I’ve figured it out, why eBay is so popular. It’s fun! Fun, fun, fun! You don’t actually BUY anything, you WIN! How cool is that! and if you do it by beating out 25 other bargain hungry shoppers, and pay twice what the item is worth, then it’s even better!
We had that happen at work. We have an eBay store where we list some of our regular items, and auction items we’ve taken in on trade. We listed two welding machines, used, not tested. We don’t regularly sell or service these machines, but thought we could make a little money, and clean out some space in the warehouse so we put them on eBay. A massive bidding war ensued. I mean seriously. For one machine, the bidding ended at $850. Another similar machine went for $462 on eBay. But that’s what happens when people get into bidding for winning sake, not for buying sake.
I had a similiar experience myself. I went on eBay to look for a Barbie. First let me tell you why. It started right here in this very blog, “Barbie A Love Hate Relationship”. I then developed it into a piece I read at San Diego Writers Ink First Fridays Open Mic at The Grove in South Park. Then I took it further once the news of Ken’s makeover hit the wires… only I decided to write the real story. I researched Mattel and Barbie and told the “real” story about his alleged makeover. I won’t tell it here, I’m trying to sell the story to The National Enquirer, but let me just say, makeover or rehab?
At any rate, I became interested in Barbie again, and headed off to eBay to see what a vintage Barbie goes for. My first turn with the cyber bidding paddle netted me a pretty good deal. I got a vintage 1961 Barbie, just like my old Madge, for $30. Considering a 1959 Barbie (mint condition of course) had recently sold for over 4K I felt like I got a deal. She arrived safe and sound, and even clothed!
My next turn at eBay almost ended with me emptying out my checking account, or maybe maxing my credit card, whichever was higher… I wanted a “Stacey” Barbie, and I wanted her real bad. And so did some other Barbie collecting bitch, who kept outbidding me. I’d think I was safe, go do something, and come back a couple hours later only to find I was no longer the top bidder. I WASN’T WINNING. I was mad. And I had money. I wanted to WIN WIN WIN. Something came over me. I became a maniacal shopper, clicking furiously on the Bid Now button, 47 dollars, 52 dollars, 60 dollars, 65 dollars. It was crazy. Sixty-five dollars for a Barbie doll? I suddenly realized how NUTS that was, and I bowed out of the race… but I’m tellin’ ya, I coulda taken that other bidder down if I really wanted to.