BTRIPP (btripp) wrote,
BTRIPP
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Mad at myself ...

Damn. I knew I should have put a bid in on these 4 card auctions earlier in the day, but didn't want to draw attention to them. Unfortunately, rather than having a hour before this meeting I had to go to at 6pm (I'm running for the Local School Council and today was the "hi, my name is" spiel day), The Wife asked me if I could go pick up Daughter #2 around 5 ... then, while in the process of picking up #2, she called and asked me to pick up some stuff at the store. So, instead of having an hour to sort of get ready (and do those bids) I ended up swinging into the house with about 10 minutes to get to the meeting ... and, of course, in the rush to "get dressed" and pull my stuff together, I totally forgot about bidding. Bleh. All four auctions closed with no bids ... and penny openings ... which means I would have had them for $1.79 (four cents for the cards, a buck seventy five for shipping). Piss Me Off!

Frankly, I don't know why they didn't get any bids ... they were fairly rare rev/holo cards from the long-out-of-print Skyridge set. I have a theory, but I'll have to see how that works on other things. The cards had a "Buy It Now" price attached (the guy was asking $3 each) and I'm thinking that might have steered away bidders. I'm not sure why that might be the case, but it's the only decent theory I can come up with ... (sigh) maybe he'll re-list them.

It just kills me when I screw up and miss the ends of auctions. As I've noted, I hate to bid any earlier than necessary, as having "action" on an auction will often draw the attention of others (for example, if my theory that the B-I-N pricing on these was putting off other bidders, had I bid on these the B-I-N would have disappeared and they would have just shown up (to somebody doing a "Pokemon search") as cards with one bid at 1¢ ... i.e., ripe for the taking. And that's not even mentioning triggering a bidbot that might have been set up to watch an auction! So, I only rarely (when I know I'm not going to be at the computer when an auction is closing) will bid more than a few minutes out from the close. This, of course, leads me to situations where my planned schedule and my actual timing go awry, and I end up missing things. Like tonight.

And now, as if to add insult to injury, I seem to not be able to get into eBay at all! I wonder what's up with that?


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