Friday, October 23, 2009

GOING ONCE






EBAY – You across it? If the answer is no then my next question is WHICH ROCK TO LIVE UNDER?

I first stumbled across eBay many years ago, on a particularly late night at work when I had nothing much to do,  than scour the internet for shit. And I hit the shit jackpot. But the reality is, eBay is not shit, it is a veritable goldmine for compulsive shoppers like myself. This particular night I came across some brand name clothes for my daughter, at a bargain price only situated up the road. The transaction went so smoothly, I was instantly hooked. eBay became my drug. Like Bobby and Whitney to a crack pipe, I was drawn to its endless possibilities.

Why yes, I do need 7 nights in a luxury apartment in Penang for $137.98. What a bargain. Oh and the kids CANNOT live without that gigantic pool slippery dip we have no pool for. But it’s only $120 and that is just too good to go past. However the most addictive part of EBAY is not so much the bargain price, but the thrill of the chase and securing the win. Basically ego takes over and it becomes more about winning than the price you are paying. By any other name, it’s gambling. And like any good gambler, there is post play regret. You win something you know you don’t need, that you now have to make arrangements to pay for and it all starts to feel dirty. And if winning was dirty, I was basically caked in dirt after lounging in a mud bath for weeks on end.

Time for a self-imposed EBAY ban. I was banned from opening the page, even to browse. Because browsing leads to gaining interest and interest leads to bidding and bidding, well, often in my case, usually lead to winning. i.e. buying. With real dollars. Dollars we were fast running out of.

So how better to get dollars than to sell stuff? Where better place to sell stuff than EBAY? Ban lifted!

I started with my daughters clothes and after selling off everything that wasn’t nailed down, I started to study the site like a wall street trader.

Guess what was making the big bucks? Surfboards. Guess what we had in spades in the garage? Surfboards. Guess who would rather his balls run over by a tilt train than give up even one surfboard? Yep, that’s right, the surfboards rightful owners - my husband. But seriously, how many surfboards could he ride at any one time? His comeback? How many shoes can you wear at any one time? Touche’ my friend, touche’.

New plan of action, buy clothes from the Op shops and car boot sales and sell them on eBay for a humongous profits. Mambo loud shirts were a MASSIVE seller. I would pay max $5 and sell them for $80 plus. Apparently the shirts were what all the big blokes liked to wear, drinking beer, shooting shit at summer BBQ’s. Whatever dudes, just show me the cashola. This continued to work for just over a year at which point the Salvos cottoned on to what I, and a lot of other *cough* entrepreneurs were up to. Hence they started structuring their prices aimed more at your James Packers (pre-flushing good money down Las Vegas Casino venture JP) than the average Joe on the street. That coupled with the momentous effort in uploading photos and listing of items made me lose my eBay selling mojo.


So now I'm considered a casual user. In control. Mostly.

Currently I am bidding on some mini breaks and DS games from Hong Kong, hoping to score a bargain. I feel now I know my limits and know (mostly) when to walk away. I guess the relationship eBay and I have now is similar to the one Warwick Capper has with old gold meter maid undies. I can get through most of my weeks without having to take a look, but there will always be those certain times, I can’t resist a peek.

13 comments:

Al said...

i realised i had an ebay problem when i purchased 100 bouncy balls to see if we could make them bounce back up the fire escape from the 10th floor of our building....

FYI- no, you cannot :)

The NDM said...

Aha! So it was you and your ebay-selling ilk that have ruined opshopping for the rest of us. Why I oughta...

Actually, I can't complain. Our local op shop still sells stuff like gold platform shoes for $3. And FYI, I bought them for a friend...

Alex said...

When we got our new computer I developed a LEGO bidding obsession for maybe two weeks (it was for the kids, so it was ok, ha!).

Stupid little bricks are all over my house and now I just vacuum them up. Money well spent.

F*ck I hate Lego.

Blomsters said...

Just sold my first two things on Ebay and neither of them were clothes. Was exciting watching others bidding on my stuff so completely understand! will be scouring shed for other stuff to sell once i finish prac...
Loving the blog!
Wx

kurrabikid said...

Sensational post! The stupidest ebay purchase I made was completed in a moment of boredom at work one day. I found my favourite perfume (so cheap!!) and decided to treat myself, after all this was a BARGAIN price! Parcel turns up (well, not so much parcel as window envelope) - it was one of those mini sampler bottle (2ml or something), so hardly the buy of the century.
From then on I decided to actually read the product description.

Melody said...

I became eBay addicted in the summer of '04/05. Baby clothes.

Don't know why I gave up - probably thought I was spending way too much money when I could just as easy go out and walk 20 minutes into the center of Melb city....

Rick M said...

Things my friends have purchased on eBay:

A stripper pole. For their living room. A real one, no less.

140L of wrestling jelly, as featured in Ibiza.

Jesus place mats (Jesus saves! Your table from food marks).

An actual moose knuckle (which eBay later withdrew from sale, farkers).

A Twistie penis look-a-like ($25.30).

I look at that list and cannot fathom why anybody would doubt the awesome that is eBay.

Laurie said...

I'm a recovering Ebay addict. I knew I had hit bottom when I introduced a friend to Ebay. She won an item, and her son ran around the house yelling "WE WON, WE WON." Yes, my friend, you've won, but now you have to pay.

So Ebay was added to the ban list along with WebMD (hypochondriac-viral-meningitis-inducing), and Wikipedia (not by choice - they blocked my IP after I informed them that Koalas really are bears).

So Now What? said...

Ha - rick, so right. A twistie penis look a like - Like the twistie Chip? Did you keep it or eat it?

Laurie, so funny, yes sites are better off banned. Wiki's loss.

Kallie said...

I go through Ebay phases. On down time at the moment (most likely because I am the sole brad winner of the house now). Should sell stuff, can't be bothered.

Kirsty said...

Hello, visiting from Weekend Rewind. I must say I have never been into eBay - seems too much hassle to me. But I am proud of my solitary eBay purchase - a hard to find DVD for my husband last Xmas (got serious points for that purchase!) My latest Internet addictions are blogging and twitter.... probably need to find some boundaries sooner rather than later...:) Great post, really enjoyed reading it! Kirsty @ My Home Truths

Mrs M said...

I'm an all or nothing kind of ebay user. I got nuts for a short period of time and I back off for a couple of months. Otherwise I think I would have my internet privileges revoked.

Visiting from Weekend Rewind.

Love & stuff
Mrs M

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

I totally went off Ebay when I discovered blogging. Win all round.

Thanks for Rewinding at the Fibro.