Welcome to PIPA

PIPA is recognized globally as the number one broker of exclusive quality racing pigeons and world’s most prominent pigeon news source. PIPA's mission is to be the most exclusive auction house for racing pigeons worldwide. We want to accomplish this by only selling pigeons of the highest possible quality that can make our customers win.

Our current activities are

  • online newspaper (world's largest in the pigeon industry) 
  • exclusive online and offline brokerage of quality pigeons 
  • organizing public auctions of quality pigeons 
  • management agency for top fanciers 
  • cultivating and maintaining exclusive varieties in PIPA Elite Center

PIPA was founded in 2000 by Nikolaas Gyselbrecht as a hobby-project where information was collected about everything related to the pigeon sport. Later on PIPA became a term in the world wide pigeon sport. PIPA stands for Pigeon Paradise, the original name of the website. Nowadays everyone refers to Pigeon Paradise by the abbreviation “PIPA”, a professional company under the name PIPA Holding.

Yes, PIPA is a trustworthy partner and recognized as such by our many customers around the world.

Our core values are:

  • transparency: we are transparent in all that we do. People are always welcome to visit our company and get a free guided tour and talk to our staff to better understand the process of how we work.
  • long-term relationships: we look to build long-term relationships and do not care about short-term profit. We get satisfaction from happy customers and from solving problems should any arise.
  • caring: we care about people, our buyers, suppliers, our staff, and all the other stakeholders that are connected to us.
  • trust: we only work with trustable breeders of pigeons and we only hire trustworthy people.

PIPA’s online auctions offer the most exclusive racing pigeons in the world. Our online auctions are easily accessible from a computer or mobile phone, which means you can bid from anywhere 24 hours a day. 

Registration & approval

You need to register a bidding account if you want to place a bid in one of our online auctions. After registration your account will first need to be approved by PIPA’s staff before you can place bids. Only one account per person can be created.

If you just want to have a look at the online auctions without the need to bid, you don’t need to make an account.

You can register here or contact us for help.

Once you’re registered, a PIPA staff member will contact you by phone to approve your account and assign you a limited budget that you will determine together. Once your account is approved you can start placing bids within your budget.

IIn order to ensure that every bid you place is legitimate, you need permission to bid. You only need to ask us permission once to enable this.

We will call you personally to confirm your registration and ask you several questions as a background check to guarantee the honesty of your bids. It may take up to 48 hours before you receive permission to bid. In certain circumstances this may take longer due to holidays. Therefore we advise you to ask for permission well beforehand when wanting to bid on a certain pigeon. At any rate, we always contact new users to approve their bidding accounts before the end of every auction.

Upon approval we will also determine your bidding budget. This budget is the total amount in EUR you can spend per auction weekend. You can always check the height of your budget in your auction profile. 

In some cases, for example if you are from a country we do not have much experience with,we may ask you for a deposit before approving your account.

In case you wish to bid on a pigeon immediately, you can contact us for help.

Bidding

When logged into your bidding account you can place a bid by clicking on "Place a bid". You can submit your own bid and/or buying order and then click on "Place your bid".

As soon as you confirm your bid by clicking on "Confirm your bid", your bid will be saved.

You will be notified by email and/or SMS when you have been outbid. If you have not activated these notifications yet, you can change your settings to enable these on the "Auction profile"-page.

Bidding starts at 200 euro. 

IMPORTANT

If you are still experiencing problems bidding by yourself, or if you prefer to bid by phone, please contact us.

An online auction lasts in most of the times two weeks. 

Through an online auction you can’t handle the pigeon in real life before you’ve actually bought it. Through the use of high resolution photos, PPQC (PIPA Quality Control) and in some cases videos, we give you the most accurate detailed description of the pigeon as possible. 

In some cases it’s possible to come over and have a look/hold the pigeon. You can always contact us to ask if it’s possible.

By issuing a buying order you tell our auction system up to which maximum amount you want to bid for a certain pigeon. Should we receive a higher bid than your current bid, but it is lower or equal to your current buying order, our system will automatically bid higher than your competitor’s bid and the highest bid will be in your name once again.

A buying order is always given priority with regards to a popular bid. This means that a buying order of 2,000 EUR will win from a regular bid of the same amount of 2,000 EUR.

When there are equally high buying orders, the buyer who placed his buying order first will win the bid.

Your buying order is never visible to any other visitors/buyers. The buying order on our auction website is visible to you only.

IMPORTANT
  • If you are still experiencing issues, or if you prefer to place a buying order by phone, please contact us.
  • You can change or remove your buying order by clicking the "Change b.o."-button next to the pigeon.

All young birds (for auction season 2018-2019, a pigeon from 2018-19 is a young bird, for season 2019-2020, a pigeon from 2019-20 is a young bird, etc.) that are sold on PIPA are subjected to a DNA test to determine their sex, which means their sex is guaranteed. There are a few exceptions:

  • Young birds that have been raced.
  • Young birds that are not sold by the fancier who bred the pigeon.

These pigeons are not sold with a DNA certificate by default. Old birds have obviously had their sex determined earlier on.

When a new bid is made for any given pigeon within the last 5 minutes of an auction closing time, the auctioning  closing time of that particular pigeon will be extended by another 5 minutes.

For example:

  • The auction was set to end at 17:00. A bid is made for a certain pigeon at 16:57.
  • The auctioning of that pigeon is automatically extended to 17:05, the auction for all other pigeons that did not receive a bid in the last 5 minutes will still end at 17:00.

If you would like to change your nickname you can go to the "Auction profile" page.

Please bear in mind that you cannot bid with this bidding name until it has been accepted by the auction admin. In the meantime, you can continue bidding under your current bidding name.

Note that you cannot change your bidding name when you have placed a bid in ongoing auctions. 

We can’t accept bidding names that are provocative or that have another person’s name in them. The word ‘PIPA’ is also forbidden in a bidding name. 

No, VAT is not included. 6% VAT will be added to your invoice in the case you win the bid.

VAT is not applicable if you are a non-EU resident who ships the pigeon(s) to a delivery address outside of the EU with valid export documents.

Alerts and communication

If you are outbid you may be notified by text message (SMS) and/or email. If you have not activated these notifications yet, you can change your settings to enable these on your auction profile.

Receiving notifications by SMS or email are free of charge, anywhere in the world.

Note: we can’t guarantee that messages will arrive because of reception or services. Please always check your profile to be sure you aren’t outbid. 

Yes, for this you can use our ‘alerts’. When you go to the overview of planned auctions, you will see a bell at each planned auction. When you click on this bell, you will be notified when that auction starts. 

You can change your mobile phone number on the "My auction profile"-page. You will have to revalidate your mobile phone number on our website by entering a code which we’ll send to your new mobile phone number.

First, check if you’ve entered the right mobile phone number and/or correct country code. If that was correct, you may request a new validation code on your auction profile. If you still do not receive an SMS on your mobile phone, please contact us so we can personally take a look at the problem.

My Auction

Your bidding budget is the total amount in EUR you can spend simultaneously in all active auctions. You can always check the height of your budget in your auction profile. If you want to increase your budget, please contact PIPA or your sales agent. 

An overview of all your bids is found on the "My bids"-page in your Auction Profile and in the header of every page via "My favourites".

Be aware that these are only the bids you’ve placed in one of the currently ongoing auctions.

When you click on ‘my account’, you will find the button ‘my purchases’. You will see an overview of all your purchases and you can also view and download the photo, DNA certificate (if available) and pedigree of the pigeon you’ve bought. 

Yes, having multiple billing addresses is a possibility. For instance, you may want to have multiple billing addresses in case you buy pigeons both for private use and through your company (be aware: VAT may apply).

While bidding, you will be asked on what address the pigeon needs to be billed if you win the bid.

Every billing address will be checked and validated by our auction administrators.

Yes, multiple delivery addresses are possible.

When placing a bid, you can select the delivery address the pigeon needs to be shipped to if you win the bid. Our logistics department will confirm this delivery address prior to shipping your pigeon(s).

Please bear in mind that when your billing address is outside of the EU and the delivery address is inside of the EU, VAT will be added to your bidding amount.

Payment

The purchase price consists out of: 

  • your winning bidding amount 
  • Belgian value added tax (VAT) of 6% (if applicable)

All amounts are expressed in EUR. 

The following is not included in the purchase price:

  • Other charges or fees (for example import taxes) 
  • Other costs like banking costs
  • Transport costs of the pigeon  

The invoice should be paid in full within 7 calendar days from the invoice date, irrespective of the transport date.

A pigeon will only be shipped / can only be picked up after PIPA has received your full payment on its bank account.

We prefer payments in euros to avoid losses due to foreign currency exchanges.

The prices of the auctioned pigeons are given in EUR. The exchange rate of your foreign currency to EUR is subject to change. The actual exchange rate in accordance with the bank’s spot selling exchange rates prevails.

Calculate the current exchange rate to EUR of your preferred currency: http://www.x-rates.com/calculator/?from=EUR&to=USD&amount=1

If you buy a pigeon through PIPA, you will receive an invoice. Invoices are sent by email on the first Monday after the auction has ended.

You can pay your invoice using one of the following methods:

  • bank transfer to our bank account in Belgium (note: bank transfer charges are at the expense of the buyer)
  • payment to your local sales agent (please contact your agent)
  • payment by credit card: Visa, MasterCard (note: additional credit card charges of 2.5% are at the expense of the buyer)

No, VAT is not included. 6% VAT will be added to your invoice in the case you win the bid.

VAT is not applicable if you are a non-EU resident who ships the pigeon(s) to a delivery address outside of the EU with valid export documents.

Transport

After the pigeon has been paid for there are different ways for you to receive the pigeon. 

First of all, you can come to PIPA to pick up the pigeon. 

For a limited number of destinations you can also choose a courier who will deliver the pigeon(s). Select your country of destination to find out more about this shipping method and the shipping costs. 

Courier

Standard shipping method

Courier, home delivery

Approximate delivery time

Usually between 1 and 10 days

Cost

Max. €55,00 (VAT incl.) for transporting 1 pigeon depending on region
For every extra pigeon an additional charge of max. 5 euro (VAT incl.) is added depending on region (please contact us for more info)

Payment

Payable to the courier in cash upon delivery or by wire transfer

Pick up at PIPA

Courier

Si su pais de destino no puede ser seleccionado, significa que no esta en el listado de PIPA

IMPORTANT

  • PIPA is not a transport company and cannot help organize transportation for third parties in any way. PIPA does not assist in arranging transportation for any pigeons sold other than by PIPA. All transportation of PIPA’s pigeons is outsourced to professional external couriers and transport companies.
  • Shipping rates displayed on this site are subject to change. PIPA does not bear any responsibility for changes in shipping rates.
  • PIPA cannot be required in any case to deliver the pigeon(s) before the invoice amount is fully paid. 

All expenses incurred relating to the transport of pigeons sold by PIPA are charged at cost.

PIPA does not take an extra margin or mark-up on top of the shipping cost.

The importing of pigeons into countries worldwide is not the responsibility of PIPA.The highest bidder is 100% responsible for the payment of any import duties and taxes his  or her country may or may not impose..

Check your transport cost here.

The delivery times are approximations of the real delivery time, due to unforeseeable circumstances such as the weather, changes in global export legislation etc. However, the delivery times stated here should be a good indication of what to expect.

Aftersales

PIPA mantiene un estricto proceso de selección y por tanto evitamos vender palomas que son demasiado viejas o palomas que han dado demasiados hijos en los últimos años. Sin embargo no podemos garantizar al 100 % la fertilidad de las palomas una vez que han cambiado de entorno. En caso de infertilidad, tienes que avisar las oficinas de PIPA en el plazo de dos meses posteriores a la recepcion (dos meses como muy tarde).

If a pigeon is sick on arrival, this must be reported to PIPA Headquarters within 24 hours after receiving the pigeon.

A pigeon in good condition shows: 

  • Normal white wattles 
  • Has sufficient muscles at the sternum
  • Has a pale pink throat without scraping
  • Shows shiny feathers 
  • Provides a vital impression 

If a pigeon is dead on arrival, photos should be taken and reported to PIPA Headquarters (through the sales agent) and the original ring, ownership card and pedigree should be sent back to the sales agent within 24 hours after receipt.

All young birds (for auction season 2018-2019, a pigeon from 2018-19 is a young bird, for season 2019-2020, a pigeon from 2019-20 is a young bird, etc.) that are sold on PIPA are subjected to a DNA test to determine their sex, which means their sex is guaranteed. There are a few exceptions:

  • Young birds that have been raced.
  • Young birds that are not sold by the fancier who bred the pigeon.

These pigeons are not sold with a DNA certificate by default. Old birds have obviously had their sex determined earlier on.

Contact our HQ in Belgium if you have any questions or complaints about your purchases.