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    Alrighty!! Hi everybody!

    Sorry for the long delay everyone. Patrick/Trashcan has been working with some auction software for awhile now and unfortunately it all seemed to be a bit buggie, so we are going ahead and holding the auction here on TerraForums. The auction will be open to anyone; you do not have to be a member of TF to bid. So its open to Listserv members, CPUK, GardenWeb and any other person from the general public. The only requirement to list (donate) an item or bid on an item is a desire to help out the North American Sarracenia Conservancy (NASC). [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Spread the word!

    This is an unofficial, GENERAL outline of the auction rules. These may be revised prior to the auction but the official rules will be posted at the start of the auction. This is just to give you a heads-up and an idea of how things will work so you can be thinking of what you want to list.

    The auction will be held in a special forum created just for that purpose. The auction will be open with a LISTING PERIOD of one week for people to post their offerings (Mon., May 10th-17th listing period). This will give everyone, including those who donít get onto the computer too often, a reasonable chance to get their contribution posted. There is to be NO BIDDING at that time! Any bids made will be deleted. This time period is solely for accumulating the auction items and for viewing. Feel free to check in often and view the items to see whatís being offered. Hopefully it will grow during the week. It will be your responsibility to actually READ all the official rules once they are posted! Please make SURE you read them all PRIOR to committing a bid!

    The ACTUAL AUCTION will start Monday, May 17th and run through May 24th. That is a one week period to get in your bids. Bid increments will be set (we canít have people upping bids by a penny). There will also probably be a low reserve set just so each items sells for a reasonable amount (reserves are a minimum bid; if the reserve isnít met or surpassed, the item doesnít sell). We want everyone to have a chance to get a ďbargainĒ but the purpose of this auction is to raise money for the newly formed NASC so we can get all the legal mumbo jumbo taken care of and get our non-profit status. So we have to get SOMETHING for each item.

    Please understand that if you are HIGH BIDDER at auction close, you are fully responsible for paying for what you won. Please donít be a deadbeat bidder--this is a CHARITY event. If you canít pay right away, then donít bid. There will be a reasonable time period set for getting your payment sent in. If payment isnít received, the item may be relisted and sold to someone else. Payment will go direct to Paul/Casper who right now is acting treasurer (until we actually have money to worry about). ALL proceeds will go to benefit NASC.

    Please donít be offended or angry if someone (a forum member or friend) bids against you and outbids you. Again, this is for charity and fun and anything goes in an auction. High bidder wins. If you really want a particular item, bid often and HIGH!

    Each item listed will be an individual post. All bids for that item will take place in that thread. Iíd like to ask that you not make ďchit chatĒ posts . We donít want anyone to have to read through pages of talk to find the bids. Its ok to make a comment or two in your listing post or bid post but keep it short!

    Its best if you can post a photo of what you are offering so people can see what they would be getting. If you canít host your own photo, try to find someone who can. If you absolutely canít post a photo, please give a VERY detailed description of the item (size, color, species, age, condition, etc.). We donít want anyone disappointed after they receive their item.

    I think the person donating the item will be responsible for the shipping (as part of their donation) but Iíve got to discuss that with others. Will get back to you on that one.

    You are free to offer ANYTHING you think will bring money. It doesnít have to be a plant. Be creative. While plants/seeds may be the most popular, there are many other things that might pique someoneís interest (tools, lights, T-shirts, mugs, books, soil mixes, artwork, etc.) Just make sure that all offerings are LEGAL and meet any kind of requirements for interstate or out-of-country shipping/transference. You do have a right to state ďU.S. bidders only.Ē

    OK...so be planning...be thinking. If you have any questions, please post them here. We need to make sure all bases are covered PRIOR to the actual auction.

    Thanks for your patience. NASC is in its infancy so we have a long ways to go. And thank you for your support of NASC and SPECIAL thanks to PHIL CRANE for all his help and support!

    (Sorry but I will be posting this long monster in several forums.)

    Again, spread the word to all plant lovers/conservationists/earth people you know! We need lots of donations! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    I would be more likely to put up plants for auction if I didn't have to cover shipping... Why doesn't the winner pay for shippping? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img] Thats how it is on CPUK....

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    That is to be determined, Spec. It may well end up that the winner pays shipping. That's how most auctions work. I'm waiting for some more input.

    Only problem with that is...there would have to be two payments. One to the seller for shipping and one to Casper for the payment. That kinda sucks. One thing people will have to bear in mind is...this is NOT eBay! We are making do with an auction on a forum board so its going to make some things a little more difficult and definitely not perfect!

    On the flip side (NOT of the Pint...hehe)...if the buyer pays, then some idea of shipping SHOULD be stated in the listing so no one gets hits with some HUGE shipping fee they didn't count on.

    [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img] Pros and cons to both. You have to examine both sides of the issue. Remember....THINK first? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Thank you for caring enough to speak up and ask a question. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Most everybody else has been mighty silent on this issue. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img] There have been few comments or questions.

    This auction WILL take a little money and a little EFFORT on everyone's part to be a success. But it really shouldn't be a huge burden. Hopefully all of those who say they want to help and that they support conservation and preservation will step up the plate and do everything they can to make this very successful! (AND fun!)

    Keep your eyes on the prize...this is for the future of sarracenia in this beautiful world. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]



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    Well, I think the seller should state how much shipping he will charge [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] example:

    I have a nice plump flytrap up for bid. Shipping will be payed to me in money order, $3.85 USD.
    USA bidders only please
    Bidding starts at 0.01 [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    I think that would work great IF everyone committs to making an effort to get a pretty close approximation of what the shipping will be. Suppose someone wanted to offer a Halide light...will they be willing to get it weighed and figure out the shipping rate for it? I HOPE so!

    And NO, bidding will not start at a penny! We cannot have "piddly" bids of a few cents. The auctions would take forever and make no money.

    While we hope people find some plants and other items at a good price, the point of this auction is to RAISE MONEY. Its a charity event. I'm hoping people bid as generously as their pursestrings will allow. Its not really about GETTING something...its about GIVING something. The "getting" is just the icing on the cake. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    I'm hoping everyone understands "bid increments". If you don't...please ask NOW! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    More comments welcome!
    "Fox terriers are born with about four times as much original sin in them as other dogs." - Jerome K. Jerome

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    oh... Well, you're more likely to get a bid from someone if it starts at 0.01 cent, and the next bid is 1.00... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    I guess opening bid can be set by the lister. But the one-cent thing is just a ruse...what's the difference in a penny opening bid or a dollar opening bid when you MUST bid a dollar anyway?
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    Assuming actively growing, good sized plants must travel by Priority Mail, shipping costs will be $3.85 and up. So, if a plant I donate isn't going to bring at least $4, I'd pay more to ship it than the NASC would receive for it. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]
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