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Forum Index > Makers and Manufacturers Talk > Market study Pick your price. Reply to topic
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Ben Potter
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PostPosted: Fri 04 Sep, 2009 8:21 am    Post subject: Market study Pick your price.         Reply with quote

We all know that the economy is rotten right now, and times are tough for both collectors and smiths and myArmoury.

So I am offering a solution. A chance for me to sell a piece (more if this first one goes well) and a chance for you to pick up a piece at a price you are happy with and support your local forum.


Here's how it works.

First,
Click on the image below and go to the gallery page for this piece.



Second,
Email or PM me the price you ARE willing to pay for it right now, doesn't matter how low, so please bid anyway even if you would only want it for $5.00 as I want to know what the market IS now. My email is:

celtingaround@yahoo.com

The person with the highest price gets it for that (+shipping). Only say what you actually want to pay for is and it could be your's for that. I will post the winner and the price it went for next weekend and 5% of the price will go to keeping myArmoury online.

Any questions or suggestions?

Ben Potter Bladesmith

It's not that I would trade my lot
For any other man's,
Nor that I will be ashamed
Of my work torn hands-

For I have chosen the path I tread
Knowing it would be steep,
And I will take the joys thereof
And the consequences reap.


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PostPosted: Fri 04 Sep, 2009 7:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is an interesting idea and that is a really beautiful blade.

I did put in an offer but what I can afford is less than what I think the knife is worth so I wouldn't feel to bad at loosing.
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Ben Potter
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PostPosted: Mon 07 Sep, 2009 3:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I have gotten some good responses so far.

Keep it up.

Ben Potter Bladesmith

It's not that I would trade my lot
For any other man's,
Nor that I will be ashamed
Of my work torn hands-

For I have chosen the path I tread
Knowing it would be steep,
And I will take the joys thereof
And the consequences reap.
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Jason Mather




PostPosted: Mon 07 Sep, 2009 4:47 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I did not bid, but only because I am not interested in eastern weapons. I like the approach of this thread though.
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PostPosted: Tue 08 Sep, 2009 2:33 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's not so much Eastern as it is inspired by Eastern things.

I did not bid because I will not have money until November Razz

Curse school Evil

M.

This space for rent or lease.
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PostPosted: Tue 08 Sep, 2009 9:03 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I did not bid because I am not interested in that piece. It is very beautiful and expertly done but just not my style.
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PostPosted: Wed 09 Sep, 2009 4:08 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Awesome Idean Ben

Please keep it up. I do like the approach.

For me its the same as above, i did not enter as the blade is not so much my point of interest.

but none the less its a beautifull piece. And i hope it will find a happy new owner.

Best regards

Klaus

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Ben Potter
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PostPosted: Thu 10 Sep, 2009 2:07 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The bidding for this knife will end Friday at noon PST (give or take).

Thanks for the good response.

Ben Potter Bladesmith

It's not that I would trade my lot
For any other man's,
Nor that I will be ashamed
Of my work torn hands-

For I have chosen the path I tread
Knowing it would be steep,
And I will take the joys thereof
And the consequences reap.
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PostPosted: Thu 10 Sep, 2009 2:20 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ben, I know this is a bit off-topic but I wanted to mention it publicly:

Your photography of your pieces is excellent. You've captures the hamon wonderfully and did well to show the piece's character in the overall shot.

Great job.

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PostPosted: Thu 10 Sep, 2009 5:18 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I teased Ben when this piece was first finished, that he could call it a tanto if he wished, but it looks like a seax to me....

Very interesting experiment, best of luck.

I am pitifully broke at the moment, otherwise, this is one of my favorites you have made, and I'd give you a good offer.

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PostPosted: Thu 10 Sep, 2009 6:36 pm    Post subject: G.         Reply with quote

G.,
let"s just agree that this is a seaxy tanto.

Bon coeur et bon bras
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PostPosted: Fri 11 Sep, 2009 12:58 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The Bidding is closed.

Thanks for everyone who helped with this. I will let you know the winner once I have heard back from them.

Thanks again!

Ben Potter Bladesmith

It's not that I would trade my lot
For any other man's,
Nor that I will be ashamed
Of my work torn hands-

For I have chosen the path I tread
Knowing it would be steep,
And I will take the joys thereof
And the consequences reap.
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PostPosted: Sat 12 Sep, 2009 7:15 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

And the winner is...

Anonymous.

The winner didn't wish to have their name published.

Thanks again!

Ben Potter Bladesmith

It's not that I would trade my lot
For any other man's,
Nor that I will be ashamed
Of my work torn hands-

For I have chosen the path I tread
Knowing it would be steep,
And I will take the joys thereof
And the consequences reap.
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PostPosted: Sun 13 Sep, 2009 5:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Is it possible to know for how much it went?
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Ben Potter
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PostPosted: Sun 13 Sep, 2009 8:34 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Unfortunatly, I can't disclose that.
I want to respect the buyer's wishes that I not publish any information on the sale.

Ben Potter Bladesmith

It's not that I would trade my lot
For any other man's,
Nor that I will be ashamed
Of my work torn hands-

For I have chosen the path I tread
Knowing it would be steep,
And I will take the joys thereof
And the consequences reap.
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Jean Thibodeau




PostPosted: Mon 14 Sep, 2009 11:49 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ben Potter wrote:
Unfortunately, I can't disclose that.
I want to respect the buyer's wishes that I not publish any information on the sale.


One suggestions would be for you to state at the beginning of another of these auctions that the anonymity of the buyer would be respected but that the amount would be given at the end to be fair to all those who put in a bid ?

This would be "UP-Front " conditions for the nest time(s): This if you think it would be something you would prefer ? Personally I think giving out the final price to be better P.R. for business purposes as not knowing the final price is sort of a " buzz kill " for those who have bid and the rest of us who are just curious !

Now, respecting the wishes of this client is necessary since it seems to have been a condition of the client for buying the piece. On the other hand you are kindly deferring to his wishes but in a way the fact that the final price would be " undisclosed or disclosed " was not explicitly stated as part of the conditions of the sale for the auction i.e. ambiguous situation ???

Anonymity seems like less of an issue as this should in any case be the choice of the buyer, the price being given publicly is something that you should keep control of as it's a marketing issue that may affect how appealing these auctions seem to future clients. i.e. did the client really have the right to impose the non-disclosure of the price to you ? You certainly have the right to agree to not disclose if it's what you wish to do in this case, but consider if you wish to disclose in the future. Big Grin Cool

Oh, I don't personally care that much about knowing the price, I just mention the above because you might wish to consider your options in the future and I hope my take on things are useful to you. Big Grin

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PostPosted: Mon 14 Sep, 2009 4:01 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the input.

I intended to post the information about the sale but was asked not to by the buyer after the auction closed.

The other auction closed as well and I posted the price as soon as I got the confirmation from the buyer.

The reasons the buyer gave for not having the information disclosed were reasonable and I wanted to respect their wishes.

I do apologize for not posting the price.

I will post the final price on the next one (don't for get to bid on the filipino bolo)

Thanks again,

Ben

Ben Potter Bladesmith

It's not that I would trade my lot
For any other man's,
Nor that I will be ashamed
Of my work torn hands-

For I have chosen the path I tread
Knowing it would be steep,
And I will take the joys thereof
And the consequences reap.
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