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Old 04-03-2007, 07:51 AM
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Posted By: Mike

Can anyone shed some light on why the upcoming Mastro and Robert Edward auctions both run and end on similar days? It seems odd to me that two major auctions would run at the same time and I was wondering if it was just coincidental timing or if there is some type of marketing strategy at play here? Thanks, Mike

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Old 04-03-2007, 08:24 AM
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Posted By: Bill Stone

I will be anxious to see the answer but as a bidder I think it is wonderful because I can see the full range of everything that is available and can bid accordingly.

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Old 04-03-2007, 09:01 AM
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Posted By: Steve M.

Another advantage to bidders of modest means, like me, who will just be looking at a couple of items is that the big money is split with those buyers having to be more selective about where to put their money.

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Old 04-03-2007, 09:03 AM
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Posted By: leon

I am not sure of the answer but REA and Mastro have had premier auctions at the same time the last several years (near April). The timing in the year is at tax refund time and that might not be a coincidence. I know there have been a few years I spent my refund in these auctions.......I doubt they conspire together.....probably not a lot of getting together on the weekends with employees of both companies....nor invitations to Christmas parties vice versa....regards

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Old 04-03-2007, 09:24 AM
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Posted By: Hal Lewis

Rob only has one auction a year and does it at tax-refund time... which makes perfect sense.

Likewise, Mastro has auctions several times a year, so it would almost be impossible to find a time for an auction that would not "overlap" with one of theirs.


And like Leon says... as natural competitors... I'm sure that both are hoping that maybe someday the "other guy" will blink first and move away from this coveted time slot.

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Posted By: barrysloate

I don't think they consulted with each other and decided by mutual agreement to do it. But I guess there is some competitive reason that one chose the date after knowing the other's schedule. It does put a lot of great material out there all at once, for better or worse.

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Posted By: Fred C

I think it's for the better!

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Old 04-03-2007, 10:28 AM
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Posted By: Alan

2 of the greatest days of the year is receiving the Mastro catalog & receiving the REA catalog. It just doesn't get any better than that !!! Now, if I could ever afford ANYTHING in any of the catalogs & not just the actual catalogs, that would be a dream come true !!!!

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Old 04-03-2007, 10:49 AM
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Posted By: barrysloate

Having the two major auctions run simultaneously will actually affect bidders' strategies. What many will do is bid in the auction that closes first, but have an eye towards the one that closes the next day. Most people don't have an unlimited budget, so the sequence of when they close will be a factor in how they bid. It is a rather interesting situation to say the least.

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Posted By: Jorge

I always thought it had something to do with the begining of the baseball season...... Hi Hal!

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