A couple of hours ago, someone I’m married to, got me one; big time.
She had an appointment with theÂ hairdresser at 10:00.Â As she raced out the door at 9:53 she said, “Mike, I’m currently holding the high bid at $910 on this eBay item.Â The auction closes in 7 minutes but I have to go.Â I want you to click on this button at 9:55 and if someone has out-bid me, I want you toÂ bid again,Â up to $950.”
Now, I’m a complete newbie at this evilBay thing.Â However, I said, “Yes, Dear.”Â (I find I can always get the last word in any argument as long as it is “Dear”, as in “Yes, Dear.”)Â So I did as I was told.
At 9:55, there was a minor flurry of bids against another person (probably the store owner).Â However at 9:59:35 I submitted the winning bid of $940.Â “Well done”, I thought to myself, smugly.Â I had handled the pressure and come in at $10 under her reserve.Â Yep, she was luckyÂ she got the right man onto that job!
And then I noticed what we had bought: a treadmill!Â My mind raced.Â “Where are we going to put it?Â What’s going toÂ be thrown outÂ to make room for it?Â And who’s the intended user?Â Oh, No!”
And I can just hear her now, “Well you bought it!”