December 7th, 2004

Hero

Ouch ...

Four auctions ... each for a number of reverse holo cards ... the total "value" about $120.00 ... I got out-bid with 22 seconds left on one, 15 seconds left on another, 10 seconds left on a third, and on the other one I was never winning, but the guy who was got outbid (by the same guy who hit mine) with 11 seconds.

I am "proud of myself", though, in that I didn't go beyond my target zone for the bids (I'd gone and researched what each set of cards were "worth", did a total, divided by 7, and came up with what I wanted to bid) ... I suppose that I could have gone higher than 1/7th of "low retail", but I have a feeling that if one isn't disciplined with one's eBaying habit, it will eat you alive financially!

The guy who swooped in at the last second is a eBay vendor ... although I've never bought anything from them (unlike some of the other bidders in play on these) ... he must have a real fast connection and nerves of steel to be able to pop in like that (unless he's using a bot programmed to wait to the very last second) ... needless to say, the guys who are selling the cards are often to spend more than those of us just looking for a deal. At least that "plague" of European card dealers has abated somewhat ... for a while there you couldn't get close on these since that lot would be willing to pay US "low retail", and then sell them locally at "rare import" prices!

Yeah, I know ... like you care!


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Doom

LiveJournal ... HELLO?

Uh ... is it just me or have ALL OF MY PREVIOUS POSTS SUDDENLY DISAPPEARED???????

That last post I made kept showing up as the only post in my journal ... then I looked at the calendar mode and there was just the one post ... and in my user info it shows just one journal entry (despite having been created 200-05-05) which was 9 minutes ago!

I feel like I'm in a Twilight Zone episode! Is this happening to anybody else, or have the L.J. Gods singled me out to have my entire history erased???

{edit} - Well ... I couldn't post this, it was saying the journal is in read-only mode at the moment ... so perhaps it's L.J. being worked on rather than malicious forces at play!

{further edit} - Whew! This finally posted and everything's back where it should be.


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