Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Ebay Addictions and Auction Snipers

I recently joined the rest of the human race and set up an account on Ebay. I'd been putting it off because I knew I'd spend too much time and money if I did. But, I experienced a power surge which damage my inverter card. I'm not tech savvy but my IT guy says it makes the screen on my laptop light up. He found an inexpensive one on Ebay and here I am. In trouble.

You see, I have a weakness for Disney pins. I have a good friend who travels there several times a year and she's a pin addict as well. Since there doesn't seem to be a twelve step program around for us we've worked out a few ground rules for collecting the darn things.

  1. Pick something specific to collect. I'm starting with the 2004 Event pins for Tower of Terror from Disneyland. She's a Figment fanatic. That'll help you avoid buying any thing that trips your trigger.
  2. You've definitely got to set a budget and stick to it. If not your kids will be barefoot and hungry before you know what hit you.
  3. If you're gonna buy on Ebay, you've got to have an auction sniper. As I told a non-collector friend it's kind of like your own personal hit man. It will bid for you in the last seconds of the auction. (More about finding a sniper later.)
  4. Make sure you've got somewhere to display them so you can enjoy them. They'll do you no good in a drawer collecting dust.

As soon as I get a pin or two in I'll share some photos with you. By the way, what do you collect?


Lela said...

Nice! Keep up the addictions! Good to see this blog up!!!

mainstreetusa said...

Love this blog!! Disney pins are fun to look at. I appreciated your suggestion to display them. I see a hobby lobby run coming on. They have shadow boxes that would be perfect. At times I have put them all over my kitchen table, all 200+ pins, and left them there for 2 weeks so I could look at them every day. Nothing more fun to collect then Disney Pins.