Con Or Bust: Helping Fans of Color Attend SFF Cons


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How to Offer Something for Auction
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

As of February 2013, Con or Bust is now located at http://con-or-bust.org/. You can find the current version of this page at http://con-or-bust.org/auction/.

Want to offer something for auction, but not sure what? Feel free to browse current and old offers to get ideas. You can offer items or services: a care package with interesting items from your city or on a theme, baked goods, books, a poem, a story character named after the winner, research, editing, jewelry, or pretty much whatever else you can think of (that's legal, ethical, and practical). [*] If in doubt, leave a question here.

You may (indeed, are encouraged to!) post items before bidding starts and until the auction closes. In 2012, bidding starts Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 12:01 a.m. EST (GMT -5) and ends Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Step-by-step instructions for making an offer post:

If you have or want an LJ account:

  1. Create an LJ account.
  2. Go to this page to make your post.
  3. Use a descriptive subject line ("Offer: Sugar Cookies," "Offer: Short Story Critique"). Don't put HTML in the subject, otherwise the subject line won't turn into a link on the community's front page and on other people's reading lists.
  4. Cut and paste this code as a template for your offer (for best results, click "HTML" on the top right corner of the large entry box and uncheck "don't autoformat" below it, if necessary):

    (I am asking sellers to leave e-mail addresses in the offer itself, because there were some problems contacting sellers in a prior auction. If you don't want to do that, please contact me and I can list the item for you or we can work something else out (knepveu at steelypips dot org).)

  5. Fill out the "Tags" field with "2012 auction" and "offer: ____". Multiple tags are encouraged; separate them with commas. For instance, homemade cookies could be tagged "offer: item, offer: baked goods, offer: cookies".
  6. If your entry contains something (especially pictures) you wouldn't want your boss/someone else's kid/your mom/whoever to see, please review this LJ FAQ on marking "Adult Content" and choose accordingly from the drop-down menu on the posting page.

If you don't have or want an LJ account:

E-mail me at knepveu at steelypips dot org, with "Con or Bust" in the subject, including the information above. I should be able to list the item for you.

[*] Two suggestions: (1) If offering food, either figure out what you need to do to ship internationally or restrict your offer to your own country. (2) If offering original creative work to a prompt, or custom-made crafts, consider whether you've done anything like that before and what a realistic delivery time is—I would like to avoid people winning stories, knitted goods, etc. that the seller has trouble creating within the delivery time stated.

Finally, a note on shipping costs, because it's something of a FAQ: the default is that the person offering the item will pay for shipping. If the cost of international shipping is an issue, people have in the past shipped internationally after the bidder has offered to donate extra to Con or Bust, or have limited their auctions to domestic shipping only. If you think this may be an issue, please check shipping costs ahead of time and make a note in your auction post.

Leave questions in comments; some comments relating to outdated versions of this post have been screened to reduce confusion.


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I got a tag added to my offer: "please review offer limit". What does that mean? I didn't set any limit, just a starting bid amount, like it said.

I've really got to think of a better way to phrase that--the limit is that the story must be under a certain length.

(Thanks, by the way! I think I've been behind on my feedback but I've listened to a few of your podfics and enjoyed your readings a lot. *plots what to request if wins*)

ETA: "please review limitation in offer," until I come up with a better idea. "in" should make less ambiguous.

Edited at 2011-02-06 02:28 pm (UTC)

Um, sorry to be thick. Do you mean that 30 min is too short a podfic to be offering? What would be a reasonable length? It's just that they take so long to edit. If it has to be longer I'll have to allow longer before completing it for them.

No no no no! No judgment implied! It's meant for, you know, I can only ship within my country, or things like that. I have no idea if it actually helps people read things more carefully, but it seems like it can't hurt. Or maybe it can, like now.

Oookay, I get it now, the tags meant for the bidder not for me! Sorry, I'm new to this. Might "please note limitation in offer" be clearer? Just a suggestion!

If I want to auction off ten books, should I put them in ten separate posts or in one post with ten bid threads in the comments?

Up to you--if they're all on the same thing, a single post might be logical, but separate posts is perfectly fine too.

They're all Subterranean Press hardcovers. I will see how long the descriptions get. Thanks!

I am having an issue with posting an item. One post went fine, but the other one doesn't seem to be going through. ??? Possibly LJ has eaten it?

Offer: ARC of Death and Resurrection by R.A. MacAvoy

Item Name & Description: ARC of Death and Resurrection by R.A. MacAvoy

One for the completists - there were not many ARCs of this novel. This copy was carried in a suitcase and later read, but is still in good condition. I did not mark the pages. The book has already been published, incidentally.

Starting Bid: $5

Notes: I am willing to ship overseas if your bid is above $25.

E-mail: oracne [at] gmail [dot] com

Bidding is now open and ends Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST. How to bid.

Tags: 2012 auction, offer: book, offer: r.a. macavoy, offer: ARC

I just posted it--I dunno, LJ is being flaky this afternoon, I haven't got a bunch of notifications either.

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