Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Bid high NOW on the landfill of TOMORROW

Last night I woke up at 2 a.m. so I could snipe an eBay auction I got outbid on earlier in the week. Even after ten years of working rotating shifts and being a new baby daddy I still hate getting up in the middle of the night although I'm quite good at it. I got up all grumbly and when I finally sat down at teh computer I saw that the item got bid up to $13 and change. It might not seem like a lot but we're talking about a small one inch square sticker of Mixmaster the Constructicon that came in cereal boxes in 1985. The guy who outbid me had like 400 feedback and I sensed he was willing to go high so I'd have to beat him and then pay an additional $4 in shipping. The thrill of competition gets me pumped, though and I was all ready to enter my bid of $25 with 10 seconds left to go. Then it hit me-I was up at 2:30 in the morning so I could ensure I had the honor of paying upwards of $30 for a little sticker of a robot with self esteem issues. Screw that! I went back to bed, a little ashamed of what I was about to do and proud of myself for not having gone through with it.

Now tonight at 2:30 a.m. there's a Skywarp sticker auction ending and Mixmaster be damned, you better believe I'm winning that one.


Heavyarms said...

Dude, No more waking up at 2 in the morning to snipe auctions.

Anonymous said...

Wow, $13.25 for a tiny sticker. Magic motion is cool, but come on. And why is the shipping $3.66? The thing weighs less than half an ounce.

Evil King Macrocranios said...

There is a certain excitement I find in pulling the trigger myself. There's nothing like the adrenaline rush I get from wondering if I will have bid enough with only a couple of seconds left. I like to do the countdown to the end of an auction with two windows open-one I constantly refresh and the other with my bid ready to go. It's an indescribably rush. I can't explain it. It's like when Luke fired his proton torpedo to blow up the Death Star. He turned the targeting computer off. I won't let the machines take that from me!

And Rob, the other sticker I was talking about-the Skywarp-went for $27.75! And they were both to the same guy. He really wanted them more than I did if he paid a total of $41 for both of them before shipping.

Heavyarms said...

I'm a victim of "slow dial-up." For me, there's nothing like hitting refresh on my webpage and waiting...and waiting...and waiting...and seeing that the auction ended three minutes ago. Shit.

Anonymous said...

So the winning bidder ended up paying $48.32 for two tiny stickers. I wish I had saved all of my stickers growing up. I didn't know they'd be such a great investment.

Heavyarms, a dial-up connection in 2007 is torture. Actually, it was torture even back in 1997.


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