AUCTION CLOSED! Help Out a Fellow BGGer! An Auction to Right a Wrong.
- Bryan Maxwell(Mr_Nuts)United States
I'm a math trader here on BGG. I've been a math trader for a long, long time now. If want the full explanation of what a math trade is, look here. The short version is that it's a big trade among strangers where A sends a game to B who sends a game to C who sends a game to A and so on.
There's a big geeklist where participants submit an entry for each game (or bundle of games) of theirs that they might be willing to trade away. Once the deadline hits, no one can add games to that geeklist anymore. At this point, you sift through the big huge list of entries and decide which ones you'd like to trade for. Of these, you decide which of your own entries you'd be willing to trade FOR it. For example, I have listed Munchkin, Settlers of Catan and Mage Knight for trade. I really want to land the copy of Hello Kitty Island Adventure that someone else listed. I say "I'd be willing to trade Mage Knight or Settlers of Catan for Hello Kitty Island Adventure, but not Munchkin."
Everyone does this, then there's a wonderful piece of software that I don't understand at all whose job is to take everyone's wants and map out a whole bunch of trades to try to make as many people happy as possible. It's really quite simple and a lot of fun.
Occasionally problems arise, which is what we had in this last math trade. We had a user (we'll call him Mr X) who is new to the process who made a mistake. He ended up agreeing to a trade and then decided that it wasn't a good idea. I was supposed to send 2 of my games to Mr X, and he was supposed to send a game to another user. My games are valued at roughly $65 or so, his game I'd value at roughly $200 IIRC (it's a game system, not a single item). Mr X decides he doesn't want to do this and contacts me, asking me to not ship my games to him. The problem is that his recipient traded away his own game to get Mr X's game is now simply left to twist in the wind.
We've tried to work with Mr X to get this resolved, but that has led nowhere so we are now going to move on and try to take care of Mr X's intended recipient. He isn't interested in my games, so I figured that auctioning them and sending him the proceeds would be the best thing to do.
If I'm being cagey, it's because I don't want a witch hunt. I'm not looking for Mr X to be bombarded with Geekmails and the such. If you want more information, you can send me a private message. You can also contact the moderator of the math trade in question:Matt DUnited States
The proceeds from this auction will go to the user who got shorted in all of this (I'll amend this to add his name here if he wishes me to do so). I'm also going to offer free shipping within the US on my 2 items (Bora Bora and Sylla).
If you are so inclined, feel free to add your own game to the auction as long as you agree to send the proceeds to the user in question. I may have all of the proceeds go to me, then I'll send everything to him (please PM if you have concerns and we'll work out the details). We'll get the proceeds where they need to go and make sure no one gets dirt roaded. Because I love math trades and I love the math trade community. I don't want to see this ugliness leave a bad taste in everyone's mouth.
Now the rules:
The auction will start immediately and will be closed at a random time on the evening of Friday April the 4th. Games will ship within the week.
1. All games will be listed with a minimum starting bid. This will serve as any kind of reserve.
2. All bids must be in an increment of $1.
3. I will ship my own items for free within the US. If others want to auction their own games to help out, they can list their own shipping policies with those items.
4. I will ship using USPS. If you want insurance or a different method, let me know and I'll make it happen with the buyer paying any additional fees. Local pick up is fine by me if you happen to live near me.
5. I will not ship outside the US.
6. All transactions will be done via Paypal and through the BGG marketplace.
All of my games will be listed with a condition that will describe them as accurately as possible. If you wish, I can take pictures, just let me know. For that matter, if you have any questions whatsoever, just let me know and I will answer them to the best of my ability.
I will tithe 3% to BGG.
Again, if you want to list your own item up for auction please do so, but you must agree to send the proceeds to the affected user!
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