I do not believe I have ever seen a thread after an auction night go on so long. For the record I assisted all night & do so at most. I sold for the first time at this auction, approx 15 bags of Africans (2 Boxes), had realistic reverses, kept to the rules & all fish larger than minimum in the name of fairness to buyers, so I did make a few dollars, encouraged my daughter who helped me prep the fish. Taught her more about the hobby & a lesson on return on investment. Then we spent our money on some Angels, Rainbows & Cat Fish all at fair & reasonable prices. (Better than shops or driving around Brisbane to collect) To me this is what the hobby & auction nights are about (Another has stated similar in this thread).
It is not about individuals taking the most dollars out of the room, but varied varieties from many hobbyists, allowing others to keep the lines & varieties going.
To me it is not a business return (Get out now if you think like this from a hobby view) but a supportive opportunity to assist others, keep new fish & sell existing.
Getting a large variety on offer across the species.
IMHO - A couple of big points were the let down for the sellers this night.
1. Not enough buyers with cash in the room. (This is the single biggest fact of why it took so long to move through lots - No buyers)
2. Sellers who not in the name of fairness have used multiple family members to lodge additional fish maxing out the number of bags for that family group. (slowed up auctioneers, similar fish offered)
3. Box numbers being moved to assist a seller's situation of needing to leave, Auctioneers offering own fish (But they did offer every ones) (Reiterate guidelines & talk time on each lot) (Say no to moving lots under rules)
3. Specialty & Multiple similar types of fish not attracting interest due to point 1. (Long talks & explanations leading to repeat offerings after pass is) I would have loved some new lines but just poor timing & no space (Prices were awesome)
4. Winter - a lot of hobbyists scale back at this time of year and are not looking to add fish let alone specialty fish needing a separate tank. (Heaters etc)
Plus countless other points already mentioned above but these are the main contributors I feel. This Auction was not so different to other nights except for point 1.
If there was more buyers in the room with money this thread would not have continued, it would have read quite like past ones. Good night, got some fish, good prices.
I am a QCG member for 3 years but not new to hobby, 20 plus years. I was a licensed & paid Auctioneer in past life for Real Estate & Motor Vehicles. Currently it costs $1200 a year to remain licensed so I let it go quite a while a go. I could give it a go like Steve & FJ have but I know my fish names of what I keep but not the huge varieties that get offered so like them not wanting to get bagged for having a go, but next time I will. A Professional auctioneer will not know the names either it will be called Lot 45 Has 3 fish, Blue @ 5 cm. (He may be a fish guy?)
I am not a member to just get an Auction discount (Sold Once, Helped at countless, see above), I attend meetings when I can, contribute & participate in events. I like others in the Clubs contribute to see the hobby succeed & help others learn & share. This night rolled the way it did (My points & observations noted) Let the Clubs, Committee & Members talk about all the feed back, rules + enforcing/stick to them, new ways & ideas. In closing it is not about the Money it is about the Hobby, oh you can never keep every one happy 100% of the time. Thanks for reading.