Still, it's my first venture into the world of Internet auctions. I decided a while back that I wanted to sell off a bunch of stuff, and didn't want to go to the trouble of a yard sale (or the humiliation of having complete strangers paw through my possessions disapprovingly). So I thought I'd turn to my childhood friend, the Internet. Now I'm getting set up with Paypal and eBay, and I thought I'd have a look at what was out there.
To sum it up into one word: A Lot. I'd poked around on eBay before, but I hadn't really paid attention to the number of auctions going on at any given time. It's amazing. Anyway, I decided I wanted a VCR/DVD player combo, so I started watching the auctions for them. I let several go by (I was aiming for the $75 range), missed the end of an auction I would have bid on, but finally grabbed one at the price I wanted! Hooray! The only drawback is that it will take DAYS to get here, and I want to play with it NOW!
Buying online was fun, but I don't want to become one of those people who get their personal validation through shopping (we have a word for those people, don't we?). So my second purchase was only a $2.50 Tweety drinking glass (long story). I don't know if the wily timing of my winning bid really made a difference, or if nobody else was going to pay that much, but the thrill was still there. Now all I have to remember is to sell more than I buy.