Charity Auction Rules (v11.3)

All items:

  • All items will go on display.
  • Higher-value items will be auctioned on Sunday. Lower-value and non-unique items will be raffled at the end of the day on Saturday, with results posted on Sunday.
  • Salable valuation is determined at the event representative's discretion.
  • Items for the Auction must be one-of-a-kind, unique items at the current Anthrocon that are not available in the Art Show or Dealers' Room. Items for the Raffle do not need to be unique.
  • All items should be in new or like-new condition.
  • Please submit services, commissions, gift-certificates and similar donations to be delivered after the convention for approval ahead of time.
  • In most cases, duplicate or slightly different items must be auctioned or raffled together as one item. Please do not donate multiple copies of a single item and expect them to be sold separately!
  • Price tags must be removed from all items before donation.
  • The auction or raffle of pre-owned, legal merchandise (ex: art purchased at a previous convention) is allowed since the pre-owned merchandise is the property of the person who bought it.
  • All items must be G-PG in nature at the Director’s discretion. Other items require special permission.
  • Due to the increasing amount of items donated each year, we may have to selectively decline certain items.
  • We cannot guarantee accommodation of excessively large items.
  • Please deliver any donations to the Dealers' Room on Friday during Dealers' Room setup and open hours. We apologize for being unable to pick-up items from individual donors at the convention.
  • Make sure that any item you donate is described correctly and legibly on the display card at the convention. Any confirmation emails before the convention are only for tallying and approval.
  • We cannot ship unclaimed items after the convention.

Items to be raffled:

  • Unclaimed raffle items of 20 tickets or less are turned over to the charity; unclaimed raffle items of greater than 20 tickets are stored and re-raffled the subsequent year.

Items to be auctioned (higher-value items):

  • Most items are assigned a starting bid of $10 to encourage bidding, unless other circumstances apply.
  • Donations may be combined with other similar donations if time is limited or the estimated auction price of the item is below minimum auction value.

Items that cannot be accepted for donation:

  • Used clothing, used costumes, used plush toys, and threadbare merchandise.
  • Commercially packaged food items that are not factory-sealed.
  • Home-baked food items.
  • Alcohol.
  • Multiple copies of the same item, unless they can be auctioned as a single lot.
  • Used or unremarkable publications (comics, books, magazines, etc) without a collector's value.

Bidding on items at the auction:

  • Please, only request to inspect the piece if you are seriously intending to bid on it since this will delay the bidding process.
  • Bidders must raise hands high and call out bids loudly.
  • An item is sold when the Auctioneer says it is. Please decide quickly so the Auction may go smoothly.
  • The audience should remain silent if not actively bidding.
  • A bid is a legal contract to buy. If the bidder is not available afterwards to pay for the auctioned item, or does not have the appropriate funds, the item may be re-auctioned and the bidder may suffer penalties relating to the convention.

General:

  • Payment will be made directly to Charity representatives on site by cash or personal check. Credit cards will only be accepted if processing is available at the time.
  • Unless the Charity cannot be present, the money raised will at no time be kept by any Anthrocon staff.
  • Caveat Emptor! Let The Buyer Beware. Anthrocon offers no guarantees or warranties of any sort on any item. All sales are final and items may not be returned.

- Brian Harris
charity(at)anthrocon.org

 

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