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Jimmy Cliff (PREMIUM) 🇺🇸 | 460 ratings Author Posted 20 Aug '21

When we first were sent home in Florida for 14 days from Covid, I started taking my rum tasting and collecting more serious. I've participated in 9 auctions and purchased from most of them. In the beginning I would go after very specific rums that were hard or impossible to find locally, Caroni's, rare Plantation extremes, any Cuban rum. I would do my homework check ratings and prices.

It can be a bit addictive if you strategically wait for 5 minutes before the end and go to work. The auction stays active for 2-4 hrs after closing until no bids for several minutes, so during the entire process your getting bumped. At least that's my method, along with having a spare 10 bottles of low hanging fruit to pick off. The freight from UK to US is 75L for one bottle and 120L for 6 so I always try to end up with 5-6. I admit sometimes I overpay because I really wanted something, but have finally learned to pass and next month ot two you can get something for 25-30% of last month. Anyway today I got 5 of my 6 Bootle haul pictures below. Bacardi Limitada I've had plenty but it was a filler at $35 for a liter to hit my magic freight for 6 bottles. I opened my Havana Club Maestros at my friend's Cuban Resteraunt tonight for him to try, which is a personal favorite and left it on the table for him after he compted my families dinner. WTF rum is to be shared with good friends. 

it's been a lot of fun this months haul is unusual but bargains, still waiting on a Clement's from the UK, I think I've had the Plantation before but the dark 20 yr old Mexican rum looks intriguing. 

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vomi1011 🇩🇪 | 403 ratings Replied 21 Aug '21

I always asked myself who bids on this low cost bottles. Because the shipping is too expensive for europeans. Now I understand.As a filler it makes sence.

I think the Bacardi bottle was mine :) You skipped the 8y old? I had too many of them and after two bottles I lost interest in Limitada.

I try to get only rare rums at auctions. Therefore I don't bid on fillers. There is always a good chance that you get this rums very cheap because europeans are not interested in them.

You was lucky and got a Caroni already?

kudzey 🇵🇱 | 38 ratings Replied 21 Aug '21

Actually I see many auction prices exceeding online shops prices here in Europe. I understand bidding on unavailable bottles but the race for don papas is a strange phenomenon to observe :). In Catawiki the auctions finish is not synchronized, if I win a bottle from one seller I might be willing to pay more for the other one from the same guy as they usually send these as a bundle and you don't pay shipping fee twice.
mwb1 🇬🇧 | 9 ratings Replied 25 May '23

@kudzey can you recommend any European websites for competitive prices?