September 17th, 2005


Hadn't mentioned eBay in a while ...

I just "stumbled over" another great deal on some Pokemon cards ... although Daughter #1 does not have a particular interest in collecting the "foreign" versions of the Pokemon cards, over the years we've built up a binder full of random Japanese, French, Spanish, and German cards that came in with "pig in a poke" lots that I'd picked up on eBay. Well, I was doing one of those "let's see what might be out there tonight" look-throughs on my main Pokemon eBay search and ran into an auction where they were only asking $2.50 (with $2.50 for shipping) for three of the Japanese "Southern Island" gift packs (Tropical Sea, Beach, and Jungle). Now, Daughter #1 already has a complete set of the English versions of the whole "Island" promo set, but this was (from a collecting standpoint) too good a deal to pass up. Whereas the English version came in one binder with all 18 cards, the Japanese version was in 6 gift packs, three "Tropical" and three "Rainbow", each with 3 cards (including one holographic) that formed part of a scene, with a postcard with the full picture.

I poked around a bit before I pulled the trigger on this (it was even a "buy it now" at that price!), and found that these sets were individually going anywhere from $10 each to over $30 each, so a "delivered cost" of $5.00 was a steal! Even (which frequently has much lower than available retail pricing in their guide to card values), had the individual cards from these sets valued where the sets would be worth from $13 to $19 each (total via pojo for just the cards themselves: $46.00) ... so I'm pretty happy to pick up this for five bucks.

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"Woot" or "Whoops"?

Well, I just got my one thousandth positive feedback on eBay ... not that my "star rating" is anywhere near that (I'm currently at (243Feedback score is 100 to 499), so have about a 4 positives for every "unique" feedback).

While I'm very pleased with myself in not getting any negatives, I'm amazed that I've bought 1,000 things over there. Now, most of them have been very inexpensive (often, as regular readers no doubt recall, 1¢ plus some pro-rated shipping for as many as 80 things at once), but that's still a hell of a lot of purchases over the past four years!

Too bad the "raw score" doesn't count (it's just the "uniques" that get counted), or I'd be up at a whole new "star level" at this point. One of the things I'd been waiting on before starting to sell stuff on eBay is to get a big positive score logged in before "risking" getting hit with the seemingly inevitable "bad mood" negatives that some buyers post (not that I'm planning on being a "bad seller", but in reading various sellers' feedback, it seems that a lot of negatives come from people who didn't read the details of the auction, or expected to get their stuff immediately, or were suffering from "buyers remorse", etc.).

Oh, well ... another post that nobody cares about ... I just felt that hitting 1,000 positives was the sort of milestone that should at least be noted!

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Cindy Sheehan ... unmasked!

OK ... this is good ... hat-tip to scottks for the link!

The Friends Of Cindy Sheehan

Oh, look ... The Workers World Party ... Operation ANSWER ... The International Action Center ... all the same bunch of thugs which had hijacked the so-called "anti-war" movement (as I noted at length years ago!) ... the hard-core neo-Stalinists behind almost every big Liberal cause, and the driving force behind the current Democratic Party "leadership". Treasonous scum, the lot of 'em. Why people like Sheehan and Moore aren't swinging at the ends of some rope, I'll never understand.

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