Okay, there was enough interest in bidding on the Baltic MR01 Salmon now to go ahead and get this auction going immediately!
Per some really insightful comments, now is a good time to auction it to raise the most amount of money for charity, given that Christmas is coming!
All proceeds go to GiveDirectly.org. GiveDirectly.org DIRECTLY sends on funds to recipients in some of the poorest countries on Earth, with an incredible track record to-date. The effort sprang out of the Effective Altruism movement.
The first 9 auctions worked out spectacularly, in which our esteemed colleagues, @Bessio @Robcollects @Ichibunz @Deeperblue @Edge168n @Jklotz @CliveC @laurik @tempus have helped to raise $14,464 for Kenyan families living under the global poverty line of $1.90 / day. All of the auction proceeds went directly to them, and the funds from the 9 auctions thus far will effectively double the incomes of 40 families for a year!
Here's what I propose:
• Let's open up bidding at, say, $20
• Please post your bid by commenting below
• The highest bid by Friday, September 23, 12pm PT wins the watch
• Here’s where we do some real good for charity: If you are the winning bidder, please then Paypal or Venmo me the winning bid amount. I will make the donation of your winning bid, plus I will match that amount, to double the donation… But that’s not all folks! My employer will then do a full 100% match of that combined amount! Thus, every $1 of the winning bid will get multiplied by 4!!!
• Let me say that again - every $1 of the winning bid will turn into $4 donated to GiveDirectly!!!
• I will then post the screen shot of the full donated amount! *
So, in summary:
• Win the Baltic MR01 Salmon
• Have the entirety of the proceeds go towards lifting a family out of extreme poverty
• QUADRUPLE the size of your charitable contribution through my and my employer’s matching funds
[If winning bidder is continental U.S., then it'll ship ground UPS for free. If outside the continental U.S., then it'll ship US Postal, and I would ask that winning bidder cover the cost of shipping - which will get included into the charitable donation.]
Okay, for all the folks who voted "yes, auction it now" on the poll, I hope you bid!
@watchesandespresso @Aaronwilder13 @Dxnnis @rleiro @Al_Ra_Ra @craiger @Stricko @celinesimon @well.dressed @R16013 @ChaseEagle @VictorAdameArt @Robcollects @Davemcc @Luca_WTC @synaptyx @simonswatch @KevinK @Edge168n @watchdiary365 @1969mustang @Timetodial @yungboi @BtownB9 @AussieWatchGuy @UtahExplorer @georgefromquaters
For all the folks who voted "no, wait till later" on the poll... I hope you change your mind and bid now!
@henrikc @Sinnguy @WatchYourIntruder @Aurelian @edizzle @mpower5266 @street.credor @dustylowend @woodcut @curtaincall @TonyXXX @Speedy77 @Bessio @sebneb @Unholy @OscarKlosoff @Gasworks @Droptuned83 @laurik @nytime @Rarias @valleykilmers @MissingMilo @Velomax @IanCognito @UnholiestJedi @Cheap_Watch_Fanatic @GreenNeptune @dennisbible @MegaBob @cageyjames @JapanExclusive @NSsTot @CaptainD @Nico816 @Mastiff @WatchbuildingNerd @TalkingDugong
The one caveat to all of this is that I have already maxed out my employer's matching charitable contributions for the 2021 calendar year. Thus, I will need to hold onto the cash until January 1, 2023. On January 1, 2023, I will then make then charitable contribution through my employer's matching funds portal.
I hope I've conducted enough of these charitable auctions that folks won't suspect me of trying to pull a heist of some sort! Doing 9 other charitable auctions, only to try and pull a fast one on #10 would truly be an admirable "long con" though!