by Julianna Squicciarini
We seem to have recently started revisiting eBay. We’ve never been the online-auction type, but with Christine’s relentless search for a car, we have been checking out Carrera and Fiat prices on the worldwide web much more often. Christine also just purchase some type of sweater for a pittance. Hope it fits. 😛
It brings to mind a funny story:
My father officially started his own business – Quo Vadis LLC – several years ago. Toward the beginning of this venture, he was looking for the best deals and most inexpensive quality merchandise. Hence, he was into the whole eBay scene. He is also a master at winning auctions. I don’t know how he does it, but I think he has won virtually every item on which he has ever bid. That’s right. Gotta watch out for ‘squicciarini’ online. 😉
I remember one particular time, he was buying a SCSI drive. If you are not tech enough to know what that is, don’t worry about it. It’s a computer part – that’s all you need to know to laugh. 🙂 So he found one on eBay, checked out the seller, timed everything appropriately, bid on it, and won (of course). He PayPal’d the money over, and the seller shipped it off to us.
For young children – which we were, at the time – packages arriving at the house is always kind of a big deal. Not so much anymore, since it’s an everyday occurance now. But it was more exciting back then. So this box arrives, from some unknown person, and we know it’s the SCSI drive. My dad opened it up and there, inside, packed in pristine peanut perfection, is a Royal Albert teacup. Blue, white, and gold. My mom has one just like it. But…no SCSI drive.
Now, teacups are lovely and wonderful, but they won’t fit in a computer and make it run better. So my dad emailed the seller and said we had just received a teacup – and thanks very much, but that’s not what we paid for. The seller responded with lots of exclamation points and inaudible <gasps> and horrified capitals. It was almost funny. Naturally, the person who had won the teacup was probably finding a SCSI drive in their box at that moment.
So we shipped the teacup back, and all in good time, the SCSI drive arrived. It wasn’t half as exciting as a teacup. But it’s what we needed. 🙂
All’s well that ends well. Beware of the Internet. <wink>