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Maryn
08-05-2008, 11:55 PM
Me, an idea? Amazing.

I've been mulling over the auctions I've observed or participated in, and got to thinking, which is how people tell me ideas happen.

Often, our generous members bid more than the auctioned item is worth in the open market, precisely because they are generous members and it's for the good of AW. However, that means that members on a budget--and that's a lot of us--are priced right out of the auction.

What would you all think of a sale rather than an auction, where someone agrees to provide up to a certain number of the same item, all to be sold for some affordable price? (I was thinking somewhere between five and ten dollars.) That way, members of limited means could still get something at a nice price and feel that they, too, are helping to support AW.

Food comes to mind--a batch of cookies, caramel corn, toffee, etc. split several ways isn't much more effort, really.

A small or simple handicraft, for the handy and crafty, might be do-able in multiples. Put on some good music and make yourself a little one-person assembly line, and these tasks can go pretty fast. Trust me, I once made 36 refastenable dolly diapers in an evening.

Gently used books might be nice. It wouldn't be hard to put together a Mystery Readers' Mystery Book package.

Photographic prints have been popular at our auctions for a reason. We've got people who do some great work. Is it a lot harder to pick one image and make five prints than to make one? (I dunno.)

What else might we provide in multiples that we'd gladly just sell for a low cost?

Maryn, who looks silly in this thinking cap

veinglory
08-06-2008, 12:02 AM
I have plenty of books and comic books that I would be happy to send to a new home even for a token price.

maestrowork
08-06-2008, 12:03 AM
Same here. I'm willing to give away some books for sale for AW.

And how about a date with Ray? I think that's worth $0.29 at least.

Maryn
08-06-2008, 12:37 AM
Dang it, and me with only a quarter.

Maryn, who'll check the bottom of her purse

alleycat
08-06-2008, 12:40 AM
And how about a date with Ray? I think that's worth $0.29 at least.
Oh, my dream has come true!

;-)

maestrowork
08-06-2008, 12:41 AM
You had your shot, ac.

September skies
08-06-2008, 01:30 AM
Same here. I'm willing to give away some books for sale for AW.

And how about a date with Ray? I think that's worth $0.29 at least.

Maryn said to duplicate. Can you make five of you? Or are you talking five dates with five different people?
(notice I said people and not women)

maestrowork
08-06-2008, 01:31 AM
There are 365 days in a year, aren't there?

I'm a people person, definitely.

September skies
08-06-2008, 01:34 AM
There are 365 days in a year, aren't there?

I'm a people person, definitely.


That's a lot of work for only making $105.85
or are you planning on getting lots of tips?

alleycat
08-06-2008, 01:39 AM
You had your shot, ac.
Don't play hard to get.

(I shouldn't have used the word "hard" in the sentence above, should I?)

maestrowork
08-06-2008, 01:49 AM
Don't play hard to get.

(I shouldn't have used the word "hard" in the sentence above, should I?)

And I shouldn't have used the word "shot."

Kitty Pryde
08-06-2008, 01:50 AM
You mentioned gently used books: how about a very specifically themed 'grab bag' of maybe 5 books? Like Former Hugo Award Winning Sci Fi, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural Romance, High Tech Thriller, Historical Autobiography, Healthy Cookbooks, Literature of India, etc.

Or Christmas ornaments-I can whip up a bunch of the same thing that looks pretty cool, in a reasonable time period. I'm sure other crafty types can do the same. (Umm, I'm not Christian, but we have a...Hanukkah...bush...at our house. I can also whip up a bitchin menorah!) That's a good thing to buy for one's self and a good gift.

Binding funky cool little blank books is fairly pain-free as well. I know we all carry around little notebooks to scribble away in public eccentrically.

I live in an apartment so I don't have any shop equipment, but is it doable to make carved wooden pens using a...um, lathe? yeah, that's the ticket. lathe. woodworkers of AW?

Oh yeah! Also really easy to make are those hot packs that have rice or buckwheat or whatever inside. You put them in the microwave and they smell like lavender and then you put them on your neck which is sore from typing at your desk all day. I make mine in the shape of bunnies but I spose that's optional.

maestrowork
08-06-2008, 01:51 AM
That's a lot of work for only making $105.85
or are you planning on getting lots of tips?

Anything for AW. Anything.

Maryn
08-06-2008, 04:32 AM
You're so selfless, Ray-ray. I'm willing to make caramel corn and ship it overseas, but that's about it.

Maryn, who cleaned out the baking cupboard today

Bmwhtly
08-06-2008, 11:47 AM
Maryn Has An IdeaHow much you want for it?
I need an idea.

*read rest*

Oh, I see. That is a good idea.

Maryn
08-06-2008, 04:34 PM
Ben, don't you have a computer file named "Ideas" or something similar? Mine's full of ideas that aren't worth the bother of pursuing.

Here's a freebie from my file:
Spring 2000, news reports that the descendants of the famously-feuding families have a reunion together, attended by a couple hundred, with a barbecue and a friendly tug of war. What if it ends in renewed bloodshed over the tug of war when someone is injured (finger severed)?There, now go write that puppy up. I'll expect half when you sell it.

Maryn, generous

Bmwhtly
08-06-2008, 05:04 PM
Spring 2000, news reports that the descendants of the famously-feuding families have a reunion together, attended by a couple hundred, with a barbecue and a friendly tug of war. What if it ends in renewed bloodshed over the tug of war when someone is injured (finger severed)?
hmmm... Romeo and Juliet 2: Tug of Love

Sarita
08-06-2008, 06:19 PM
And how about a date with Ray? I think that's worth $0.29 at least.Remind me why I would pay for something I've already gotten for free?

Oh! Right! To support AW :D

This is a great idea, Maryn.


Sara, who makes cookies far too often.

Soccer Mom
08-06-2008, 07:13 PM
There are some good ideas here. Just a reminder that Dawno has a CafePress store (http://www.cafepress.com/OhDawnos)with AW merchandise. Once CafePress takes their cut, the rest goes to AW. Dawno keeps nothing for herself.

If you scroll down, there are inexpensive items like coffee mugs, magnets, mouse pads, etc... Just a way to support AW and get some cool stuff too.

Maryn
08-07-2008, 06:01 PM
Good, I was hoping some other people might see a value in a method of AW fund raising that didn't break the budget of people on a budget.

I wish I was craftier, or that you all lived in my town so I could just tell you to come by and pick up your fresh baked goods. Instead, I can't quite shake the memory of the caramel corn that took 20 days to mail first class in the US.

Anyway, whoever's got something to offer at a low set price, especially in multiples, should get in touch with SoccerMom to set it up.

Maryn, conferring with painters and repair guys costing $1200 a pop

Unique
08-08-2008, 12:21 AM
That's a good idea, Maryn.


Same here. I'm willing to give away some books for sale for AW.

And how about a date with Ray? I think that's worth $0.29 at least.

When are you picking me up, Ray? I've got 29 cents. Two twenty nine cents, even. ;)

maestrowork
08-08-2008, 01:06 AM
The limo will cost you $495. ;) Plus dinner and the night at the Roxy...

Unique
08-08-2008, 01:15 AM
((!!??!!)

What the heck kind of date is that, Ray? I can take myself out for $49.

Love ya, baby. But a can of beenie weanies and a walk in the woods would be a good date for me (with the right person) You're waay too rich for my blood. ;)

Maryn
08-08-2008, 04:32 AM
I'm having to cover my mouth with both hands to keep myself from a riff on Ray and beanie weenies...

Maryn, massive inner strength

BardSkye
08-08-2008, 08:56 AM
:e2poke:I'm not getting in that argument.

Back on the original topic: how about some limited edition dragon greeting cards? You won't find them anywhere else.

Maryn
08-08-2008, 04:37 PM
BardSkye, that's exactly the sort of thing I'm thinking of. You could offer up X number of cards at Y price each, with shipping inside the US included, and when they're gone, they're gone. I would think that AW members watching their pennies could still afford a greeting card to help defray AW's costs.

Why not pick a price and a number of cards, then get in touch with SoccerMom?

Stray thought: the budget-minded at AW may not come to this board, because they know they have little discretionary income. We'll need to promote low-cost items fairly hard to get them to look in, at first anyway.

Maryn, who knows zip about marketing

Unique
08-09-2008, 05:17 AM
How much you want for it?
I need an idea.

*read rest*

Oh, I see. That is a good idea.

Hey - I offered ideas last Christmas but got no bites.

Igotslots of ideas. Just no follow through. :(

You want the 50 cent idea or the buck fifty?

Yap it up in the other forums. You know I'm a broke joker but I'm here. :)
(Of course I >lurk<. I'm anywhere.... Bwhahahahaha.....)

willfulone
08-10-2008, 10:21 PM
Okay, I am game. I have:

about 500 books (some duplicates)
about 150 movie dvds (horror, comedy, series-like southpark seasons, etc - no dupes)
about 20 ps2/3 video games (I don't know, war, racing, etc - maybe dupes on different systems)
Tons of soaps and lotions from when I used to do auction sales. (many duplicates)

I typically donate to shelters and Salvation Army and the like, but have done a ton of that already this year. I am willing to donate items to the AW fund drive for whatever they choose to use it for (Legal Fund, Board Fees, whatever).

How does this work?

Since Maryn came up with the brilliant idea, do I ship it all to her so she can be the auction mistress? Or, do I (gulp) have to ship to the members myself?

Forgive my ignorance on this bargain board stuff here. I am not familiar, even though I have looked at some auctions.

Let me know what to do and I will participate.

Christine

willfulone
08-10-2008, 10:30 PM
Stray thought: the budget-minded at AW may not come to this board, because they know they have little discretionary income. We'll need to promote low-cost items fairly hard to get them to look in, at first anyway.

Maryn, who knows zip about marketing

Can't a thread be stickied on Announcement Forum so all (or more) will see about such sales? Or, anyone who is offering can put up a thread and add the link with a blurb in their siggie line about their offering?

I am no marketing engineer. That is the best I can come up with on that front. Trying to help, not sure what is feesible.

Christine

Maryn
08-11-2008, 12:34 AM
Christine, don't you dare ship me your stuff. ;) My house is overflowing with stuff already!

The way we've worked it in the past, with auctions, is that either the person offering the goods ships it at his or her expense, or the buyer works out a way to reimburse the shipping costs to the seller, in addition to paying AW for the purchase.

The items I've offered for auction tended to ship cheaply in the US ($3 or less), and be pretty expensive to ship to Europe or the UK (hovering around $13). Unless you want to eat a lot of shipping charges, you might want to determine the weight of various items, in their packaging for mailing, and make arrangements for the buyers to pay you for shipping. You can calculate postage for books and DVDs here (http://postcalc.usps.gov/).

Anybody else want to weigh in on the best way to proceed?

Maryn, who hates weigh-ins of all types

Williebee
08-11-2008, 12:48 AM
Exactly how do we ship Ray? I mean, without him getting bent in the male... um, mail.

kristie911
08-11-2008, 07:13 AM
Bubble wrap...lots and lots of bubble wrap. ;)

Unique
08-11-2008, 01:14 PM
Remember to use 'Media Mail' at the Post Office when shipping books! It's waaay cheaper than 1st class.

And don't cheat and ship cookies that way - it's not right.


Unique - who plays yer momma sometimes ;)

Maryn
08-11-2008, 04:15 PM
A quick FYI: The Powers That Be tell us this idea needs to be put on a back burner for the time being. Let's respect that request.

Ray will be more comfortable being shipped when the weather's cooler anyway.

Maryn, wondering what she's going to do with that huge crate

Williebee
08-11-2008, 10:47 PM
huge crate? HUGE CRATE? Let's make us a boat!