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[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 donation by using standard sale
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
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