Site Columns By Lisa
June 15, 2001 - 12:23 PM

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"EBay is Evil," Caillan told me yesterday. And about half the time, I agree.

I was idly browsing the UK version yesterday, and showing my poor, long-suffering friend and fellow TT editor the items that caught my eye. There were a lot of items.

Caillan pointed out to me the fact that window shopping in this manner is highly depressing, because it reminds us of all those things we would buy, if only our bank account showed a positive balance. And while I agree with him that this temptation is bad, I do think eBay is a good thing.

Indeed, it's the reason I own my prized 9 inch Plastic Incarnation of the Icon Captain Janeway, and a copy of the script to the best Voyager episode in the world ever, Counterpoint. These items enrich my life considerably, as I'm sure you can imagine. And while I briefly considered explaining to Caillan the reasons why owning a boxed set of the Final Fantasy VIII figures would also benefit my general well being, I decided he just wouldn't understand.

Even more depressing than not having the money to pay for the item of your dreams, is being outbid on an item. More than once, have I been comfortable for days in the fact that I was the highest bidder on an item, and gone to bed secure in the knowledge that I would own it in the morning, and awakened to find I'd been outbid by some sneak in a more advantageous time zone.

This is the reason I have decided to reign in my enthusiasm for the item that currently holds my interest. I will prolongue the torture by checking up on the item regularly, making sure that no evil miscreant doesn't sneak up and steal it from my grasp. And when that counter ticks down to the last day of bidding, I will swoop down and pounce.

And if anyone steals a certain X Files product from me at the last minute, you will be able to hear my screech of frustration on the other side of the Atlantic.

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