13.4.10

eBay bonanza

I'm really digging eBay at the moment. I go through these phases where I forget about it and I never buy anything off the site, but then, if I'm looking for something specific, I'll start searching, then browsing, then it all starts up again. Obsession time.

It all got cranked up a notch when I discovered that you can save your searches. Once you do that, you start getting email updates. So, for example, I got it in my head that I wanted one of those Garrard wing pendants. I did a search, didn't find what I wanted, but saved the search so for weeks after that, I got notified whenever a new one appeared. When the right pendant at the right price appeared, from a seller who looked reputable, I was right there, hunched over my keyboard, calculating how high I was prepared to go.
I find that the safest way to bid is to decide in advance how much I want to spend, and bid that. Then I hide from my computer until the auction is over. If I hang around on the page watching the minutes tick by, I get gripped by auction fever; bidding and bidding until I win, and I ask myself - "what have a I done? Did I REALLY need that pair of men's Dries Van Noten trainers with a hefty £10 shipping charge?" (I still haven't received these, so the answer to the question is, I don't know. We'll see.)

Some things do get passed on to the very nice people at Banardos. But, overall, I think I do pretty well. Fab finds include the above mentioned wing pendant, as well as a few pairs of perfect jeans, a great vintage houndstooth overcoat by Aquascutum (not pictured because it's at the dry cleaners - in Glasgow I whole heartedly recommend Aqua on Great Western Road), a jewelled DKNY coat, some Kurt Geiger chelsea boots, some Stuart Weitzman for Russell & Bromley clogs (yes, I fully intend to wear clogs this summer. I loved them when I was six, and I love them now.), a suede shirt from Jaeger, and this Escada Sport sweater. Tennis anyone?And now, just when I'm trying to cut back on my spending, they've started up a loyalty scheme, with points earned for every pound spent, which can then be used to make purchases in the future. Great. At some point I think I'm going to have to start selling stuff on eBay as well. It's all part of the circle of life. Or, rather, the circle of consumerism!

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