PLEASE NOTE: There is new seller/MAS split info under point 18.
1) MAS will generate bag labels with
- SELLER NUMBER,
- ITEM NUMBER,
- SELLER NAME and
- SELLER PHONE NUMBER
to sellers on the day of the auction. Sellers will have the opportunity to pre-fill in their spreadsheet and email it to:
by 8pm the Friday night before the auction. Registration forms can also be filled in on Saturday at the auction.
YOU MUST USE MAS PROVIDED LABELS.
2) ALL fish and plants must be labeled by the Seller with
SEX (if known).
For equipment, specify on the item if it works leaks, or not. Keep in mind what you as a buyer would want to know.
3) Sellers are limited to 30 items per membership or per household. You will not be charged for labels. All items must be brought in personally by the seller unless pre-arranged with the Auction Chair.
4) No more than 5 bags of any species or color variety will be allowed from one seller. No more than two color varieties of any species will be allowed from one seller. Too many bags of the same color variety or species of fish just drive down the prices. Your bag labels will include an item registration sheet. Fill out one line for each auction item, listing the species of fish or plant in the bag, and please keep like items together by item number, so that we can check for compliance.
5) MAS reserves the right to refuse to sell an obviously sick or deformed fish. Destroy your culls, do not bring them to the sale! The public expects to find only quality fish at an MAS sale, don't disappoint them!
6) Take some time now to decide what you want to sell, then make a list so you don't forget anything. Make up labels in advance. Use waterproof ink and print clearly.
7) Use FISH bags -- NOT zip lock baggies. Fish in unacceptable bags will be re-bagged at the seller's expense for the safety of the fish. The re-bagging charge is $2.00. Fish bags are sold at the general meetings for $1/pack.
8) Cichlids that are old enough to sex must be bagged separately. Tape the pair or trio together, or put the smaller bags into one big bag.
9) 'Dry Goods' count as a species, so no more than 5 lots of dry goods will be allowed from any seller. By definition, if it isn't a fish, then it is 'Dry Goods'.
10) Pack small and inexpensive items together as one bag or lot. REMEMBER, items selling for $2.00 or less belong to MAS.
11) Experience proves that you will get a better price for clean and complete equipment.
12) No BAP or HAP items will be sold at this auction. (Exceptions may be made for outstate and out-of-state members.)
13) Anything on the sale tables stays there until sold or removed by the auctioneer or designated assistants.
14) MINIMUM PRICES. You can set a minimum bid price on your fish or equipment. PLEASE ASK FOR 'minimum bid labels'. Labels cost $1.00 each. We will make two (2) attempts to reach your minimum. If we fail to reach the price we will set the item aside and you must pick-up the item at the end of the auction. (Remember we always try to get you the best possible price regardless if it has a minimum on it or not). UNCLAIMED ITEMS BECOME MAS PROPERTY.
15) MAS reserves the right to pay all sellers by check within one month after the sale.
16) Sellers are advised to know:
How many items they brought to sell,
Who (buyer number) bought them, and
How much each item sold for.
Mistakes happen, and, without this information, corrections are difficult to impossible.
17) Large Tank and Heavy Item
MAS will handle aquariums of 20 gallons or larger and bags/pails/boxes of heavy gravel by putting them into the Large Item Corral. This is a special area in the gym (ie. NOT the tables, where everything else is displayed). Sellers will fill out a Large Item Corral Sell Sheet, tape it to the item and leave them there for display and sale (ie. NOT move them from the display area, to the front for auction, and then to the buyers chair). The intention is to prevent damage to the tanks and the people handling them. In order to properly account for these larger tanks we will be asking sellers to do a little extra paperwork when them bring them to display in the special area.
18) NEW MINIMUM AND NEW NON MEMBER SPLIT
Members split is 75% members and 25% MAS
Non members split is 60% members and 40% MAS
If you're not sure about your member status or want to join, check with membership table at auction. It is OK to join at the auction or join before auction on line at aquarium.mn
New minimums before split.
MAS will take first $2 of sales price. However, that first $2 does count towards split.
How does this work then?
Item sells for $2 or less, MAS gets all of sales price.
Item sells for $3, MAS gets $2 and seller gets $1
Item sells for $4, MAS gets $2 and seller gets $2
Item sells for $5, MAS gets $2 and seller gets $3
Item sells for $6, members: MAS gets $2 and seller gets $4 vs non members: MAS gets $2.40 and seller gets $3.60
Item sells for $7, members: MAS gets $2 and seller gets $5 vs non members: MAS gets $2.80 and seller gets $4.20
Item sells for $8, members: MAS gets $2 and seller gets $6 vs non members: MAS gets $3.20 and seller gets $4.80
After $8 it is straight percentage as shown above.