The sun is shining, the sky is blue and the garden is growing. The only good news is that the tobacco plants like this weather.
When you want people to buy books, or buy things on eBay, you really want the sort of weather that makes them want to stay indoors. I thrive in the damp and the cold and melt away like Dracula when the sun shines.
Maybe it’s not so bad. Maybe when the latest batch of auctions end tomorrow night, everyone will be in a bright and spendthrift mood.
Hopefully there won’t be too many non-paying bidders. I’ve had two so far (not too bad out of nearly 100 auctions, I suppose). The first one I didn’t care about, it was only three quid, but last week someone bid up to £49 and vanished. So eBay are richer by 10% of that and I’m poorer by the same amount. eBay really should explain to these people that it isn’t just a bit of fun, that sellers end up out of pocket. The only way to get those fees back is to begin the process by reporting non-payment. What sanction will eBay impose on the non-buyer? Nothing at all. Not even a negative rating. So it’s simply not possible to tell who is likely to do a runner because everyone who is a buyer has a 100% positive rating.
It’s a free listing weekend so tomorrow I can put up some of the things I don’t want to risk a 99p-start with.
Well, smoky-drinky beckons. It’s a birthday night (not an important one, he’s only 51) so it promises to be a lively occasion. That’s why I wrote all the auction descriptions today so I can just paste them in tomorrow.
You know, you don’t realise how much stuff you’ve really accumulated until you’ve sold about 100 of the things in a few weeks and it’s made no visible difference at all…