- Listings. There is a separate listing post for every item in the auction. Directly below this post, you can find a post with a clickable list of categories. When you click on a link, it will take you to a page that shows you thumbnails of each individual item in that category.
- "Older Posts" There are pages and pages of great auction stuff. If you are navigating by scrolling through items on the blog, be aware that there are many pages of items. When you get to the bottom of a page, click on "older posts" to see more. (You will eventually run out of stuff, but that's a great way to make sure you've seen everything!)
- "Pinterest View" This year, we've utilized Pinterest to provide a way for you to get a quick view of all items. By clicking here, you will be taken to a page where you can get a thumbnail view of every item in the auction. Clicking the picture of an item will bring you to that item listing. If you aren't familiar with how to navigate Pinterest, you can do so here.
- Bidding. Bidding will be done by commenting on the item here on the auction blog. You can find a tutorial here. Feel free to practice bidding on that post. You MUST use a valid email address to bid. Please double check that your email address is correct before posting. The email you use to bid is the one I will use to contact you should you win the item. If what you have provided is incorrect, you might lose out on your item. When you enter your information to bid DO NOT log in with your Twitter, Facebook, etc. Please just use your email address as shown below:
- Bidding (part 2). Please make sure that you look at all bids on an item before you enter yours and make sure that it is HIGHER than the highest current bid. The last bid is usually the highest, but if two people post at the same time, sometimes it might not be right at the top. So please (for my sanity) double check. :)
- Winning an item. The auction is officially over at 9pm on Sunday March 3. The highest bidder when the clock changes to 9pm will be considered the winning bidder for that item. That means if you make your bid at 9pm, you are too late. If you get your bid in at 8:59 and 59 seconds, you are fine (and either gutsy or completely mad). The time stamp on your bid post will be used to determine if your bid was received in time.
- Payment. If you win an item, payment will be made as a direct donation to DebRA. We've teamed up with DebRA and will have a specific link for all payments to go through. At the end of the auction, I will send all winners an email with that link (and further directions). After the email is sent, payment is due within 48 hours. If your payment is not received in that time frame, the item will be offered to the next highest bidder. At that point, any payment made by the original high bidder will be considered a donation and they will not receive an item in return. I hate to have to include that, but every year we have had people bid and then not follow through on payment.
- Other donations. Last year, we had a lot of requests asking if there was a way to make a donation to DebRA in conjunction with the auction for those that didn't win items. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so through the web form here or by clicking on the button on the right sidebar of the blog.
- Shipping. We do not require that anyone pay for their own shipping for items won in the auction. We've collected donations to help pay for shipping. However, if you would like to contribute toward the shipping for your item, I can provide you with a separate paypal link to do so. Any money left over from the shipping fund will go as a direct donation to DebRA. Please note that since it is not being done through DebRA, shipping will not be tax deductible.
- Site terms. You can find all of our site terms here.
- Other questions. If you have any other questions, please feel free to post them here or email them to me at email@example.com. I will try to get questions answered as soon as possible so that you can get your bid on!
I'm so excited for this auction and am incredibly indebted to all of the wonderful individuals and businesses that donated. We have over 160 great items on which you can bid. It's mind boggling (in the best way possible!). I hope that those individuals know just how thankful both myself and Patrice are for their generosity.
I thank all of you in advance for taking part in this auction and supporting us with your bids. It wouldn't be much of an auction if we had 160 items and no one to bid on them.
Here's to a great and wildly successful auction! The funds we raise here will help families dealing with EB and will help fund research that will someday get rid of this horrid thing called EB.
- If you are having trouble getting comments to display, try to scroll down below the commenting area and click "comment feed". That has worked for some.
- If you bid and it shows up, but then refresh and it's gone, don't freak out. It takes a while for the bid to show up in some browsers, especially if we're getting a lot of activity.
- If you are making the exact some dollar amount bid on two different posts within minutes of each other, Disqus (the commenting system) gets confused and thinks you've already posted that--even if you haven't for that item. Just throw $.01 at the end and it should work fine.