I’ve just rediscovered eBay auctions. But it’s a dangerous place for someone like me.
My friend loves Johnny Depp (specially the pirate roles) so I though it would be a great idea to get her an autographed photo of Captain Jack for her upcoming milestone birthday.
Well, easier said than done. Every time I found something and bid on it, someone else had the same idea. I start out with great plan – make a spending limit and stick to it. Yeah right!
The auction lasts for 10 days – and I am the highest bidder for nine days (and getting very cocky) – then in the last hour or so someone starts bidding against me. Now this becomes a matter of pride (or stupidity) so I keep bidding and so do they. The price goes higher and higher (I’m already way over my planned limit) but I keep going! Meanwhile the seller is sitting there in front of his computer, rubbing his hands with glee, as these two crazed women create a bidding frenzy over a silly photo.
I pride myself on being a sensible shopper – I look for bargains – but these online auctions will be my downfall. I don’t like losing (even at scrabble) so auctions bring out my competitive instincts. To make matters even worse my son joins me for the final countdown and eggs me on even further (he has obviously inherited my weakness).
p.s. I won the auction and bought the photo.
So that’s one present off the list – only another 14 more to go this year. See you at eBay – just don’t bid against me ok?