In the interest of complete transparency, we wanted to explain exactly what you will be paying, why, and to whom when the 2014 Cancer Gets LOST charity auction opens on September 1 and closes on September 27.
The Whole Truth
Most of you may not be aware than for our first CGL auction in 2012, the two of us paid thousands of dollars for the shipping and insurance of 280 items to winning bidders around the world. We did so out of our own pockets and it was our choice to do so. Rookie mistake! In addition, we paid thousands of dollars in back-end fees when the auction closed, to our former auction site host. Also out of pocket. We certainly do not regret it, but to be frank – we are just two very passionate people running a grassroots charity on our own, with zero budget/funding/sponsorships. And in order to continue following our hearts and doing what we absolutely love, fundraising for cancer organizations via auctions of rare and autographed pop culture memorabilia, we are simply unable to cover shipping and auction site fees.
For these reasons, we chose to partner and work with Blacksparrow Auctions for the foreseeable future! Blacksparrow is an experienced and professional auction company that is very generously hosting the 2014 CGL auction for us. The amount of incredibly hard work that it takes to create an auction of this magnitude cannot be understated, and we would truthfully not have one at all this year without their help.
Through the Looking Glass: Winning Bids/Hammer Prices
When the auction ends on September 27, your final winning bid amount (“hammer price”) on all Cancer Gets LOST items will be donated to the American Cancer Society through Blacksparrow Auctions. In addition, on your invoice you will see a 20% Buyer’s Premium charge, plus shipping, from Blacksparrow. Please keep in mind that almost every traditional auction operates this way.EXAMPLE: If you bid on & win a signed poster for $100, the hammer price will be $100. On your invoice $100 to be donated to the American Cancer Society via Blacksparrow Auctions $20 is your Buyer’s Premium for Blacksparrow Auctions Shipping cost to be determined, depending on size and weight of item There will be a 9% sales tax for CA residents only
Follow the Leader
Please refer to Blacksparrow Auctions’ specific Terms and Conditions on their site, and email them (firstname.lastname@example.org) with ALL logistical questions about the auction, Buyer’s Premiums, shipping, etc.!
Thank you in advance for your patience, interest and support! We will be posting the charity auction link here and on social media as soon as it is live on Monday, September 1!
– Jo and Jared