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Re: Convention 2000
Thanks Mr. Fish for the good answer to the Fish/Sale vs. Auction
question. This note adds a bit more detail: I've sent this to the list
in the event that others may be interested in the fish sale and auction
The fish sale consists of killifish that A.K.A. members wish to sell at
the convention. The price is set by the person selling the fish. The
fish are bagged, usually in pairs, and arranged on tables in the fish
sale room by genus/species for ease of viewing and locating desired
species. Each bag is marked with the name of the person selling the
fish and the price. The sale proceeds are split with most of the money
going to the individual. The host club arranges the site for the sale,
conducts the sale and accounts for the proceeds. The sale is conducted
in two or more rounds, and is limited to those registered for the
convention. The registrant receives a number which is determined by the
registration date. i.e. the first registration is given number 1, etc.
The sale starts at 9:00 am on Saturday, and the first 10 people with the
lowest registration number enter the fish sale room and are given 5-7
minutes to select one pair of fish. They proceed to a desk where they
pay for the fish while the next 10 people are sent in. This process is
repeated until all registrants have had an opportunity to buy a pair of
fish. Obviously, the lower numbers have the widest choices, and, as Mr.
Fish pointed out, register early to have the greatest number of choices.
If there are fish remaining after the first round, and there always is,
a second round is conducted, usually in registration number order.
Additional rounds are conducted, on a first come first served basis,
until all the fish are sold.
Typically, the fish sale has several hundred pair of fish, ranging from
the very rare to the fairly common, so almost everyone gets something
they like. The sellers who are at the convention are paid out Saturday,
in plenty of time to spend their money at the auction. For the first
time there will be a pre-viewing of the fish sale either on Friday
evening, or Saturday morning or both so people can be more efficient in
making their selections. The timing will be decided later. Sellers are
to use the appropriate portion of the registration form to help us
better prepare. See the AKA web site, or the Feb. BNL for the fish sale
form, the proceeds split, etc.
The auction consists of the fish entered into the competition, fish from
the New and Rare Species Committee, and those fish donated as "auction
only". The group typically consists of very rare fish and breeding
stock of both rare and common killies. These fish are auctioned to the
highest bidder, so the prices can get high for certain fish. Once again,
the registration form includes a portion for fish entries.
Both fish sale and competition fish can be entered at the convention, so
if you don't know what you will be bringing, you can fill the forms out
at the convention.
"David J. Ramsey" wrote:
> This will be my first time going to a convention and have a simple question
> for someone who has done it before. The convention schedule shows a fish
> sale on Saturday 9 -12. Then there is an auction on Sunday starting at 1:00.
> What is the difference?
> My daughter has her high school graduation that Friday night, so there is no
> way I can be there Friday. I live in Atlanta and can drive to Tampa (most of
> the night to do it) so that I can be at the convention by 9:00 for the fish
> sale. Or I could arrive a little later, catch the afternoon and evening
> activities, and the Sunday auction.
> Obviously I hope to pick up some killies at the convention to add varieties
> to what I have now. I would also like to ba able to sell some of killies I
> have raised at the same time. Is the place to do that the fish sale or the
> auction or both?
> David Ramsey
> Lawrenceville, GA
> djramsey at mindspring_com
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