SFU raises $15,000 in eBay auction
When the 2008 World Pipe Band Champions Simon Fraser University decided to create an online auction on eBay Canada it might have hoped that the creative marketing effort might see a die-hard fan pay the $5,000 minimum to spend the week at Glasgow with the band. Little did they know that it would be so successful that the band would raise $15,000.
After the auction closed on March 15, Nick Wemyss of Calgary emerged the winner with a “snipe” bid of $7,500, edging out the next-highest bidder in the final few seconds. With more than 150 positive feedback points, Wemyss is experienced at winning eBay auctions and came away the winner of a return flight with the band from Vancouver to Glasgow, the right to be the band’s special guest at all practices, the band dinner, concert rehearsals, VIP tickets to the band’s “Affirmation” concert at the Royal Glasgow Concert Hall before they defend their title and more.
“Our eBay auction was very successful for everyone involved,” said Pipe-Sergeant and band President Jack Lee. “The interest in the trip was incredible and there were several bidders actively trying to win it.”
“This is going to be totally great,” said Wemyss after winning the auction. But the auction action wasn’t finished.
“We were contacted shortly after by the person that Nick just edged out,” Lee continued. “She was very disappointed and really had her heart set on the trip. She asked us if we would consider selling her the trip also.”
Lee then asked Wemyss if he would mind if the band added the as-yet unnamed runner-up as another $7,500 winner, and he agreed to her also enjoying the identical prize package.
“In the end, SFU raised $15,000 and we are looking forward to having both people join us for a terrific week in Scotland,” Lee added.