posted on Aug, 18 2017 @ 06:54 PM
I too am addicted to eBay. I have always been a rummager, an attender of jumble-sales, car-boots, charity shops, second-hand book stores, and
suchlike. EBay is therefore like giving an alcoholic the keys to the bar.
I have only had one bad deal - a chancer who took the money for an old magazine (I needed it for research purposes) then fobbed me off repeatedly over
several months. Eventually, I raised it as an issue (so other people could see it) and called him out on his crap. I got my money back within 24
hours. The next day the guy emailed to tell me that he had mis-addressed the envelope and it had just been returned to him, so I could try the
purchase again. WTF?
Fortunately, I only have a few vices, and they are mainly old books and memorabilia relating to one particular historical event (not old enough to be
valuable, although perhaps my inheritors will reap the benefit one day).
Unfortunately all the things I like are either unique or extremely rare. So for me, it's like watching interesting things come sailing down the river,
knowing that they will disappear round the next oxbow and slip from my grasp forever. This cannot be allowed to happen, so I will hook them and clasp
them lovingly to my breast forever... nah, who am I kidding? As soon as I've made one purchase I'm already moving onto my next with nary a backward
The only way for me not to spend money on eBay is not to visit it at all. If I do visit, then I am already planning to snag another bit of history
before it vanishes. So ignorance is bliss. Even now, when I haven't visited eBay for a week, I find I have a gnawing anxiety that I might be failing
in my duty to rescue some wonderful curiosity from oblivion.
A few items in my watch list:
A set of Delft ceramics from the 1600s depicting various mythological sea-creatures >$700
A 1700s book about an infamous scandal at the Vatican >$300
An autographed book by one of history's greatest whistle-blowers >$300
A Renaissance statuette of a Roman goddess >$300
Recent splurge purchases:
A copy of a sealed court record relating to an infamous attempted murder ~$100
The autograph of a famous 17th-Century regicide >$200
No sooner am I back on my financial feet from one ridiculous purchase than I am ready to make another. Ebay is a helluva drug.