Me: I never make it to the auction. I never know when stuff I want is being sold.
GenCon: Here's our auction schedule for this year.
Me: Dang it! Let me see that schedule...
I had not thought of that entirely reasonable hindrance to attending, probably because anyone I know who has any interest knows just to ask me and I will issue a report on when things that person is interested in are going up. This new system is TAKING MY JOB
Am I missing where to start the process for the auction?
Where do you go?
I cannot log in or retrieve myt password...
I'm unclear on the max store amount. Says $75; does this mean $75 per item, or a total of items equal to $75?! If it's a total of $75 that's awfully low, especially if someone has just a couple of board games to sell! I do think historically unsold items should not be allowed into the auction; overpriced (overmarket/availability price) should not be allowed. Also shouldn't allow non-gaming stuff, like random books and DVDs to be honest. Finally, limiting a sale to 2 of the same items. I've seen guys bring in boxes of the same board game, upwards of like 20 copies.
I also hope the checkin-process for auction card and selling items, picking them up is quickened. It's been taking waaaay to long. Not to mention the wait of everyone to get into the store and look around. Hopefully this will be alleviated with new location.
I am unable to do much more - if you look in the 'my messages' section under your profile picture in the gen con menu you should have a message there with my email.
I don't recall seeing it last year, but in the past there were laptops setup that we could login to and see what has and what has sold. Will we be able to check during the con this year?
Traditionally, books and DVDs do not take up that much square footage in the store area to really have an impact. And, generally TOVA stuff does sell.
Overmarket/Overpriced is a hard thing to dictate. Just not feasible for auction staff to vet out 15K items to make sure they are 'appropriately' priced and historically sell, that should be on the seller. If you have a $10 item and try for $50, I'd say save your time and energy and don't even bother. Their website has all the historical data from the auctions so, if you have a question on if something historically sells or is a no sale, can look there. Regardless of what it is, if something is cheap enough, it will sell.
Boxes of the same game... somewhat agree on that one however, if someone is going to bring in 10 copies of a game and have it at 75% off just to move it, hard to block something like that. A good deal is a good deal. Now if someone is going to bring in 100 of the same game and mark it as MSRP and use the area as their own cheap gencon vendor space, yes.. probably should not be allowed. At least last year though, much of the bulk same game type stuff was in the corner and not all mixed in with everything else. (I remember there was some bulk Munchkin and Firefly among other things)
As a seller, if you bring in an item where there is now 100 of that same item from another seller, hard to compete against that. I had a couple items last year that were just washed out by the volume of the same item from one seller and I never would have brought it in if I had known that, but it is what it is. Could have been 100 of the same item from 100 unique sellers.
I assume some of your suggestions might have been looked at if in the same spot, but hopefully with the larger space some of the issues will be alleviated.
Will the consignment hall still be next to the auction hall? I believe I saw the auction was now in a hotel?