I'm reluctant to ask for assistance, given that I'm a pretty self-reliant person, not to mention we're all facing tough economic times these days. Nevertheless I've had a bomb dropped in my lap this week that's set to explode on Saturday morning, and even if it doesn't go off it's going to cause a financial impact. Our hosting firm, The Planet, is claiming we used EIGHT THOUSAND GB OF TRAFFIC in the last 30 days. Our own records show only 241 GB used, but supervisors are not returning our calls (or leaving voicemails at 4:55 PM and then being out of the office less than 5 minutes later) and are threatening to shut down our server (effecting RapReviews.com, OHHLA.com and AngryMarks.com) unless we give them $570 immediately.
UPDATE AS OF 1:00 PM, SEPT. 5TH: Thanks to some generous donors we've raised almost $200 so far towards paying this bill! We appreciate your generosity and support thus far, and every contributor will be getting a personal thank you from me once this is all said and done. We've been on the phone with The Planet all morning trying to get this resolved but so far we're getting nowhere - it's still pay the bill or be turned off.
UPDATE AS OF 6:00 PM, SEPT. 5TH: Well there's some good news and some bad news. The good news is that we've been given an additional week to raise the $570, provided we give them half now and half by next Saturday. The bad news is that this $570 was only our overage for JULY. The amount for August is absolutely absurd. Fortunately we've got what caused this overage turned off in time to keep from going over in September, but we're going to be stuck with a massive bill in the meantime for August. I don't expect people to donate twice, so continue to help us raise the $570 for this bill and I'll post a notice here once we've met that goal. After we raise July's target goal I'll be having an eBay firesale to raise money for the overage in August, so whatever you bid on will actually be going towards paying the bill, and you'll get some goods in return. Thanks again to everyone for all their help and support during this crisis.
UPDATE AS OF 12:00 AM, SEPT. 6TH: We are up to $250 right now, just within a short length of the halfway point, which coincidentally or not is exactly what The Planet wants - half of the money we owe for July up front. I suspect we can reach $300 by morning when it's due. Some of you have donated up to twice what I asked for individual contributors to give, and I can't say thank you enough. I plan to do something special for every person who has chipped in. The planned eBay firesale to pay the August overage will begin next Saturday after we pay the second half of the FIRST overage. You know, you would think The Planet would have contacted us BEFORE we got to this point... but what can I do about it now other than pay? Stay tuned for more details.
UPDATE AS OF 2:00 AM, SEPT. 8TH: The generosity this weekend has completely overwhelmed me. Between claimed and unclaimed donations we are now up to $454.65, just $120 away from meeting the overage fee demanded by The Planet to keep our server online another month. The amounts donated have ranged from $1 to $150, and every single one of those donations is appreciated for getting us closer to our goal. You'll notice I said "claimed AND unclaimed" so if I haven't accepted your donation yet check your inbox for a reply as to why it's still pending. Please keep sending those donations and I'll keep an eye on the finish line for us all!
UPDATE AS OF 4:30 PM, SEPT. 9TH: We're up to $550 now, just $20 away from our goal! I'll be adding preview photos of some items for the eBay firesale once we get to $570. Thanks for all of your donations!
UPDATE AS OF 1:30 PM, SEPT. 10TH: Congratulations to everyone who contributed! We've exceeded our $570 to pay the July hosting overage, so the call for donations has now ended. Starting this evening I'll be putting up sample photos of the items to be auctioned for the August overage, and this Saturday the eBay auctions will swing into full effect. Keep reading this post for the pictures and eBay auctions link and thanks again for all your help!
UPDATE AS OF 3:00 AM, SEPT. 17TH: The massive eBay firesale continues! New items are being added for auction every day. 12 new compact discs were added within the last two hours. Visit the link below to see what's for grabs!
My pain is your pleasure! This is your chance to acquire some goods cheap to help me pay a huge webhosting bill! You'll find everything from original artwork to NES games to souvenir chairs to compact discs to wrestling videos to X-Box games and more. It's quite an eclectic list of items but it's all got to go so please check out the auctions!
UPDATE AS OF 2:30 PM, SEPT. 22ND: Thanks to all of you who placed winning bids on items over the weekend! Being a "power-seller" doesn't come naturally to me so please be patient as I communicate with you regarding payment and getting your shipping address. Items will start mailing out no later than Wednesday this week.
UPDATE AS OF 4:00 PM, SEPT. 25TH: Good news and bad news on the auction front - the good news is that over $600 was raised towards the webhosting bill, and the bad news is that only $100 of it has actually been paid for so far. For some reason the big ticket items (the WrestleMania souvenir chairs) are as yet unpaid and if the transactions are not completed I may just put them up here as a private sale on a first come, first served basis. I really hope the buyers keep in mind this bill for August and September's webhosting comes due very soon and I'm still $2,000 away from paying it off, so every delay stretches a bad situation out more. The sooner this monkey is off our collective backs the better.
UPDATE AS OF 5:00 AM, OCT. 2ND: Time for another "good news, bad news" assessment. The good news is that through a combination of fundraising, eBay auctions, freelance writing, going on a budget and dipping into savings we've come close enough to paying off the overage that this thread will soon be unstickied and let to sink slowly into the bitstream. The bad news is that two of the three souvenir chairs in the auction sales still haven't been pair for, and the worse news is that one of the buyers just reneged on his winning bid. I've made a "second chance offer" to the #2 bidder but I'm not 100% sure it will be taken, and relisting the souvenir chair would cost me even more if it doesn't sell the second time. Keep an eye on this space as I may put the chair up for sale here on a first come, first serve basis (i.e. first to offer me as much as the winning bid + shipping takes the chair).
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