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March 30, 2005

Boy Do We Have A Strange Fundraiser Going On...

Pick up a piece of NewStandard history!

What started as a sort of off-handed joke by a TNS editor responding to a reader's comment on a previous blog post became a strangely appealing proposal to auction off the contents of our recent response to the IRS concerning our request for tax-exempt status. So we're now using the 1400-page product of our brutal (but successful) application process as a fundraiser.

You're bidding on a massive printout of every single TNS article and staff weblog entry through February 2004 -- well over 1500 items of content spanning 1000+ pages of relatively small print, plus miscellaneous goodies and the actual 8-page letter explaining why we are anything but a front for the Democratic Party. The whole package is pictured below. Postage is included in your bid. The winning bidder receives our everlasting gratitude and the only known complete paper edition of The NewStandard.

The bidding is up to $175. Nothing fancy -- just post your bid in the comments section. Bidding ends when people stop bidding.

The object of your desire:

the object of your desire

Comments...

drxyzzy: Boy Do We Have A Strange Fundraiser Going On...

$200

Yvonne: Boy Do We Have A Strange Fundraiser Going On...

It might make attractive wallpaper. $250

Brian Dominick: Boy Do We Have A Strange Fundraiser Going On...

Just so folks know, we're verifying these bidders (looking at their actual memberships). These are legitimate bids. Also, the actual "market value" of this item is $0, so the winning bid is 100% tax-deductible, thanks in large part to the item itself...

VivekApte: Boy Do We Have A Strange Fundraiser Going On...

:-)

msszczep: Boy Do We Have A Strange Fundraiser Going On...

I'm not bidding, but I do have a question: How much did it cost to actually print this?

I'm figuring 7 reams of dead trees paper, plus however much ink and toner you had to use to print it out. I'm figuring 50 dollars. Plus, there's the lost time in actually producing this massive printout that could have been used for other things...

Brian Dominick: The Value of Nostalgia

In truth, I think we used 3 reems of paper @ about $2.99 apiece, and we borrowed a laser printer. So the actual cost of materials/equipment was about $9 -- retroactively sales tax-free, since it worked out in our favor ;-)

As for hours, that is another matter. We didn't keep track, but as you'll recall it basically set our project back about 8 days while we scrambled to meet the unrealistic deadline (less than 3 weeks).

Anyway, that's all behind us now, and I've got half a mind to bid on it myself -- when you lift it up (lift with the legs...), you realize how much work we've done in the last year and a half. If I made a living wage, I'd bump the bid up myself. But really I will be so happy to see it go to any of the 4 terrific supporters who have bid so far.

drxyzzy: Not wallpaper

How could you use it as wallpaper when it's so beautifully packaged? $275.

josefe: 300!

I bid $300.

Brian Dominick: Okay, we're still going

That bid was confirmed. Do we hear $325?

drxyzzy: Boy Do We Have A Strange Fundraiser Going On...

$330 ... it's dizzying up here with the high rollers

josefe: 3-5-0

$350


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