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Update & neglected auctions
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust
Hi all—

Thanks for offering such fabulous things, for spreading the word, and for bidding.

We currently have ten people (ETA because I can't count) requesting assistance from Con or Bust, with a few more interested if there turns out to be sufficient funds. Under our current estimates, we are running about $300 short of meeting those requests. [*] (And, since flight prices tend to change over time, I would be much happier if we had a cushion over that estimate.)

So, please keep spreading the word! The auction doesn't close until this Saturday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern, so there's still time to bid (and list items, if you like).

Here's the auctions with 0-2 bids, if you're looking for potential bargains (how to bid). And feel free to comment here with auctions you think are neglected, regardless of the number of bids.

No bids:

* Original music composition by etothey

* Two SF novels: Makers by Cory Doctorow (hardback); Chasing the Dragon by Justina Robson (trade paperback)

* Four SF/F novels:: Naamah's Kiss by Jacqueline Carey (trade paperback); Traitor's Gate by Kate Elliott (hardback); Nova War by Gary Gibson (hardback); Wake by Robert J. Sawyer (trade paperback)

* fanfic by deepforestowl

* Chimera Fancies Pendant

* Gemstone Amulet Necklace

* WordPress website design and launch, including original art

* Antiquarian book: Edgar Allan Poe, Tales of Mystery and Imagination

One bid:

* Comic script by rachelmanija

* Two SF novels: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (hardback); Total Oblivion, More or Less by Alan DeNiro (trade paperback)

* ARC of Spirit by Gwyneth Jones

* ARC of Hyddenworld by William Horwood

* fanfic by etothey

* 2yr subscription to Icarus: The Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction

* Stargate SG-1 seasons 1 and 2 DVD box sets

* Homemade pralines by thette

* Moroccan Door necklace

* Rumballs, two sets

* Custom-Made Necklace and Earrings or Ear Cuffs, two sets

* Custom-Made Ear Cuffs, Pair (Same or Different), three sets

Two bids:

* Hand-pulled linocut "Reeds"

* Encyclopedia of British Women's Writing 1900-1950

* guest post on Tor.com's Lord of the Rings re-read

* "Slightly Behind & to the Left" by Claire Light

* podfic recording (up to 25k words) by general_jinjur

* poem by literatewench

* Songs of the Dying Earth

* Homemade hot drink mix by teaberryblue

Also, these auctions have changed since they were first posted:

* two copies of The Shadow Speaker with full-page drawing by author: the two copies are now being offered separately.

* Handmade Natural Skin Care: now includes a bonus pair of custom hand-made earrings using Swarovski crystal beads.

* ETA: "Slightly Behind & to the Left" by Claire Light: more detail, including an image of the cover

[*] Yes, people can still request assistance. If we don't end up with enough money, I will ask people to reconsider/confirm their budgets and then, if necessary, prioritize requests based on people's history, opportunities, and enthusiasm.

Rare but only fair condition
aberwyn wrote in con_or_bust
A very rare if somewhat banged up ARC of DAGGERSPELL, the first Doubleday edition, 1986, by Katharine Kerr (ie, me). This bound set of advance uncorrected proofs has a paper cover with a black and white version of the Kuniko Craft color cover of the hardback. The front cover has a vertical wrinkle near the spine where some dolt opened it too far. The back cover has a 2 inch by 1/2 inch flaw where the gloss on the paper's somehow been scraped off though there's no hole all the way through the cover. Otherwise it's all there, still intact, all the pages secure, etc.

ETA: I just noticed a slight scoring line on the cover, too. Again, it doesn't go all the way through.

It was sent to me when Doubleday moved its offices; it had been lying around, I suppose, for years, unhouseled, unannealed, etc.

I will sign and personalize as you wish.

Starting bid: 5 dollars American.

I will pay postage.

manga: 'Fruits Basket' complete series
wrdnrd wrote in con_or_bust
Item name & description: "Fruits Basket" manga -- complete 23-volume series! All volumes are in excellent used condition (each read only 2x). The books have been stored on a bookshelf so the spines are all tight and there's no warping to covers or pages. If you've been wanting to read this manga, this is a nice opportunity to get the whole series at a good price as each volume retails at ~$11 USD.

Starting bid: $35 USD (yes, for the whole lot of them).

Shipping: I will pay for shipping to U.S., Canada, or Mexico. I'll ship them parcel post (because a box of books would make for a pricey Priority Mail package) but will pay for insurance. If you'd like them shipped elsewhere in the world or would really prefer them shipped via Priority, drop me a comment and we'll see if we can work something out.

Notes: Allergy notes -- smoke free home, but we do have cats and they looooooooooove the corners of books so i'm sure all volumes have been rubbed a time or 2.



manga: 'Kare Kano' complete series
wrdnrd wrote in con_or_bust
Item name & description: "Kare Kano"/"His and Her Circumstances" manga -- complete 21-volume series! All volumes are in excellent used condition (each read only 2x). The books have been stored on a bookshelf so the spines are all tight and there's no warping to covers or pages. If you've been wanting to read this manga, this is a nice opportunity to get the whole series at a good price as each volume retails at ~$11 USD.

(A note about the 3 discolored volumes 9, 10, and 11. They were the 1st volumes i bought and either the pink on the cover was initially much lighter OR the volumes had faded in the store.)

Starting bid: $35 USD (yes, for the whole lot of them).

Shipping: I will pay for shipping to U.S., Canada, or Mexico. I'll ship them parcel post (because a box of books would make for a pricey Priority Mail package) but will pay for insurance. If you'd like them shipped elsewhere in the world or would really prefer them shipped via Priority, drop me a comment and we'll see if we can work something out.

Notes: Allergy notes -- smoke free home, but we do have cats and they looooooooooove the corners of books so i'm sure all volumes have been rubbed a time or 2.



Offer: Custom character/source-themed mixes
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cabell wrote in con_or_bust
Item name & description: 2 themed mix CDs, based around the character or source (movie, TV show, book, etc.) of your choice. Playable on typical CD player, approximately ~80 minutes of music, with custom cover and jewel case.

These will be custom made to order and shipped no later than April 10th--if I am not familiar with your chosen material, I'll need a little time to familiarize myself. You may also choose one of my existing mixes if you prefer, or just let me know which of them look good to you as a starting point for your personal mix.

Samples of previous work can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cabell/tags/fanmixes/

Starting bid: $5 each, one CD each to the two highest bidders (but I'll do two for a single bid of $20 or more!)

ETA: For $20 or more, you get two CDs, but there are still TWO winning bids--if they're both $20 or more, I'll make two CDs each for the two highest bidders!

ETA again: Free shipping, btw, including for international bidders (CDs are not very heavy).

Offer: John M. Ford books
wood cat
kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust
Item Name & Description: Casting Fortune; The Princes of the Air, both by John M. Ford.

These are mass market paperbacks, out of print, and with (as far as I am aware) no prospect of coming back into print in the foreseeable future. Casting Fortune is three fantasy novellas set in the Liavek shared universe. The Princes of the Air is a space opera.

Starting bid: $3 each (sold separately).

Offer: Carla Kelly, Summer Campaign
wood cat
kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust
Item Name & Description: Summer Campaign by Carla Kelly.

This out-of-print Signet Regency Romance is currently retailing on used book websites for $18 and up (way, way up, in some cases). It is in like new condition.

Starting bid: $10.