Goodness me. Milestones. There are milestones everywhere.
Sooooo… the 50 birthday auctions are all live. The last one went online at 5.35pm. And since then my phone has been buzzing like a mad beehive with all the bid notifications. That can only mean one thing: We are passing the milestones at a rapid pace. Well, at least one milestone: The fan-fronted auctions passed the €1,000 milestone within the first 30 minutes or so of being live. And at the time of writing this, I am stunned to tell you that we have *almost* reached the next milestone. I can see on my eBay overview that our current total is €6,426. The Guy jacket commands €4,450. That means we are merely €24 away from actually having €2,000 worth of bids on the fan-donated auctions.
Guys, you are amazing!!! Thank you for the stunning response to the auctions so far. Yes, we have *more* individual auctions on offer than before, but nevertheless, I don’t think we have ever started so strongly and so quickly.
Or maybe that is because the unexpected delay of the fan-donated auctions created more of a demand and more urgency? Don’t worry, it’s not a strategy that I will ever employ voluntarily. The saga with eBay really had me on the brink of a nervous breakdown 😂. I can only thank you all for remaining so calm and understanding.
You may wonder how it all got resolved in the end. Well, here is the end of the story. I had basically given myself (or eBay Germany) until 3pm today to get back to me. I sent them a couple of reminders in the morning and after lunch, suggesting that maybe we could talk over the phone to get things done, but there was still no movement. Eventually, at 4pm, my patience ran out. Even though my account is with eBay Germany, I decided to get in touch with my local eBay platform – because eBay Ireland happens to offer a live chat. (eBay Germany only offers communcation via DMs on Twitter, no live chat. And their call backs are only available for customers with a German/Swiss/Austrian phone number. RIDICULOUS!) Since I accessed the live chat while logged in in eBay, the customer service agent immediately had my account on her screen and greeted me by saying “I see you are looking to raise your selling limit today.” She asked three questions, I answered, pointed out I was organising a fundraiser for charity and was not a commercial seller, and she immediately agreed to bump up the selling limit to €6,000. I asked whether that included the then current high bid of €4,300 on the Guy jacket. She said “Yes, hold on.” And a minute later came back with “I’ve raised the selling limit to €10,000, just to make sure.” It was a matter of 10 minutes. No stupid bureaucracy but common sense. She wished me luck with the auctions (and sweetly added “You have a good heart.”)
I could hardly believe it. WTH had eBay Germany been faffing around with? I logged out of the chat, checked my eBay account, and my new selling limit was there. And then everything went very quickly. I immediately started uploading the listings – just in case eBay Germany somehow got wind of it all and decided to intervene because they were still missing vital information in form 24B. Thank goodness for my prep from last week – I had prepared the listings as templates, so basically only had to do a last check, turn templates into drafts and then click to list. By 5.35pm everything was done.
So hooray for eBay Ireland – uncomplicated, fast, extremely friendly and able to make decisions based on common sense. I left a glowing review for CS agent Claudine. She deserves a bonus for making me – and presumably many others – very happy today.
Right, sorry for the waffle. While I am droning on here, I can see the bids continue to come in. Since I wrote the first paragraph of this post, we have actually passed the €2,000 mark. Hoooooray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The total of the auctions, including Guy’s jacket, is now at an unbelievable €6,462. Guy’s jacket hasn’t moved, but the other auctions have. So the fan-donated auctions have now garnered bids to the tune of €2,012.
You are amazing!!! Thank you all for your fantastic response!
Before I need to correct numbers again, I better get this online. Sleep well, everybody – I’ll be back with a morning update in a few hours.