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@mangiare posted:

The pricing makes absolutely no sense in many cases.

fyi - there's going to be a large auction in Alberta toward the end of March. Buyers premiums will be less as well. I'll post if I hear anything else.

If you're talking the Iron Gate auction, I've been in touch with Warren and he's trying to find a temp controlled shipping service for this auction.  I suggested ATS but apparently they only use temp controlled trucks in Alberta.  Interesting, as they shipped a couple of cases I bought from Zyn in Calgary a few months back which I presumed would be in temp controlled trucks, given that it was ATS.

@riddler posted:

I put a bunch of lots in "watch" mode earlier this week, and ... wow the prices have been jacked up!  Seems worse than usual.  I've ignored all Bordeaux, and the other stuff (Burg, Rhone) seem to be at double retail prices already.   First time I've NOT put a bid in on a lot.  Craziness.

Indeed. I bid on the Clarendon Hills lot though I fear some may be over the Clarendon Hills, so to speak!  But I love those wines so here's hoping no one outbids me. If they do they can have them. Seems many lots are or may be too old, amongst the New World and Rhone bottles at least.

I've thrown bids at half a dozen lots only to watch prices spiral into the stratosphere.

Think about this:  For a lot where the 'winning' bid is $100:

- buyer pays $100 + 20% Buyers fee + 13% HST = $135.60.

- seller receives $85 after paying 15% Seller's fee.   

So on a $100 lot, $50.60 are collected in fees and taxes. Which is insane.

I can't wait until Dougie locates his huevos, takes on the union and privatizes the retail side to create a free and fair resale market.

@vint posted:

I've thrown bids at half a dozen lots only to watch prices spiral into the stratosphere.

Think about this:  For a lot where the 'winning' bid is $100:

- buyer pays $100 + 20% Buyers fee + 13% HST = $135.60.

- seller receives $85 after paying 15% Seller's fee.   

So on a $100 lot, $50.60 are collected in fees and taxes. Which is insane.

I can't wait until Dougie locates his huevos, takes on the union and privatizes the retail side to create a free and fair resale market.

Same here. Alberta would be a model that appeals to him, I'd think.

@vint posted:

I've thrown bids at half a dozen lots only to watch prices spiral into the stratosphere.

Think about this:  For a lot where the 'winning' bid is $100:

- buyer pays $100 + 20% Buyers fee + 13% HST = $135.60.

- seller receives $85 after paying 15% Seller's fee.   

So on a $100 lot, $50.60 are collected in fees and taxes. Which is insane.

I can't wait until Dougie locates his huevos, takes on the union and privatizes the retail side to create a free and fair resale market.

Seller's fee is now 20% plus 1% per month for "insurance."  Why the insurance premium varies with the sale price is beyond me, unless of course it's not actually for insurance but another grab by the auction house.

@vint posted:

I've thrown bids at half a dozen lots only to watch prices spiral into the stratosphere.

Think about this:  For a lot where the 'winning' bid is $100:

- buyer pays $100 + 20% Buyers fee + 13% HST = $135.60.

- seller receives $85 after paying 15% Seller's fee.   

So on a $100 lot, $50.60 are collected in fees and taxes. Which is insane.

I can't wait until Dougie locates his huevos, takes on the union and privatizes the retail side to create a free and fair resale market.

The Soviet Union had a flourishing black market.  We don't even have that!

I remember somebody bidding $200 for a $55 bottle of Dead Arm several years ago and thinking that this is an aberration, surely these people will come to their senses.

But then I never thought that Donald Trump would become the 'leader of the FREE world' in a 'landslide' election victory.

I have a lot to learn...

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