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Never Look at Ebay When You're Bored...

That should be recorded as one of life's rules.

"Never Look at Ebay When You're Bored"

Ebay is a dangerous tool and I often wonder how much is brought on it when people get home from the pub, or are just browsing feeling bored. and is then regretted shortly afterwards - let alone before the actual *must buy* item has actually arrived from the Seller.

It's something I really try to avoid. I use Ebay to *sell* things and very, very rarely buy something through it. At the weekend I broke my rule though and was just nrowsing around looking at things and ended up placing bids on two fairly sizeable comic collections which finished this evening.

Luckily for me someone waited until the last minute and outbid me on both items - something I usually loath (and indeed someone did the same on the Huski CD I was trying to buy with only seconds to spare apparently) but in tonights instance I am very happy they did.

I really have more than enough comics (probably somewhere in the region of 5,000) and am hoping to sell them at somepoint so why I decided to try and bid on MORE comics is anyone's guess. I haven't the space to store them nor the time to read them. I still get my standing order from Mega City Comics each month for the last few remaining titles I currently get (and haven't read them for a long time - preferring graphic novels - the only reason I think I still buy individual Hellblazer comics is because I have every issue from #1!).

So thank you Mr Last Minute Bidder! You saved my day and a good few pounds I need for other things :)

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shaved_ape
Jan. 19th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
Yeaterday I was similarly saved from spending £50 on two issues of Zenith - luckily somebody wanted them more.
We havent met before so I should apologise for being forward. God bless the internet and its semi-anonymity!
I came on a search of China Mieville fans and your name was the first to pop up. I like your blog, we seem to share many similar tastes.
The reason I was looking for China fans (and this isnt widely publicised yet) is that he will be introducing a special screening of Romero's Night Of The Living Dead on Saturday, 31st January @ The Prince Charles Cinema in London. Tickets should be available soon from the cinema or you can book on 0207 819 1179.
Im sorry this has turned into some sort of direct marketing campaign. If its any consolation I do feel suitably sleazy now, though it should be a good night.
angusabranson
Jan. 19th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
No problem at all - and congratulations on your own narrow escape!

Thanks also for the info on China Mieville. I, and several other people who read this blog, are big fans of him so the news will be gratefully received. Give me the nod when I can make a standalone post about the event as opposed to it lurking in the comments section in my rant about Ebay :p

I doubt I'll be able to attend that night - depending on start times - as there's a new club I quite fancy checking out starting that night. Of course, depending on times, it could always become a doubel bill of Film + Club! :p
shaved_ape
Jan. 19th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
By all means, the more people who know about this the better. (Ive already got my tickets but this is usually the kind of thing I find out about after the event).

Im also double booked that night as Ive had tickets for months to s Seasick Steve gig, so its a double bill for me too. Film at 8pm I think.

Will friend you as well if thats ok? I like the cut of your gib.
actualsean
Jan. 19th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
I used to do buy stuff on ebay when I was drunk, and then wake up to face the 'congratulations on your winning bid' emails with a hangover, and no idea what the fuck I had bought.
spencerpine
Jan. 19th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
I did once get very drunk and buy the entire Mr Men series on DVD.

Graham
zencadet
Jan. 20th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, eBay is sooo dangerous. I spent so much money at one period in my life on eBay it was crazy. Really. I was doing crazy shit. It's not really that I bought anything I actually regret, just that I bought things I'm not sure was necessarily all that essential in my life at that point.

This said, the advent of internet shopping in general is far more insidious. Places like Amazon and Play are far more dangerous because you can so easily spend your rent money with only a few clicks and there's no chance of being outbid at the last minute and breathing a sigh of relief, saying "Well, it was not meant to be and probably was for the best." You just end up looking at your inbox going: "Seriously, what the hell! Did I *really* need those DVDs/books/CDs/gadgets/whatever at right this very moment in my life? Chances are no.

As much as I love the convenience of online purchasing, it is the bane of impulse buyers. Yeah, don't even talk to me about White Wolf's $6.66 Sale.... Oh dear gods, the money I spent on a German site buying €6.66 books by, quite literally, the crate-load. Oy vey.
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