With the help of some people from here, I won an auction for a Toy Fair Vader. I just received the last of the points I need to mail off yesterday. You won't hear me complain about the auctions.
Wow, congrats FishEyedLouie! Nice score.
Yeah, I'm not so fired up over the auctions that much anymore myself. Once the shenanigans of the first few days settled down, with all the bogus bidding, things have seemed to flow pretty smoothly since then it seems like. Sure, there's been a few clunkers that Hasbro's put up for bid (Snoova), but for the most part, it seems like there's been some decent stuff put up for auction, and a lot of them are now ending at point totals that aren't too far out of reach for the average collector (loose collector, that is).
Of course, it's still unfortunate that others outside of the U.S. weren't able to participate, and that carded collectors are still screwed (though I think they probably would be no matter what), and that there wasn't a cool exclusive figure offered up for the points. But all in all, I think a good number of people are starting to get their hands on some fun items for the points that they had saved up, so it's not a total loss anymore, I don't think.
So has anyone else here, aside from Fish and jokabofe, won anything in the auctions yet? If you've completely given up on them since the nightmare of a beginning, I'd encourage you to go back and have another look, since there's some decent stuff to be had, within striking distance for most people who saved up their points.