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Re: Elephant House Auctions

Postby youngerap » Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:29 pm

Bandito wrote:Here is a video of the Double Decker:
Well, done on acquiring these machines, Bandito. This is the first time I have seen a Double Decker in action - what a great machine! I wonder how many miles that little bus has traveled over the years?

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Re: Elephant House Auctions

Postby badpenny » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:03 pm

pennymachines wrote:
Steve Hunt wrote:Due to the incredible recent response to our Auctions, and massive demand from sellers, we have made the decision to run our Vintage Amusement Auction on the third Sunday of every month from now on (excluding December).
:o

That's excellent news for the collectors of Iron Bench Ends and Wrestling Posters.

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Re: Elephant House Auctions

Postby raj » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:04 pm

Good news indeed - how long before VAT goes onto the commission I wonder, though?

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Re: Elephant House Auctions

Postby cheeky » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:05 pm

pennymachines wrote:
Steve Hunt wrote:Due to the incredible recent response to our Auctions, and massive demand from sellers, we have made the decision to run our Vintage Amusement Auction on the third Sunday of every month from now on (excluding December).
:o
Oh.. I think that is a shame. A couple of times a year is reasonable but is there really enough stock to run a slot machine auction on a monthly basis? How will this affect the Coventry ones? Still, those who support Steve will no doubt be the first to cry foul when/if the Coventry auctions are snuffed out. I for one hope they aren't. !!SUICIDAL!! A bit of competition is great but I do feel that this is taking the Michael.

And over to you for your considered views.... !PUZZLED!

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Re: Elephant House Auctions

Postby bandito » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:16 pm

Hello youngerap, the double decker bus on the top rail eventually broke down, came off the track and got wedged under the middle bit .........
But an enjoyable machine to watch and play.

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Re: Elephant House Auctions

Postby moonriver » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:31 pm

badpenny wrote:That's excellent news for the collectors of Iron Bench Ends and Wrestling Posters.
Haha that's one of your funniest remarks to date. :HaHa:

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Re: Elephant House Auctions

Postby slotsoffun » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:34 pm

I know the die hard fans of the Coventry auctions will always be loyal to this special event once a year, but it's strange how over the last two years more and more of those who stuck by their morals and bypassed the Steve Hunt auctions (for reasons and grudges dating back to AAM), have now started to slip in to the old Elephant House.

I for one support both. I've always enjoyed attending the Coventry Auction, often with a larger range of decent slots and the people were regular attendees, but I have to admit these Elephant House auctions have started to grow on me, and I guess some will have a "dig" at them but, Wow what a fantastic batch of machines they've had go through the last few auctions.

My Opinion is both Auctions WILL survive, but I'm somewhat concerned that a monthly one will falter eventually.
Also, both auctions have good and bad points but just to mention a "niggle" from BOTH camps...
Elephant House drives me mad as they auction off that drivel of junk signs and (wrestling) posters in between the good stuff.
Coventry Auction, having to wait till the end to pay for that item you bid and won 4 hours earlier!

I for one won't be taking sides; both Auctions are doing a fab job in their own way, and I for one am grateful, because as I see it the way eBay are behaving, these places are our only saving grace.
Well done Coventry AND Elephant House! (and thank you!)

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Re: Elephant House Auctions

Postby hiflyer » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:53 pm

slotsoffun wrote:Well done Coventry AND Elephant House! (and thank you!)
I'll second that.

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Re: Elephant House Auctions

Postby treefrog » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:53 pm

Wow once a month :shock:

I am surprised they did not go onto bi-monthly initially. I don't think I can afford the diesel or time every month. The risk here also is the stock will quickly dry up and affect the reputation the EH auctions are now getting. The facts are there though, Steve takes debit cards, collects your lots for a very low fee, has a lower commission than Coventry for sellers and you can eat your sandwich and get a free cup of tea. The people who go to both auctions are mostly the same faces I see and the other key thing about Steve's auctions is he is building up a reputation outside the dark secret world of traditional collectors and I've seen more and more new people going who have got into it because they were interested in the other junk people go on about. Funny thing is at least 30% of the things I buy are not slot related, as I am a true obsessive collector.

I too enjoy both auctions, but if this is happening monthly, you have to wonder how long there will be a demand for both. In any case I have not been in this game long and had always understood the collectors auctions started because the previous specialist auctions run by people like Steve which used to operate stopped happening. There are issues longer term though. I suspect the EH costs will go up, e.g. as Raj mentioned, VAT will end up being applied and eventually I am sure they will risk paying the money to allow internet bidding through the standard auction sites, which Steve occasionally advertises on..... Having done antique trading, I hated these as a buyer, although good for the seller.

My suspicions are that monthly is too frequent and as such there will still be a demand for the annual Coventry bash. Time will tell.

Oh, one more obvious observation of course - this is all being driven by the strict rules of Ebay and Gumtree, as a lot of us used to of course buy/sell mostly on these sites and now it's a waste of time.

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Re: Elephant House Auctions

Postby coppinpr » Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:23 pm

Once a month is a bad idea... from the slot machine point of view. Truth is they have made enough money of late to be able to afford to try this. What will happen in my view is the auctions will be a success but where at the moment the ratio of machines to other non slot stuff is ...let's say 70% - 30%, the number of machines and slot items will drop quite quickly to 20% - 80%. Other collectables will become the bread and butter of these monthly auctions very quickly.


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