the madness of eBay
September 18, 2006
Author’s Note: The following is more journalish than I would tend towards ordinarily, but given the circumstances I think you’ll agree it was worth an exception (just this once, I promise).
$20.50. It went for $20.50, and I still can’t believe it. It was a brand new Ermenegildo Zegna Italian-made 38R suit probably retailing for more than $2000 but discounted just today on that wonderful online auction site known as eBay for denizens of cyberspace to battle over. I lost the auction due to my own shortsightedness: the bid sat at $4.00 for several minutes, so, with 45 seconds or so remaining, I hastily bid $20 without much thought. Some anonymous somebody swooped in at 10 seconds or so, claiming the prize that was very nearly mine for $0.50 more. I might have cried, but the window was open.
If it’s any consolation, I managed to snare a rather fabulous Zegna tie minutes later in the same sale (some sort of “liquidation,” according to the seller) for the outrageous sum of $8.00 including shipping. Some self-congratulatory whooping was in order, as I’d managed to fend off two challengers before the clock ran out, yet I can scarcely imagine what unbridled enthusiasm I might be feeling now if I had only bid more at that one critical instant. Ah, well. There are always other evenings….
–D. S. W.