The Cancer Gets Lost 2022 Online Charity Auction is officially NOW OPEN on our external auction hosting site iCollector! Click HERE to register for and bid in the auction!
The auction will close on April 9 at 2:15pm CT.
*International friends: PLEASE read the shipping update and cost estimates below. CGL has to limit the number of bidders from outside of the U.S. at this time due to very high shipping costs and customs fees, and we ask that you email us in advance (noting what country you’d be bidding from) if you’re still interested in participating. Thank you! Our email is CancerGetsLost at gmail dot com. We are unable to view or access your shipping address on our external auction host site when you register, so that is why we’re asking you to contact us if you have U.S. shipping address but live abroad.
The CGL Online Charity Auction will be open for bidding from April 1 – 9, and you can register for our charity auction* at any time from now until the final hours of the auction!
100% of all proceeds from the 2022 Cancer Gets Lost online charity auction will be donated to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, in honor of two dear friends currently (and thankfully) recovering from colon cancer.
CGL Charity Auction: NO Buyer’s Premium Fee!
Most auctions of this magnitude require winning bidders to pay a Buyer’s Premium fee per item, in addition to the winning bid and shipping cost. CGL has decided to cover all Buyers Premium Fees (3% per item), so that you don’t have to! Winning bidders will now only have to pay for items won + shipping. This allows CGL to donate 100% of ALL auction proceeds to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance!
While Cancer Gets Lost is still indeed hosting this big online charity auction, we are very aware of/sensitive to pandemic-related issues and shipping delays around the world (not to mention the increase in fuel prices due to recent events overseas). Of course we want our kind international fans to be able to participate, but shipping is SO expensive right now. And with the current global supply chain issues that are affecting consumer shipments, it will be a calculated risk to ship out our auction items in the next few months.
It will be free, fast and easy to register for the 2022 CGL Online Charity Auction on our auction host site, which you can now do at any time. We appreciate your patience, because we must approve each international bidder individually. This process is necessary but quick; all approvals will occur within hours of registration (except when we are sleeping!).
**IF you have a shipping address outside of the U.S.: your registration status will be set as Pending until we have a chance to discuss shipping costs with you. Please email us after reading all details and cost estimates below, confirming and acknowledging that you are able and willing to cover your shipping & customs costs if you win any items in the CGL online charity auction. And let us know what country you’ll be bidding from! CancerGetsLost at gmail dot com. Thank you!**
IMPORTANT note 1: for all potential CGL auction participants: Please register to bid using an email account that you actually check/use! It has become a challenging issue for us after charity auctions when we are unable to contact a few winning bidders because they never check the email they registered with again!
IMPORTANT note 2: When you register for our charity auction on our external host site iCollector, it WILL ask you for a credit card. HOWEVER! It is for security purposes only and CGL will NOT charge anything to your card. This is because auction payment is ONLY possible via the CGL PayPal account (which you can only access via our website). iCollector is owned by Live Auction, which is based in Canada. So this is the message you’ll see when you register:
“By clicking ‘Confirm Your Information’ below, you agree to allow your credit card to be authorized for $1.00 CAD by ‘LIVE AUCTION GROUP PORT COQUITLA BC’ to ensure your card is valid. This amount will be held for 7 to 30 days before being automatically released.”
The cost to ship packages abroad is extraordinarily expensive due to pandemic related issues and global supply chain delays. CGL must insure all packages, as well as include tracking. There are NO cheap options or short cuts for us when it comes to shipping out our rare items all over the world.
We simply cannot ask or expect you, our kind international bidders, to spend an excessive amount of money on shipping – knowing that you must then also pay additional duties/fees in your country upon package arrival.
** So we have made the difficult decision to primarily open our big online charity auction to bidders with U.S. shipping addresses only. **
HOWEVER! If you live in another country and are STILL interested in participating (knowing in advance how expensive the shipping will be) please email us (CancerGetsLost at gmail dot com) with the types of items you’re interested in. We can provide a rough estimate of shipping costs. Please keep in mind that there is no way for us to estimate the cost of your individual country’s customs fees, VAT, etc. on any package we ship.
ALSO! If you live abroad but have friends/family/an office in the U.S. where CGL can ship your auction items if you win any, that would save you SO much money in shipping and customs fees. Please let us know!
Once we’ve reached our capacity for international bidders, we will let you know if you register to bid and are awaiting word from us.
The honest truth about our last big online charity auction is that we had to rush to ship items out in March 2020, right as the world was shutting down. Some countries also shut down shipping during that time, and items got lost in the system (never to be found or delivered).
As you know, almost all of our auction items are either rare or 1-of-a-kind. Some are absolutely irreplaceable. Because of current widespread shipping issues, there is a greater risk right now that a package might get lost or damaged in transit (which is out of our control entirely). If that happens to your auction item, we will have to reimburse you for your donation. Which means that CGL has to subtract that amount from the grand total we’re donating to the cancer charity (100% of our auction proceeds). So you can see why we are being more hesitant and cautious than usual.
In addition, although we insure each package, if something happens to it – the carrier only reimburses us for a tiny portion of its value. If we were to insure auction packages with the actual Final Bidding Prices, there is no way y’all would pay for shipping. Prohibitively expensive is an understatement!
We are still in the process of selecting a global shipping service. It may be that we wind up using several. Just know that we aren’t able to just choose the cheapest, given the value of the items we’re shipping. While USPS offers the most affordable options, they are the most unreliable – particularly for shipments overseas.
But! Unlike most online charity auctions, we do NOT charge our bidders a Buyers’ Premium for any items, so at least that’s one less expense to contemplate as you decide whether or not to participate in our auction.
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING COST EXAMPLES
Here are current shipping cost examples/estimates (NOT including individual country customs fees/duties that each winning bidder is responsible for paying) from three different shipping carriers, all including our mandatory insurance and tracking.
We selected various types of auction items for these examples (based on size, weight, contents).
US to Canada: $50-$100
US to UK: $70-$125
Flat envelope 8.5 x 11
US to Canada: $30-$50
US to UK: $40-$80
US to Canada: $30-$60
US to UK: $45-$70
US to Canada: $55-$85
US to UK: $85-$125
US to Canada: $70-$100
US to UK: $100-$175
The choice to participate in our online charity auction is entirely yours!* We just felt is was very important to be candid with you about the state of the shipping world and the expenses involved.
Thanks to the ongoing generosity of fans, actors, crews and creative teams from your favorite films and TV shows, CGL is thrilled to have a wide variety of items in this charity auction. Every single item in our charity auctions is either rare or signed, and all are kindly donated!
TV shows featured in this auction will include fan favorites like Breaking Bad, The Dark Crystal, Fear the Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The Good Place, The Handmaid’s Tale, Killing Eve, The Leftovers, Lucifer, The Mandalorian, One Day at a Time, Orphan Black, Outlander, Parks & Rec, Schitt’s Creek, Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead, The Wheel of Time, Wynonna Earp and The X-Files.
Bad Robot: Alcatraz, Alias, Felicity, Fringe, LOST, Person of Interest, Westworld
DC: Arrow, Batwoman, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl
Marvel: Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Cloak and Dagger, Daredevil, The Defenders, Hawkeye, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, Loki, Luke Cage, The Punisher, Runaways, WandaVision
As for films, we have auction items from a few Harry Potter, Star Trek and Star Wars movies, as well as Batman v Superman and several Marvel movies: Ant-Man, Avengers Endgame, Black Panther, Black Widow, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Eternals and Thor Ragnarok.
CGL Charity Auction Transparency: Fiscal Sponsor
Full disclosure: we fund Cancer Gets Lost ourselves, with our own money. Neither CGL Co-Founder Jared Wong nor I earn any money raised in any of our charity auctions (nor do we plan to). CGL is a labor of love that we work on in our spare time!
CGL is a 501c(3)-sponsored organization. Our fiscal sponsor FJC, A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds (a 501c(3) public charity that provides management of charitable giving), oversees all of the financials for Cancer Gets Lost – including our PayPal account. FJC has earned a top 4-star rating on Charity Navigator!
If you win an item in the 2022 Cancer Gets Lost Online Charity Auction for a winning bid amount higher than the starting price of the item, you will receive a tax receipt from FJC (which should arrive 2-3 months after the auction ends).
Please follow CGL on Twitter for more frequent updates and auction item previews (@CancerGetsLost)!
Thank you so much for your support of our charitable endeavors. We exist because of your collective kindness, and are genuinely grateful for that.
– Jo G. (CGL Co-Founder)