January 11, 2006

There goes the bank account

Well, I finally joined the 90’s tonight. I opened an eBay account and actually bid on some items. eBay has been one of those things that I never could get a grasp on; even tonight I’m still having issues. Whenever I try to find something I like, I just don’t seem to be able to find what I am looking for. It’s not that I have a problem with search engines, it’s just that it throws back way too many items for me to sort through or it returns stuff that doesn’t even remotely match what I was looking for.

While looking for something completely off the wall, I wasn’t even looking to buy anything, I found a couple of items that where a steal at the price they are currently listed. Since, the bids where closing tonight, I thought I’d go for it.

So far I’ve won one of the items I was bidding on.

Hopefully I don’t get taken.

Posted by Contagion in General at January 11, 2006 08:05 PM | TrackBack

Dude, Ebay is way too much fun....it'll cut way into your blogging time too if you don't watch it. Good luck, and don't get all carried away!!

Posted by: Sarah at January 11, 2006 08:38 PM

Just remember not to get sucked in by the bidding - I see people all the time paying more than the thing's worth just so they "win"...

Posted by: Shadoglare at January 11, 2006 09:23 PM

Welcome to The Dark Side™!

Shadoglare is right--don't ever get in a bidding war. You WILL pay too much. Use AuctionSniper, and you can sneak a bid in with seconds left in the auction. I've won most of the auctions I've used it on.

(Or, if you're smart, you'll just stay AWAY from eBay altogether and not get addicted to it like I have been in the past. You WILL get the hang of it, and then it's not pretty.)

Posted by: Beth at January 11, 2006 09:50 PM

Some other advice: only bid on what you really want, check out the sellers (they have ways to do that) and buy me some Avenger tapes cheep. ;-)

Posted by: vw bug at January 12, 2006 05:56 AM

Ya, make sure you check out the shipping and handeling cost too. Unless things have changed since I've used it, there were some that put the cost of s&h all the way at the bottom and made up for the "great deal" I was getting on the product.

Posted by: Dr. Phat Tony at January 12, 2006 06:30 AM

Thanks for all the good advice. The benefits of waiting 10 years to finally start using eBay is that I get the benefits of others mistakes. I'd heard many horror stories of over paying and what not, especially on the shipping and handling issue.

Posted by: Contagion at January 12, 2006 06:56 AM

Ahh, it is an addiction that I love.

Posted by: Oddybobo at January 12, 2006 08:44 AM

Ratings are everything, but they DO need investigation. Check to see what the negatives are for. If they are scarce, and/or left by people who can't spell and complained that the person failed to contact them within 3 seconds of the auction closing, then feel secure dealing with that person.

Posted by: Harvey at January 12, 2006 03:54 PM

I can save you a lot of time an agony if you just send me your bank account number.

I'll make random transfers of large amounts out of your account and occasionally send you a package with some dog poo in it.


Posted by: Ogre at January 13, 2006 06:52 AM

I don't remember how I did it at the moment, but there's a way to set your listing settings so that it shows you the cost of shipping right on the search list... comes in real handy...

So wadja buy me so far? :P

Posted by: Shadoglare at January 14, 2006 04:07 PM