BTRIPP (btripp) wrote,

more eBay ramblings ...

Ah, tonight looks to be a good night for card gathering on eBay! I just "for the heck of it" pulled up eBay and punched up my Pokemon search ... I saw a card that was about to close for 1¢ ... upon quick reference, I found that it was something Daughter #1 didn't have and on my "cheap" reference retail site it was listed for $6.00! So, of course I jumped on it, and then hit the "view seller's other items" link ... YOW!

This guy was selling of dozens and dozens of "reverse holo" cards that are "worth" 2-10 bucks a pop at "retail" for opening bids of just a penny ... and for some reason (must be a hot Friday night), very few things were getting any traffic at all. Heck, I didn't even bother to bid on things that already had a bid in! I just got done bidding on all the cards that Daughter #1 didn't have, were starting at 1¢, and didn't have any bids as yet ... counting just now, that was 75 auctions in the next 20-some hours! So far I've won (at a penny) 15 of these, with another 8 closing in the next half hour.

I, frankly, anticipate that this will be pretty much it for my winnings, as the bulk of the rest close tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, which is a time slot much more likely to have active bidders, and I pulled back my bid when I started to see how many there were to bid on (although I've not had to go over the minimum as yet). However, it is possible that the ones that close towards late-night tomorrow might still not get bid on. I'm still amazed that out of 75 auctions I put bids in on, there's only been two so far where I've been outbid!

Even with shipping (which will be about a quarter per card), I'm doing really well ... my "target zone" is 1/7th of "low retail" on the cards, and even on the cheapest cards I'm at about 1/8th, and doing much better on many of them ... I just LOVE IT when I can spend $10.00 and get a hundred bucks worth of cards ... especially the ones in this group tonight ... as the "reverse holos" only come one to a pack (which retail at anywhere from two-fifty to four bucks each), and replicate every regular card in the set (i.e., a 100-card set would require buying at least 100 packs, and that's assuming the highly unlikely scenario of getting no duplicates), so are a real bitch to collect.

Daughter #1 is going to freak when I tell her what we scored! I just checked again, and I'm up to 21 wins for 21¢ (well, $7.21 with shipping)! OK ... that whole first bacth has closed, and I'm 26/26, for a grand total of 26¢ (plus $8.25 shipping) ... WOOT! ... I love it when I stumble over a deal!

Yeah, I know ... "like you care" ... I should make an eBay/Pokemon icon so you'll know when to not bother reading this drivel (ah, but a guy's gotta have a hobby, right?)!

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