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1 Cent Opening Bid for Spider-Man on eBay--What am I? Stupid?

Updated on August 25, 2013
Perched for Action!
Perched for Action! | Source

Prologue

This is going to be a most unusual article.

I'm drafting it in creative writer freefall. Like in a bad dream, I've jumped over the proverbial cliff only to discover that I somehow forgot to pack my parachute. My body is plummeting to the earth below, and I am simply too terrified to even scream. The only thought I have at this moment in real time is the curiously odd sensation that I'm actually jetting upwards towards the ground.

Man, I've done some crazy things on eBay. But this time, it may have been the stupidest thing I've ever done.

Time of Impact: 8 hours, 22 minutes, and 18 seconds.

Bid Amount: $ 0.01

Politically Speaking, Does Spidey Lean to the Left?
Politically Speaking, Does Spidey Lean to the Left? | Source

What I Did

Three evenings ago, I decided to list a Spider-Man bobblehead figurine on eBay. I initially thought about doing a Buy It Now and set the fixed price at, say, $19.99, with the buyer paying for USPS Priority Mail shipping.

Impulsively (a key word that usually precedes stupid moves I make), I changed my mind and instead opted to list it in a penny auction. Recently, you see, I read a terrific article written by a fellow HubPages writer about the benefits of utilizing auctions with a 1 cent starting bid.

Inspired by the article and its author, my notion was reinforced by the fact that a Spider-Man movie had just been released. I've been so busy and preoccupied with my ebay business that I haven't had time to tend to the other things going on in my life, never mind checking out the reviews for the movie as well as current trends related to Spider-Man memorabilia. I just saw a huge green traffic light in my head, and because visualization is such a huge concept in my life, I went with the gut (literally and metaphorically a larger part of my body than my brain) feeling and tapped the necessary keystrokes.

I could go 7 days with this auction. Nah, it'll pull in more traffic if I list it for just 3 days.

That was my thinking. Was I wrong? Am I slated for a happy ending tonight? Or a miserable and embarrassing fail?

After two+ days without any watchers or bids, and just a handful of viewers, my heart started to sink. I was just about to chicken out and terminate the auction when...

...Someone placed an initial bid...

Usually, I'm elated when I see the board light up in green. This time, I was devastated!

Oh, no! Now I can't end the auction!

Well, actually, I could cancel the bid and terminate the auction and come up with a story for the buyer suggesting that I'd lost the item or that remnants of Hurricane Sandy had somehow mysteriously made it this far west, sweeping through the Walla Walla Valley in some kind of quirky meteorological vacuum and sucking up the ebay inventory in my home. Shades of Dorothy, Toto, and Kansas! But, when I stopped to consider the last twelve years--and especially, the past year of selling on ebay that I've chronicled in my HubPages articles--well, I couldn't disgrace my blessings by turning my back on old school integrity.

Just like my wife and I have taught our children for the past twenty-plus years, we need to take responsibility for our actions.

Besides, this could end up being a valuable lesson for me in the long run. Something about things paying off if I just diligently do my homework.

Time of Impact: 7 hours, 55 minutes, and 43 seconds.

Bid Amount: $ 0.01

Or Does Spidey Lean to the Right?
Or Does Spidey Lean to the Right? | Source

So Why Write About This? And Especially on HubPages?

The human condition is fraught with successes and failures. Gains and losses. Advances and retreats. Accomplishments and setbacks. Pluses and minuses. Yin and Yang. Chin and Chang. Feng Shui and sushi. Whatever. You get my drift.

For the last nine months, I've been writing about my Hawaiian Odyssean adventures on eBay. Thus far, I've reported fun and positive events.

But I got to thinking about what I'm doing as a writer. And I came to the following conclusion.

Yes, thus far, I've been blessed and have had great feedback from dozens of wonderful fellow writers on HubPages. Nowhere near the awesome numbers of the elite writers, but certainly somewhere in the middle of the HubPack. Yet, if I'm to have any substantial integrity as a writer, I need to be forthright about my whole experience, not just the upside.

My mission continues to be as simple as this humble and earnest prayer:

God, help me to be a blessing--not a curse--in my community.

In my life here on earth, I am doing the best I can to live up to that mission statement.

Here on HubPages, I am aspiring to do the same. This is, after all, a community in its own right. I am, after all, one of its citizens.

To do the right thing...to be a living example...to coexist peacefully, harmoniously, and happily with my fellow writer citizens, I need to have an honest, transparent, credible voice.

So, here I am, taking a potentially disastrous ebay incident and reporting it to you in real time. In so doing, I hope to demonstrate a couple of things--that overall success in entrepreneurship always involves some level of risk; that the level of risk can be mitigated with proper planning; that failure is an integral part of business ventures; that failure can actually be a good thing (if only as a stepping stone, or part of the learning curve, that leads to success); and, most importantly, that I'm willing to share my embarrassing FAILS ( almost) as readily as I'm eager to share my triumphant scenarios.

Time of Impact: 7 hours, 32 minutes, and 30 seconds.

Bid Amount: $0.01

Please Rate the Spider-Man Bobblehead

3.3 out of 5 stars from 7 ratings of Spider-Man Bobblehead

One Way to Salvage This Potential ebay Fail

I challenge myself to think outside the box all the time. Probably stems from unhappy childhood memories of being kicked out of the kindergarten sandbox by my more aggressive peers. And those were just the girls.

In any event, I'd like to invite your help, dear reader, in restoring the blue and red human arachnid's dignity by rating his movie memorabilia item. At the time of this writing, HubPages is generously sponsoring a review contest. I'm submitting this article in that contest and hope that it will be an acceptable entry.

Thank you so much for your help.

Here's to redemption, everyone!

Time of Impact: 6 hours, 46 minutes, 11 seconds.

Bid Amount: $0.01

Like I Said...This Hub is Being Created in Real Time

Okay, as I stated at the beginning, this was going to be a most unusual article.

True to my word, the remainder of this article will be updated in real time to report the progress--if any--of the Spider-Man bobblehead penny auction.

I will therefore publish this article as is and tend to the affairs of my day.

Please come back periodically to check on updates or sometime after 7:13 PM PST tonight, Thursday, November 8, 2012. The auction will have ended by then, and my final entry will have been written.

Hopefully, there will be more bids on the movie memorabilia item. We'll just have to wait and see.

Come On, Spidey! Now is NOT the Time to Turn Your Back on Me!
Come On, Spidey! Now is NOT the Time to Turn Your Back on Me! | Source

Here are the Updates!

It's 3:51 PM as I write this. I'm at a coffee shop (where else?) in downtown Walla Walla, the place so nice they named it twice!

Trying to stay upbeat about this auction, and I have to admit, I'm jazzed that there's been what I think is a hopeful change.

I have a watcher!

What's a watcher? Well, no offense to anyone, but the best way to define a watcher for ebay newbies is to utilize a contemporary colloquialism. A watcher is like, well, a social media troll. He or she has earmarked the respective auction. Now, this may or may not mean anything significant to the seller. Watchers may not be buyers. This particular watcher may be another seller who has a similar item to sell and, unlike me, is doing the necessary homework.

Or, it might even be a fellow writer on HubPages following along for entertainment value.

Ideally, it's a savvy buyer reconnoitering for strategic leverage, biding his or her time and waiting patiently for the last possible second--literally--before posting a bid.

Whatever the case may be, I'm encouraged. It's a personal horizon for me, but I'm all about nurturing a healthy marriage between what I do on ebay and what I do on HubPages.

Another update, but in a different way. (I told you that this was going to be a most unusal article.) In just the last couple of hours, I've had five wonderful writers who have dropped by to read and leave their encouraging comments. I am so thankful for them! Further reminders and reinforcements as to why I love writing for HubPages!

Time of Impact: 3 hours, 3 minutes, 0 seconds.

Bid Amount: $0.01


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It's 4:43 PM, and I now have two watchers. Whoohoo!

Time of Impact: 2 hours, 27 minutes, 30 seconds.

Bid Amount: $0.01

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It's 6:37 PM, and there have been no additional bids or watchers. However, the number of views has gone up a little to 69.

Time of Impact: 33 minutes and 50 seconds.

Bid Amount: $0.01

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Okay, Spidey, Back in the Box You Go! You've Been Transferred to California to Vanquish the Bad Guys There!
Okay, Spidey, Back in the Box You Go! You've Been Transferred to California to Vanquish the Bad Guys There! | Source

Final Update and Some Closing Comments

At 19:12:44, Spider-Man passed...

At 1 penny, the bobblehead was sold to a customer in California. Ironically, this same gentleman was a customer of mine on Yardsellr earlier this year.

In my invoice, I congratulated him for winning the item. Additionally, I told him that while I hated to sell the item for just a penny, he won it fair and square, and I thanked him for his effort.

Win or lose, it's important to be a gentleman and to honor each and every business transaction. Am I disappointed? Yes, of course I am. But am I bitter? Am I discouraged? Am I putting myself down? A resounding No! to all three questions.

As stated above, there were enough good things that came about through this experience, most importantly of which was the experience itself. Life is full of hard knocks, and the measure of our character isn't in the winning as much as it is in how we deal with the losses.

I want to thank all of those who joined me in real time for this event. Thank you for sharing in my experience, both indirectly in your observations from afar and directly in your sharing of comments with me and your participation in the review aspect of the article. Thank you, too, to all those who will read this article sometime in the future. Whether you laugh at me or with me, it doesn't matter. What truly matters is that you cared enough to share vicariously in this social experiment.

After all, it's but a small picture of life in general.

Aloha and Mahalo!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @moonlake

    I know it sounds crazy--and it probably is--but I am driven to write a new hub, again with a real time presentation, about the positive aspect of selling something via a penny auction on eBay. Certain mistakes I made with the Spiderman bobblehead are definitely stepping stones to success. In any event, thank you so very much, moonlake, for stopping by to share in this experience. Have a blessed weekend!

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    moonlake 4 years ago from America

    If you couldn't sell it for a penny, I guess it wouldn't have sold for $19.99 but at least you would have still had it. Enjoyed your Ebay experience. You've helped lots of people with this hub they know not to list on Ebay for a penny. Voted up

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    JP993 4 years ago from England

    Ok, I looked at the stuff you sell and seems like a little bit of everything. Have you ever heard of the 80/20 rule? I think you should look in to it if you don't. I noticed in your feedback that you sell the same sort of stuff most of time. You should concentrate on just selling those items. You'll have more time, make more money and save it too.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    "Carve a niche" is a new term for me, so I'll do some research on what' involved in doing that. Honestly, I've only marketed by using social media ahead of time, but not really after the sale has been made. That's also a new concept for me. As you share these things with me, I realize I'm still in the stone age. But that just means I have a lot to learn. : )

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    JP993 4 years ago from England

    Looks like you're a dedicated seller. How much marketing do you once you've made a sale? Have you tried to carve a niche? I think your items would do well if you added "movie prop" or Try and market to old style cafes and restaurants.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Wow, I'm really grateful that you stopped by AND shared some great advice for me. I came across one of your hubs earlier this morning and was happy to see a new source of great information for my eBay business. You're a great writer with an exciting niche. Thanks for contributing your uplifting and informative comments! Happy New Year!

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    JP993 4 years ago from England

    Great hub, Hawaiianodysseus.

    I'd like to think the great hub you read about penny auctions was mine : ). If you haven't read it check it out and all my other ebay hubs.

    It's a shame that your item sold for a penny but the 3 days played a factor. When you do a penny auction which is highly effective you need to run them for 10 days, 7 at the least. You have to make them finish at the best selling hours between 8pm and 12am.

    If you have a price that you want for an item then don't be afraid to list it as a buy it now. Penny auctions are super effective for sought after items and items you just dont know what its w worth

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    Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Hehe I just assumed from your pen name - take care!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Christy. And just so you know, while my heart is in Hawai'i, I actually live in the Pacific Northwest, in the state just south of the border from the most beautiful Canadian province of all--British Columbia! Have a wonderful December!

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    Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    You leave the best comments my friend in Hawaii! I'm pleased this hub is proving successful for you - you are right that it is ironic actually :) Happy holidays to you and your family.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Tom, my professor's name was David Gilmour. I was estimating. It was actually the summer of '75. I also took organic and inorganic chemistry and was eventually asked to be a "T. A." for one of the chem classes. Great school! Long story short--I started out a Husky, went to TCC to finish up some core classes I'd somehow overlooked, and then graduated a few years later as a Cougar. Nice chatting with you. Headed on over to your site now to become a follower.

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    Tom Koecke 4 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

    I wish I had said what Rajan said.

    I, too, took English 101 and 102 at TCC. It wasn't 40 years ago, though. It was about 38 years ago.

    My teachers weren't the English gentlemen, but Ms. Kennedy and Ms. Towey were tremendous inspirations to me.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    These are wonderful concepts you are reminding me of, rajan jolly, and I thank you for underscoring the significance of integrity. I like how you phrased it--"wealth of character." Writing this hub in real time was a risk, but in the end, what resulted--including and especially the uplifting commentaries like yours--was well worth the effort. Thank you so much, my friend.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Keala, I like this spirit. It is more important that we remain true to ourselves than just being true to tangible gains. Wealth of character to me is more important in life and you have proved it. We may win or we may lose that is not important. The important thing is the spirit in which we play the game. Hats off to you my friend.

    Voted up and 5 stars.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Always good to run into a fellow Washingtonian here on HubPages, Tom! I attended Tacoma Community College almost 40 years ago, and it was there that I learned how to write from an English composition teacher who was actually an Englishman. Thanks for stopping by and for following me. Looking forward to reading your hubs!

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    Tom Koecke 4 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

    I'm not an e-Bayer. I've bought some stuff, but have never sold anything on it. I am, however, a fellow Washingtonian!

    Despite not being in the business, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your torment of thoughts, and admire you for your conclusion.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @rusticliving

    So glad that you dropped by to read and comment on my Spidey hub. Good to hear, too, that you're a fellow ebayer. My ebay id is snugchat, by the way, and I'm always eager to read about and learn all I can about how to improve my entrepreneurial strategies on Pierre Omidyar's global marketplace creation. Judging from how I fared with the Spider-Man bobblehead fiasco, I've got a ways to go! : )

    I look forward to following your progress here on HubPages! Aloha!

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    Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

    Aloha nui hawaiianodysseus! I really enjoyed this hub. Being an ebayer myself, I have had similar experiences with penny auctions in hopes that they would "bring me riches" lol Sometimes I get lucky.. but now I just basically list the "buy it now" auctions. Saves me headaches and from tearing my hair out. If I had read this when you had the little spidey on ebay.. I would have bid on it... just so I could be apart of your fabulous hub! Thumbs up and a great big Shaka! ♥

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @ChristyWrites

    Well, one thing that I'm salvaging from this experience--other than the self-respect of maintaining my integrity--is that this Spidey hub, at least for now, has shot to #1 on my list of hubs. I celebrate the victories, but more often than not, it's the "fails" that I learn more from. Life's funny that way. Thanks for the encouraging and uplifting comments, Christy! Happy Holidays to you and yours, my northern neighbor!

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    Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    This is one of my fave hubs of yours to date! So true about having to write the positive and negative experiences. We will learn that way for sure. I also like that you tell the hub in real time - very cool concept. Now as for the mere penny you had to sell the item for, it is a sad thing. Fair and square yes but darn it you should have gotten more money for it!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Good for you Mike Robbers! That's awesome! Yes, those auctions can be riddled with anxiety for the seller, but at the same time, there's a bit of an adrenaline rush when the pleasant surprises begin to take shape. I've been blessed with so many successful experiences that I was able to absorb this loss. The challenge for me was to find courage and willingness to actually write about something that could fail as it happened...in real time! You don't know how many times I thought about aborting this project. But I'm glad I didn't. People need to know that there are risks involved so that they can make an educated decision whether or not to sign up for ebay. My bias is that everyone who has an inkling to try it really should. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

    I had quite a similar experience when I added an expensive synthesizer in ebay with 1 € a starting bid .. the auction lasted 1 week and until the last day the bid was remained 1 € .. thanks god, Finally it was sold for 450 € - more expensive than the price I bought it :)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, my dear! Wish I could look as good in a superhero costume. I have the alter ego here on HubPages...now, if I can just get back in shape! LOL! Have a great week!

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    ignugent17 4 years ago

    Great story and thanks for sharing your experiences in selling on ebay. Your spiderman is so cute.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Bill, for your gracious and uplifting words. To write about the experience helped put some salve on the bee sting Spidey suffered. : ) The fact that you and several others found this article to be interesting was definitely an extra bonus. I'm honored that you dropped by once again and left such wonderful feedback. Aloha!

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    Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    You are a man of your word. Really enjoyed following the saga of the Spider Man Bobblehead. While it didn't work out as planned you certainly set a fine example for your kids and all of us. I did laugh at this article but be assured that it was with you, we all hit a few bumps in the road along the way.

    Great job, voting up, funny, interesting, etc. Have a great holiday.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Patty Inglish, MS

    Aloha, Patty!

    I should have done a Buy It Now and fixed my price at, say, $19.99. But that's my hindsight response.

    Actually, I'm still a believer of the 1 penny auction. The Spider-Man item may not have been a good fit for this strategy. Again, whatever lessons I glean from this experience makes the effort worthwhile.

    Thank you for reading my article, rating it, and providing me with your thoughtful and gracious comments. I'm honored to be a HubPages peer! Aloha!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Robert Erich

    Thank you, sir, for reading the article and commenting on it. Yes, you're absolutely spot on about my hope to recoup some of the ebay loss with my writing efforts. I truly am having fun doing both, and--at the end of the day--that's what truly matters.

    I compliment and thank you for your gracious and thoughtful comments. Welcome back anytime!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @writeyourwrongs

    Not a problem. Thanks again for commenting!

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    Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

    This fun and interesting Hub tells us what can happen on eBay and is especially useful for those of us that have never sold anything on the auction site. Rated Up and more across the board. Happy Selling!

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    Robert Erich 4 years ago from California

    This is such a great article! It truly does explain the experience that so many of us have when trying to sell online. Often times, we read the story of a great success and think, hey, I can do that! Unfortunately, we end up with the 1 penny sale.

    Very novel idea for promoting your sale on HubPages and great article! I will certainly share it. Who knows, maybe this article can make up a little of the money that you lost in your bid.

    Good luck and keep writing incredible articles!

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    John Crowley 4 years ago from Sheffield

    Just realised a mistake - I replied/commented to this hub after seeing only the 'Hawaii' part of your user name and addressed you as 'Chris'. Apologies!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @writeyourwrongs

    Hello from across the pond, John! Welcome, and thanks for dropping by to read my hub and leave your good-humored comments.

    I like HubPages because I've found it to be a great place to talk about my foolish choices and what I (hopefully) learn along my odyssean journey. If I can help people along the way as I result, that's just Thanksgiving gravy!

    Aloha, and best wishes for continued success here on HP!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Chris! Good to hear from you again. Had a couple of chuckles reading your message. Thanks for the great feedback, insight, and encouragement. Yep, it happens every now and then, and I doggedly tell myself that the value of the lesson far exceeds the loss...and sometimes, ha-ha, I even believe myself! All kidding aside, there IS value in every failure, and I see you already realize that.

    Re: the MM baseball card, why not list it as a Buy It Now? Right now, Chris, if you don't know this already, ebay is letting us list any Buy It Now item at any price for FREE! This will be for one month, and there must be 25 days or so left. Once the month is up, and if one's item hasn't sold, then I believe it costs new members 20 cents per month. It's been a while, so you may want to check on that. But I believe the issue is moot because of the high grade item you are selling. Anyway, check it out, brah!

    I have sold fly tying feathers (a whole saddle, or the back feathers of a chicken) on Etsy. It's definitely a good site for artists like you. Costs about 20 cents to list an item per month, but I don't believe there are any other fees. Again, please check on that. It's a cut above Yardsellr and an ideal place for those who deal with dropshippers. I highly recommend Etsy.

    Good luck to you, Chris! And I look forward to enjoying more of your articles as time goes by. Me? I'm still licking my Spidey coconuts! In FAIL-rehab at the moment. LOL! (Which really stands for Lollygagging on Lolo!)

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    John Crowley 4 years ago from Sheffield

    Gutted Chris.

    Your internal dialogue is screaming 'No!'

    But the bobble head figurine just keeps nodding 'Yes'

    May we all live and learn

    Aloha

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    chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

    Sorry I'm late. I was stuck in traffic. Unfortunately, none of it was my own, if ya catch my drift...

    I'm so glad I spotted your hub in my notifications. I finally made up my mind to start selling SOMETHING...ANYTHING on ebay. I remember hearing way back that using a starting bid of 1 penny was the way to go, and I was just assuming that things would still be that way.

    Thanks for taking a bullet for me, brother! Especially considering that I was considering listing my '58 Mickey Mantle All-Star card as my first item. Now I'm thinking I should probably sell only low value items for my first sales until I get the hang of it, and I'll definitely have to start doing some research before I do anything at all.

    My wife (she's the REAL shopper in our house) thinks I should try Etsy too, since I like to draw a lot. Do you have any experience or thoughts on that site?

    Anyways, I'm sorry to hear about your bobble-disaster. My spidey-senses were tingling as I read, and unfortunately...spidey-senses are never wrong. Lesson learned (for all of us). But I'm so proud of you and impressed - though not the slightest bit surprised - at the way you so gracefully turned your loss into a win of sorts, congratulating your buyer (who will GUARANTEED be checking you out again) and sharing your hard-won insights with your fellow hubbers.

    Thanks again for an interesting and entertaining read. Aloha, my friend.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @point2make

    Thank you so much for your uplifting comments! Wow! You listed 50 items in one evening! I'd like to learn how to do that. I definitely need to learn how to economize my time when it comes to listing. It was a good learning experience for me on several levels...overall, I enjoyed chronicling the event in "real time" for my viewers. Thanks for stopping by once again and sharing your insightful feedback.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kashmir56

    Hi, Tom!

    Yes, I have been blessed a thousandfold in contrast to experiences like the one I've reported here. And even in the loss, there is much to be gained in terms of what I can learn from the transaction. It was indeed a good buy for my customer, and growth on my part to be a good sport about it. Thank you for your wonderful and positive comments. Have a good weekend!

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    Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi my friend, this was a very interesting read and someone did get a very good buy on eBay. It's is nice to see you were a good sport and congratulated him for the wining bid, well done !

    Vote up and more !!! Have a great weekend my friend !

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    point2make 4 years ago

    Great hub my friend. I have often thought about trying the penny auction but I never have. Tonight as I listed 50 new items on eBay I thought of your experience and this hub.........and I can now say that I have "still" never listed a penny auction. Your hub was a great read and a good demonstration of a eBay auction...well done. Voted this hub up and shared.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @TIMETRAVELER2

    Thank you very much for the great information. I hope to make time this weekend to check out your hub on gold identification. As always, I appreciate you for going the extra mile...in both your hubs and your helpful comments.

    Have a great weekend!

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    I came back to see what happened because I was really hoping there would be one of those hidden bids that would at least give you something decent for your efforts.

    As for testing silver, the average person really has no way of testing for silver to truly verify it. Dealers use acid test kits which are a bit costly and can be dangerous to use if not properly handled. It's very easy to get burned with this stuff.

    The best you can do as an individual is to check the item under a jeweler's loop or strong magnifying glass to see if there is a silver mark. Usually it will say 925 or 999...which is the percent of silver that is in the piece. Usually, if the items are marked like this, they're silver, but there's no guarantee. There are many fakes out there in both silver and gold.

    I do have an article about gold and the selling process you might want to look at to get some insights because it's pretty much the same for silver.

    Precious metals are very profitable, but also very risky...so don't spend too much on an item if you're not sure.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @wetnosedogs

    Thank you for pointing that out. In the midst of everything, I completely overlooked that positive item.

    I sent my customer a nice congratulatory note. I genuinely feel happy for my customers, no matter what, because I'm on the buying end of things now and then. All power to anyone who can get a good deal. Over the long run, I've been blessed. And, yes, every bit of positive feedback goes a long way!

    Thankful, as ever, for your support and encouragement.

    By the way, please do think about using the ratings capsule. You just never know--either or both of us could win a prize! : ) I'll always support your efforts, WND! Bye for now!

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    Well, Congrats! The one penny bid at least gives you positive feedback, so all is not lost.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @wetnosedogs

    Thank you, WND, on all counts!

    Alabama's current weather conditions are similar to the patterns over here in Washington state. Must make for some good walking during the days for you and your adventuresome pets.

    Some of the trees here are already plumb naked, their leaves raked and left in big piles along the streets for the leaf trucks to suck them up and haul them over to who knows where.

    All signs of winter being just around the corner.

    Thank you for the wishes for our safe traveling. We take turns driving, and it helps make the five hour trip a lot more bearable. Plus, some of the sights we see along the way are simply incredible, especially as we travel over Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascade Mountains! But it's those beautiful sites where we have to be the most careful!

    Have a good evening! See you post-auction for a last update!

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    Hawaii,

    happy to read that your spirits are a bit higher. At least, that's the way I took it on reading recent comments.

    Anyway, back here to answer your questions: cooler weather here in Alabama now. Some spots had a light frost last nite, then our day temps went up to 60's about. A little warmer for the weekend.

    And no Hastings and Hardback Cafe, but we have BooksAMillion and they have a little coffee shop.

    A couple vacation days again, so maybe I can do more ebay and hubs.

    Hope you and your wife have a safe trip over the mountains.

    Still pulling for you on your penny bids.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, WND! Hey, Roscoe and gang!

    Boy, I sure needed to hear from you all! How's the weather in Alabama? Today, after a few days of unprecedented warmth for this time of year, we're actually experiencing a very chilly day. I'm wearing a sweater today as I write in a local coffee shop,,,

    You'd like this coffee shop, WND, because it's attached to a bookstore. Do you have Hastings and Hardback Cafe in Alabama? I can see you really being at home with all the books. The cafe has these two long narrow tables against a divider wall that has several electrical outlets for those like me diligently tapping their laptop keys.

    I'm certainly curious to see how this auction turns out. At the very least, I wanted to try a different Hub writing strategy--that of writing something in "real time." Mistakes and all, right?

    Aloha, my friend! My wife and I make the long challenging trip over the Cascade Mountains tomorrow, heading over to Stanwood, an hour north of Seattle. We have a memorial service for my wife's side of the family to attend. Hopefully, there'll be time to do a little bit of buying for our ebay inventory.

    Aloha, and have a great weekend!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @EvanWright

    Thank you for the positive reminder, Evan! I've already experienced the intrinsic good of the writing experience itself; the joy of terrific feedback from you and others; and invaluable lessons specific to this auction. I'm poised to celebrate any extra "gravy" this auction might bring my way, but even if it doesn't, I'm already having an exuberant time with it. Thank you so much for dropping by. I was hoping this would catch your eye.

    In an unrelated auction--yet one that I know you for sure can appreciate--I started my lot of Beatles cards for a penny, and this item also ends tonight. At last look, it was somewhere in the thirties, so I hope for a good ending with that one as well.

    Aloha!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @TimeTraveler2

    Eloquently put! I definitely like your style because I'm the same way! When you think about it, it's all good! There are definitely things I could have done better with this particular auction, and the lessons learned here are therefore priceless.

    You piqued my curiosity with the mention of silver. Is there an easy way to test for silver authenticity when one is at, say, a yard sale or thrift store? Have you ever written a Hub about that event or something similar? Very interesting!

    Thank you so much for stopping by. You're definitely a cut above, TimeTraveler2!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Nettlemere

    Safe passage or train wreck? Time will tell. I'm about to post an update--a minor one, but still a hopeful change.

    Thank you for your encouraging words. In the old days, the penny auction was a big hit on ebay. To a degree, it still is, or at least it still can be, and I'm one in a minority of ebayers who are still utilizing it. I truly believe, as our fellow hubber and excellent writer, Evan Wright points out in his hub that motivated me to try this and similar penny auctions, that this provides the buyer with a sense of empowerment and control in the auction process.

    Being a good seller is all about empathy...remembering always what it's like for the buyer and to plan strategies that make the eventual transaction a win-win event.

    I'm so glad you stopped by. Take care, and I hope you enjoy the rest of this article. : ) Aloha!

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    I certainly wish you the best. Perhaps it will get better as the time gets closer. The fun part is you don't know what is going to happen and you get surprised. Hope this will be a splendid surprise for you.

    Best of luck in the contest.

    I am sharing this.

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    Evan Wright 4 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

    Have faith in "The Amazing Spiderman"! People love to snipe at the end, so as long as there are some watchers you may get more bids.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    This one just tickled me! I have been an ebay seller and am well aware of the angst you are feeling right now. BUT...I have always been a person who believes that if I make a financial mistake, I consider the cost of it less than the cost of a college education and one that provides a lesson I will never forget. Kind of like the time I bought some silver spoons for $170 from a lady who swore they were silver, but they weren't. I was new to buying silver back then and didn't test it properly. It was a total loss for me, except for the big lesson I learned...test properly. I have never lost money on silver since that time because the lesson was well learned. I'm sure Spider Man would agree! Good luck!

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    Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

    I shall certainly be coming back for an update to see how the bobblehead does and thank you for writing honestly about a not so successful experience and being bold enough to try something different than your usual ebay strategy.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    I am amazed at how quickly you responded to this new article. Thank you so much!

    I'm always trying to challenge myself to periodically come up with innovative ways to write as well as present my writing, and, I must say, had a lot of fun with this one.

    Again, thanks for your prompt response and reminding me how blessed I am to share in this HP experience with you.

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    I find this useful because you so adroitly point out how we can screw up on eBay. I too tried to do the open bid with an small stuffed animal that was a collectible. As a result it sold for ninety nine cents. I was a bit heartbroken, but as with your bobblehead I learned my lesson and will never do it that way again.

    Your writing style makes even this sad story an enjoyable read...I thought perhaps I was falling upward as well. Good luck in the contest.

    Voted up, useful, and very interesting.