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Which one below would you like our donation to go to?

Poll ended at Fri Sep 18, 2015 2:58 pm

A Single Person / Family in need
A small localized charity
A small national charity
A large multi-national charity
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Total votes : 22

2015 Racketboy Charity Auction Informational Thread and Poll

by mjmjr25 Wed Aug 19, 2015 2:58 pm


The following thread is the kick-off to our 2015 Racketboy Charity Auction...

Smaller, localized charities are now up for nomination - please PM or post in the thread. There will be a poll after the nomination period - nominations ARE OPEN.

The Charity Nominations:
Born Just Right:
Third Street Community Center:
The Women's Center:
Able Gamers:
Extra Life (part of Childrens' Miracle Network Hospitals):

-Items need not be gaming related.
-Consider shipping costs vs. value of item. One nice / light item will benefit the charity more than 5 heavy / low value items.
-Pictures are helpful - send them to me when I call for items.
-There is no limit to the number of items you can donate - though if something is very low value / interest it may not be accepted for risk of cluttering the auction.

-Items will be called for in early NOVEMBER with a warning cutoff shortly after Thanksgiving and a HARD cutoff on DECEMBER 1st.
-Auction will begin on DECEMBER 2nd and will run through 11PM EST, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26th.
-Auction will have a grace-period end. If an item has a bid in the last 3 minutes, that item will be extended an additional 3 minutes. EXAMPLE: Item #44 gets a bid at 1059, it is auto extended until 1102, if another bid at 1101, it is extended until 1104. There will be a HARD end at 1130 for any item with ongoing continuations.
-Payment for items will be due by 3 weeks after auction end. All items should be shipped within 5 weeks of auction end. Firmer dates pending.

Make it Unique:
Items that do the best year to year are: one-off, rare, or otherwise not readily available items...or at least not readily available at the current auction price.

Make it Personal, Get Involved, and a Challenge:
-Call on friends to get involved
-Advertise in your signature on different sites
-Start talking about it now
-PM friends to see what they're putting in
-Set aside an item or two now and forget about it - you'll have a cool item when the time comes
-Set aside $50, $60, or $300 now for bidding purposes - planning now will ensure you have the availability to bid when the time comes
Set a goal for yourself about how much you can donate and how much you can spend. Set that goal now and start working toward it. We are a small community, but we are a supporting and close community. We have a core of active members and a larger core of 2-3 times a week members. We also have hundreds of sporadic members. Let's all pull together and reach an impressive number to be donated. I am optimistic that if everyone gets involved and excited early - we can hit $5,000.
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Re: 2015 Racketboy Charity Auction Informational Thread and

by Luke Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:18 pm

Any of the options are fine with me.

May I suggest:

Great place, great kids.

If no one is objected to the idea, I'd love if we could remove the word "charity" from the auction.

Instead of:

"Racketboy charity auction for Make a wish foundation"


"Racketboy auction to support the Make a wish foundation"
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Re: 2015 Racketboy Charity Auction Informational Thread and

by BigLou Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:19 pm

What a lovely gesture. I went with local/family in need, as I have seen the corruption involving larger 'charities' first hand.

I've got a fair bit of video game, toy, and pop culture stuff, and Ebay is always an option, as well.

Just a side note: You mentioned RB being a "supporting and close community"....this probably explains why I've been showered with greetings and welcomed into the fray so warmly since joining days ago!

All jest aside, I'm down 100%. :)
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Re: 2015 Racketboy Charity Auction Informational Thread and

by prfsnl_gmr Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:23 pm

Vote cast.
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Re: 2015 Racketboy Charity Auction Informational Thread and

by sevin0seven Thu Aug 20, 2015 3:46 am

vote cast as well, let's do this!
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Re: 2015 Racketboy Charity Auction Informational Thread and

by 8bit Thu Aug 20, 2015 10:48 am

vote cast. look forward to participating again this year!
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Re: 2015 Racketboy Charity Auction Informational Thread and

by jp1 Thu Aug 20, 2015 1:51 pm

Count me in.
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Re: 2015 Racketboy Charity Auction Informational Thread and

by Anapan Sat Aug 22, 2015 6:43 am

The new guidelines are very well thought out. I'm happy it's continuing this year. Vote cast! Of course I am always happy with the decision the community makes. I have another box of hardware ready and I'm going to ask friends for unloved gaming stuff again. I see some consoles gathering dust in the corners of basements that need new homes.

I urge members to keep in mind the size and weight thing. There were a couple of previous auctions where the shipping was more than the donated items made for the charity (that means I could've sent the shipping cost to the charity and kept the items and more money would've gone to those in need). Derp!

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Re: 2015 Racketboy Charity Auction Informational Thread and

by marurun Sat Aug 22, 2015 9:57 am

Keep in mind that using tools like Charity Navigator you can review a charity's efficiency and priorities of money spent.

My wife and I both donated older cars to Our Lady of the Wayside (a regional org with homes for adults with MRDD) this year.
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Re: 2015 Racketboy Charity Auction Informational Thread and

by Luke Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:47 am

Pm'd this, but also wanted to share:

For your consideration as a recipient:

Love this foundation. I've spoken with "Miss Iowa 2013" and we could auction autographed pictures of her that would certainly bring in some dough.


This is a foundation that knows where both it's brain and heart are.

This is a foundation that doesn't children who are different, but celebrates them.

This is a foundation that is more about "happy" than "help".

Please consider Born Just Right as a recipient of our fundraising auction. The money goes directly where it is needed, and I also have some "nub buds" who can make the auction our highest donation to date.
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