Category: 2015 Auction

final auction report & feedback request; 2014-2015 activity report

I’m very pleased to report that the final total of pledged bids in the 2015 Con or Bust auction stands at $10,139. Donations during the auction, including the matching gift, bring the total for the Con or Bust’s 2015-2016 funds to $12,726. This doesn’t beat last year’s record, but is still the second-highest amount raised during the auction period in Con or Bust’s existence.

If you haven’t paid for your auction item yet, check out this post for information and to ask any questions. And if you have feedback about the auction, I would be very glad to hear it. I’m particularly interested in what people thought of the new last-minute bidding—in terms of the load the website was under, it seemed to work pretty well to me—and any suggestions for people who might donate items next year.

I’m also pleased to report on Con or Bust’s activity since the last auction. From March 2014 through May 2015, Con or Bust provided assistance 95 times to help 85 different people attend 25 different cons. Of those 95 times, 41 did not include monetary assistance, only donated memberships (or, in one case, a hotel room donated by a convention). Monetary assistance was provided 54 times, sometimes in conjunction with donated memberships. The awards ranged from $25 to $2,300; 34 of the 54 awards were $500 or less. This is a huge expansion of Con or Bust’s reach, and I’m very proud of it and grateful for all the community support that made it possible.

Thanks again for all your help and support during the auction and over the past year. And, of course, you can always support Con or Bust by donating money or con memberships and by spreading the word about the availability of assistance, including free memberships available now and monetary assistance to be requested from May 15-25.

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the auction’s (mostly) over, now what?

If the magic of scheduled posts has worked properly, this has posted at 4:01 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday, May 3, 2015, and Con or Bust’s 2015 auction is now over—except for items that had last-minute bids.

(Reminder: if bidding is still live on something, do not wait until the last second to bid. While I have improved the performance of this website considerably since last year, if your comment doesn’t go through I can’t do anything about it, because in order to be fair and transparent, the timestamp of posted comments is the only thing that counts. Give yourself the margin that the new rules allow.)

Is Bidding Over? Did I Win?

This year, bidding was extended for 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.

  • No.
    • If the last valid bid on an item was timestamped 3:49 p.m. or earlier, then that bid is automatically the winner.
  • Yes.
    • 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 we will email you when the spreadsheet is sorted out.

I Won; What Do I Do Now?

Congratulations and thanks very much! 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 con.or.bust@gmail.com 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 we will notify your seller.

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

Thank you for offering something! Just wait until you get email from con.or.bust@gmail.com, 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, 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.

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 con.or.bust@gmail.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.

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24 hours left in Con or Bust’s auction!

Thanks to the magic of scheduled posts, it should be 24 hours until Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern (time zone conversions, countdown), when bidding ends in Con or Bust’s auction. Except, of course, for items with last-minute bids, in which case bidding is extended; I reproduce the new rules on bidding extensions behind the “Read more,” for a quick refresher.

Note: the new rule change means you should not wait until the last second to bid! While I have improved the performance of this website considerably since last year, if your comment doesn’t go through I can’t do anything about it, because in order to be fair and transparent, the timestamp of posted comments is the only thing that counts. Give yourself the margin that the new rules allow.

As always, check out the auction index for any bargains you may have overlooked; it can be sorted by any column if you either right-click on that column’s letter or click anywhere in the column and then choose “Data” and “Sort Sheet” from the menu bar across the top. Happy bidding! (And don’t forget that non-auction donations can be doubled through Monday!)

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cool auction stuff, with about 48 hours to go

There’s about 48 hours left in Con or Bust’s annual auction to help fans of colors/non-white fans attend SFF cons in the coming twelve months. To find cool things, you can browse the 2015 auction tags, or sort the Google Docs index. I have also added a column to the Google Docs index noting auctions with three or more bids that still look like darn good deals to me, so check that out.

Below I’m going to highlight auctions that I think deserve some more attention, regardless of how many bids they already have.

  • Have you seen the people offering critiques this year? Experienced editors and authors, many at still very reasonable prices. Check out the critique tag to find them!
  • There are also two informational interviews with smart, knowledgeable, and generally awesome people available (without any bids right now, even!): editor Liz Gorinsky and author Tobias S. Buckell. I can personally vouch for their being great people to talk to.
  • Bidding has been pretty quiet on jewelry this year, and there’s some beautiful stuff, some of it custom-made and some ready to wear now.
  • Susan Palwick has offered four amazing hand-woven scarves, some of hand-spun wool, which even come with their own short stories! Only one of these has attracted competitive bidding.
  • Terri Windling has offered a set of four stunning signed art prints, which are not currently being sold.
  • Farscape fans! There are two auctions that include pieces of Moya, plus a shooting script and a promo card! Actually, never mind, I just remembered I wanted to bid in one of these, don’t go look. =>
  • Have a sweet tooth? There’s candy from the UK or a really big batch of custom chocolate on offer.
  • Finally, there are so many cool books–rare books, forthcoming books, big stacks of books, expensive academic books–being offered that I’m having trouble figuring out what to highlight. Diana M. Pho’s donations include a great range of academic and popular works? Sherwood Smith is offering not only to sign her Inda series, but to provide drawings, maps, or doodles? There’s not one but two copies of an extremely limited edition of Charlaine Harris’ final Sookie book, Dead Ever After, which are currently going for bargain prices? Tamora Pierce went above and beyond with signed sets of practically everything she’s ever written? I really can’t do this category justice–please browse the index and see what catches your eye!

Feel free to chime in with your own favorite items, and please, spread the word! Bidding ends this Sunday, May 3, at 4:00 p.m. EDT (time zone conversions, countdown); see the auction information page for all the bidding details, including the new extension for last-minute bidding.

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B.P.R.D. collections 1-5

Item Name & Description: Mike Mignola’s BPRD vol 1-5: trade paperbacks of Hollow Earth & Other Stories, The Soul of Venice & Other Stories, Plague of Frogs, The Dead, and The Black Flame.

BPRD vol 1-5

Starting Bid: $25

Notes: no shipping restrictions

Bidding is now open. It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Uzumaki hardcover omnibus

Uzumaki image Item Name & Description: This is the hardcover omnibus of Uzumaki, Junji Ito’s weird horror manga. This edition is beautifully designed, but the story is definitely not for everyone.

Starting Bid: $15

Notes: no shipping restrictions

Bidding is now open. It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Dune: Chronicles of the Imperium Limited Edition

Item Name & Description: Dune: Chronicles of the Imperium roleplaying game core rulebook.
This is the limited edition release (which ended up being the only release) of the Dune roleplaying game developed by Last Unicorn Games and published by Wizards of the Coast after their acquisition of LUG.

Dune RPG rulebook
Dune RPG rulebook

Starting Bid: $75

Notes: no shipping restrictions

Bidding is now open. It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Perfect Collection, vol 1-4

Item Name & Description: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki
This is the late 90’s Viz edition collecting the story into 4 volumes. Has flipped art and translated sound effects and a little wear around the edges.

4 volumes of Nausicaa manga
4 volumes of Nausicaa manga

Starting Bid: $30

Notes: no shipping restrictions

Bidding is now open. It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Lone Wolf and Cub (子連れ狼), vol 1-28

Item Name & Description: Complete set of the Lone Wolf and Cub manga by Kazuo Koike & Goseki Kojima.
In English with reversed art (reads L-to-R).
These are the original Dark Horse versions and are printed slightly smaller than most manga (about 4-1/8″ x 6″) .

picture of set of Lone Wolf and Cub manga
picture of set of Lone Wolf and Cub manga

Starting Bid: $50

Notes: no shipping restrictions

Bidding is now open. It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Saga Press launch list signed first editions

Item Name & Description: A signed first edition set of all four of Saga Press’s launch titles. Includes

  • The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
  • Persona by Genevieve Valentine
  • City of Savages by Lee Kelly
  • The Darkside War by Zachary Brown.

Saga Press launch list signed first editions Cover images for Grace of Kings, Persona, City of Savages, Darkside War Saga Press launch list signed first editions Saga Press launch list signed first editions

Starting Bid: $25

Notes: Will ship anywhere.

Bidding is now open. It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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