I saw a card I really wanted on eBay last week. I placed a low big on it and saved it in my Watched auctions.
It ended today, so I set my highest bid on Auction Sniper, since it was ending before I got home from work. When I got home, the auction had ended for much less than my max bid! But, I was not the high bidder. For some reason my bid was never placed by Auction Sniper. I opened up AS, but there wasn't any record of me setting up a bid, so I lost out on a fairly tough to find card. (I guess I forgot to click Submit!)
That kind of thing happens, but this one really got to me. I've been in a piss poor mood all night, and it's all I can do not to break my laptop in half right now!
My wife suggested contacting the high bidder, but he appears to be a big spender, so I don't think he really cares about making a little extra cash. I guess I'm back to watching for this card on
eBay again for the next 6-12 months!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I just need to rant to someone else who will understand.
Earl. I feel your pain. I have lost out on cards when I go to bid and my comp freezes. By the time I restart it,the auction has ended. What card were you watching? I suggest you go bid and win another card you need and you soon will forget about the one you lost....
The one thing I would suggest is try to avoid being too emotional about the hobby.
These emotions are made to feed your ego and are most of the time self destructive.
If you win the card and pay a reasonable price, you feel good and relieved. A few hours later
or the next day, a little disconfort starts to kick in because when you think about your collection, your thoughts are towards the cards missing in your collection. At the next level you start looking for other cards and a feeling of unaccomplishness starts to take over your mind. The last level is the extreme desire to win the card, sometime during this process some people are ready to kill to obtain their fix!
This process is all controlled by your ego, not you.
The important thing here is not to eliminate your ego end the drive it gives you, but rather to minimize it. It will greatly reduce the self inflicted pain. By simply observing your ego during this whole process, you will reduce it, better understand yourself, and it will maximize the satisfaction this hobby should bring you and reduce the frustrations.
Knowledge brings light, light brings happiness!
The whole purpose of this hobby is to nourrish your mind positively, no?
One missed trade will bring ten other new ones tomorrow.
Have a great day!
P.S.: Congratulations for your 62' set, it really starts to look good!
At least a few seem to understand getting emotionally involved in the hobby and losing your cool every once in a while. I don't usually get upset over a card, but occasionally something like this will really get on my nerves.
I'm over it now and ready to look for something else. It just seems that eBay has been slow for a while now. Hopefully it picks up soon and I can find something else I really want!
I remember feeling the same way when I wasn't able to get a bid in on a nice looking 1972-73 OPC near set only missing a few cards. It was one of the several sets that was listed at the time with numerical stamps on the backs of the cards. Nonetheless, the cards looked to be in great shape and I wanted them badly if the price was right. My computer froze as I was going to the bid screen and the winning bid was $123. GRRR!!!