Charity Auction Changes

Since we’re changing the format of our charity auctions, I figured now would be a good time to explain how it works. I’m going to give the short version first.

Basically, you now have the option of giving 10% of the sale price to charity instead of the whole thing. You can still give the whole amount if you wish. Everything else still works almost the same way.

Also, we’ll be donating to the Foodbank of Siouxland for the time being. We’ll re-evaluate in the future any other potential charities, but have decided this would be another great way to help assist our community and the people in it. We have some other things planned for the Foodbank at our local gamedays as well coming up soon.

We’re hoping this will get some people to dig a little deeper in those closets or pull the trigger on that game that just couldn’t give away before.  We know we have charitable members, but sometimes it’s hard to get no compensation for a game you paid a lot for.  And if you can afford to be more charitable, then we really appreciate that as well.  This should be a win-win situation.
Here is our current auction format:

Charity Auction: Our current charity is the Food Bank of Siouxland and our charity auction will use the format listed here.

  • You will be given a sheet for each item or lot you wish to auction.
  • You will then put your name on it, brief description of the item, a minimum price and a buy-out price.  A buy-out price means that instead of bidding, someone can choose to just pay the buy-out price and the person who does that now owns the item.
  • There are spots for bids on the sheet, if you wish to bid on an item, write your name and price you’re bidding on it.  Bids must be at $1 increments!  If, at the time of the auction, there is only ONE bid on the item, the item is then automatically sold to the bidder.  If it has more than one bid, it will then go to voice auction.
  • Voice auction follows standard auction format.  Most bids will be done in $1 increments.  However, at the auctioneers discretion, he may use larger increments if he deems necessary.
  • After the auction, any winning bids must now be paid for.
  • After all winning bids have been collected, the auctionee(s) will be able to collect their money from the Convention Front Desk after they have been given several moments to tabulate everything.
  • If, on the auction form, you selected all proceeds go to charity, then no need to collect for that item as you elected to donate it to the Food Bank of Siouxland.  Tri-State Gamers will not take any of the proceeds, 100% will go to charity.
  • If you did not elect to donate all of the proceeds, then you will have a fee deducted from your total.  That fee will go 100% to charity.  It will always be 10% rounded up of the final bid.  For example, if the final bid was $6, you would then be giving $1 to charity, leaving you with $5 to collect.  If it sells for $11, you would be donating $2 and so forth.  To clarify, $1-10 = $1 to charity, $11-20 = $2 to charity, $21-30 = $3 to charity and so on.
  • If any item did not get any bids or did not meet that minimum, it will be removed from the auction and returned to the auctionee.  If the auctionee is present, they can elect to have it go to voice auction if they wish.
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