* 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!