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Re: Auction for Hosta Library

At 07:29 PM 1999-12-12 -0800, you wrote:
>         Someone can install a auction program on a server but it might be 
> a bit
>much for something like this. Either someone can just record bids or in
>a few days I can make a temp. site and add whatever people want to
>donate and then I can add the top prices once a day or something like
>that until it is over.

Bob ...I recall that a woman in Oklahoma, ran a 'Hosta Seed Auction' for 
the Western New York Hosta Society, a few years ago.  I would think that 
many dollars changed hands, from that effort?
          All she did was, set her e-mail filter to sort any mails having 
the word " auction " in the TO:-Address Header, to be sorted into a 
separate folder created for this purpose.
          As an example, and hypothetically speaking, let's suppose it was 
run from here --  Anyone wishing to bid, could send an email Addressed to 
"auction" <raffi@sympatico.ca> and filtering would put same into the 
AUCTION folder/directory.  Very simple to co-ordinate actually!
          Having a list-server handle the auction, does create problems, in 
that, some of the folks wanting to make bids, will have to join the 
specific list-server first.  By doing it as described above, advertising 
can be done on a great many Internet List-servers; and in light of this 
being an OPEN EMAIL ADDRESS, where the sale the bidding takes place, then 
potential bidders can be picked up everywhere/ANYWHERE?
          The two list-servers I control, are available for Auction 
Advertising, but I do not wish to use them for the actual auction part of 
it, since I believe someone's personal address will do much better!
          I think, the donators will have to ship plants to buyers, 
directly from their own addresses.  You will require a mailing address, to 
whom the payments will go, before plants are shipped?  I'm not sure if a 
pre-bidding registration is necessary or not? ...but I feel it is not needed?
          If? ...you have nobody else, volunteering to run the auction for 
you, my time on weekends is usually free; and I would love to give it a 
shot, if we can find someone to start donating plants, seeds, books, night 
on the town and/or whatever it is we wish to auction off?  And I 
personally, I don't care where the proceeds go, and expect nothing to come 
this way.  I do feel however, that the *item donator* should receive half 
of the bid money ...call it 50-50 split er whatever; and this, in light of 
the work involved to dig , package & ship/mail the bought items.
          I don't believe residents outside of USA, will be able to 
participate in the buying & donation part of this PLANT auction, since 
there is a whole riger'ma'roll of legalities involved in shipping live 
plants across borders.  Live Seeds however, can be mailed anywhere on this 

Just do it! ...why wait for spring
good luck &
  have fun
(the name of the game? ..always & evermore!)

personal Web-site>> http://www3.sympatico.ca/raffi
E-mail> "William Nash" <raffi@sympatico.ca>
Lettermail> 157 Harvard Road, Guelph, ON, CA N1G4L3
New Internet Seedling-hybridizers Exchange [nise discussion] 
Hostapix digital-image sharing group [hostas] > 
Norway Internet Seed Exchange/trading [NISE] > 

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