The Economics Of E Bay
18 March 2005
I got an E-mail from E bay informing me that I had sold my third used LP, John Cooper Clark’s, Disguise In Love The irrational joy of selling is tempered by the realisation that there had been only one bid of £2 and that there had been no bidding frenzy as anticipated..
Seconds after I got the news of “the sale,” the computer screen went dark and had permanently crashed with terminal hard disc failure. I spent the next two days trying the usual recovery processes but to no avail. Important stuff, is backed up, so I was not too concerned, but the all important address book is lost forever it seems so I now have to find some new friends and family.
3 April 2005
I have struggled for two weeks making do with temporary set up involving lap top but eventually I got myself a replacement desktop, and I am just about back to normal. E-mail is all over the place and the phone has been utilised more than usual. I try not to consider the cost of lost eranings and replacement hardware. New Computer plus software.
The first e-mail I received on the new set up was from the buyer of the John Cooper Clark’s, Disguise In Love LP, complaining that I charged him too much for the postage. I charged him £3 but he complained that it was only an “88p stamp and a jiffy bag”.
I wrote to him and told him that the jiffy bag cost £1.50 from Staples which is almost as much as he paid for the LP.
My buyer was from Manchester
I may not be cut out for this E-baying caper.