Originally Posted by MSI Magus
I will be conducting a massive lowball shortly here and wanted to ask two questions. First off since I will be unloading 100s of games I wanted to break them up into quite a few auctions that I felt I would hold either weekly or bi weekly. I was wondering if the preference is for me to create a new topic each week or to just edit my first topic. I dont want to flood the forums, but at the same time it seems like conducting multiple lowballs in a single topic could get confusing.
My second question, is it acceptable for me to allow buyers the option to pay when they win but hold off for a larger shipping? So for example someone wins 3 games at my first lowball and they owe me $32 for those games. However they want to wait and see what is in future lowballs to get lower shipping costs by bundling more games together. I would be ok with that, but I dont want to hold games for months or even weeks on end which gives them the chance to back out of payment. Is it acceptable for me to charge them the $32 up front in order to hold those games for them and then as they win future lowballs I naturally just reduce the shipping costs of future payments?
If you are pretty set on the weekly or bi-weekly system, then opening new threads for each would probably be quite confusing when you would have a few different ones all mixed in at or near the top with previous bidders still posting and continuously mixing them.
If it ends up being more like a monthly lowball, the forum could probably support multiple threads as the previous would have had time to move down a bit when the new one is made.
Again, back to the weekly/bi-weekly system, it would be up to the buyers and you to work out a plan, including payment, for the auction end and possible combined shipping.
I imagine there would be a mix of people wanting to hold off on shipping and payment until they get more items and those that would prefer to pay nearer time of shipment.
As for a longer schedule, I would think that, just for security purposes, most people would prefer shipping be done within a reasonable period of time that still offers them coverage via Paypal.
In any case, there are no real structures in place for exactly how you need to receive payment, but keep in mind that the flexibility you have in dealing with each person is often based on your availability to work things out and, huge lowballs ending in multiple periods will fill up your inbox VERY quickly - not to mention that most people say they end up having a lot more work during and after the lowballs than they originally imagined.
I have seen lowballs in the past in which the sellers became overwhelmed, so just keep that in mind.