Friday, April 18, 2008

Four Bucks, Four Bucks, Four Bucks!

* Updated. I won! Two bucks, two bucks, two bucks!

I've had good luck buying clothes off eBay, believe it or not. Usually because I'm just looking to fill in a gap in my wardrobe . . . white blouse, black jeans, etc. I stick to the 3 L's (Land's End, LL Bean and Levi) and just check for the item in my size.

So I was thrilled to see a Land's End khaki skirt in my size with a starting bid of just $1.99. The same skirt new would run about $39. What a deal. Being the generous, lavish soul that I am, I figured I'd bid $4.00. Four bucks, four bucks, four bucks. With shipping, that would bring the total to $10, which suits me just fine.

Now I have bid competitively on eBay for a few things. You know, where you sit and try to outbid someone down to the wire. I think I've done that twice. But I'm not a very competitive person. Usually I stick to Buy-It-Now items, or I enter my max bid and am done with it. Whatever will be, will be . . . let the bids fall where they may.

But for some reason yesterday I checked back on my bid. I really wanted that skirt. I'd be willing to pay a little more perhaps. Wonder if anyone else is looking at it? I'm so glad I looked. You won't believe how much I bid. Not $4. Not $40.00. Not even $400.00. Nope - I bid $4000.00 for a used skirt! Yikes!

And do you know what I did? Those of you who know me will not be surprised at this. I laughed. That's right, I laughed. Sometimes that's all I can think to do when I've done something really, really dumb.

When reality finally sunk in, I figured I'd have a hard time explaining this one to my husband, and I better start trying to remedy the situation. I sent off a frantic email to the seller, pointing to my 100% rating and begging for mercy. Then I figured out you can actually retract a bid on eBay in these kind of situations, so long as you rebid immediately. Whew!

Like I said, I almost always get great deals on eBay!

8 comments:

Ginger said...

Oh my! That would have been a similarly disconcerting adventure for me, too! I'll have the check out the clothing sales at e-bay. (Now what was my size?...)

Becky said...

Oh my goodness that is funny! That is really funny! I am glad it worked out. And I hope you win that LOW bid :)

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

OhMyGosh, I would have flipped out! And then cried, and then gotten mad, probably everything but laughed :)

I hope you get your skirt, but not for that!

Susanne said...

That would have to be some skirt! My goodness. I think I would have cried. I'm so glad they have that little rule for those heavy handed with the 0's and not meaning to be.

Debbie said...

Good deal! I had to laugh, too! Glad you were able to fix it, and glad you got it for Two Bucks, not Four Thousand!

Joan B. said...

I would like to be able to reproduce and bottle the energy that we feel right when we discover we've done something like this! Talk about an adreneline rush! Glad it all worked out :)

gail@more than a song said...

I'm glad you got it for TWO bucks! Oh my, quite a difference!
I haven't gotten into the ebay thing yet...my daughter buys and sells a good bit and I know something I want now from there but I'm sorta thinking about asking her to get it for me and then I'll pay her!

Katrina said...

Oh my goodness, I would have been so freaked out. And I never would have caught it -- I usually make my bid and then never look again. I figure I'll get an email if I win and that's good enough. I'm glad you got it for 2 bucks -- great deal!