Woohoo! It's coming up!
The SIXTH ANNUAL NASC Benefit Auction 2009 is a'coming!
The auction space is kindly donated by TerraForums discussion boards;NASC will have its own forum for the auction.
Many of you are old hat with the auction and know the ropes. But for the newbs, here is how it works.
The Boring Stuff: In order to participate in the NASC auction, you are REQUIRED to read the Rules for both listing and bidding. Any posts made in the Auction Forum for either donations of items or bids on items will represent your agreement to the terms set forth for this auction. Failing to uphold either end of a post-auction transaction will result in exclusion from future auctions. Participation in the NASC Auction is entirely voluntary and will be taken as an acceptance of all rules and procedures.
Most important! LISTING PERIOD starts Saturday, April 11th, NOON (Eastern DS Time) through Saturday, April 25th, 10 p.m. Eastern DS Time. The actual opening and closing of the Auction forum will be as close as possible to the actual times but might not be exact as its done manually. However, VALID listings and bids will follow the actual TIMES stated (i.e., a bid that is entered past 10 p.m. EDST on June 21st will NOT be valid even if the Auction Forum is still open for posting.)
You may make a donation (post an item listing) at any time throughout the auction period. All items are open for bidding during the entire duration of the open auction. High bidder at the ENDING TIME of the auction is the winner! (And wooohoo what a scramble!)
* AUCTION IS OPEN TO: the general public! You do not have to be a registered TerraForums or NASC member to donate (list) an item or bid (for purchase) on an item. If you bid as a Guest, you MUST provide contact information in your bid post(s). Guest bids without contact information will bevoided. You are welcome to join TerraForums if you'd like...we love new members!
* WHAT CAN BE LISTED FOR AUCTION? The auction is open to legal item CP or non-CP related. Anything that may bring donations ($$$!) is acceptable (plants, seeds, artwork, gardening tools, T-shirts, lights, pots, gift certificates, etc.). Be creative! We need items and bids! But please only donate or bid if you can uphold and follow through with your end of the transaction. This auction operates on an "honor system" so please be HONORABLE about your donations and bids. Weapons, chemicals or any items that have the potential for causing harm are NOT allowed. If you are unsure, ask a moderator.
* FOLLOW THE LAW: The lister (donor) and buyer (bidder) are responsible for making sure that all interstate transfer laws, phytosanitary laws and CITES rules are strictly adhered to.
*Remember that is it against general TerraForum rules to contact any people donating items to whine and beg for free or cheap plants. If this happens to anyone, PLEASE contact a mod and we will squash the bug. Use your common sense and don't chase away our kind donors.
ALL the particular of the auction will be posted to you to see when the basic auction forum is spiffed up and made ready with updated rules and such.
We hope that many of you set aside some seed, or pulled some ping leaves or have some divisions of utrics you wouldn't mind donating. If you have't chosen a little something for us, please do go see if there is a little tiny plant or packet of seed to offer.
We know this has been a tough year for us in many ways. But do what you can for the conservation community. Know your funds will allow many things to be accomplished.
An ad will be available short for anyone to use on private web sites to help advertise. And if you know any CP venders who would sport and ad for us...that would be great.
So...save your pennies! They ADD up!