Truth be told, I was possibly a little behind on this (decade or two?). Last summer I discovered the joys of Ebay and 90’s punk band, The Descendents (more like 20 years late). I only mention the latter because it is as equally embarrassing since I love punk and never worked them into rotation until waaaaaaaay after the fact.
Any who, back on target. Ebay… Hot DANG! The iPad app? Get out of here…. It’s so user-friendly! You’re my new friend and the reason why I may have to meet up with friends later than asked because a bidding war is ending at 8:23 and I NEED that pair of elk antlers. My competitive nature tends to come out in the most aggressive fashion (no pun intended) when I have my heart set on something that I believe is already mine. I kid you not, whenever I get it into my head that I want something, I always consult with Ebay first. That’s when the “sporting” begins.
You most certainly need a plan when bidding. Don’t be one of those assholes that bids on something when there is 4 days left of the auction to raise the prices up for the rest of us. Instead, put your item on watch, set your calendar alarm for when the bidding war is supposed to end, and visit that item in its last 2 minutes. I like to throw a lower number than I’d actually pay out there in the last-minute and a half to see if the other bidder already set the bar pretty high, if they haven’t, I’ll come back BIG and sock it to them in the last 7 seconds with a price they don’t have time to outbid. Take that!!! Needless to say, along with my UPS man, my USPS lady now also thinks I have a serious problem with the amount of packages I receive these days. I love the hunt, I love the game, and I love having something that I really feel I loss some sweat over. You won’t lose weight, but you will win boxes of happiness.