Martinka Auction - 100s of Items Just Added

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Postby martinka » 03/20/08 02:43 PM

Martinka Auction - 100s of Items Just Added

Our 28th auction is now underway with 100s of items already listed. You'll find some great books, memorabilia and apparatus.
Some features are a nice collection of cups, a collection of Alan Warner items and many other assorted treasures.

We will be adding posters and more books and apparatus over the next week, so check in daily.

As always, you can view the auction at:

www.martinka.com/auction

Enjoy!

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Postby martinka » 03/25/08 01:21 PM

We just released over 200 more lots on the site.

You'll find many desirable and out of print books, Alan Warner effects, Some nice cups, posters, paper and more.

You can view the newly added items from this link:

http://www.martinka.com/martinka/auctio ... sp?CMD=NEW

Enjoy!

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Postby martinka » 03/30/08 02:46 PM

Just a few more hours to go...

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Postby naquada » 03/31/08 04:17 AM

Well I tried on a few things... but.. got slightly above my limit in the end on a number (only just though!!)
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Postby Joe Naud » 03/31/08 11:00 AM

Has anyone else noticed that many items from the Martinka auction go for way more than you might find them for on ebay? I have to admit that I watch ebay daily for books and the prices there seem consitantly a third to half as much as they go for on Martinka and ebay does not have the 10% charge to the buyer on top of the bid. Card Craft went for around $300 at Martinka, I think the last price I remember at Ebay was a lot closer to $200. I don't know if buying from Martinka makes people feel more comfortable in what they are getting or what.
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Postby Jeff Pierce Magic » 03/31/08 11:13 AM

I won two items and i'm confident that what i will receive is exactly as mentioned in the Martinka auction. it's a piece of mind and I'm happy with my wins. I'd like to know the percentage of collectors versus no collectors who visit Martinkas.

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Postby Jinx » 03/31/08 12:13 PM

I won my first bin on Martinka,I usually watch it pretty close. I also think the exact opposites in that I believe the prices on Martinka represent the actual price of the book or product. I don't think it gets over inflated. Also I consider my self a practicing collector.
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Postby Kurt Lee Flickner » 03/31/08 01:05 PM

I think it has a lot to do with many collectors/buyers have become disenchanted with Ebay.
1. They have gotten burned
2. Very time consuming to sort through all the garbage to find the valuable, or worthwhile things.
3. A lot of buyers don't like the fact that on ebay, you lose out at last second to sniping, and you have no chance to counter bid.

Some collectors in thier real life day job may make couple hundred dollars an hour or more. For them is it worth thier time (many hours) to sort through ebay on a regular basis, to find that item they want, even though they will save a couple hundred dollars.
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Postby martinka » 04/02/08 10:36 PM

I hope you had fun bidding, watching and possibly winning at this auction. We were pleased with the results and so far we have received some nice feedback from both buyers and sellers. As always, you can view the results on the site.

Post auction sales included, over 90% of the items we listed have been sold. Interestingly, we noted that there was a higher amount than usual of new folks bidding. I don't know if it is the selection, more people finding out about us or a trend towards more collectors ? Any thoughts ?

In addition to packing and shipping this auction, we are also preparing for the next one. While it is filling fast, there is still some time, if you have items that you would like included, please email me. magic@martinka.com

Thank you,
Ted

PS: Jeff & Jinx, thank you for participating. Ted
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Postby Joe Naud » 04/02/08 10:58 PM

When will invoices be going out? I sent you an email yesterday, but have not heard back. Thanks!!
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Postby martinka » 04/03/08 04:23 PM

Hi Joe,

They are online now, to see yours, on the auction page, click on "My Invoice".

Thanks for your purchase.

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Postby Joe Naud » 04/03/08 04:53 PM

Ted, Thanks very much, I just made my payment.
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Postby Sal Perrotta » 04/04/08 01:51 AM

I would like to try to answer Joe's very relevant question: why do things sell for more on Martinka then on ebay?

I think that ebay does a disservice to the sellers by artificially ending the auction at a specific time. As Kurt has noted: a bidder can get sniped at the last minute and he does not have the choice to bid again. Thus, the prices on ebay do not reflect all of the possible bidder activity. On Martinka, all bidders have the option to reexamine their high bid and as a result, the prices on Martinka reflect ALL the bidders thinking on a particular item.

On Martinka, you will find NO frustrated bidders who feel they have missed out on bidding as the auctions all are extended by 15 minutes if a bid is placed at the end. By giving the bidders that extension, Martinka is a FAR SUPERIOR auction platform. This extension of time allows the sale prices to continue to rise above the "surprise" snipe amount that artificially ends the auction on ebay. As a result, prices are allowed to rise to what the bidders actually are willing to pay.....and that amount is frequently above the ebay selling price!

It IS my opinion that Martinka is better for both bidders and sellers than ebay!!
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