First and foremost I applaud them for asking. If you don't ask, you don't get. However, this also shows me that this potential client doesn't value the work that I as a Charity Auctioneer | Benefit Auctioneer, who only works with Nonprofit organizations, brings to the table.
Many people have an issue with paying a professional fundraising auctioneer, yet they have no problem paying $20,000 for a tent or for fancy tablecloths. Neither tents or tablecloths or embossed invitations will help you raise more funds to support the organization's work. Only a Fundraising Auctioneer is able to pay for themselves with the money that they bring in.
Often I can can double or triple the amount raised by a volunteer or cattle/car auctioneer when I'm brought into the mix. Your fundraising event isn't just a one-off event. It is ( or it should be) part of your entire yearly fundraising plan. When you think of the fundraising event as part of a whole you can use it to assist you with your additional fundraising goals.
A professional Fundraising Auctioneer or Charity Auctioneer is the best investment for your event. You wont be disappointed by all the value that we can bring to the table.