Any interest in charity auction for Wolf watch winders?

Quick question: Anybody interested in bidding on Wolf watch winders for charity? If so, then maybe next charity auction will be for winders. Until I hit pledge goal... EVERYTHING MUST GO!!! **** Also, want to signal boost @edge168n's auction, which ends at 12pm PT on July 1. https://www.watchcrunch.com/Edge168n/posts/buy-a-watch-save-the-world-the-edge168n-homage-part-1-of-3-11191

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How can there be any other answer than "C". 

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Bitches and blow…bitches and blow…

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D- Owes, money for cocaine

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I would, but I am financially irresponsible at the best of times, so I’d better not get involved. 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Gd87JmkAkE

Stuck in my cabana, livin' on bananas and blow.

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Aurelian

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Gd87JmkAkE

Stuck in my cabana, livin' on bananas and blow.

"Thumb bumps off a Pelagos" sounds like a cool song.

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There can only be one answer C

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Until I buy a perpetual calendar, I have no interest in a watch winder. And I'm highly suspicious and cynical about buying stuff for charity. It's so much marketing and virtue signaling for the seller. If you care about the charity, just give them money, cut out the middleman. Why should you let them take the tax deduction, rather than take it yourself? 

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wilfried

Until I buy a perpetual calendar, I have no interest in a watch winder. And I'm highly suspicious and cynical about buying stuff for charity. It's so much marketing and virtue signaling for the seller. If you care about the charity, just give them money, cut out the middleman. Why should you let them take the tax deduction, rather than take it yourself? 

Funny enough, 99% agreed with you.  Here's the 1% where we differ:

  • I am primarily using these auctions as a means by which to signal boost GiveDirectly.org and Givewell.org
  • Why?  Because they spring forth from the Effective Altruism and Rationalist communities, whereby a bunch of Silicon Valley autists have done significant analysis to try to determine the highest potential payoff / impact for every marginal dollar given
  • While, to your point, in my mind 99.99999999999999999% of NGOs and governmental aid efforts are nothing but virtue signaling and corruption of the highest order, strangely enough, the Effective Altruism movement really does seem to be entirely about autistically gathering data, conducting randomized trials, publishing results, providing transparency, A/B testing, etc., etc., to truly deliver impact

To your point, IFF someone truly cares about delivering impact, then that person would research the most efficient and effective way to give money, whereby every marginal dollar given produces the greatest improvement to QALYs or whatever.  Nobody does that, except autists.  

I am an autist.  So, I have done my research, and trust in GiveWell's autistic methodology, as they are a bunch of f*cking weirdo Rationalists, like me.  

So, why am I doing these charity auctions on WatchCrunch?

  1. My collection and my "watch stuff" have gotten out of control, and I need to make space, and I can't be f*cked to deal with the idiots and unwashed masses on r/watchexchange or eBay or what have you
  2. So, somebody taking these things off my hands is actually generating "producer surplus" and thus positive utility for me 
  3. If somebody bids and wins the item, they have also captured "consumer surplus."  And by listing the item in an auction, we ensure that the item goes to the person who has greatest need for it.  How?  Well, by virtue of "revealed choice."  By outbidding all other bidders, the winner has revealed via his/her actions that he/she wanted the item more than anybody else
  4. I then donate the money to GiveDirectly, which has done all the research on the greatest utility-maximizing ways to distribute that money, and as a result, a number of families in Kenya experience significant utility gains
  5. Because all of these transactions were voluntarily under-taken, the seller, the buyer, and the Kenyan family aid recipients ALL experienced gains in utility, without ANY OTHER party experiencing any utility loss anywhere in the world.  This is Pareto Efficiency in action

When total utility in the universe increases, in a Pareto Efficient manner...  well, I can't think of a better definition of "good" than that.

But, your point is taken.  And I agree that in 99% of other situations, charity is ALL virtue signaling and corruption in the worst conceivable way.

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HotWatchChick69

Funny enough, 99% agreed with you.  Here's the 1% where we differ:

  • I am primarily using these auctions as a means by which to signal boost GiveDirectly.org and Givewell.org
  • Why?  Because they spring forth from the Effective Altruism and Rationalist communities, whereby a bunch of Silicon Valley autists have done significant analysis to try to determine the highest potential payoff / impact for every marginal dollar given
  • While, to your point, in my mind 99.99999999999999999% of NGOs and governmental aid efforts are nothing but virtue signaling and corruption of the highest order, strangely enough, the Effective Altruism movement really does seem to be entirely about autistically gathering data, conducting randomized trials, publishing results, providing transparency, A/B testing, etc., etc., to truly deliver impact

To your point, IFF someone truly cares about delivering impact, then that person would research the most efficient and effective way to give money, whereby every marginal dollar given produces the greatest improvement to QALYs or whatever.  Nobody does that, except autists.  

I am an autist.  So, I have done my research, and trust in GiveWell's autistic methodology, as they are a bunch of f*cking weirdo Rationalists, like me.  

So, why am I doing these charity auctions on WatchCrunch?

  1. My collection and my "watch stuff" have gotten out of control, and I need to make space, and I can't be f*cked to deal with the idiots and unwashed masses on r/watchexchange or eBay or what have you
  2. So, somebody taking these things off my hands is actually generating "producer surplus" and thus positive utility for me 
  3. If somebody bids and wins the item, they have also captured "consumer surplus."  And by listing the item in an auction, we ensure that the item goes to the person who has greatest need for it.  How?  Well, by virtue of "revealed choice."  By outbidding all other bidders, the winner has revealed via his/her actions that he/she wanted the item more than anybody else
  4. I then donate the money to GiveDirectly, which has done all the research on the greatest utility-maximizing ways to distribute that money, and as a result, a number of families in Kenya experience significant utility gains
  5. Because all of these transactions were voluntarily under-taken, the seller, the buyer, and the Kenyan family aid recipients ALL experienced gains in utility, without ANY OTHER party experiencing any utility loss anywhere in the world.  This is Pareto Efficiency in action

When total utility in the universe increases, in a Pareto Efficient manner...  well, I can't think of a better definition of "good" than that.

But, your point is taken.  And I agree that in 99% of other situations, charity is ALL virtue signaling and corruption in the worst conceivable way.

I don’t know, kinda sounds like a rationalization for virtue signaling. 😉

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I've been really burned by WOLF 1834.  I have lost all respect for them as a company.  I'd have no interest in bidding.

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JBird7986

I've been really burned by WOLF 1834.  I have lost all respect for them as a company.  I'd have no interest in bidding.

Damn!  What happened?

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HotWatchChick69

Damn!  What happened?

Sent you a DM on the issue.