Wonderful whacky world of eBay shopping
Readers who have been with us from WAY, WAY back will remember I took a foray into the wonderful, whacky world of eBay shopping when I was expecting my family the first time around, just before the visa was initially denied. That is going on for two years ago now, I just realised. In the old days we had a paper called the Trading Post. It came out every Thursday, I think. How times have changed!
Having recently moved house to somewhere with limited inbuilt storage I have been eBay shopping again. So far I have bought four desks for the kids, a wardrobe for the boys and a tallboy for the girls. I was looking for a tallboy for the boys, but the girls want white beds so we decided to shop for a tallboy for them instead and recycle the tallboy they are currently using to the boys as it matches their bunks better!
Why four desks? One each? No, not really: the bedrooms are big, but not THAT big! It was me not being a proficient eBay shopper! I keep missing out on things, so I entered bids on four desks at once and lo and behold I won all four of the auctions!
Do I like shopping on eBay? No, not really, but necessity is the mother of invention so they say and really, given the circumstances, we don’t have a choice. We want to get rid of the loans we have as fast as we can, so buying brand new is not an option if we want to do that. Besides, when we do buy our own place things like free-standing wardrobes will probably not be required: even if we could afford to buy new, what would be the point? As I said to Mr O if we look after the items, hopefully we can sell them on eBay when the time comes and get our money back! One can hope! I used to work with a young lady who used to sell her designer clothes from last season on eBay to help fund her designer purchases in the new season!
I just can’t get this auction winning happening. I hear tips such as bid odd amounts etc, but I can’t see such a strategy actually helping if someone has already entered a much higher bid and it is auto-beating anything I bid! I get so frustrated when it says “You have been outbid” when I only just entered a damn bid! I’ve decided the only way to go is to decide the maximum I am prepared to pay for something, bit that and consider it a “set and forget” scenario! If I miss the win, so be it. Another auction will be there waiting soon enough!
Then there is the problem of actually being around to bid as the auctions close. I am after a couple of beds tonight and the auction finishes at 11:30pm. Do I REALLY want to be up at 11:30pm? NO! Or the auctions finish about 3pm on a Saturday and the chances of my being home at that time on a weekend are slim, very slim.
Driving to work I hear seminars being advertised on the radio: how to become a millionnaire on eBay. Not for me, thanks! I find just getting the stuff I am getting stressful enough!
Then there is the whole organising to collect thing. Now, one of the desk sellers gave me THREE different mobile numbers. The first two were typos. I sent text messages and got one response advising, “I know nothing about a desk”. Great. Finally she gave me the right number! With soccer training twice a week and matches on Sundays, organising collections if I need muscle power (i.e. Mr O) is difficult.
Most things we have been able to fit in the Sorento but we have to collect the wardrobe (above) for the boys: it will not fit and I had to dismantle a desk top on the last collection trip. Just as well I remembered how to reassemble!
Generally, people have a child, buy ONE set of bedroom furniture, a few years later buy a desk. Have a second child, buy another lot. With us it is like having quadruplets – everything has to be in fours (beds) or twos (wardrobes).
I wish there was a way to win an auction for a winning Tatts ticket!
Do you venture into the world of eBay? What have you bought? Where you happy with your purchase? Do you have any tips for winning the auctions?