public policies affecting the auction profession.
- An auctioneer should never knowingly solicit an auction which had previously been granted to a competitor either by written or oral agreement.
- It is the duty of every auctioneer to protect the public against fraud, misrepresentation, unethical practices or questionable promotional schemes in connection with the auction profession.
- No instructions, inducements or remuneration from any client or customer relieves the auctioneer from his responsibility to strictly observe this code of ethics.