July 29, 2002
Cringely on Ebay

Bob Cringely has this interesting commentary on e-bay and its effect on the economy.

I think everyone goes through this period of e-bay discovery. At first it's all tacky and hard to use and intimidating. Then you find a few things, set up a paypal account, and suddenly you've got 30 bids going at once every day, some on sh*t you don't really even want. And then you come to your senses, use e-bay as a tool, and go outside once in awhile.

We're still waiting on my mom to reach step 3. She's one of those e-bay vultures who swoop in at the last second to grab things up. She's even got these fancy computer widgets that do it automatically now!

Posted by scott at July 29, 2002 09:20 AM

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I think the progression to step 3 occurs around the same time as your first bad experience e-baying.

Posted by: Jim on July 29, 2002 12:16 PM

Actually, I haven't had any really bad experiences on e-bay. Maybe it's because I never really e-bay'ed that much. I think I just had one time years ago when a guy never sent me $5.00 worth of comics. He may have forgot, and by the time I remembered I couldn't find the auction link. $5 wasn't really worth the trouble (although other members of my family will vehemently disagree).

But there definitely are some wacks out there.

Posted by: scott on July 29, 2002 12:23 PM

The way I bid is called "sniping". I don't use the fancy widget to help me bid. It is a lot more fun sniping manually especially with a 56K dial up modem. Then I get to perform the "happynekkidsniperdance" when I win with a bid under 10 seconds before the end of the auction. LOL

The only bad experience I have had on eBay was two years ago with a seller who was kicked off within a week.

Posted by: Pat on July 30, 2002 02:36 PM
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