Very frustrating for me given the interest level in the auction and for any of you who were watching/bidding. Thanks for the interest and PM's... Here are my thoughts....and what is going on with eBay.
eBay temporarily susprended full bottle transactions because people were selling non-collectible (new) bottles as collectible. My notification from eBay said that they will update their policies and that collectible (older) bottles will probably be allowed back. I am not sure how long this will take and apologize to anyone who was interested/watching/bidding. Not much I could do.
In response to a bunch of requests, I will consider private offers, which i do not think would be a violation since eBay removed my listing, but i had almost 40 watchers and over 17 bids with a couple days left before the auction close. As you know, the price tends to go up to fair market value in the last hour (or minutes!) of bidding. While I am confident that I would have realized a fair price, I would obviously need an offer well over the most recent bid to consider a private sale.
I live near new york city where there are many fine specialty shops that would be eager to take all of the Irish whiskies I am thinking about selling (see photo background or pm me) on consignment. Admittedly, this would be a bit of a hassle but at least I could bring them all at once and probably get near the high end valuations and even after the 15% they would take (on a multiple bottle consignment). The posts on this site suggest that specialty retailers might bring way more than eBay which would make their 15% well worth it. I'd be interested in hearing peope's thoughts on this -- feel free to post or pm me.
There are 4 bidders from eBay and several folks from this board that have already contacted me with an offer to buy outright. I don't want to get into specifics on this site as it is a forum, so please contact me privately if you are interested via: