Recently I found something that might allow UofM to host auctions. My hope was that collectors would like it because there aren’t any fees – aside from PayPal, but I can’t currently help you there sellers. And based on the responses to the current poll question, it looks like there would be decent interest.I have currently set-up a test auction, which can be seen at the bottom of the feature bar on the right side of the page. The low placement is only temporary. If it were a live auction it would be at the top of the page to increase visibility. Since it’s an ugly test I thought I’d hide it.
I’d love for a few people to try and bid. YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED ANYTHING. I think that’s the best way to test out any bugs.
Once the auctions have been given a fair test I’ll set-up a fairly simple auction – maybe a Dark Blue #153. That will be the live test.
If the feeling is that UofM Auctions are a true benefit to the community and it will be used, then I may purchase some more features for the auctions. Or maybe after a few small auctions enough money will have been raised to simply purchase the upgrades.
I’m not naïve enough to believe this can replace eBay. There will always be auctions that are better derved being listed on eBay. However, there are probably a fair amount of auctions that are best targeted at M.U.S.C.L.E. collectors exclusivly – especially if fees can be avoided.
The other nice thing, I think, is that there will be better transparency. There should be a bunch of different ways to do it too. I think more collectors will be willing to try and win auctions if they feel that the bids are not secretly being manipulated. Again, it won’t be perfect – but I think it will, at least, be better than eBay.
And please post any feedback about the UofM Auctions feature in the comments section below. That way it’s all in one place and it may help others with questions or concerns.
And no, I don’t make any money off of it – unless I’m the one selling something. However, there may be a way to help offset the costs of the website through an eBay partnership. Basically another box would be added to the feature bar on the right side of the page. And clicks on those links could equal money. I’ll probably test this feature out very soon too. I currently have very low expectations for it. If I feel that it doesn’t add any real content value, then it will just go away. However, if it can be configured into something useful then it will stay.
Thank you allfor you patience as these features are tested. Hoepfully the will be positive contribution to the M.U.S.C.L.E. community and this website.