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farthestreaches
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posted 02-11-2007 08:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for farthestreaches   Click Here to Email farthestreaches     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Farthest Reaches is pleased to announce the kickoff of our latest Astronaut partnership. Skylab 3 Astronaut, Ed Gibson has asked us to handle the sale of his space related memorabilia and artifacts.

To that end, this afternoon Farthest Reaches offically launched the "Ed Gibson Artifacts" page. It contains the first wave of Ed's personal artifacts which represent medallions, both flown and unflown.

There will be lots more to come including flown artifacts, autographed covers, and a variety of other items spanning Ed's "Space" years. We hope you'll visit us to see what may be of interest to you for your own collection or perhaps just to browse. Either way, Farthest Reaches thanks you all for your ongoing support.

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posted 02-11-2007 09:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rchappel   Click Here to Email rchappel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's kind of frustrating to hear about all this and then go over and see a bunch of stuff sold the first time I click on the page just minutes after it goes up.

What's the point in announcing things "for sale" that are already sold?

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posted 02-11-2007 09:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikelarson   Click Here to Email mikelarson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I checked for items on www.farthestreaches.com soom after Steve posted this note and almost everything from the Ed Gibson collection was available for purchase, so if it's sold now it was sold after Steve posted his note in this forum.

Mike Larson

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posted 02-11-2007 09:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dennisl   Click Here to Email dennisl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I checked immediately after this notice was posted and everything was still available at that point. Some of the items have sold since.

farthestreaches
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posted 02-11-2007 10:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for farthestreaches   Click Here to Email farthestreaches     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello Everyone,

There are still a number of great items available. I've just added a second Apollo 12 Flown medallion. If you're frustrated that things sold quickly, I'm not quite sure how to respond, other than to say the phones were ringing and emails flying within a minute or so of my making the page "live".

One client purchased multiple items and others followed in "rapid fire" succession with their orders. Any suggestions, I'm all ears, but not sure how I could have done things more fairly.

If anyone is interested in placing an order at this time I'm available either by phone or email and will remain reachable until 11pm pacific time....

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farthestreaches
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posted 02-11-2007 10:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for farthestreaches   Click Here to Email farthestreaches     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by rchappel:
It's kind of frustrating to hear about all this and then go over and see a bunch of stuff sold the first time I click on the page just minutes after it goes up.

What's the point in announcing things "for sale" that are already sold?


Randy, I had announced the page would go live within 48 hours so that anyone interested would have a heads up. Obviously, a number of people were waiting for that to happen. I tried to do this fairly, though I understand your frustration.

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[Edited by farthestreaches (February 11, 2007).]

rchappel
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posted 02-11-2007 10:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rchappel   Click Here to Email rchappel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's no big deal. I was checking back very ten minutes or so and I guess I missed out. Oh well -- it's easy to talk now. Who knows if I would have gotten off my duff and bought anything anyway!

I sent an e-mail yesterday but I guess you'be been busy on this.

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posted 02-11-2007 10:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rchappel   Click Here to Email rchappel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did have my eye on the A17 flown Robbins though . . .

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posted 02-11-2007 10:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As Steve's navigation webmaster, I called Steve tonight to tell him that I had just put up the new links to direct people to the new items. Within 30 seconds into this conversation, I could hear the phones ringing off the hook. Sometimes, it's just about timing. Even Steve didn't know that the items went live until after he received my call.

And, no, I didn't buy anything.

Matt T
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posted 02-12-2007 01:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Matt T   Click Here to Email Matt T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The majority of the Apollo Robbins are still showing as for sale at this point. Maybe Steve posted more.

Cheers,
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posted 02-12-2007 02:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by farthestreaches:
Any suggestions, I'm all ears, but not sure how I could have done things more fairly.

One thing that did strike me is that your post here was made at 8:20pm CT. That may be fair enough for US-based collectors but in the UK that's 2:20am Sunday night/Monday morning, and 3:20am in Europe.

Many of us over this side of the pond have families and I'd imagine most of us have jobs so it would be pretty difficult for us to be us 'til 3 in the morning clicking refresh on the offchance that the new page appears.

If it had been early afternoon US time then it would have been early evening in the UK and Europe, giving far more people a chance.

Incidentally, I'm not a Robbins medallion collector so this didn't affect me personally, I'm just replying to your request for suggestions as to how to make the process more fair next time.

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posted 02-12-2007 06:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceflori   Click Here to Email spaceflori     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve,

why don't you implement a shop system like I have - that way items are removed the second they are sold automatically, no hassle to deal with tons of inquries for items that are in fact already sold?

So much easier to handle and OsCommerce provides a FREE shop solution everybody can install and run!

Florian

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farthestreaches
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posted 02-12-2007 06:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for farthestreaches   Click Here to Email farthestreaches     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by spaceflori:
why don't you implement a shop system like I have - that way items are removed the second they are sold automatically, no hassle to deal with tons of inquries for items that are in fact already sold?
Thanks for the suggestion but the concern expressed in this case, would not have been helped by a shopping cart. The complaint was that items were gone within minutes of being posted. It had nothing to do with my neglecting to mark them as "sold" in a timely manner.

On the contrary, they were marked as sold within minutes of being spoken for. The client making the comment was frustrated that he wasn't quick enough on the trigger to contact me to begin with and thought that perhaps all these items were presold before even being posted.

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posted 02-12-2007 12:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for zee_aladdin   Click Here to Email zee_aladdin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve,

You Have an Excellent Collection of Space Medals. They are very rare to come buy, and some are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

GREAT JOB!

- Zee www.citizensofplanetearth.com

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posted 02-12-2007 07:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MScherzi   Click Here to Email MScherzi     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think that Steve has done a great job making these items available.

As to the complaints from across the Pond, we in the States are at a disadvantage when Florian put's his stuff up during normal (for him) business hours.

And I on the Left Coast loose out on B-I-N items on eBAY posted East Coast time.

Unfortunately there is no way to make everything equal for everyone, everywhere.

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posted 02-12-2007 07:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rchappel   Click Here to Email rchappel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Despite the fact that I'm the one that started all this out of a little frustartion, I too am happy to see all this stuff available.

Like some have said -- there's no perfect system.

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posted 02-12-2007 08:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dsenechal   Click Here to Email dsenechal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe I'm being a little dense, but I can't seem to find any of these items on the web site, and there is no "Astronaut Artifacts" drop down menu on the home page. Anything left?

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posted 02-12-2007 08:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FutureAstronaut   Click Here to Email FutureAstronaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dsenechal:
Maybe I'm being a little dense, but I can't seem to find any of these items on the web site, and there is no "Astronaut Artifacts" drop down menu on the home page. Anything left?

The "Astronaut Artifacts" drop down menu is on the left hand column on the homepage.

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posted 02-12-2007 09:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dsenechal:
Maybe I'm being a little dense, but I can't seem to find any of these items on the web site, and there is no "Astronaut Artifacts" drop down menu on the home page. Anything left?

Make sure your browser can accept frames and is also Flash compatible. The drop down menu is in flash format.

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posted 02-12-2007 09:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for farthestreaches   Click Here to Email farthestreaches     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by divemaster:
Make sure your browser can accept frames and is also Flash compatible. The drop down menu is in flash format.

Not to mention that your cache may need to be cleaned out...

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farthestreaches
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posted 02-12-2007 09:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for farthestreaches   Click Here to Email farthestreaches     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to all for your continued support. Would like to ask that for anyone leaving message on my voice mail please let me know in what part of the world you're calling from and most importantly, how late in the evening I can call you back. With the time difference, I'm always fighting the clock.

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posted 02-13-2007 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by MScherzi:
Unfortunately there is no way to make everything equal for everyone, everywhere.

Very true, but there's still a big window of opportunity which would cover everywhere from the West Coast of the US right through to Western Europe.

e.g. 10am-2pm PST is 1pm-5pm EST, 6pm-10pm in England and 7pm-11pm in Europe. A sale starting during those hours would cover a whole lot more potential buyers than one starting in the middle of the night Europe-time.

I always try to start auctions on eBay or Astro-Auction during this 'window' so as to give as many buyers as possible a chance to participate.

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posted 02-13-2007 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Matt T   Click Here to Email Matt T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And I'd add to the above - ideally on a Saturday or Sunday.

Cheers,
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posted 02-15-2007 10:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
the real reason that the site went live at no particular set time. The webmaster was out giving an interview for cbsnews.com [I'm in the first minute, I promise]
http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?id=2474792n

Only after that, was I capable of making the updated links live.


[Edited by divemaster (February 15, 2007).]

[Edited by divemaster (February 16, 2007).]

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posted 02-15-2007 11:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard   Click Here to Email Richard     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Was your dog Cosmo?

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posted 02-16-2007 09:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
yup

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posted 02-16-2007 12:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard   Click Here to Email Richard     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That was a great interview! Congrats!

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So this now relieves Steve Hankow and Ed Gibson free of all responsibility regarding timing. We'll make sure that nothing is ever scheduled to debut during the second weekend of February ever again.

No official launches during any major sporting event of any kind, if possible.

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posted 02-17-2007 04:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TRS   Click Here to Email TRS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't forget to avoid important TV shows, even numbered days in months with an "r' in them, or major religious festivals.

Seriously though - if you are going to take things into consideration for the future, starting sales on a Saturday (US) is fantastic as the dateline means that some of us are a 'day ahead' thus avoiding sales going on Sundays in the US while we are hard at work on (our) Monday...

Cheers Craig

[Edited by TRS (February 17, 2007).]

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