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27 June 2008 @ 09:42 pm
How to Bid: A quick guide!  
It's easy! There are two ways to bid.

Buy It Now. Some auctions list a "Buy It Now" price. If you are the first bid and you put "Buy It Now" in your subject line, you can purchase the item at the "Buy It Now" price. But be warned: Just like eBay, "Buy It Now" only applies if no one else has bid on the item. Once someone has used the "buy it now" option, no one else may bid on the same item.

Good old-fashioned bidding. Alas, we are not as cool as eBay and cannot track bids for you. But don't despair! You can do one of two things: Bid what you really, truly believe in your heart to be your maximum, or use the stalker pin. What's the stalker pin, you ask? It's the "Track" option, which is a little thumbtack in the visual menus at the top of an entry:

Once you click on that option, you'll see this menu:

From there, you can choose to be emailed or otherwise notified when someone else comments (bids) on an entry.

For everyone's convenience, try to keep all bidding in one thread as much as possible-- with each bid 'topping' the one that came before. This will also make it easier to keep track of bids.

Bidding ends at midnight on July 15, 2008 at 12:01 am Pacific Time. At that time, please stop bidding! As there are only two mods and a ton of auctions, we're counting on you guys to follow the rules and, as Bill and Ted would say, be excellent to one another.

So I've won! What do I do next?

Get in touch with your seller, and work out the best way to verify payment. A screencap or forward of an electronic receipt usually works best, but whatever you and your seller work out together is fine.

Unless otherwise indicated or negotiated, the seller will pay for shipping, so the buyer doesn't have to deal with two different places to send cash.

The buyer, when the donation is made, will put their confirmation in my post here, so I can keep track of totals.

Any other questions? Ask them here!

EDIT: An additional consideration: If you are bidding on food, you should probably be within the continental US, or very aware of customs rules regarding food shipments to your country/area. Thanks for the heads-up, kintail!

EDIT THE SECOND: Please bid in USD for consistency. Thanks!
Gileonnen: Wrinkling Out the Ironsgileonnen on June 28th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
If someone isn't the first bid, but bids the 'buy it now' amount, can later bidders outbid them?
Rachel M Brown: Engaged!rachelmanija on June 28th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
(no subject) - gileonnen on June 28th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - lady_ganesh on June 28th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC) (Expand)
Rachel M Brownrachelmanija on June 28th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
The "this post" link is broken.
Good grief, it's a running gag: make people wonder (D. Gray-man)lady_ganesh on June 28th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
Forgot to unlock it, it should work now.
(no subject) - writinginct on June 28th, 2008 04:42 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - lady_ganesh on June 28th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - stardragonca on June 28th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Jules Noctambule, Startle-A-Thompsons-Gazelle Ltd.werewolf_lib on June 28th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
'Bidding ends at midnight on July 15, 2001'

July 15, 2008, perhaps? It's my birthday!
Or is there a TARDIS up for grabs? If there is, I am so there.
Good grief, it's a running gag: kiss (Torchwood)lady_ganesh on June 28th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
Happy early birthday!

Dude, a TARDIS would be awesome. I wish I'd tried knitting one before now.
(no subject) - werewolf_lib on June 28th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - lady_ganesh on June 28th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - werewolf_lib on June 28th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Good grief, it's a running gag: food glorious foodlady_ganesh on June 28th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
Stupid customs! I'll edit this post, since most people are reading this one now.
(no subject) - gileonnen on June 28th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - gileonnen on June 28th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ctorres on June 28th, 2008 08:04 am (UTC) (Expand)
Gileonnen: Wrinkling Out the Ironsgileonnen on June 28th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
Additional question: should the buyer or the seller put the total donation per sale on the post where you're collecting totals?
Good grief, it's a running gag: badass boyfriendslady_ganesh on June 28th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Not sure! I'm going to do one more post, I think, on buyer/seller responsibilities.
Calluna V.: Calluna4callunav on June 28th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
I, too, am astonished and delighted at the amazing number, variety, and value of all the donations.

Is there any concern that we have more offerings than we're going to have bidders? I'm asking because in my head this translates to, "Should I not post any other offerings, at this point?" I was considering putting up a few low-cost items, but am starting to wonder if we can ever find enough people to bid on all the things we already have.

Mods? How say you on this twenty-eighth day of June, 2001 2008?
Good grief, it's a running gag: giggle (Pushing Daisies)lady_ganesh on June 28th, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)

I'm not worried about that in the least, actually. We have over 250 members, will probably have people 'drop in' to check out the offerings who aren't members, and-- and this is probably most important-- all the offerings are pretty unique.
(no subject) - smillaraaq on June 28th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - lady_ganesh on June 29th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC) (Expand)
giandujakissgiandujakiss on June 28th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
May I make a suggestion? It looks like several people have posted offers without links to their work, or pics of items - you may want to consider putting up a post recommending that offerers add links, because some bidders (like myself) might prefer not to ask individual offerors for that kind of info.

Oh, another minor suggestion - in the userinfo, where you describe the buy now option, it sounds as though the item will go to the person who offers that amount, regardless of whether they were the first bidder. If you intend to do it eBay style, where "buy now" is only available to the first bidder on the item, it might be worth it to clarify that in the userinfo.

Edited at 2008-06-28 02:01 pm (UTC)
Good grief, it's a running gag: makes me feel like James Bondlady_ganesh on June 28th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea.

And that's been fixed, thanks!
(no subject) - giandujakiss on June 28th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - lady_ganesh on June 29th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC) (Expand)
Smilla's Sense of Snark: tayuu: paths of desiresmillaraaq on June 28th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
A very random question here: for various reasons of time and schedule and energy, blah blah, I'm not feeling up to posting an open-ended offer of doing custom jewelry by commission. But I am planning on making at least a few more finished pieces this weekend to put on offer, and was wondering if it would be OK to make a not-quite-an-offer post asking what sort of pieces potential bidders would be interested in seeing? I've got more ideas-for-stuff-to-make than I have time and energy to do them with, so if I knew that there were a lot of folks particularly looking for $FOOBAR, that would be really helpful in figuring out which direction to focus my efforts on...
Good grief, it's a running gag: ageha (RH plus)lady_ganesh on June 29th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I forgot to answer this! Now that it's Sunday am this may be irrelevant, but I'd prefer bidding items and mod posts only in the comm-- just due to the high amount of posts overall and all the people here. You could ask in your own journal, though, as a 'focus group'?

Edit: WANTED post here, by (excellent) suggestion.

Edited at 2008-06-29 01:47 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - smillaraaq on June 29th, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - lady_ganesh on June 29th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - smillaraaq on June 29th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - lady_ganesh on June 29th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
lee: Fleursnegurochka_lee on June 28th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I'm slightly confused. The userinfo says, There is also a "buy now" option. The first person to offer the "buy now" amount automatically wins that auction, and no further bidding will be allowed.

Yet in comments above, you say that bids will still be accepted after a Buy It Now bidder has staked a claim.

Which is it?

magicnoire on June 28th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Are you referring to this thread? I think the key there is that the Buy It Now amount wasn't the first bid. It's like eBay. Buy It Now only works if you're the first bidder/buyer. Once a bid has been placed, the Buy It Now option goes away. So even if someone later bids the Buy It Now amount, another person can outbid them.
(no subject) - lavillanueva on June 28th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - lady_ganesh on June 28th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - snegurochka_lee on June 28th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - lady_ganesh on June 28th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC) (Expand)
A Figment of My Own Imaginationveleda_k on June 28th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
I'm wondering who pays for shipping, the buyer or the seller. (I'm so sorry if this has already been answered.)
Good grief, it's a running gag: omg het (Saiyuki)lady_ganesh on June 28th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
It hasn't! I'm thinking I need one more master post indicating who pays for shipping, who posts an entry when the auction is completed, and asking people to link and/or upload photos whenever possible.
TeaRoses: Silent Hill by stereo_pilotrosehiptea on June 28th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
Question: I'm offering two fics; is that OK? Do I need to make two posts?
Good grief, it's a running gag: gay gay gay (KKM)lady_ganesh on June 29th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
It's wonderful! You don't need to make two posts, if you don't mind keeping track of the two bids-- either is fine.
misuramisura on June 29th, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
Question: I'd love to bid on several things, but (sadly) lack Paypal. A quick study of the three 'default'-charities has revealed that one of them also accepts donations in old-fashioned cash-through-mail but ... well, if I end up winning several things, I'd kind of like to spread my donations around a bit. Might I make a post asking for someone to 'convert' normal money into Paypal-money or some such?
Good grief, it's a running gag: jar (Angel)lady_ganesh on June 29th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
I would prefer you didn't do so in the comm, as we're trying to keep entries here confined to mod posts and Stuff to Bid On. Is there someone on your flist you trust who could perhaps act as a proxy?
(no subject) - karanguni on June 29th, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - lady_ganesh on June 29th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - misura on June 29th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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 { ~ 夢踊り~ } ..... dance through my dreams: Misc: orangeflower_brightyume_odori on July 1st, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
just a quick question:

can I offer 3 things in my post, and then do it like that:
the highest bid gets the first offer, the second highest the second and so on ....
Good grief, it's a running gaglady_ganesh on July 1st, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
Yes, or you can make three separate posts. It's up to you!
(no subject) - yume_odori on July 1st, 2008 01:59 am (UTC) (Expand)
yclept: yarny goodnessdjinnj on July 1st, 2008 07:23 am (UTC)
So, my offer was just won with the Buy It Now option, but the actual donation hasn't happened yet. I'm thinking it's OK to put "- Won" in the title, though, so folks don't click through uselessly? If the bid falls through for some reason, I could edit it off again, but is seems like it would keep things simpler when stuff really starts flying if immediately won items are marked.
Good grief, it's a running gag: knitterylady_ganesh on July 1st, 2008 11:40 am (UTC)
That's an excellent idea! (Of course, I already knew because I'd stalker pinned the auction. Oh well!)
Katekate_nepveu on July 1st, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)

The userinfo says,

"Make a donation to Equality For All, Marriage Equality USA, Equality California, or your preferred organization or coalition fighting for marriage equality. Once you have done so, comment to the post you bid on to confirm it, and so we will be able to add up donations and let you all know how much money was raised."

If the preferred method is commenting on a single post--as suggested above--might be a good idea to edit the userinfo to say so.

($600 already! Woo!)