Preparedness Deals on eBay
and how to determine which are the best deals.
Quote of the Day
“I came to office promising major ethics reform to end the culture of self-dealing. And today, that ethics reform is a law. While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor’s office that I didn’t believe our citizens should have to pay for. That luxury jet was over-the-top. I put it on eBay.”
eBay and Preparedness
By Bev Sandlin
I have just discovered eBay! Yes, I know it has been around for a while, but being a Luddite (One who opposes technical or technological change—I would amend that to say suspicious of) by nature I just was never interested.
Recently my son set up a PayPal account for me to help with my purchasing prepping supplies. It took a while for me to figure out how to use it and I can’t say I really have the hang of it yet, but I am learning. I couldn’t sleep one night and was wondering the internet looking for heavy duty Mylar blankets. I have numerous cheap, one time use emergency bankets but after watching Superstorm Sandy on the East coast I decided that I need better ones if my life may depend on it for more than a night.
I must have visited a dozen sites, but the shipping costs were usually more than the blankets! This didn’t make any sense to me because the blankets are lightweight and small when folded. Somehow I ran across eBay, hmmm…
I typed in “Mylar heavy duty blanket” and up comes the orange survival blanket I had been looking at on other sites. $7.49 ($2.50 less than I had found it anywhere else), free standard shipping and $10 off on the first order from this vendor. Wow! I ordered two and am patiently waiting for them to arrive as standard shipping can take up to 14 days.
I wondered around typing in random things trying to figure out how to get the results I wanted—I’m not very good at this Internet stuff. And then I typed in prepping… I got 179 results starting with an antique grain mill, backpacks, fire starters…
Then I typed in prepper and I got 1,014 results! Bug out bags, freeze dried food, silver coins (One of the few places I have come across where you can buy small amounts of silver coins.), paracord bracelets… Oh my!
I’m no expert at eBay, but there are certain things that I have discovered.
WATCH the shipping! The shipping cost can make it a deal, or NOT!
Many of the items on eBay are really not being auctioned, rather they are on a buy now platform.
Things that you think are being auctioned, at least they look like it, are not. You type in a price and it immediately tells you that you are outbid. In other words, the low price is just to lure you in.
Often you get outbid in the last 5 seconds of the auction. Personally, I think it is the seller not wanting to let it go that cheap. [From Rourke: This is called “sniping” and common practice among buyers who wait until the last possible moment to bid just a bit higher hoping to win the items.] I did get a good deal, one time (I think, it hasn’t arrived yet.), by putting in a maximum bid price that was automatically outbid the last second – that did happen. Do I understand this maximum bid thing, no, because sometimes it comes up as the bid and sometimes it comes up as a minimum bid to outdo the most recent with a true maximum… I don’t know, just sharing my experience.
Do you have any eBay strategies you would be willing to share or favorite shopping sites for prepping supplies? Please email me at scprepper (at) outlook.com.
This is about divorce and may offend some people, and it is rather long.
I thought it was funny having been through two divorces
(can’t account for addictions that aren’t there when you get married)
and still good friends with both my ex’s.
A smile for you…
Found here: http://www.webpronews.com/ebay-humor-the-car-or-the-wife-2011-07 if you would like to read the whole thing.
The Car or the Wife?
Divorces can be brutal undertakings, as is to be expected when lives change so dramatically. They can also be adventures in financial creativity, as people scramble to hold onto what’s dear to them. Unfortunately, sometimes the loss in a divorce can extend well beyond the emotional level, targeting items people have come to love, such as boss Super Sport Camaros with bitching racing stripes on them. While these situations are often bitter for the parties involved, sometimes they spill over into the Internet, providing unintentional humor for those of us who aren’t involved.
Just ask eBay seller wyliewalczykracing and his latest auction, which stems from a nasty-looking divorce. Granted, I’m not privy to the details of the divorce proceedings, but with the description wyliewalczykracing offers on his current item up for bid — the aforementioned 2010 Camaro SS — it’s plain to see he’s not happy about the way things have played out with his soon-to-be ex-wife, and he’s sure as hell not happy about having to sell his Camaro, which is a casualty of said unhappy ending.
The devil, as they say, is in the details, and the description for his auction item is filled with them, as wyliewalczykracing offers a biting comparison/contrast between his beloved Camaro and the woman he’s divorcing. Let’s just say the Camaro comes out looking like a gem. Not so much for his less-than-significant other. First, the introduction to his comparison:
As much as this car & my wife are loved and will be missed. I am forced to part with both, So my loss is your gain here. The car has less than 10,000 miles on it, her- a little more-just saying. The car has never seen snow, she can be as cold as ice. The car was garage stored when not in use, she is making me move out to the garage. This car has extraordinary acceleration with the 6.2L V8, superior handling, excellent value, head-turning looks, unique interior design, great fuel economy, and a throaty boasting exhaust, which beats a bitchy mouth any day.
Ouch, but then again, the title and subtitle for the description are as telling as anything on the page:
But The Car is Better Looking & A Whole Lot Cheaper!
There’s an awful lot of hurt feelings on display here, but the title and the description paragraph are only the beginning. The pièce de résistance of the auction is when wyliewalczykracing compares the specs between his car and the apparent bane of his existence. Some highlights:
2010 Chevrolet Camaro – Muscle Car
Soon To Be Ex-Wife – Pretentious Witch
2010 Chevrolet Camaro – High Performance Motor
Soon To Be Ex-Wife – Motor Mouth Low performance brain
2010 Chevrolet Camaro – Precision Handling
Soon To Be Ex-Wife – Loose on entry (Take from that, what you will – Ed)
2010 Chevrolet Camaro – Neon Trim Lighting Color Matched To Interior
Soon To Be Ex-Wife – Carpet does not match the drapes
Again, the word “ouch” is applicable. Here’s a screenshot of the entire spec comparison, just in case the auction goes away:
There’s also pictures of the car, quite naturally, although, wyliewalczykracing did not include any shots of his betrothed. Whatever the case, it appears as if wyliewalczykracing’s auction has been well received. Currently, the high bid for the Camaro is $27,201.61. Considering the description, I can’t help but wonder what the bids on his upcoming ex-wife would be?
With that in mind, a rebuttal auction from her would be too good to be true.
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