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Friday, September 5, 2008

Good Golly Miss Molly

You guys are awesome! I have kept all your emails and requests for donating. WOW! We are going to have some awesome stuff! I am racking my brain as to how to actually do this. I think I will just keep it simple and place a few things up each day with a closing time. I will use a different page for all auctions and will keep doing my features.........you know, like I have been the last couple of weeks. :) Does that sound like it will work?
Here's the tricky part. Do I have the buyer pay on the paypal acct they have set up?.........and then I would just have the product sent directly from the person that donated the item? But how can I tell if someone paid...........or actually sent the item? Am I over thinking this? Am I being negative?
Ideas everyone.

6 comments:

Good N Crazy said...

Hmmmm...good point? Maybe you just need to be the host for each item and it's auction and direct people to the donators blog to finish the deal?

If I'm later in the cycle I'll donate a small tote! (Crazy here these days!)

Danika said...

Check out www.designmom.com
She held a HUGE silent auction (like 300+ items) for this family last week. She has all the info on how to do it. Basically you list each item as a separate post and then people post their bids and an email address in the comments section. Be sure to have a definite day/hour ending time. The highest bidder is notified and sends their funds to the PayPal account that has already been set up for their recovery fund (see DesignMom's webiste for the link). Then they forward a copy of their PayPal receipt to you (or maybe to whoever is donating the item) with shipping address, etc. Then the item is shipped to the highest bidder. Hope that helps! Thanks for doing this. Sorry I don't have anything fun or crafty to donate. But I'll be watching for cute stuff to bid on!

Kendra said...

Have you looked at how Design Mom handled the auctions? Actually, most people handled their own auctions, but the winner would donate directly to the recovery fund, and email proof of payment to the auctioneer. Then the auctioneer would ship the item.

I think it is great to keep this going, because more and more people are just finding out about it, and it is going to be a LONG recovery.

Here are the auction directions from Design Mom's auction:
How this silent auction works:
1) Please place your bid by leaving a comment with your Bid Amount in the comments section of the item you are bidding on. Check the comments to see the most recent High Bid.

2) Following the close of the auction, I will contact the winner (make sure your comment bid includes an email address or link to your blog or some way to contact you). The winner will pay the amount of their winning bid to the Stephanie and Christian PayPal account. The winner will then forward the PayPal receipt to gabrielle@designmom.com and I will put the winner in touch with the sponsor. The sponsor will send the item(s).

3) Please bid in increments of whole dollars. The auction will end at Midnight PST on Sunday, August 31, 2008.

4) Thank you for participating!

I think she would be happy for you to copy her. You could even keep the master list and have everyone manage their own auctions.

see:http://www.designmom.com/2008/08/nie-nie-day-is-here.html

(sorry about the novel...I just didn't want you to have to re-invent the wheel, so to speak)

Pajama Mama said...

wow, it does seem kind of overwhelming, but it seems like you're getting good ideas from others...looking forward to bidding!
-kristen

Mamaduso said...

You could have everyone send you payment and then let the person who is donating when to send the item and then when all the auctions are done you could make one payment from your paypal account.

Susan

Jen r. said...

WHat if you set up a store through ETSY? Maybe you could ask ETSY to waive the listing fee as you are not charging for shipping and it's for charity.. and a great advertisement for them.... then I would have the donator ship it directly to the donatee....then when an item is sold that day tell the donatee.. and ask for confirmation when they sent it??? LIke a shipping or tracking number?