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    Spring Auction Checks have been processed

    Thank you to all who attended and volunteered to make our Spring Auction a success! We had a record number of new volunteers that made a huge difference. An extra special thank you goes to the attendees who stayed until the auction ended at almost 8 PM!

    Our bank says that sellers should expect their checks to arrive around Wednesday, April 24th. If you do not receive your check by Saturday, April 27th please contact me at jim (at) dialogue.marketing and I will investigate.

    We also had a record number of items entered. We usually have fewer than 800 items. This auction had more than 1200 items registered! After nearly 9 hours of continuous selling we were forced to make some changes on the fly to get everything sold:

    1. Buy-It-Now: we normally auction any unsold items remaining after all bags have been sold. We were unable to do this because of our contractually required time to leave the facility by 8 PM. At 6 PM we told anyone who remained to collect their items. Per our auction rules, any items that were not removed by the seller becomes property of the AAAA. Some of these items were disposed of and some may be sold at future monthly auctions, but ANY AND ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE CLUB, NOT THE PERSON WHO OFFERED THE ITEM FOR SALE.

    2. Plants: We had many, many plants that needed to be auctioned late in the evening. To complete all sales before we were forced to leave, we consolidated the remaining plants by SELLER and sold these bags as a single lot.

    We apologize for these last-minute changes to the auction, but we were forced to make decisions in order to sell as many items as possible in the time we had available.

    We are thankful to our members for their support and understanding, but it is not physically possible to auction the number of items that were entered in this auction. The AAAA board will be looking at making changes to future auctions to avoid this problem in the future, and to insure the all sellers get the best prices possible.

    Jim Datka
    Treasurer
    Atlanta Area Aquarium Association

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    It is a good problem to have that the auction has become so popular that it is growing at a pace that is too fast to keep up with. I bet members would have some great ideas if you throw something out there to get input. You never know where that next great idea would come from.

    Are there other clubs that hold larger auctions, like in larger metropolitan areas, that we can explore how their auctions are run?

    Have a buy it now table for plants? Silent auction? Members only selling?

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    We are always open to new ideas. The Board is planning on meeting next month to discuss options and would love to hear any and all ideas on changes that will allow us to handle this volume, provide sellers with fair prices and be fun for our members.

    Please add your comments and suggestions to this post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfreema View Post
    It is a good problem to have that the auction has become so popular that it is growing at a pace that is too fast to keep up with. I bet members would have some great ideas if you throw something out there to get input. You never know where that next great idea would come from.

    Are there other clubs that hold larger auctions, like in larger metropolitan areas, that we can explore how their auctions are run?

    Have a buy it now table for plants? Silent auction? Members only selling?
    The OCA (Ohio Cichlid Association) has what the call an Extravaganza every November. Unsure how they handle their auction, but I know they always have a great number of bags (they draw people from all over).

    One possible solution might be to allow bags of fish to be placed on the "auction" table with a "Buy it now" option. Meaning let say a seller knows that certain bags go for $10, so they put a price on it for $10, and if someone want to pay that, they just go take the "ticket" to someone watching those tables (similar to the dry goods section, possible include them together). If no-one buys the bag, or someone puts an expedited sticker on it, the bag can go to auction. Might cut down on bags needing to be auctioned, but might also effect selling price of certain types of bags if people know that those buy it now bags are back there.

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