It happens. We think we can outsmart ebay. And craiglist. And those other websites. And be the bestest, smartest, most price savvy buyers ever so then we can pat ourselves on the back for getting such a good deal. And then it doesn’t work out and all we are left with is a big fat nothing. Those material objects we wanted so hard are not ours. Yes, that happened to me this week. Twice.
First up, this rug.
I love you rug. Like, a lot. I found you on ebay, saw the bidding go up and up, and even then kept picturing you in various spots around my home and decided that my home would not be complete without you in it. So the savvy bidder that I am, I waited until 0.2 seconds left on that bidding clock until I hit “Bid”. Then as I expected the screen to move onto a big congratulatory announcement that I was the winner bidder, it didn’t. Instead, it told me to log in. No. No, no no. This cannot be happening. I lost my rug all because I was too stupid to make sure I was appropriately logged in. And of course my price would have been the winning bid. Now I am left with a hole in my heart, the size of that 24″x94″ kilim rug.
My rug debacle came on the heels of another loss. This one via Craigslist.
Yes, it was a West Elm martini side table in yellow. Perfect condition, discounted price, and something I’ve been wanting but not needing for quite a while. I was so-so on the yellow but figured I could always spray paint it (every DIYers go-to thought). So when I saw it on Craigslist, I wanted it. But did I jump on it? No. I had to play hard to get. Wait a while. Make the seller a little desperate so I could swoop in and win with a lower offer. Then the day arrived, I was ready to pounce, I went to send my email on day 6 (more than 5 but less than 7 days from the initial listing date, which I figured would be perfect). And it was gone. My happy yellow table is now making someone else happy. And now West Elm does not sell yellow so of course yellow is the only color I want.
- Don’t be stupid.
- Freakin’ make sure you are logged in.
- Ebay and craigslist are not the times to play hard to get (reserve that for real life relationships instead of online business ones).
- After you’ve lost your items, don’t obsessively stalk craigslist and ebay – your items are not coming back.
- Writing about your materialistic trauma in a public forum is totally appropriate in these circumstances.
So, dish it. Who else lost out on that random item on etsy, ebay, craigslist, etc.? Who else thinks it is totally appropriate to spend this much time thinking about material objects for your home? Hmm, off to stalk again (arghhh, lesson #4 is so hard to learn)…