When the auctions are posted, the end dates and times will appear along with the thread title. The thread title will indicate if the item is “BIDDING” or “CLOSED.” Each auction item will have it's own thread; most items will run for a week, Friday to the following Saturday or Sunday (although some might be squeezed in-between). Threads will post a description, a picture, auction dates and times, name of the donor, retail value, and will include a minimum bid. Bidding will be done by posting in the thread. The last posted bid to be date-stamped with the end time on the auction end date will be the lucky winner, so be sure to note the auction closing date and time.
The bidding for all auctions will be done in graduated increments:
$10 bidding increments for items auctioning between $0 - $200
$25 bidding increments for items auctioning between $201 - $500
$50 bidding increments for items auctioning over $501+
$100 bidding increments for items auctioning over $1000
This is being done to avoid insignificant last minute bids to win an auction.
Winners will be notified with the amount due including cost of any shipping (if applicable); unless for unusual circumstances (overseas, oversize, overweight, overnight) shipping will generally now be included in your winning bid. Donors, please contact me or LoweTek for reimbursement of shipping costs. Payment must be received via PayPal (no account required) within 24 hours or the item will go to the next highest bidder unless special arrangements have been made.
In the case of last minute competitive bids: If it appears there are 'sniper' bids coming in at the last minute by bidders without a previous bidding history for that item for the sole purpose of winning an auction, or if there is a large amount of activity by previous bidders, or if the server appears too slow to quickly register bids, a "BEST AND FINAL OVERTIME" will be declared by the Auction Hall Monitors. At the close of the auction, the top 3 bidders will be named. To qualify as a "Top Bidder" one must have bid on an auction PRIOR TO and and WITHIN the final 20 minutes of the end of an auction with the highest bids. The 3 top bidders will then have the opportunity to send via PM one last BEST AND FINAL confidential bid to the Auction Hall Monitor (who will probably be me, Fris, Lowetek or an appointed deputy to be named later). The highest bid will be declared the winner and then posted in the auction thread along with the amount of the winning bid; if there is a tie, those bidders will be offered a chance to bid again, until a winner is declared. Not every auction might qualify for Best and Final OT.
A note about bidding: Each auction will contain an estimated “retail value;” this is not the point at which bidding should stop. Overbids add up to more money going to Curt’s Pitch; also, the difference between the retail value and the overbid is tax deductible. The auction is not necessarily a place to hunt for bargains. The end goal is to raise as much money as possible for Curt’s Pitch for ALS. Please see the auction as a place to find unique items donated by friends and neighbors you wouldn’t find elsewhere, with the sole purpose of the exercise to raise money.
Non-members are also welcome to bid on auction items, but must register with a $5.00 donation to Curt's Pitch; this is to ensure we have current contact information. To do this, go to the Donation site and click on the DONATE link under the SoSH logo or in the box on the top left of the page. This donation is tax-deductible.
PAYING FOR AN AUCTION
To pay for your auction, go to the Donation site and click on the "Pay for Auction Item" box on the top left-hand side, or by clicking HERE. You can also click the “Pay for Auction Item” link under the Softball Bash logo.
The instructions at the top of the donate page are as follows:
1. Please fill out the form below (Required for Drawing - Otherwise Optional)
2. Click Send Button (You will be returned to this screen)
3. Click the Donate button to make your donation (PayPal account not required)
This two step process was intentional based on certain security concerns (long story). It is two steps:
1. Fill out the form, be returned to the page, 2. click the Donate button, log in to PayPal (or enter payment information), make donation.
So it's first, fill out the form and confirm. Second, click the Donate button and do the financial transaction.
Anyone making a $100 or higher donation, donating an item(s) worth $100 or more, or whose items bring $100 or more in an auction, will be automatically entered into the raffle. Drawings for the raffle will be held at the Softball Bash: a prize will be named and a winner drawn for that item. Prizes will be delivered or sent after the weekend is over, and everyone has recovered from their hangovers.
Special information for non-members:
Just to clarify, as there has been some confusion: registration is $5. A t-shirt is $15; if you do both it's $20. Even though a 'enter t-shirt size' prompt is there and you enter the size you don't get a shirt unless the correct payment is there. When you see the 'comments' box, please write out what your donation is for (e.g. "registration and shirt" or "shirt" or "registration" etc.), otherwise we have no way of knowing how to use your money for you. If you donate $50 your shirt is included in the donation (write: donation and shirt); if you donate $100+ you are entered into the raffle and get a shirt (write: donation, raffle and shirt). Thanks!
Unregistered non-member bids, welchers, fakers, scabs and scammers will be frowned upon, and treated with suspension or banishment in addition to the heaping on of scorn and derision.
Have fun! Bid high and bid often!
Edited by Candy LaChance, 23 July 2008 - 10:57 AM.