I applaud Tom's initiative in putting forward this new idea for our organization, and I am loathe to pour cold water on it, but I just don't see that the benefits of discussing expensive auction items prior to sale, rather than afterwards, would outweigh the numerous concerns associated with that. Certainly, we would get a lot of new Internet traffic, but a lot of new, potentially onerous responsibility as well. I fear it wouldn't take long before people, or even groups of people with ulterior motives were trying to game the system, or poison the well to build themselves a bargain. All it takes is a mere suggestion that a watch may not have a correct dial or case, etc., to turn off one or more well-heeled, but not necessarily highly knowledgeable bidders and change the outcome of a sale. It wouldn't take long after that before an unhappy buyer or consignor began publicly questioning the ethics of our members and even our moderators. We really don't need that.
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