Friday, February 26, 2010

It's not my fault, eBay made me do it

So, eBay is great. You have that pair of jeans (purse, shirt, shoes...whatever) that you never wear and want to get rid of, but don't want to be wasteful so why not sell them right? Great idea. I love SELLING things on eBay, but buying things on eBay is a whole other story.

A little background. I am not a naturally competitive person. I know...everyone says that and it turns out they are the MOST competitive ones. The secretly competitive are the most intense type of competitive and by far the most entertaining to talk to in the middle of a heated game. No sympathy or compassion whatsoever. Winning is the ultimate goal. Something to the extent of this:

Person A: Oh no, I'm not competitive at ALL...I love games just for the fun of it, who cares who wins right? People who are competitive are so weird. It's just a game ya know?
***An hour later***

Person A: NO!!! That doesn't count! You said, "Hawaii", not "The Hawaiian Islands" like the card says. It's not the right answer.
Innocent Bystander: Umm...that's the same thing.
Person A: No, no it's not. The card clearly says "The Hawaiian Islands", and that is NOT what you said! Sorry, no point.
Innocent Bystander: But...that's what it means. Hawaii is Hawaii right?
Person A: I guess, but not in this game. The rules clearly state you have to say what is on the card or you are wrong! Don't try and cheat!!! Rules are rules.

ANYWAY, I'm really not competitive, but that all changes on eBay. It brings out the worst in me. Something about the anonymity. I just have this picture in my head of some really annoying person bidding against me. Some man with a loud, awful cackling laugh who is having grapes fed to him or something. Poor me. I really want this item, and this terribly mean person is trying to outbid me sneakily so that he/she can win it instead. Nate and I have been wanting to go to Disneyland for a couple of weeks, and I decided I'd buy some tickets online. There were great prices on eBay, and all I had to do to win them was bid at the perfect moment! I could do this! I've done this before so it should be the same right? Turns out, it's pretty hard to win Disney tickets. I would know, because I tried four times and kept losing in a bidding war the last twenty seconds of the auction. That obnoxious grape-eating man wants MY Disneyland tickets!! Anyway, so I tried again for the fifth time. Someone had bid $102.50 with 2 hours left. It stayed that way until the last two minutes, and then the price started going up really fast. All the anonymous sleepers came out of nowhere! You know...those mean, cackling, grape-eating people. The price jumped up to $145.00 in less than two minutes. I kept waiting and then the last fifteen seconds I bid $170 (Which by the way is about 20 dollars more than I told myself I wanted to bid, but when people start bidding so fast like that I lose all rationale...I told you, I can't help it! I HAVE to beat these ANNOYING people...who, by the way, I recognize are most likely people just like me).

***Side note: when you decide to bid in the last fifteen seconds like that you had better hope your internet doesn't go out. That has happened to me before and I screamed things at the computer that are unrepeatable.

Anyway, after I put my bid in I was redirected to the main page...and I finally won! I ran around the house yelling for about an hour. I had an eBay coupon so the grand total for 4 tickets to Disneyland was only $138.00! Thirty five bucks a person? Definitely worth the sweaty palms that wouldn't go away for two hours after the auction. I recognize that I'm crazy, and that there is something wrong with me when two days later just writing about this still makes me nervous...and my palms are sweating again. It's worth it though because I haven't been this excited to go to Disneyland since I was six years old.


  1. I see nothing wrong with your excitement. It's perfectly understandable.

    And since I acknowledge that I'm competitive, that makes me not as bad as the secret ones, right?

  2. Hooray! May it be less crowded than four days before Christmas :) Still so so fun and the best! Just in case there are hours-long lines, may I recommend Alice in Wonderland as a ride alternative. I don't think I went on that one even as a child, but the witch with the apple is quite scary!

  3. Haha - that's so true. I'm not often competitive, but heaven help you if you try and pull a fast one on me playing Trivial Pursuit Pop Culture Edition. My brother-in-law learned that the hard way the first time we met... :)

  4. Okay, this is all my fault I admit it. But people are thinking I am no longer reading them and so I don't want them to read ME and COMMENT, and I DO! I AM still reading you and I will start commenting again I promise!

    I got into a bad rhythm when I started having so much computer problems, I started not commenting thinking most my comments were probably lame and not wanted, but i see that was a mistake and want to rectify that NOW. I am going to get back to my Comment-Whoring ways...that is Kristina's phrase remember that, LOL, and so come back to me my friends, I NEVER left you, I just got way too comfy with Google Reader and read you there!! I LOVE my bloggy friends!!