Sunday, June 29, 2008

I'm a Sore Loser

You know what sucks? Watching something on eBay for hours and waiting til the last minute to bid on it and still losing by mere cents. Twice.

See, we're getting Punkin a big girl bed. We've already bought the bed and frame. Mr. Daddy has sanded it and we're going to paint it sometime in the next couple of weeks. I went on eBay to see if I could find a quilt or comforter that I liked and found one almost right away. It's so cute. And it had no reserve and the starting bid was only 99 cents. And it came with a comforter, sham, dust ruffle, and valance. We watched it and watched it and watched and watched and finally, with only 30 seconds to go, we started bidding. And we lost. By twenty five cents. The winning bidder got the entire set for only $3.75. Three dollars and seventy five cents!!!!

Well, the set was from a lady's eBay store and I know that they will often have more than one set, so I started looking and sure enough, there was another one just like it. No reserve. Only 99 cents. But the kicker was that the auction was going to end while we were at church this morning so Mr. Daddy set up the bid assistant and we entered the top dollar we were willing to pay.

When we got home from church this afternoon, I ran to the computer only to find out that we had lost -- by SEVEN CENTS!! The winning big was $15.07. I don't think I took into consideration the fact that we had just returned from church when those cuss words came rolling off my tongue.

And now my dilemma. She has another set. No reserve. Only 99 cents. I could "Buy It Now" for only $49.95 plus $20 shipping, which is still a really good price for all that you get. But the thought that I could get it for $3.75 keeps running through my head. But then I think, what if it's the last one? But then I think $3.75!!! But on the other hand, I'm not sure I could take losing the auction again. Who are all these people who want the exact same bedding I do? Is somebody trying to thwart me? If it's somebody out there buying it just to re-sell it, I'm going to be really peeved.

Anybody have an eBay tips for me? Should I just go ahead and buy it? 'Cause this competition stuff is turning me into a bitter old woman.

8 comments:

AndreAnna said...

Maybe try one more time?

Then buy it to save yourself the aggravation? LOL

anglophilefootballfanatic.com said...

Can you not check right before the end of the auction to up your bid by a few bucks? I'd go ahead and put your maximum bid at about $20. That would be more the either of the previous two sold for, right?

Tootsie Farklepants said...

I've never done the eBay thing so I can't help you. But that is a great deal!

Karen said...

I am way too competitive to just go ahead and buy it. I'd try again, but could you be near the computer when it ends?

1blueshi1 said...

there is a thing like Bid Assistant but from another company...name has fallen into BrainHole...crap, I guess that's not much help!
but as a seasoned eBayer who knows the despairing hopes auctioned there, I would recommend using Bid Assistant again and placing your bid a leetle higher, 20 or 25 dollars as AFF said. More than what the previous 2 sold for, but much less than the BIN.
Good luck! And also with getting Punkin to sleep in the big girl bed! We have one, barely used....

Judi said...

google auction snipers they bid in the last seconds for you I use auction stealer

Judi said...

jeez, did my punctuation suck up there, or what? Sorry.

Colleen said...

oh that makes me so crazy! I turn into an ugly version of myself...like Ms. Hyde. heh heh

I'd offer advice but I suspect that you've posted the outcome...that and I'm not sure I could offer anything that wasn't already offered.