The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Tuesday 14 October 2008

The Illusive Bargains of Ebay

Other people seem to sell things on Ebay for more than they are worth and buy things for less than they’re worth. It doesn’t work out that way for me.

I have occasionally seen bargains, but generally I forget about them and miss them. A few weeks ago a TN Laser Photon went for £102; I kicked myself.

A few days ago I found an OMM Jirashanca for sale. Being in the market for a new 35 litre pack and having had such success with my Villain, I was interested. I was so interested that I was determined not to forget. Not only did I set a reminder in my phone, but I set one in Mick’s too, just to be on the safe side.

The alarm went off today and I stopped what I was doing (rediscovering a long lost patio beneath years of decomposed leaves, as it happens; I have such an exciting life!) and plugged in the computer. It couldn’t display the web page.

I went around to my gran’s house to try her neighbour’s connection. It couldn’t display the web page.

I remembered that younger-stepson had changed some settings on the computer at the weekend (for my benefit at the time, I should say, not capriciously). There were four minutes to go on the auction and younger-stepson could not be contacted.

Half an hour later stepson was reached and the internet connection was reinstated.

The pack had sold for a handful of pounds less than I would have been willing to pay.

I kicked myself again.

1 comment:

  1. Here's a cool site you'll want to check out to find eBay auctions ending soon with no bids. I've got it bookmarked and check it frequently when I'm looking for something. It does get kind of addictive though, lots of good bargain items to find. :)