December 6th, 2004


how odd ...

Sometimes eBay mystifies me ... some nights the bidding is heavy and cut-throat, and some nights it seems like nodbody's on-line! A couple of nights ago I stumbled over a fellow who was offering numerous 3-packs of Pokemon cards, and foolishly bid my maximum on all 28 open auctions. Now, I wasn't stupid about it, I carefully figured a "max bid" that took into consideration that he might very well charge $1.50 per auction for shipping, and set my maximum with that figured in, making the cost per pack much less than what I could get even on a good deal on a case. Frankly, though, judging from the early traffic, I didn't expect to win ANY of them, as quite a few were ending up at twice my max bid.

I did "lose" the first fourteen of these, all the ones closing on Friday night and on Saturday, however tonight I ended up winning 8 of 9 auctions, half of which for much less than my max, half at my max (with only one other bidder involved, who obviously had a price point in mind just a bit less than mine, as had he "probed" he would have found that he would have beat me by throwing in another quarter!).

It will be interesting to see how tomorrow goes. The remaining five auctions close tomorrow night, and are for a "rarer" set of cards. I'm "winning" all five at the moment, but they're all either at my max or just under it (each with 3-4 bids in ... the same guy gave up within 2¢ of my max on one!). Again (and especially due to these being right up to my max), I don't expect to end up winning any of these, but you never know ... I didn't think I'd have any from the ones tongiht. As it is, I have 12 packs coming form each of two sets, which will make a nice part of Daughter #1's Xmas! Of course, it would be really nice if the guy "combines shipping", as a substantial chunk of what I owe for these right now is his $1.50 (per 3-pack) shipping charge.

I wonder if anybody has done any quatifying research on the use patterns of eBay? I mean, in this case (busy Friday and Saturday nights, dead Sunday night) could be easily explained by folks getting ready for Monday ... but I've seen "dead nights" on Fridays, and various mid-week days as well. Needless to say, if one was selling one would want to have a handle on this info ... as in the case with these 28 auctions, the seller was getting on average twice as much for the same items on Friday night as he was getting on Sunday. Of course, I suspect that these patterns vary product category to product category ... as one would think that the folks who are looking for Pokemon cards aren't the same folks bidding on winches or blouses ... but I could be wrong.

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Can you stand another Pokemon/eBay post?

I've been in various forms of "marketing" pretty much my whole life, so I get fascinated when I see something that's "working" versus something that's "not working", and I have to poke and prod until I think I understand the why and how. Needless to say, eBay provides me with numerous "WTF?" moments, and one came up recently.

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Yeah ... WOOT!

Heh ... NO, I wasn't really looking for more cards, but there were these reverse holos sitting there for very little money ... heck, I got 3 of 'em at 35¢ each ... four for $2.06, delivered cost $4.06 ... do you wanna know what the "low reference site" has them for? Hmmmmm? Dooyah? Well ... they are listed there for a total of $38.00 with shipping! Do I like to get stuff at ten cents on the dollar? You betcha!

I'm glad to have one small glimmer of "good stuff" today ... because everything else has sucked raw sewage.

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oh, yeah ... a quiz too

As if all the Pokemon/eBay crap wasn't irritating enough ...

You Are the Investigator

You're independent -
and a logical analytical thinker.

You love learning and ideas...
and know things no one else does.

Bored by small talk, you refuse
to participate in boring conversations.

You are open minded. A visionary.
You understand the world and may change it.

I had some real issues with this quiz ... too many of the questions didn't have any "dark" answers ... I guess this should be "what sort of Prozac People are you?"! I mean, hell ... where were the options for "Most days you feel like beating random strangers to death with a brick"? What sort of fluff bunny writes these things? Oh ... and, as usual, I had to edit their fucking code so the damn thing looked half-way decent on my page.

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