Friday, February 25, 2005
MY FIRST TIME
I was searching for hockey tickets to a Michigan home game. Never been to Yost Arena, there's a three year wait for tickets. On a whim, I decided to search eBay. There they were...4 tickets to the final home game, against a very good Bowling Green U. team. Only one bid! So I bid two bucks more. I check back about a half hour later, he's upped my bid by a dollar. I see his dollar and raise him two. I check back a couple of more times that evening......NO NEW BIDS! I'M PUMPED!
I call #1 son and tell him what I've done. He bursts my bubble. He says "dad, he's gonna ambush you! He's gonna wait till the very last minute to put in a bid and hope you will already assume you've won. You've gotta be ready for him!"
I check the computer several times that night. Finally at 9 p.m., I check one more time. No new bids. 22 1/2 hours left! I get off work the next night at seven, call my daughter and tell her to "get her ass off the computer", and race home like a mad man. Get online, log in! 15 minutes left. Still high bidder! Refresh screen every thirty seconds. 3 minutes, still high bid. Refreshing screen every 15 seconds. 1:45 left, THERE IT IS! He's upped my bid by a dollar. I wait till countdown hits one minute, and place my final bid. I refresh screen, bid hasn't posted! I refresh again, STILL hasn't posted! TEN SECONDS LEFT! EUREKA! My bid posts! The boys and I are goin' to Ann Arbor on March 6! I haven't been this excited since, well, I scored with the 38D blonde at the end of the bar!
I have a friend who warned me once that ebay is addicting. I think she's right! My next searches; FROZEN FOUR tics, and WILCO tics!
Or is that E-flowered?
Ah, welcome to the vortex of online bidding, my friend. We've been waiting for you! :)
I've had those right-down-to-the-last minute bidding wars, and it gets me goin' like a good video game.