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Art,

If you'd put up some more ADA or Aquajournal items, I would be there in a flash.

I always check in there but don't find anything for sale. I would support sellers if there was anything for sale.

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Maybe we should encourage more people to put up rare auctions here rather than Aquabid. But the problem is that the seller fears that his auction will end up going for cheaper than he expected, since only members are eligible for bidding?
 

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What I questioned when I was considering an auction was the 'fee' here, as it didn't appear specified when I read the information (of course maybe I missed it?). I didn't know how much the fee would be to list the auction, whereas at Aquabid the fee is voluntary. Wasn't sure if the fee would make it worth my time to auction it.
 

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If you don't like the format, please post how you would change it.

Plant Auctions are reached through the "Auction" link in the header.
 

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I have bought a few things from the APC auction, but tend to forget to look there often since there is seldom anything up for bids.

I guess I tend to lean more to Aquabid and E-bay just to concentrate the feedback in fewer places to build it more (if that sounds right).

That said, I think it was a very nice gesture to take the time to put something together like that for the APC members. I guess if it doesn't add that much to the bandwidth, it isn't hurting anything. If it's a huge addition, adding a lot to the database size for whoever does the backups, and loading the page for members, it may not be worth the effort.
 

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They are nice and it was a really nice gesture like Jan said, but for me at least aquabid is enough and also offering up stuff in the for sale/trade forum. I always forget to check in the APC auction, it is easier to look on aquabid where there are always a ton of things.
 

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I know it was a lot of effort, but with aquabid, ebay, trade forum, etc it is not necessary. Thanks though.
 

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Where did I get the fee thing from? D'uh, ok. Well good, I'm glad it is free :) I may list some Pelia as soon as this stretch of cold weather subsides (if it does).
 

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Piscesgirl said:
I may list some Pelia as soon as this stretch of cold weather subsides (if it does).
Sorry to sidetrack, but it is cold down there for you southerners, isn't it? Kind of tee shirt weather for us.... :p

Okay, carry on with the auction conversation. :)
 

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T-shirt weather ? I'm a nervous wreck tonight. Not only is my horse facing the first winter she's ever not had a blanket, but she is in pasture without a shed, and it might get into the upper teens. I can't be there to put her in and out of the barn, so I felt pasture overall would be better for her - and the owner of the place thinks "horses should be allowed to be horses." Then, there is my mobile home, well, and pipes that might freeze....ugghhhhhhhhh I need a sedative!
 

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I think it's a really good idea, but the format needs to be changed. The forum's need to be at the top of the page, and the pictures should be within the message. Messages should be at the bottom.

I don't see a reason why to get rid of it? Maybe you should make another button for it on the Home page, under Navigations.
 

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Thinking over this some more, my re-vote would be to discontinue the auctions, reasons being:

- for plants, most sellers want to sell immediately and get out the door ASAP
- most buyers want to buy today, not next week... and get the plants ASAP
- most sellers have an idea of the price they want and can state up front what it is
- if there is a need for a quick and dirty knock down auction, then PM is good enough, failing that Aquabid does the job.

The one failure of Aquabid, in my opinion, is that it has no Buy It Now feature. Many sellers want to sell immediately for a known price, many buyers want to buy it now rather than wait.

Does this input swing the vote? I originally voted to continue the auctions but feel otherwise now.

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Hiya,

Im new here.. My name is Angela "Ang".. I have been on aquabid for a while (angjo1972) I sell and buy there. My reason for joining and for voting for the auctions, is because Id like to see new blood.. New people posting auctions and offering their plants. It seems there are only a handful of people putting up most of the auctions of aquabid, I guess id be interested in more variety!

Ang
 

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So far, it seems evenly split. I'm going to leave the poll up for a few more days to hopefully get more input.
 
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