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[Update #2] The autographed Nintendo DS sold for a whopping $4,050! I've contacted the seller to see if I can share a little information about them, and will update with more details tonight or tomorrow. Thank you for everyone who helped spread the word. I consider this a massive success!
[UPDATE] We’re already at $1,750! I can’t believe it! The generosity and support of the gaming community/industry is overwhelming.
On the technical side, I never expected the price to skyrocket like this. My original intent was to pay out the auction via Paypal, as most eBay business is conducted. From there I would make the donation to the Red Cross, choosing the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief option and providing public proof of said donation. Now that bids have surpassed my wildest expectations, I’m not willing to let eBay take such a massive chunk out of the sale by using standard sale practices.
eBay has an option to donate 100% of proceeds to specific non-profits, including the American Red Cross. I’m working with the Red Cross directly (as I hit several frustrating roadblocks with eBay) to ensure “honor of intent” for the donation, meaning that when I alter the listing to donate directly to the Red Cross, they will guarantee the money goes to the relief effort in Japan. I’ll keep you updated when the process is finished, but I’m positive this is the most effective way to make the donation.
Thank you all!
[ORIGINAL STORY] Hey everyone!
I spent the entire weekend brainstorming ways to utilize my skills to
raise money for relief in Japan. My original idea was to create a
custom Munny to sell on eBay, but time unfortunately won’t allow for
that. After much thought, I’ve decided to part ways with my prized
keepsake, an autographed Nintendo DS signed by some of the biggest names
in gaming. As the story goes, I was attending my first
GDC back in 2007, writing for a small blog prior to my gig at Game
Informer. I was asked to present awards during the annual Game Audio
Network Guild ceremony, and as such was introduced to all the
individuals listed below. I happened to have my Nintendo DS handy and
asked each to sign it. Meeting Miyamoto, Kondo, and the other
individuals is still one of the highlights of both my career and life as
a geek. I was completely dumbstruck when I walked away from the event,
cradling the DS like it was a bar of gold. Someone made a joke that
evening that they hoped it wouldn’t end up on eBay. Something tells me
that the Nintendo creatives won't mind. Securing my job at Game
Informer a few years later has presented me with similar opportunities
that I am very grateful to have experienced, and I’ve learned to rein in
my fangirl tendencies a bit. Ultimately, my memories are more than
enough to hang on to and if I can raise a donation of any size to aid
the people of Japan, it is unquestionably worth it.Please share
this link with anyone you think may be interested in the purchase. For
gamers, this is a one-of-a-kind collector’s item, and the individual
also gets the satisfaction of knowing that their contribution will be
fully donated to the Red Cross. Proof of the donation will be provided
publicly as soon as the auction draws to a close.You can find the auction here.
I apologize for the poor quality of the photos, as our nice camera
seems to be out of office on a trip, and as such I had to use my phone. I
wanted to get the auction up sooner rather than later.Thank you for your help and please spread the word!Product Details
If you have any questions about this item, feel free to contact me.