Laska Auctions Moves On-LineSubmitted: 02/22/2013
Story By Melissa Constanzer

RHINELANDER - You can shop for just about anything online these days. Now, that include a Northwoods auction house's inventory.

Laska Auctions and Real Estate has now made complete auctions available online. It was an important transition to the owners.

"You can reach hundreds of buyers. Where by doing a garage sale or yard sale you may reach a few dozen," says Pat Laska, Co-owner of Laska Auctions & Real Estate.

While the wider audience is focused within a forty-mile radius, people from much further away can be reached online. The company would ship the products to people who live further away. The owners said they weren't the only ones who wanted to expand online.

"We had a lot of feedback from live auctions that it was really appealing to people to spend as little time there as possible," says Andrew Laska, Co-owner of Laska Auctions & Real Estate.

Now customers can have the opportunity to take their time bidding on items. Online auctions can last for a week. For more information and to view live auctions now visit the link to their website.

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