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Auctionquests eBay alternative online auctions now has Pinterest buttons! This functionality is a first for the online auction industry. Now, once you see an auction image you like, you need only click the Pin It button and it gets sent directly to your Pinterest board. No ebay alternate Website has this feature. Nor does eBay (yet...)

How To Pin An Image

It's easy. Once you see a listing you like, just click it and go down to the image gallery. It's just below the Description part; it's entitled Auction Images. Therein, you'll see the gallery. Each image has a Pinterest Pin It button just below it.

Just click the button, and Pinterest's Pin It window will pop up. The description, as lifted from the auction title, will already be filled in for you. You can edit it as you please; you can also select the board you want to pin it to.

Once those tweaks are looked after, just hit Pin It and it's up on Pinterest!

A First In The Industry

Pinterest has come out of nowhere to be the hottest thing since Twitter. Until now, no online auction Website has integrated its listings into Pinterest's huge and growing community.

Auctionquests has set the standard. No wonder it's the Best Ebay Alternative Online Auctions Website!

And all you have to do to join in is head back to the home page, find a listing you like and Pin It!

Crazy Penny Guy: I Sorted 10,000 Rolls And Even Pulled An All-Nighter

What would you call a Canadian guy who sorted half a million pennies, over a sometimes disheartening five months, all by hand? Crazy, right?

Well, that's what I've done from September 23rd of last year to February 19th of this year. Sorting through all those pennies was my 10,000 Roll Challenge, which I’ve met after a lot of hand-dirtying from so many pennies. It's been a lot of work, but I've had a lot of fun. I've certainly earned my nick "Crazy Penny Guy."

You may not know this, but copper pennies are now worth more than their face value - close to double. That's why the mints of the world no longer make pennies out of copper: instead, they use zinc or steel. They keep up the appearance we're used to by plating the zinc or steel rounds with copper. But, the core of the newer pennies is made up of cheaper metal. The switch was made in 1982 for United States pennies and in 1997 for Canadian pennies. The U.K.'s Royal Mint switched to from copper to copper-plated steel for pence coins in 1992.

As a result, there's an entire underground devoted to sorting copper pennies from the others and hoarding the coppers for the day when they're even more valuable. There are even instructions on how to hoard copper pennies yourself at WikiHow. The rationale behind all this sorting is that copper pennies now are like silver coins were in the early 1970s. They carry a sizable premium now, and will be far more valuable when inflation gets serious again. Of course, copper pennies are far bulkier than silver coins - but that hasn't stopped a growing cohort of enthusiasts. Copper penny sorting even made ABC's Nightline on December 4th of last year.

Although sorting copper from zinc or steel is the rationale, the fun comes from finding old, unusual or foreign coins in the penny rolls. Very occasionally, there's even a near-rarity like this 1940 Newfoundland cent I found. Only 300,000 of them were minted that year!

I got lucky on my first roll. Therein, I found a 1939 Canadian penny that I dubbed a "King's Speech penny" after the 2010 smash movie. For a time, I was finding old coins from both Canada and America and blogging about them. Then, the duplicates started piling up. At the end, I have more than twenty Canadian pennies from the year 1940 alone.

Finding those older and unusual pennies took away the boredom and took away the grind. Although there were times I lost some heart, for the most part the Challenge was fun and absorbing.

Initially, the pace was fairly slow. I would do about a box of pennies a day. Each box contains 50 rolls, so the pace I established would have meant two hundred days to finish the boxes I had stored up for the Challenge.

Picking Up The Pace

Starting in late November, and lasting until mid-December, I picked up the pace as the number of new coins worth blogging about became sparser. Instead of managing about one box a day, I came close to two: one hundred rolls a day. As I unrolled and sorted more, I found myself going a little faster. By December time, one hundred rolls took less than six hours.

Picking up the pace meant letting some chores fall by the wayside, especially the chore of hand-checking the coppers I had already sorted out. Since hand-sorters make mistakes, hand-checking is obligatory - although I'm pleased to say that I had a very low error rate. Still, anyone receiving coppers from me would not appreciate any zincs or steels inside the coppers so I had to check.

Come January, because I had had to let the sorting fall by the wayside to see to those chores, I picked up the pace even more. As the number of boxes shrank, as the goal of half a million sorted pennies became closer, my stamina increased. I could now stand an eleven-hour stretch and knock back two hundred rolls. Each sorted into coppers and zincs, with noteworthy and blogworthy pennies set aside.

After slowing down to two boxes a day, to incorporate the other chores of the day, I hit upon an idea to go out with a bang. Once I had prepared for it, I had only twenty-eight boxes of the original two hundred left.

Out With A Bang, And A Bit Of A Fizzle

The idea was a penny-sorting marathon. It followed the same format for any marathon of the record-setting sort: continuous action except for one five-minute break every hour. Keep going until exhaustion forces me to stop.

I started the marathon at 10 PM ET on Valentine's Day. It was easy at first, as I had lots of experience with the hand-sorting, except for one significant issue. I was using Windows Live Movie Maker to record the marathon through my webcam, but Movie Maker kept crashing my computer. One moment, it would be recording; the next moment, my computer had shut off. As a record attempt, this stretch might as well have been Windows Live Movie Disaster. I had to stop and restart recording every five rolls so as to minimize the crashes of my system. Even so, the film record proved to be spotty in places.

Despite that impediment, I managed to stay awake and at it for 35.5 hours - almost a day and a half. It was the longest I've stayed awake in my entire life. Despite the Movie Maker mishaps, I had enough stamina and experience to polish off ten boxes in my first twenty-four hours. That's twenty-five thousand pennies in a twenty-four hour stretch!

By that time, although kept alive through caffeine, tiredness was beginning to catch up with me. My sorting became slower and slower, and I actually started to hallucinate. It got to the point where I had to almost force my arms to go through the motions. I had to take second looks at pennies that seemed to sprout odd words and images. There were times when I couldn't even recognize the Queen on their backs. One time, I thought I saw the word "JESUS" on a penny.

Come the thirty-fifth hour, I was on my last arms. When I quit, I had half the remaining boxes done: fourteen in 35.5 hours. Thirty-five thousand pennies.

For the rest, I did take it easier as my stamina wasn't the same. As a result, I didn't finish the last box until mid-afternoon February 19th. Because of the energy-intensive marathon, the ending was actually anticlimactic.

But that seventy-thousand-penny stretch, in all of five days, netted me seven semi-rare coins: four of them are worth at least a buck each. You can see them in a montage in this post. Two error coins, two scarce wheaties, a Canadian error cent and two George V pennies made in the old style: all of those I found in the tail stretch. They made for a nice bookend for the lucky "King's Speech" penny I found in the first roll.

The entire adventure was quite the Challenge. I'm glad to be sponsored by Icybid, and I'm proud to say that I got this Site even more noticed. Now that you've spent some time with me and my story, I ask you to have a look at the offerings in Icybid's collector coin section. You'll see at least one listing by someone you've already met...

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