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Sold in 11 Minutes and 15 Seconds--on ebay!

Updated on March 11, 2013
1951 Lucky Strike Vintage Print Ad
1951 Lucky Strike Vintage Print Ad | Source

What? I Just Listed This!

About the time it takes a husky (read: overweight) middle-aged man to walk a half mile, I had listed an item on ebay and sold it.

Simply amazing!

Even a seasoned ebay seller like myself can occasionally succumb to an awe-saturated moment.

What added a dash of wasabi to this extraordinary transaction was the fact that this customer was from Japan. Because of the nuances of the International Dateline, the buyer had made the purchase in his real time of today which, in fact, was equivalent to my tomorrow .

I know, I know...it's a concept that's difficult to wrap one's head around, but because I was already in the mental tripping mode of this most unusual sale, my mind shook off its owner's leash and ran off into the medulla meadows of oblivion.

My body, meanwhile, remained seated in my black computer chair, my eyes fixated on the laptop screen at the beautiful ad I'd just sold.

What I Like About the Ad

All things considered, the ad wasn't anything spectacular. It did, however, have a certain aesthetic appeal.

The source of this ad had been a weekly issue of Life that had been published in 1951.

Just the day before, I had carefully removed about a dozen or so vintage print ads from this periodical. After trimming the rough edges of each page that had been connected to the spine of the magazine, I had placed them in a pile with the intent of listing them at my earliest possible convenience.

Approximately half of the ads were listed in the morning. The rest were listed hours later, shortly after I'd eaten supper and thanked my wife for the great meal.

I had been attracted to the ad in question for several reasons. As I listed it, I mentally rolodexed the reasons why I'd chosen to resurrect it from the musty magazine. (Incidentally, my wife can't stand the smell of old paper. Me? I think it smells like money!)

  • GREAT ART--The commercial illustrators of yesteryear were in exceptionally high demand by ad agencies. Long before the advent of computers and high tech graphic wizardry, beautiful hand-drawn ad art was a focal component of successful entrepreneurship. In this particular ad (see photo above), the eye is drawn to the lovely young woman. The commodity being promoted--in this case, a pack of Lucky Strike cigarettes--is juxtaposed in close proximity. The angular placement of the pack of cigarettes parallels the plane of the young woman's attractive figure. Cigarettes jutting out from the pack point back towards the young woman. Psychologically, this graphic device of pairing beauty with commercial product is a simple yet very effective way of--forgive me the pun--hooking the viewer. The young woman may have caught a handful of fish, but the millions of adult (and even adolescent) ad viewers who smoked or were thinking of smoking were the proverbial catch of the day!
  • CLEVER TEXT--BE HAPPY--GO LUCKY! is nothing short of brilliant. The obvious double entendre is an uplifting message. It suggests that successful people have an optimistic spin on life, and it subliminally seeds the idea that smoking Lucky Strike cigarettes is part and parcel of that successful, I'm on Top of the World! lifestyle.
  • PERIOD AMBIENCE--This was post-World War II America, an era of our country's triumphant emergence as a global super power. Of equal significance was the concept that women--themselves abruptly drafted during the war into workforce roles traditionally relegated to their masculine counterparts--were no longer pigeonholed into the weaker sex persona. The combination of these factors are subtly and effectively presented in this magnificent ad.
  • BATTLE OF THE SEXES--Admen of the fifties were at the forefront in promoting the sociological norms and mores of women as strong, capable, and powerful. Men returning from both war theaters may indeed have been taken aback and somewhat insecure about the seemingly sudden changes in female dynamics. Ad agencies, therefore, had the simultaneous responsibility and luxury of spearheading the nationalistic notion that strong women were complements to, not competitors of, men. The ad above, while humorously showing the young woman catching more fish than the fly fisherman, was more about emphasizing female efficacy than portraying unhealthy sexual conflicts. The ad promotes the idea that women do know their place--and it's neither in front of nor behind a man...it's right beside him!

What I Don't Like About the Ad

The Lucky Strike ad was remarkably clever and aesthetically appealing. It certainly elevated the premise that even in the midst of America's emergence as a super power and the heyday of the industrial, technological, and space age advances, simplicity (the homemade fishing pole) could still triumph over complexity (the fancy fly fishing gear).

Counter to that winning theme of simplicity, however, the admen--as an afterthought, perhaps--may have unwittingly second-guessed themselves and added the scenarios in the lower left and right quadrants of the ad. These inclusions make the ad conceptually overweight, not unlike the middle-aged man going for that half mile walk in paragraph one of this article, and add nothing of substance to an already effective ad. It may have been a winning factor if the ad creators had suggested that the viewers be on the lookout for similar Lucky Strike ads featuring the respective scenario characters--a man wearing a safari hat in one, and the military woman in the other. Bottom line, however, is that this was added fluff--socioeconomic pork , as it were.

A Personal Record

In my twelve years of being an ebay seller, 11 minutes and 15 seconds is a personal record for the amount of time it took an item to be sold.

Personal records are just that...they don't necessarily mean anything at all to others, but they certainly can be meaningful in terms of motivating the individual to raise his or her particular game.

What it meant to me--in this instant case--was a reinforcement that I'm successfully trusting my gut instinct in selecting salable items. It was also a wonderful reminder of how tremendous scientific and technological advancements have actually shrunk the world, so to speak, making it possible for a Hawaiian man drinking coffee in Washington state, USA, to sell, within minutes, a vintage print ad to a 日本人男性 (Japanese man) sipping tea in Okaya, Nagano, Japan.

11 minutes, 15 seconds.

Simply amazing!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Peg!

    Your dad was a wise, plain-speaking man, my friend! : )

    Would you believe it? Not long after I wrote this, I sold a Far Side Mug in a little over 9 minutes after posting it. I'm currently working on a 30 Hubs in 30 Days challenge, so that story might very well find its way into my repertoire. Thanks for stopping by, Peg! Welcome back anytime!

    Joe

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    Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    This was fascinating for a number of reasons. The ad itself is a work of art from a distant time and your description of that incredible eBay sale was amazing. I like your writing style and your ratio of featured hubs to published hubs, as well. Congratulations on that achievement. My dear old Dad used to end his email with L.S.M.F.T. - Let's Stop. My Fingers are Tired. lol

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, JayeWisdom!

    Ha-ha! I'll let you in on a little secret, one that I've shared with Alex (mercuryservices). I read a lot of comic books when I was a kid, and I had a formidable collection stashed under my bed. (I regret that Mom may have gotten rid of them when I left for college.) Anyway, Stan Lee, the creator of Iron Man, Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Daredevil, and other superheroes, used a lot of metaphors, similes, and alliterations. My parents wondered why I would read such junk. Well, that junk was my "free" education in writing. Plus, I read voraciously as a kid; I'm ashamed that I didn't keep that habit up as an adult. I might have learned something about SEO. Anyway, that's my story, and I'm sticking to it. LOL! Thanks for being a very welcome familiar face lately! Love it!

    Joe

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    Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Simply amazing, is right! I mean, your eBay sale that occurred so quickly.

    However, there's another "amazing" element of this hub. It's the poetic quality of your prose, Joe. You write some of the most roll-off-the-tongue sentences and paragraphs to be seen on HubPages--even when you're writing about ordinary topics. Your effective use of metaphor and simile is another reason your hubs are so readable.

    Example: "...my mind shook off its owner's leash and ran off into the medulla meadows of oblivion." What a powerful image!

    Voted Up++++ and shared

    Jaye

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Connie! Thank you for the delightful message and for remembering to greet the dear birds for me. Hope and pray all is well with you and that you have a terrific and memorable weekend. My very best to you from the other side of the continent! Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    Hi Joe,

    I am looking forward to reading about your new record on ebay! And to the other 30 articles upcoming. When I fed the birds this morning, I told them all that Joe said 'hi', and they were delighted!

    ;) Pearl

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @grandmapearl

    Wow! I felt blessed when Mary (tillsontitan) asked to interview me for the HP newsletter, but I had no idea of the quantity and quality of opportunities to get to meet other Hubbers. What a joy!

    Funny you should read this Hub. Since then, I've broken that personal record. It will be the topic of one of my Hubs within the next 30 days. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend, and give my aloha to the bird friends!

    Joe

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    Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    You have a very great gift, and that gift is for storytelling! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article from beginning to end--didn't skip over a thing because I didn't want to miss anything you had written.

    I'm very pleased for you and your personal record. And I am equally pleased to have found such a talented writer!

    Voted Up ++++ shared and pinned

    ;) Pearl

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @nanderson500

    Thanks for stopping by! Yes, I'm deeply immersed in my eBay work and thankful for the blessings. As time permits, I also enjoy writing about some of the experiences. Working on a hub about Starbucks mugs currently. My wife just started selling on eBay last month and is putting me to shame. Ha-ha! Wasn't that a great comeback on the Seahawks' part? To think that a few seconds took them from the base of a mountain to the precipice, only to see them fall into the abyss. But, as Russell Wilson stated with absolute confidence and optimism, we're all excited about the possibilities. Have a great weekend, and enjoy the playoffs!

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    nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Very cool! I've never tried to sell anything on Ebay, but this hub makes me want to try! Hope you are still having good luck with Ebay.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Mommymay! American Pickers is a fantastic show. My wife and I sometimes watch Storage Wars, but there are times when things seem a bit contrived. It's amazing, this "marriage" of eBay and hubbing about it, and I can tell you are passionate about these as well as other great things going on in your life. I'm thankful and honored to have made your acquaintance. Best wishes for continued success...on eBay, here on HubPages, and in life in general! Aloha!

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    Heather May 4 years ago from Ohio

    I love this post! I just had an item sell the second I hit the "List Item"button. It was an electronic item but I have been very interested in looking into the whole "find and sell" aspect of my ebay business. I think it is because I watch too many American Pickers episodes but your item gets me thinking for sure!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Oh, I just love your way of spinning words--"You hide little facts right out in the open and we devour them!" That is so cool!

    Okay, so believe it or not, just a few weeks later, I posted this mug, and before I could take a break and get something to drink, it sold! It's one of the hubs I'm working on (I multi-task, as you can tell, and this busy bee activity applies to my hubs as well...I write several titles and opening lines and let the hub embryos bask on the beach until I'm ready to work on one of them. This sort of strategy probably affects my overall hub score, but I never put much stock in that humbug number...doesn't mean a thing to me!) Anyway, where was I? I get lost, parenthetically, all the time, or didn't you notice? I call it my Robin Williams mode...

    Oh, yeah, the mug...without giving too much away (I'd have a thousand hubs by now if I counted all my wordy comments. Ha-ha!), suffice it to say that it was my lovely wife who found it, so I had better remember to give her credit in the hub. Anyway, the point I originally wanted to make is that this mug now holds the HO world record for fastest sale...by a Hawaiian living in eastern Washington...all because, in 1970, he wanted to go to college where he could finally see some snow...(Sob!) Later, dear Mary...thanks for stopping by...not once...twice...but three times a lady...

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    Everything about this is amazing HawaiiO! Your record sales time is amazing but more amazing still is the extraordinary hub! Every bit of this hub is interesting, from your middle-age man walk to your Japanese man, this hub is chuck full of entertainment!

    Your writing is just so much fun to read. You hide little facts right out in the open and we devour them! GREAT hub!

    Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Oh, and shared too!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    KoffeeKlatchGals,

    Good morning! So glad you stopped by to share in this hub experience. I'm honored to be a resident member, alongside of you, in this wonderful writer's community. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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    Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    WOW - that's an unbelievably short time between posting and making the sale. Congratulations. I hope you have many more sales like this.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, ignugent17! I've enjoyed selling vintage as well as contemporary print ads for over a year now and have frankly been quite surprised at how well they're doing.

    Blessings to you for stopping by and participating! Aloha!

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    ignugent17 4 years ago

    Congratulations and you may you have more sales! :-)

    Thanks for your sharing your inspiring story.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @James A Watkins

    Thank you, James! I love merging the ebay aspect of my life with my literary efforts. So far, it's been a great marriage of two endeavors that appear to have lives of their own. I'm grateful that you took the time to drop by and share in the unique experience covered in this article.

    Blessings to you and yours, James, for a wonderful and memorable holiday season!

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    James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

    Thank you for this really cool story. ebay is quite the phenomena alright. Congratulations on your quick sale. And the ad is great.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Mike! Yeah, I was shocked when it happened because I was listing items from the same magazine at the time when the notification came through. Surprisingly (and put me at the front of the line for being surprised), vintage print ads are quite popular. I've been doing this for a little over a year and average 15-20 sales a month in this niche alone. I have less than a thousand ads in my ebay inventory, so I can just imagine the amount of sales my competitors have (whose inventory numbers are in the tens of thousands). Thanks for dropping by and for leaving your wonderful comments. Aloha!

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    Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

    wow! Wow. 11 minutes, 15 seconds sounds like a record Guiness :P .. there must be much demand for such vintage posters ..

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    One of the wonderful benefits of writing a hub is to come across unique and attention-grabbing comments. What you've shared here in response to reading my article is a prime example. I so enjoy hearing from you and certainly find renewed writer's energy from your great feedback. (Incidentally, I loved your "aside" to Nettlemere! It reinforces the wonderful ambiance of community here on HubPages!) Thank you for stopping by, mecheshier!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, rajan jolly!

    It certainly was a record for me. I'm sure other sellers may, from time to time, experience similar occurrences. I recently listed a Tigger (tiger character from Winnie the Pooh series) Christmas stocking, and it sold the next day. During the American holiday season (November through December), this can be a common sort of thing. But to make a sale in the same day that one has listed an item--especially in less than a fifth of an hour--is indeed an awesome event. I was blessed and am very thankful. I'm learning a universal lesson that there are no coincidences...instead, man's awareness of and thanksgiving for Divine Intention might just be improving. Thanks for visiting, rajan jolly, and for sharing your gracious goodwill. Aloha!

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    mecheshier 5 years ago

    Great Hub! I love old posters. To sell in 11 min. and 15 sec. is pretty fast. I have sold items on eBay but not even near that time-frame. I know what you mean by "it's a concept that's difficult to wrap one's head around". Even a few hours spins my head around.

    I love your style of writing! Voted up for awesome and interesting.

    Nettlemere: I agree, it is a unique advert, the woman is not doing housework. Yeah!

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Keala, this ought to be some sort of record isn't it? Bravo and well done! Congrats and sharing your happiness my friend!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @CrisSp

    Great response to my question(s), Cris! I'm never disappointed with your comments. Thanks for being a great example here on HubPages and for all your help and encouragement. I hope to make time this weekend to read your outer space hub. And I invite others to check it out as well.

    Have a great weekend!

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    CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

    Aloha hawaiianodysseus! On your question: "Have you ever written an entire Hub or at least part of a Hub while on a flight?"

    Yes, I have several that was released/published somewhere else and I do not want to violate HP's rule of duplicate content. The only one I have published here that is work related is the "Outerspace: Another Day of Flying High". Please do check it out whenever you have the chance and let me know your feedback. There's more sleeping in my journal though and thank you for tapping on that...now, I am encourage to dig my journal and wake them up.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @CrisSp

    Hi, Cris! I think the world of your writing skills, and so I was quite honored to receive such wonderful compliments from you. Glad to hear you're a fellow lover of vintage items--what great reminders of the things we may have taken for granted in our past...at least, in my case, that was true.

    As for the wit, well, it almost died prematurely years ago when I first came to the mainland from the islands and thought I had to think, speak, and write only in grammatically perfect English in order to make my mark. Wow, I was so rigid and stifled.

    Eventually, I discovered my own "voice" and style, and rather than be a conformist, I jumped out of the self-induced sandbox and started declaring who I was. It didn't always come out in a socially acceptable manner, but when I learned to stabilize the pendulum's erratic swings, I found my center...my balance...and then good things started to happen.

    Like Hubpages...and all the great writers who contribute on a regular basis...people like you, Cris!

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Oh, before I go, I have a question I 've been wanting to ask you for the longest time...

    Have you ever written an entire Hub or at least part of a Hub while on a flight? If not...then I've just given you food for thought. : )

    Aloha!

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    CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

    Very impressive! Congratulations hawaiianodysseus! Well done, well done!

    For vintage lovers like me, I'd definitely keep that piece too and frame it and be its proud owner although I don't smoke, I like the positive words imprinted.

    What a success story that comes with a wit. You certainly have the nose for money, eh? Lol! And, how nice of you not to forget to thank your wife for the great meal. I'm pretty sure, you're also very grateful that she doesn't like the smell of the old paper, for if it wasn't for her, you wouldn't have that "cash-ing". *wink*

    Love your very creative story. Very enjoyable! I gotta share this!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Millionaire Tips

    Thank you very much for your visit and kind words. Here in the HubPages community, you've shared your writing talent and knowledge about generating multiple streams of income, so I'm honored to have been able to provide you with information that was new to you.

    A little over a year ago, in response to an ad that appeared in my inbox, I did some research and was very surprised to see the number of people selling vintage print ads, prints, and even entire articles. After doing my homework, I decided to get my feet wet...and it's been a godsend!

    In addition, I've thoroughly enjoyed waxing nostalgic as I've examined hundreds of old magazines and thousands of ephemera items in the process.

    Time after time, I'm reminded that I'm just like the items I'm selling...old throwaways that have been restored and given value.

    Thanks for stopping by, MT! See you at the next Hub intersection!

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    Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

    That's amazing - I wouldn't have thought to take the ad out of the magazine to sell it separately - I would probably have tried to sell the whole magazine, and I certainly wouldn't have thought to highlight the advertising even if I did sell a particular section! You've got some smarts there! Voted up. Be Happy. Go Lucky!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @bdeguilio

    Hey, Bill! Thanks for dropping by. Yeah, I was pretty surprised and stoked that something I'd listed sold during the same sitting, even as I was listing other ads from the same 1951 Life magazine.

    Prior to that evening, the only other fifties ads I'd put up were from Scientific American. I've done pretty well with the fifties, actually.

    Glad to have you as a fellow Hub teammate. Love your great travel articles! (Just in case anyone else reads these articles, do yourselves a favor--GO READ bdeguilio's wonderful Hubs!)

    Aloha!

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    Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

    Wow. 11 minutes, 15 seconds. That's amazing. That will be tough to beat. Congratulations. Great print ad by the way. Certainly of a day gone by!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Ka'imi'loa

    Wow! A 105-year-old pack might be the perfect item for a penny auction.

    First of all, I did some quick research and found this listing. Go to ebay and plug this number in: 380472549160.

    The seller did a Buy It Now. In my humble opinion, if one were to list a similar item between 5 - 8 PM on a Sunday or Thursday evening and start it at 99 cents or even 1 cent for a 7-day auction, I think the results would be better than what this seller got.

    I encourage you to give it a try.

    For auctions, the quickest results occur at 24 hours (the one day listing). For Buy It Now fixed price items, the things can sit around for days, weeks, or even months. 11 minutes was therefore a real surprise to me because the listing...and the subsequent sale...occurred in the same sitting, so to speak, as I was listing other things. When that happened, I knew instantly that at some future point in time, I was going to write a Hub about it. It's not an everyday occurrence.

    I'd read another Hubber's article about listing things for a penny. This is an old school eBay (before it became ebay) gimmick that brought in bids like wildfire. I decided to do that with a few select things.

    I listed two sets of chicken feathers (used by fly tyers and hair extension crafters) and a set of 72 color Beatles trading cards that I had sitting around for months. At this writing, both feather items are at $20.50, and the Beatles cards have yet to be bid on (but there are three watchers and thirty-something views with about 6 days left).

    Time to hit the sack! Have a good night's rest--as much as possible, brah--and I'll talk story with you real soon.

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    Ka'imi'loa 5 years ago from Tucson, AZ.

    I'm so "ebay" challenged, I have no choice but to believe that 11 minutes is a tremendous thing to experience. Congrats Uncle, and the more I read up on this ebay stuff, the more I am intrigued to give it a shot.

    I was also partial to read this Hub because it was Lucky Strikes that was my first cigarette when I was 12. Mmmm, that toasted scent and flavor was so much better than the Camel non-filters. One other thing. I was lucky (no pun intended), to have met a gentleman whose great-grandfather has an unopen package of Lucky Strikesin its original packaging before the WWI. They were once green, the color you see around the logo, but do to the nation needing all the green for the war effort was changed to red, white and blue...105 year old pack of smokes. Cool! What would that be worth?

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @point2make

    Thank you for your supportive comments. I've got three penny auctions going as we speak, and two of them have bids.

    I have to admit, though, that I started a fourth at a penny with a 3-day auction. After two days and no bids, I chickened out (LOL!), terminated the auction, and did a new one with a higher starting point and a Buy It Now to boot. Seller's prerogative, right? : )

    Aloha, and have a great weekend!

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    point2make 5 years ago

    That's a great record...11 minutes and 15 seconds!! My best is just under two hours so I guess I still have some mountains to climb. I loved that print ad. Good hub and good ebaying.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kashmir56

    Hi, Tom! Wow, so nice of you to not only read my literary effort but to also share with others. Thank you so much!

    After a 3-week "sabbatical," I thought it was high time to get back on the bucking bronco and put out another Hub. So I went to a Walla Walla coffee shop, got me some fuel, and went to work on an idea that had been germinating for a few days. I like what happened next...the bronco took off on its own. I'm not into automatic writing, but it sure felt easier on the brain than usual...especially after being dormant for all of 21 days. LOL!

    Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

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    Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi my friend i don't know which is more impressive your writing or your selling on eBay. Big congrats to you my friend !

    Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, nancynurse!

    I'm honored to make your acquaintance. I'm married to ritanurse : ), and she, too, started off 35 years ago on Med/Surg, was moved to another dept. a few years back, and now is working (ugh!) the midnight shift one or two evenings a week in addition to the semi-administrative position. So, I am somewhat acquainted with what nurses go through.

    You've been a blessing to others as a nurse, and now, you can do the same in a different capacity--as a writer. I had the privilege of looking over your profile and some of the fascinating titles and lead-in summaries of your Hubs, and I am really looking forward to spending a part of this winter enjoying your writing endeavors.

    Take good care of yourself, and have a great weekend! Aloha from Washington state, nancynurse!

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    Nancy McClintock 5 years ago from Southeast USA

    Impressive writing and great selling. I would love to get involved with ebay. My life seems too busy already but have started taking photo's to post adds. Good feedback from you. Thanks for sharing.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, xstatic! Thanks for stopping by!

    I used to think these old ads would be hard to find, but on the contrary, one can buy them individually or in lots on ebay.

    Occasionally, I've found people in the Walla Walla Valley whose recently deceased family member had been collecting these magazines from decades ago.

    In fact, just last Sunday, I came across about two dozen Life issues from the 1940's and 1950's at a church rummage sale. Didn't have enough cash on hand to buy the entire lot, but I was delighted to see that they were in very decent condition.

    Take care, and have a great weekend!

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    Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Outstanding story and sale as well. That is great! I'll bet those old magazines are pretty hard to find?

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Georgie!

    I think you may be right about the dude having an alert in place. Either that, or it was saki, not tea, that he was drinking, and he was looking for fish to make sashimi, and Google brought me to him. LOL!

    I'm hoping your health has improved and that this finds you in good spirits. Thank you so much for stopping by, Georgie! Aloha!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Yes, WND, I was kinda like Roscoe when he finds an unexpected treat waiting for him under one of the current books you're reading. : )

    It truly did shock me to get a quick "nibble" like that. Sometimes, these things can be on my site for months before something happens. The eBay adventure sometimes reminds me of buckshot. You fire enough pellets, and sooner or later, one of them will find the target. My ebay fees are humongous, so I have to keep listing in order to justify the expenses. As long as it makes good economic sense, I'll keep doing it.

    Thank you for your ever-faithful presence at my Hubs! Looking forward to your next one!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi,, Nettlemere!

    Good point!

    My guess is that cigarette ad creators were far more socially progressive and politically liberal than their other-product peers. Perhaps another factor was the demographic of more women in the cigarettes market at the time.

    Another reason why I was attracted to this ad is because of my former indulgences in fly tying. No one, absolutely no one, could tie flies like the old time fly fishermen of your great country.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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    Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

    Eleven minutes and thirteen seconds ain't bad at all! I don't think I ever sold anything in less than a day! I have alerts set up for eBay to mail me when something is listed that I'm looking for. Maybe that's what your dude had? I also have enterprising sellers who send me messages when they list something similar to other things I've bought.

    But, yeah, that's fast cash, man, congratulations! :)

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    wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

    This is wonderful news. Congratulations! I surely understand how you would be so excited. Hope more quick, happy profits come your way.

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    Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

    Interesting and well told. I'm actually quite amazed by the advert - it really is way ahead of the time - most adverts of the era, certainly in the UK at least, have the woman doing housework, not winning at fishing.