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    Default Damn- I lost my elephants foot!!

    Bidding on Ebay for a real elephants foot- off at the ankle, hair and nails still there. I was going to make a really cool end table out of it- mahogany top- probably inlaid with something. I bid high and waited 7 days- remaining top bidder each day. Then within 15 seconds of expiring, some dirty SOB outbid me. How do they do this so fast?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dale R. Hamilton View Post
    Bidding on Ebay for a real elephants foot- off at the ankle, hair and nails still there. I was going to make a really cool end table out of it- mahogany top- probably inlaid with something. I bid high and waited 7 days- remaining top bidder each day. Then within 15 seconds of expiring, some dirty SOB outbid me. How do they do this so fast?
    It's called snipping. There is software that you can download that will place your bid at the time you specify (15 seconds prior to closing is usual).

    I'm surprised that eBay would allow an aution for a real elephants foot.
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    Default Re: Damn- I lost my elephants foot!!

    Sniping is quite legal. If you can't beat 'em, snipe too. The only bid that matters is the last one. Here's two programs (not a recommendation, just examples).

    http://www.auctionsentry.com/
    http://www.auctionsniper.com/

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    Default Re: Damn- I lost my elephants foot!!

    esnipe.com seems to work well for me.

    It is free for some reasonable number of auctions and then a reasonalbe amount after that (they have a schedule of fees).

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    What then crossed my mind was the remembered observations of a philosopher, regarding a fish's view of an elephant crossing a stream. To the fishy eye the elephant would consist of four umbrella stands, four separate entities perambulating with no apparent connection, giving no clue as to the bulking reality of the rest of the pachyderm above the waterline.
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    Default Re: Damn- I lost my elephants foot!!

    Dale if TN is like NY it is illegal to have one anyway, in fact it might be against federal law.

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    Default Re: Damn- I lost my elephants foot!!

    I think there is some allowance made if its an antique. Anyway- doubt if Ebay would accept ad if illegal. Oh well- back to searching

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    Could you use something in a smaller size? Perhaps for a cake stand?
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    "dirty SOB"? He obviously wanted the horrible item more than you. It's an auction. Enter what you are willing to spend.
    Chances are that you are lucky though. It very well could have sent you to prison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexander2 View Post
    Could you use something in a smaller size? Perhaps for a cake stand?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry P. View Post
    Dale if TN is like NY it is illegal to have one anyway, in fact it might be against federal law.
    Are you sure about that? I thought that if you could document that something like this was brought into the country before such laws went into effect then it was legal to own such items.

    That said, even if I have that right, the seller should have been very clear in the details about the item up for auction regarding the documentation available to support a claim that the item predates the applicable laws.

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    Default Re: Damn- I lost my elephants foot!!

    be careful about sniping, as it can give you surprises that you don't want, like bidding out of your budget range..
    ebay seller(s) are picky about bidders, They'll remember the highest bidders who didn't pay... And they can disqualfied (block) you the moment you start bidding on something you really do wants
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    You can legally purchase a controlled item if it was in the country prior to the law going into effect and the documentation from the customs goes with the item. As an example, my camera bag and the film canisters are elephant skin, taken in asia during the war...legally....however....I legally took a tiger while on the Cambodian border (was not really intentional, but she was eyeing me for lunch from 6 feet away), I had the animal processed and received the papers....but...when I finally re-entered the U.S. it was a prohibited item.....customs ended up with my $1000 tiger skin rug....same with the ivory, it was brought in pre-ban but before I can sell, should I so desire, now I have to register every single piece. I do have a claw that they missed, right next to the jade buddha and my gold dawg tags.
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    There are places where it's still very much legal to hunt African Elephants. In those places, elephants are doing just fine. The reason being, hunters will pay more per elephant than poaching can bring in. Therefore the locals protect the elephants from poachers.

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