The auction’s over, now what?

If the magic of scheduled posts has worked properly, this has posted at 5:01 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday, February 23, 2014, and Con or Bust’s 2014 auction is now over.

Did I Win?

Winning bids are the high bid that was published to comments on or before 5:00 p.m. today (which is to say: if you’re seeing this post, it’s too late). If there is a tie, the first comment published is the winning bid.

This is a purely mechanical determination, so you shouldn’t need me to make a mod ruling, but in unusual cases or if you just want to be sure, feel free to comment at the post in question and I will come take a look. (If you’re commenting right after the auction closes, it may take a few hours for me to respond, because of dinner and kids’ bedtimes.)

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. (There are literally two hundred auction items this year, so please be patient.)

I Won; What Do I Do Now?

Congratulations and thanks very much for bidding! You can pay with a PayPal account or a credit card (after you click the orange button below, click “Continue” on the left side of the screen, above the credit card logos). On the “review your donation” screen, please click “Add special instructions to the seller” and state what auction item or items this is for. (It’s fine to aggregate payments for multiple auctions. No-one’s ever run out of room, but if you do, just email with the information.)

Other things that should go in the “special instructions” field: (1) if your email address is different from the one you used to comment; (2) if you DON’T want your PayPal mailing address to be used to ship your item to.

Once you’ve paid, you will get an email acknowledgment of your payment and I will notify your seller. Important note: this year, these emails will come from, because the wonderful Yoon Ha Lee is helping me with some of the administrative tasks, so be on the lookout for that address.

I Offered Something for Auction; What Do I Do Now?

Thank you for offering something! Just wait until you get email from, letting you know that your winner has paid and providing you with their contact information. Then make whatever arrangements are necessary!

If you can’t quite remember all the things you offered, you can use the drop-down menu in the sidebar titled “Find Posts by Author.”

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 (After 90 days, I will close comments on posts to reduce comment spam, but I want people to be happy with their auction experience, so I will always be glad to hear from you by email. Update: comment spam has been very vigorous, so I’m closing comments on individual auction posts and leaving them open on the end-of-auction posts.)


  1. I messed up – I forgot to add a note. I won “The Anatomy of Steampunk” -$40. Just sent through Paypal.

  2. dragonridingsorceress

    …Dammit. Next year, please be clearer about which time zone you’re working on. I thought I had another hour to bid from now.

  3. dragonridingsorceress, thanks for letting me know. The bottom of all the auction posts says “5:00 p.m. Eastern Time” and the 24-hour notice on the front page said ” 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (GMT -5)” — so I definitely should’ve put the GMT on the auction post boilerplate, and maybe bolded it as well. I will keep it in mind for next year, and I’m really sorry that you missed out. Thank you, sincerely, for taking the time to let me know about the confusion–it really helps me, even if it can’t make you happy.

  4. dragonridingsorceress

    Yeah, there are just a few possible “Eastern” time zones:

    I assume I must have picked the wrong one when doing my original conversion.

  5. I had no idea what GMT 5 meant, I just looked up a world clock and checked how far behind some cities in the eastern part of the US were from our time. I know there are different time zones in the US so maybe next year you could say 5pm New York time or something like that, then bidders can look up the current time in NY and work out how much time they have left to bid

  6. Since I’m in Australia should I comment on each item I won letting you know I’ll need international postage quote to add to my paypal payment ?

  7. Julie: This is Yoon Ha Lee. I’m almost certain Kate is in bed. I’m doing some of the behind-the-scenes administration work a little longer (I’m in Baton Rouge, US Central Time, and probably headed to bed soon myself) but I have left her a note; I can’t make this determination. You probably won’t hear from her until earliest tomorrow New York time. Sorry for the delay!

  8. Okay: Note to anyone else: I need sleep now and unfortunately Kate and I are in similar time zones. In case of issues, please feel free to leave comments or send emails (to con.or.bust at gmail dot com), but the earliest response will be sometime tomorrow during the day (New York or Baton Rouge/Central Time). Apologies!

  9. Sorry to both Yoon Ha Lee and Kate, I completely forgot you were in the US and most likely in bed. I’m happy to wait for answers to my questions and didn’t mean to keep you up. Have a good night and thank you for the opportunity to bid on all these great items !

  10. Julie, the general rule is that shipping is the responsibility of the seller unless otherwise stated, which I see happened on at least one of your auctions, The Five-Pack Fantastic! (you’ll add that on to the donation and then I’ll collect it and forward it on, in that case). It’s generous of you to offer an additional donation but not required if people haven’t said so up front.

    Do you need an email with all your wins?

  11. Hi Kate, I’ve managed to contact Cecilia Tan about international postage and we’ve worked something out between us, plus I already know how much to add for the five pack fantastic, but would it be possible for you to contact the other people who’s items I brought and ask them what they’d like to work out regarding international shipping to Australia ?
    Once I know the shipping costs for each item I’ll be able to add that to my auction totals and send you the payment for everything
    The items are
    Arc of Dragon.Princess posted by Kate Nepveu
    Arc of Forever Knight posted by Kate Nepveu
    ARC set of A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents posted by Marie Brennan
    One of the three totes full of goodies posted by Kate Nepveu
    Choose your own puppet posted by Moondancer Drake (I will understand if you would like to add shipping later, after the puppet has been made
    I think that’s all the auctions I won. Sorry to be so much trouble with all this international shipping. I’ve left a comment on each auction post asking about the shipping as well and will check back on the weekend to see if anyone has answered yet
    Thank you again for the opportunity to buy all these fantastic items, I can’t wait to see what will be on offer in next years auction !

  12. I saw your last message just after I sent the one above Kate lol
    An email would be great thank you, I’m fairly sure I found all the items I won but would be best to double check. I’ll also need the email address to send the paypal payment to. I’ll add a message to the final payment with a breakdown of each item and any shipping costs which have been added
    I found out recently when making a donation to an animal rescue fund if you mark the payment as being to family etc they don’t get charged any fees, I can do that too if you’d like
    Thank you again, I look forward to hearing back from you

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