(Tuesday June 7: my keyboard time has been and will be slightly restricted for various reasons but I expect to be able to catch up with payment emails tonight.)
If this post has published when scheduled, it is 4:01 p.m. Eastern and Con or Bust’s 2016 auction is now over, except for items last-minute bids. This post addresses: (1) how to tell whether bidding on an item is over and if you won; (2) what to do after winning; (3) what to do if you offered an item for auction; and (4) what to do if you need help.
Is Bidding Over? Did I Win?
Bidding gets extended by last-minute bids, so here’s a refresher on whether the bidding on any specific item is over yet:
Was a valid bid on an item posted with a timestamp from 3:50 and 4:00 p.m. today? A valid bid is higher than the last one.
- If the last valid bid on an item was timestamped 3:49 p.m. or earlier, then that bid is automatically the winner.
- If a valid bid was timestamped 3:50 p.m., 4:00 p.m., or any time in-between, then bidding on that item is automatically extended until 4:10 p.m.
- Next, either:
- no further bids are received timestamped on or before 4:10 p.m., and therefore bidding is over at 4:10 p.m. and the last high bid wins; or,
- another bid is timestamped on or before 4:10 p.m., and bidding continues until 4:20 p.m. Repeat as necessary.
The extending and closing of bidding is automatic and the determinations are purely mechanical; no mod ruling is required.
If you can’t quite remember what you bid on, you can either search for the name you would have commented under in the sidebar, or you can comment here using the same email address you would have used for bidding and I will email you when the spreadsheet is sorted out.
I Won; What Do I Do Now?
Congratulations and thanks very much! Please pay for your winnings; you don’t need to wait for me to notify you that you’ve won. When you pay, please provide the following information:
- What item or items you are paying for (it’s fine, in fact preferable, to pay for multiple items at once);
- If your email address is different than the one you used to comment, what email address was on your comment; and
- Your shipping address, if you’re having something shipped (if you use the PayPal button and the address in your PayPal account is correct, you can skip this step).
To donate online, you can either follow this link to the PayPal Giving Fund and have 100% of your donation go directly to Con or Bust, or you can use the button below and have your donation reduced by a PayPal fee (a lower charity rate of 2.2% + $0.30). What’s the difference between the two methods?
- If you need to use a credit card rather than a PayPal account, you must use the button. (You may need to click “Continue” on the left side of the screen, above the credit card logos.)
- If you use the PayPal Giving Fund, you must then forward your acknowledgment email only to email@example.com with the information above. (Please do not send money directly to that address!) This extra step is necessary because the Giving Fund doesn’t allow you to leave notes with your donation and doesn’t notify us immediately that your donation has been made, so I literally won’t know you’ve paid.
Please don’t hesitate to use whatever method is most convenient.
If you donate using the above button, on the “review your donation” screen, please click “Add special instructions” (in small letters underneath “Purpose” and “Con or Bust”), and add the information listed above. (If you run out of room, forward your email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the information.)
Once I’ve matched up your donation with your winnings on the spreadsheet, you’ll get two emails from email@example.com: a thank-you receipt for your records, and an email putting you and your seller in touch.
I Offered Something for Auction; What Do I Do Now?
Thank you for offering something! If your auction item sold, you’ll get two emails from firstname.lastname@example.org: a thank-you receipt for your records, and an email putting you and your winner in touch. Then make whatever arrangements are necessary!
If you can’t quite remember all the things you offered, use the search or the index to find any one post, and then click on your name next to “Posted by” to see all the posts you’ve made (note: this will span years, if you’ve offered things before this year).
Finally, I mention this only because some people have asked if they could do it in past years: if bidding was vigorous, you may, where practical and in your sole discretion, offer additional items to people with the high losing bids or who got their bids in late. But that would be an entirely optional exercise of extreme generosity on your part—which means, bidders, don’t importune or I will frown disapprovingly at you over the Internet.
I Need Help!
Comment here or email email@example.com. It is very important to me that everyone who participates in the auction be satisfied that they were treated fairly, and I want to hear about any concerns or problems.