Wednesday, November 13, 2013

HERE's HOW it WORKS: The American Prize Online AUCTION


Hundreds of performing arts items, some at as much as 50-90% off retail, some unique and very special, will be available at The American Prize Online Auction, starting Friday, November 29th, but you must be signed up to receive "On TAP," our e-newsletter to get the private website address to participate in the sale.

Visit our Facebook page and click the "Get Newsletter" icon to sign up. (Don't worry, we never share your email address with anyone and you can unsubscribe at any time.) Or email us at theamericanprize@gmail.com to join.

SHOP our CATALOG—online, or download as a PDF (to be published later this month)
BID by email.
BUY through PAYPAL (or send check, or call with credit card.)

FOR THE SERIOUS MUSICIAN
and THE CASUAL MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS LOVER 

all in support of The American Prize national nonprofit competitions in the arts 

HERE's HOW the AUCTION WORKS:

A UNIQUE WEBSITE:
Once you sign-up for "On TAP," the e-newsletter of The American Prize, you will receive the address of our online auction website, where all the items will be listed. You'll be able to search by category, using the navigational links to the right of the listings, or just scroll top to bottom.

PRICES:
Minimum bids start at $5 or less for many, many items—some are as little as $2. Many others are listed at 50% or more off current retail.


A WEBSITE YOU CAN SHARE:
Although the TAP Online Auction is a private sale for TAP laureates and others who receive the e-newsletter, you can share the website address (and the sale) with your friends, family and colleagues.

A SPECIAL EMAIL for BIDDING
We have created a dedicated email address, tapauctionarts@gmail.com, where you can bid on items and ask questions.

A SIMPLE EXPERIENCE:
Each listing includes an item number and title, a photo, a short description (including the item's condition), and a "MINIMUM BID" amount.

1. Select the item(s) you are interested in.
2. Send us an email at tapauctionarts@gmail.com with the item number(s) and title(s), and the amount you would like to bid on each. (You must bid the minimum amount listed for the item, but you can bid more.)
3. We will confirm your bids.
4. If no one else bids on the item, it is yours. We'll email an invoice.
5. If more than one person is interested in an item, we will ask you by email if you want to bid a higher amount (increments of at least $1), until someone decides they have reached their limit. We then email an invoice to the highest bidder.

Payment is accepted through Paypal (preferred)—the link is on the site, or by check, or you can call with a credit card. We then send the item(s) with our sincere thanks. All payments must be made in U.S. funds.

BUY IT NOW:
Some items have a "Buy it Now" option at a higher price. It streamlines the process and allows you to buy the item outright without bidding. We invoice you, and the sale is done.

VERY LOW U.S. SHIPPING COSTS:
Orders up to $30—$5 shipping regardless of the number of items
Orders $31-$70—$8 shipping
Orders $71-$99—$11 shipping
Orders $100 or above: FREE SHIPPING

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING:
actual cost. We'll invoice you.

GUARANTEED EASY RETURNS:
If you are displeased with an item for any reason, you can return it for a full refund of the purchase price, minus shipping.

NO NONSENSE:
We are scrupulously honest: no fake bidders, no buyer's commission, no bait and switch. We'd simply like to raise some much-needed funds for our non-profit competitions and hope we'll have something you'd like to own.

THE VERY IMPORTANT DATES:
The website goes "live" with all the items listed on
Friday, November 25, 2013 at 6am
and concludes (no more bidding on new items)
Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 11:59 pm.

AND PLEASE:
When you bid, consider it as a binding contract to buy the item at your chosen price (the minimum bid listed for the item or higher, if you choose.) We treat you fairly, we ask that you please do the same. A bid commits you to buy, please.

FOR MORE ABOUT what will be on the auction, please scroll down to the previous post.

QUESTIONS?
Email us at tapauctionarts@gmail.com

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