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From Shadows
02-10-2007, 22:41
Just a heads up for any players in the toronto,ontario,canada area oct 14th there will be a auction held at the battle bunker in oakville (you can call direct services for more info)

What ? nobody is interested in a auction?

Ravenous
03-10-2007, 01:33
The first auction they had was awesome, lots of unique things and extremely well painted armies, there were only a few people there.

The second auction they had was terrible, they were giving out busted junk and drybrushed forces. The only things that were good were being bought by the same kid and his butthead dad, they spent well over $1000 that day. It also didnt help there were like 50 kids there screaming random numbers out. Like a ranger box without back packs:

GW auctioneer:What do you want the start it at?
Dumb kid1: $50!
Dumb kid2: $65!
Me: Im going to pick the full models off the shelf for $45!

Dumbasses...

I imagine this one will be a lesser version of the second one, although I could be wrong and will probably check it out anyway.

Shadow-BOT
03-10-2007, 02:01
Heh, the last auction I went to (Windsor Ontario) was pretty sweet, they had some forgeworld items, and the best part, no dumb idiot kids.

From Shadows
03-10-2007, 02:45
there is suppose to be forgeworld product on sale at this auction (do not know excatly what and how much of a deal there will be) i suspect you will see alot of specialist products.also the manager said there would be some specialist games setup for people to see.(Again contact direct services for more info).Also expect the typical old blisters (chaos,etc..)

bhusus
03-10-2007, 03:28
I'm not too far but sometimes I wish they had a list in advance so I'd know if its worth the 2 hour drive to get something...unless someone is interested in proxy auctioning...

Cry of the Wind
03-10-2007, 03:29
Yeah, most GW auctions I've gone to have had lots of screaming kids (though to be honest its the ones with the rich parents that bug me the most...I'm looking for a deal and their raising by $20 for no reason isn't helping anyone...). I'm curious about the FW stuff (maybe a Baneblade or 2...) but I won't be able to make it unfortunatly...sucks being stuck in the arctic while cool things happen down south.

Ravenous
03-10-2007, 03:49
Ya the rich kid was just annoying as hell.

You would up it by $10 and he would do it by $30.

I tried to get the painted rangers but I wouldnt pay more then $95 for them. They started at $5 too which was the funny part.

GW auctioneer: Lets start with.... 5 bucks!
Me: $5!
Other guy: $15
Rich kid: $40!
Me: $60
Rich kid $90!
Me: $95
Rich Kid $125!

I was half tempted to see if I could push them to $200 but I didnt want to get stuck with them if he decided to hesitate. Afterwards I really wish I did when I saw him go "Yes!!!" and do the "arm pump" thing, only to have him moments later go up and collect his stuff with his light up wheelies (those annoying shoes with wheels in them).

That was maddening, but not as much as watching the little **** win the next 10 auctions in the EXACT same fashion.

I guess it should've have bothered me, it was Oakville after all and those of us in Ontario know the saying in Oakville:

Richkid: Mommy I spilt my starbucks coffee in the lexus!
Mom: Take the other lexus dear!

Cry of the Wind
03-10-2007, 14:09
I never saw those things (wheelies) until I worked at GW in Vaughan...now I have a strong urge to trip any kid I see wearing them!

Can anyone who does go pass on what FW stuff was sold off? I'm curious to see if they are just getting rid of random junk they have under the tables or if they are trying to promote FW sales. I expect the Specialist stuff is just to clear the shelf for more core game stuff or to make an Apocolypse shelf.

Ravenous
03-10-2007, 14:30
Last time I was there they had some stuff in the glass cabinet that had been there for at least 6 months.

- Brass etch
- Avatar
- Hydra turret
- Ripper swarms
- Extra armour (spaced)
- Imperial fist doors?

Oh and some of the FW AI stuff.

Since GW is bailing on specialist I imagine its going to be mostly that stuff this time around. Hopefully I can get my hands on the Battlefleet Gothic boxed set since thats the ONLY way to get the templates and markers it seems.

*EDIT*

As it turns out this might be a really good one. FOLLOW THE LINKY

http://ca.games-workshop.com/Community/GWAnnounce/Direct_Day.htm

From Shadows
03-10-2007, 17:22
Also when talking to the manager at the bunker he said that there was going to be several painted armies up for grabs.I fully agree with you guys on the kid problems,but what bothers me the most is knowing that two weeks down the road the kid has probably moved onto something else and the models end up in the toy box or the garbage.Also as you guys said the bidding sometimes get out of hand by the kids,i have seen several times where the kids end up paying more then the self value :wtf: I find if you can wait it out until closer to the end of the auction alot of kids and people leave,so just hope what you might be looking for comes up at the end of the auction(keeping fingers crossed).

bhusus
03-10-2007, 17:44
I just realized I'll be in the area on that weekend - any idea what time the auction will be held at?

Ravenous
03-10-2007, 17:58
Opening to close.

Since its a sunday thats Noon to 5pm.

bhusus
03-10-2007, 18:16
Thanks...looks like I just might make it

Cry of the Wind
03-10-2007, 19:19
Well I'm looking forward to hearing about this little event and what implications it has for the stock at the bunker. Those of you not in the land of the midnight sun, keep me posted eh!

Kymmerus
03-10-2007, 19:49
Oh I was at one of these auctions before... was somewhat a lacklustre experience...

I was enticed by discussions with staff about how much BFG had come up at the previous year's auction and the BFG and specialist bitz that would likely be available... and there weren't any! I ended up not buying a bloody thing thing.... (Though one of my gaming group buddies did snag a bunch of older Eldar blisters for 'reasonable' deals)

Having said that though, I'll probably go to this one as well... hoping again for some BFG or AI and definately to check out Forgeworld Stuff (I have a thing about wanting to see the Forgeworld models in person before I buy them, so an opportunity like this still grabs my attention)

I'm still going with lower expectations than last year though...

Cry of the Wind
03-10-2007, 19:55
I find the best way to approach the auctions is to go in expecting to buy nothing and just go for a look. Then if and when something that strikes your fancy does come up you don't feel pressured into not bidding and saving your money for a 'what if' item. I did that for one auction at an Edmonton GW and ended up leaving with a couple items that were a pretty good deal.

bhusus
03-10-2007, 20:09
Yeah I usually have an idea of what I'm looking for, and when the items come up, what I'm willing to pay - the way I look at it right now however, is that it got me out of something I didn't want to go to anyway - score one for me and thanks to the OP for this.

Ravenous
03-10-2007, 21:57
I think I might call the direct services guys and mention that they should make the auction 18+ to eliminate the legions of kids that scream out numbers but not actually win anything.

I’m sure they wont go for it but it wont hurt to try.

I remembered last time there was at least 10 kids that would yell out numbers and not one of them walked away with anything.

JimmyP0567
03-10-2007, 22:38
If that's your idea to keep out kids, then you've got it all wrong, I'm under 18 myself, but I don't wear light up wheelies and get my parents to take me down to the store/auction to buy anything, I get them to drop me off, I take my money that I've earned from work, and I buy stuff myself.

bhusus
03-10-2007, 22:46
Yeah I'm thinking kids are in the 'under 12' category - its not really fair to drop the young ones out of the equation.

Cry of the Wind
03-10-2007, 22:56
Limiting the events by age is kindda harsh sometimes. I know I've spent the majority of my gaming career in the under 18 group and would have been pretty ticked off if I wasn't allowed to attend events. The majority of the 12ish crowd seem to be the primary cause of a lot of the problems with going into a GW but I've met and played against a fair number who were nice kids that mean well and don't have any of those habits that bother the older gamers. I can't really see an easy way to stop those kids without hurting the few good ones out there (and I don't think it's worth hurting those good ones for the sake of the few bad).

Still if there is going to be more specialist games there this time then there is a better chance at winning those bids as the kiddies won't even know what the items are and so probably won't bid on them (or maybe their parents will at least not let them bid since it's a 'new' army, I know I wasn't allowed to switch games or armies when I was a 7-12 year old gamer).

catbarf
03-10-2007, 23:10
I'm 14, and I've participated in a fair few auctions in my time. Granted, my IQ (148) puts me in the upper 98th percentile, so I guess I'm irregular. But I really sympathize with you all who have to put up with the little bastards who have too much money. I usually go to them afterwards and offer them a deal for some of the stuff they bought that I was after. Usually they don't realize that I bought the stuff from them for less than they paid originally ;)

However, I think a 'no bidders under 18' rule would work well. That way you could still have parents placing bids for their offspring without the ludicrous bids (and the screaming) the kids put in.

Cry of the Wind
04-10-2007, 00:04
I don't think that would go down very well with most of the 16-17 year olds though, can you really imagine that group wanting to have to stand next to mommy or daddy while the auction is going on, whispering into their ear on what to bid for (and of course getting into even more embarrassing arguments over the cost or need for a certain item...).

hood_oz
04-10-2007, 01:05
just get them to pre-register bidders. you need a bidder number to bid, and all bidders need to sign a declaration that every bid is intentional and all are considered an offer of purchase.

I have seen auctions go off the rails, so this might keep the misbehaving to a minimum.

Like, who would want to get stuck with a blister of grots for $50?

pantera
04-10-2007, 02:08
I guess it should've have bothered me, it was Oakville after all and those of us in Ontario know the saying in Oakville:

Richkid: Mommy I spilt my starbucks coffee in the lexus!
Mom: Take the other lexus dear!

Hahaha. Thats the exact reason I moved from Oakville to Guelph. Living in a one bedroom apartment with my dad, and walking down the street having 10 BMWs pass you in 5 minutes tends to grate on the nerves after a while.

Plus the stigma that follows when you tell people where you live. I almost knocked a few people out over the years.

bhusus
04-10-2007, 02:58
the registering and the no-under-12 without parents would be a good combination as anyone 12 or under would have to get their parents to register for them and teens can exercise register themselves in the foolhardy assumption that they are asserting their independence - its a win-win

Cry of the Wind
04-10-2007, 03:08
Still, if the screamers are there it won't really matter who signed them up. At the end of the day it's mom and dad paying for the crap they just bid $100 on. I've seen kids over bid for broken merchandise and watched mommy pull out the credit card for a $50 pile of half assemble models or some sprues that don't even equal a $40 boxed set new off the shelf. It's not a problem of the kids making bids they can't pay for (because the items are paid for), it's a problem of them inflating the price of items that shouldn't really go for more than $20 or less. Of course I'm just overly pessimistic on the issue...having spent only a year working for GW has lead me to lose all faith in humanity...

bhusus
04-10-2007, 03:10
Hey if parents aren't smart enough to pay attention to their children's hobby in anything but a peripheral way, well, let them throw their money around - its their (messed up) way of loving their kids...one day they'll realize...it'll be too late then and definitely not my problem

catbarf
04-10-2007, 20:47
The problem is that if the kid buys a twenty-year-old incredibly valuable model and then throws it in the toy bin the next day, that's a stupendous waste and unfair for all the dedicated hobbyists out there.

Orbital
05-10-2007, 06:05
I'm 14, and I've participated in a fair few auctions in my time. Granted, my IQ (148) puts me in the upper 98th percentile, so I guess I'm irregular. But I really sympathize with you all who have to put up with the little bastards who have too much money. I usually go to them afterwards and offer them a deal for some of the stuff they bought that I was after. Usually they don't realize that I bought the stuff from them for less than they paid originally ;)

After reading this, I think I prefer screaming kids.

Cry of the Wind
05-10-2007, 11:51
Hmmm I didn't notice that little comment there Orbital. The only thing is I'd rather not have to talk to the screaming kids let alone barter with them. They've already done a number on my sanity and most of the conversations I've had with them make me want to tear out my ears. Still if it means cheaper GW product....

bhusus
05-10-2007, 13:43
The problem is that if the kid buys a twenty-year-old incredibly valuable model and then throws it in the toy bin the next day, that's a stupendous waste and unfair for all the dedicated hobbyists out there.

Its an auction - it doesn't matter what they do with it, just that they paid the most for it and then its theirs. Fair, no, but this is commercial enterprise, not some pinko commi fantasy-land. But seriously, what can you really do about it anyway?

Orbital
06-10-2007, 04:40
The problem is that if the kid buys a twenty-year-old incredibly valuable model and then throws it in the toy bin the next day, that's a stupendous waste and unfair for all the dedicated hobbyists out there.

If they buy it, it's theirs. If the other dedicated hobbyists want it, then they are free to buy it. If we're talking about people buying water and bread and other things and throwing them in the garbage... okay. That's not fair. When we're talking about collectable space toys, it fails to move my sympathy needle.

From Shadows
12-10-2007, 15:49
Just to let everyone know.The event starts at 1:30 Sunday.

Ravenous
12-10-2007, 18:19
And there are full gaming tables they are auctioning off.

Cry of the Wind
12-10-2007, 18:28
Just wondering if we could see how many Warseers are going to be there. My contract was ended and it looks like I might be able to make it now. I'd love to have the chance to meet some of the Canadian Warseer community out there and put a real face to these avatars as well as have some face-to-face talk about some of the threads here.

So who's gonna be there?

Ravenous
12-10-2007, 19:34
I'll be there, and I hope they put those scenic city tables on auction, those are at least worth $2000 each.

And if rich kid is there, I hope his dad doesnt mind putting that kind of money down :evilgrin:

Khorghan
12-10-2007, 20:06
can anyone explain to me how to get there? i live around st.clair, thanks

Ravenous
12-10-2007, 20:17
St clair and what?

Its pretty easy to get there. I'll get a link from google maps in a sec.

EDIT:

Link doesnt work, its Games Workshop 2679 Bristol Circle Unit 3 Oakville Ontario Canada.

Cry of the Wind
12-10-2007, 20:46
Check your PM Khorghan, I gave the best directions I could assuming you can find your own way to the 401. Any warseers going wanna meet at the WHFB demo table say 20min before the auction starts just so we don't need to start yelling out "is Ravenous in the building?...how about Cry of the Wind? etc...

From Shadows
12-10-2007, 21:43
Just wondering if we could see how many Warseers are going to be there. My contract was ended and it looks like I might be able to make it now. I'd love to have the chance to meet some of the Canadian Warseer community out there and put a real face to these avatars as well as have some face-to-face talk about some of the threads here.

So who's gonna be there?

I will be there!

From Shadows
12-10-2007, 21:51
I'll be there, and I hope they put those scenic city tables on auction, those are at least worth $2000 each.

And if rich kid is there, I hope his dad doesnt mind putting that kind of money down :evilgrin:

Are you talking about the ones like these: http://warseer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=25643&d=1185156424 :D Me and a friend picked these up at auction 1 table was $375.00 the other one was $225.00 this gives us a 8x8 table which is able to be used as 2 tables being 4x8.

Ravenous
12-10-2007, 21:54
No sir, I speak of these!:

http://ca.games-workshop.com/Community/Events_Coverage/Games_Day_2004/Kasr_vasan/home.htm

From Shadows
12-10-2007, 22:28
No sir, I speak of these!:

http://ca.games-workshop.com/Community/Events_Coverage/Games_Day_2004/Kasr_vasan/home.htm

That is the ones that i posted check out the picture you posted with the church.We have 2 of those tables 4 more where sold 2yrs ago and i believe that there is still 2 left at the bunker.They where the display table at games day 2003,all the tables joined together to make one massive display table.Take a look here: http://ca.games-workshop.com/news/cn/events/GamesDay2003-CA/coverage/Mega_event/mega.htm if you look at the picture second down on the left side you will see the chuch and arch tables.

Ravenous
12-10-2007, 22:53
They still have this one:
http://ca.games-workshop.com/news/cn/events/GamesDay2003-CA/coverage/Mega_event/images/big_overhead_b.jpg

and they have the one that links up to that.

Anyway, Hopefully they have those on auction.

From Shadows
12-10-2007, 23:02
They still have this one:
http://ca.games-workshop.com/news/cn/events/GamesDay2003-CA/coverage/Mega_event/images/big_overhead_b.jpg

and they have the one that links up to that.

Anyway, Hopefully they have those on auction.

Yeah,they still have both of them and they are sweet tables!!!!!!!I would think that they will go for a a bit more then the other tables.The last time one of the display tables from games day went at a auction,if i recall correctly,i think it went for $475.00 that has been the most I've seen any of the tables go for.

Ravenous
12-10-2007, 23:04
I imagine they will, like I said there is at least $2000 worth of work/models in those tables.

But I dont want to get my hopes up. It might night even go up for auction.

And the bad thing about the GW auctions is they charge you Tax on everything, which is lame as hell. They say its because it counts as a store bought item, since they have to ring it in on the till.

From Shadows
12-10-2007, 23:08
I imagine they will, like I said there is at least $2000 worth of work/models in those tables.

But I dont want to get my hopes up. It might night even go up for auction.

And the bad thing about the GW auctions is they charge you Tax on everything, which is lame as hell. They say its because it counts as a store bought item, since they have to ring it in on the till.

Well if it does go up I wish you all the best of luck and hope it does not go for $2000.00.Oh and the tax thing is pretty cheesey.

Ravenous
12-10-2007, 23:14
It really is lame but they have no other way of doing it.

Any money they make counts as revenue, so it has to be taxed.

They cant just say to Tax services "oh we just made a couple thousand dollars and didnt tax it...... *shurgs*"

Im sure there is some way around it but it would be too much of a pain in the butt for them.

bhusus
15-10-2007, 14:33
Just wondering how the auction went...my brother and I were supposed to go but Civ 4 came along and then it was 5 and time to leave...I don't know what happened...anyway what kind of things were sold...as in what did I miss if anything?

Kymmerus
15-10-2007, 23:44
I was there and bidding happily... it did seem like a much better affair than last year IMHO... lots of fantasy stuff and that seemed quite popular with the people there... they had so much stuff they had to cut the auction short before auctioning it all off....

My haul included:

1 Painted Pink and Yellow Sisters of Battle Army (maybe purple? :rolleyes: Nah its pink :p and I loved the paintjob) ~1250 pts I think, need a codex to figure this one out... $110

A bag of 91 Old School Metal Flying Rippers $40 (1500pts of Rippers here I come :D )

12 Carnifex Scything Talon and Head Sprues $27

4 3rd Ed Tyrant Gaurd $9

2 Lictors (1 3rd Ed, 1 Current) 2 3red Ed Zoanthropes and a Red Terror $34 (Really wanted that Red Terror)

Most of a Nurgles Rotters Bloodbowl Team $6

Ravenous
16-10-2007, 02:13
I was surprised Helms deep didnt go.

I was tempted but I would have to wreck it to turn it into a proper 40k table.

bhusus
17-10-2007, 02:52
so...it sounds like I didn't miss much then...that tyranid stuff is all good but I have it so...

Ravenous
17-10-2007, 06:47
It wasnt all that good.

There was no Forgeworld bits on auction at all, despite what they were advertising, and the gaming tables were meh at best.

I brought my truck down for nothing, I was hoping for something decent. I did get a few things so it wasnt a complete loss of a day.