I'm not very good at bargaining. In fact I really suck at it.
Here's me bargaining for a jacket a few years ago:
Me: "Yeah hi, how much is that jacket?"
Market Stall Shopkeep: "That one? $140."
[Me to friend: "Shit shit, that's heaps. Should I try to get him down?"]
Me to Market Stall Shopkeep: "Will you take $135?"
Market Stall Shopkeep: "Sure, ok."
[Me to friend: "Yes!"]
It's probably fair to say no government would want me working on their hostage negotiation team.
But while it's a little disappointing to realise the extent of my lack of bargaining skills, this knowledge has allowed me recently to take control of the buyer-seller relationship, to turn the tide on exchange, to grab capitalism by its hairy balls.
That's right, my new life goal is to become an eBay Super Seller. Selling, I see now, is the side you want to be on.
So I've created a naff eBay user ID, written some extra naff copy (including the lines: "With all the features a computer-desk-needer needs" and "Go on, take it home; you know you want to"), and what ho! I've made a sale. Here's how my auction went:
6d 23h 17m: $0.99 listing price, no bids
1d 10h 42m: $0.99 listing price, no bids
7 h 23m: $1.25, 1 bid
33s: $1.50, 2 bids
8s: $2.25, 3 bids
0s: $5.50, 4 bids and sold.
Extraordinary. What a ride. So minus the listing costs ($2.13) I'm $3.37 ahead AND someone is going to come and take my junk away. You couldn't pay for this kind of satisfaction.