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I have an idea. A Random Act of Kindness "auction".

Now we have all heard of the saying, "One man's junk is another man's treasure". And I'm sure that we all have "junk" laying around in closets, on shelves, in boxes.......

Here is my idea. We start a "barter auction" passing each bid on to others. Here's how it works. Member "A" puts something up for "auction". Member "B" bids by putting something of more or equal value as a "bid" taking what Member "A" has offered. Member "C" bids by putting another item and accepting Member "B's" offering. Working on a "first come, first serve" principle.

It is best explained by the term "trading forward".

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1. Honesty and integrity is mandatory and non-negotiable. Anyone that breaks this code will be dropped from participating.
2. Shipping charges are paid for by the "buyer" unless otherwise offered by the "seller"..
3. Only actual shipping charges plus any special packaging costs(boxes, bubble wrap, ect) No added charges to make a profit. Afterall, it is a "random act of kindness".
4. All disputes will be handled between the parties involved.(See rule #1) The forum, or forum administrator/moderators, will not act as mediator or be held accountable. If no compromise can be met, the participating members will vote to settle the dispute. If it is decided that there is mitigating circumstances (See rule #1)
5. All items must be legal and train related. May be engines, cars, tools, track, or anything railroad.
6. Replacement offers should be close in value to the item claimed. If actual value is less one may offer free shipping.
7. Pictures to identify items and their condition is considered a best practice. Please post picture if at all possible.
8. Preferred shipping will be via a service that offers package tracking(USPS, FedEx, UPS). All "purchases" to be insured at the expense of the "buyer" and figured into the shipping charges..

More rules may be added or existing rules revised as needed.

If there is enough interest, I will be willing to start the "auction" by placing an item for first "bid". Just let me know by posting.

Bob
 

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That would be an interesting thing to see pan out...does member A wind up with the last thing offered after a certain amount of time?
 

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That would be an interesting thing to see pan out...does member A wind up with the last thing offered after a certain amount of time?
No. Member "A" is the starter. He can participate as the process goes along. But, he would not receive anything for being the starter. I guess all he would get is a "warm fuzzy" for knowing he started the process in motion. The reason I said I would start it out. I've got boxes, no, crates, of unused stuff. Time to clean house a bit.

The starter's participation further in the process would be as any other participant. If he wants something, he must "bid". Now, do not think that this is truly an auction. We will be trading forward. Not bidding as if a real auction.

Example, I put up a box of parts. You want them. You claim them and put something railroad up in its place. The next member claims them, puts something else in its place and so on......No real bidding per se. Just claim and replace.

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This sounds kool, I havent been in this but a few months now, and already have a few things to let go per-say.
 

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Do you think that we should add a minimum post requirement? Say 25 post minimum to participate? It would add to the membership/participation on the boards and I'm sure tworail would love that.

tworail, please chime in here.

Bob
While not tworail, I would say that's a fair baseline to start from.
 

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It's a great idea. I would have to review my HO stuff. The only demand I know of is older engines for parts. I could not depart with my O junk!!!I mean parts.:rolleyes:
FYI it is called a PIF Auction Pass It Forward. I checked with the "One WHo is to be Obeyed".To quote Stumpole The British Lawyer.
 

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OK. Since this is my idea, I will start it off.

Please read the rules on page one. I'm sure that we may edit or add more as needed.

Here is what I am offering, (1) Bachman Santa Fe F7 diesel(Chrome and red Warbonnet). I can send along either horn-hook couplers or plastic Bachman EZ Mate couplers in brown, (1) SOO 40' Godola with horn hook couplers and talgo trucks, and (1) Santa Fe caboose again with horn hook couplers and talgo trucks. All is HO scale.Shipping will be a flat $7.50, USPS. They will have individual Athearn boxes to help protect them during shipment and for storage once they arrive.

Engine needs some track time. Ran just a bit slow until things started loosening up. Ran for about 10 minutes and did well in both directions. Cars are in good condition. No broken rails. Caboose needs a stack, but I will send one along.

Place your bid(replacement stuff) and PM me for my PayPal account.

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I am takeing stationmaster offer.so now it's mine turn .I am offering
a amtrak loco. like this one,I dont know who it is made by,would have to say model power.mine has the same # 103. http://cgi.ebay.com/HO-SCALE-TRAINS-ENGINE-AMTRAK-F-2-MODEL-RAILROAD-LOCO_W0QQitemZ330310291139QQcmdZViewItemQQptZModel_RR_Trains?hash=item330310291139&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66:2|65:7|39:1|240:1318 bit mine looks a little diffent.it's a very good runner.also you will get 3 plate girder bridges 2 are Lackawanna RR,the other is NY central.also 1 brand new atlas rerailer and 2 brand new atlas dead-end uncoupler.one of the uncouplers is out of the package,I was going to use it,but change my mind.shipping will be $ 7.50.this is all HO scale,and code 100 track. the uncouplers are brass and the bridges are silver track.

Ron
 
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