Obsessed with eBay. I haven't blogged in a while because all wasted computer time has been spent perusing eBay. The whole male/female shopping mentality thing is interesting. Supposedly, we shop differently based on gender, at least generally speaking. I would agree to that basically. I hate shopping, its not fun and it seems like a waste of time. Unless I am targeted towards a particular product. So, shopping online is more my style. I actually enjoy shopping when I know what I want to buy, at least generally and then I need to find the 'right' thing and/or the right price. Those two factors are intertwined and extremely subtley nuanced. Just ask Jenny or Lara, they can tell how weird, convoluted and over-worked my purchase decision making process is. Another major factor about me and shopping is that I am inherently cheap. I will spend plenty of money and I like quality and certain brands, etc. but I need to feel that I am getting a good deal on whatever I am buying. So, eBay presents a vast horizon of possibilities where variety, quality and value all blend in a delightfully confusing way.
My recent quest was for a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Those things are seriously expensive but I think they're a quality product so I am willing to pay more than I will for cheap sunglasses. But I can't tolerate the retail prices and I hate to force my selection by the price. Enter eBay, where the price is somewhat driven by the retail price but other factors weigh in. I was willing to consider a few styles, a few colors of frames and lenses. I also don't need them today. That flexibility allows one to shop eBay with some intelligence. I think I like that part of eBay as well. Knowledge of the product and its value is in effect rewarded.
I am also shopping around for a pair of those Motorola walkie-talkies. Lara has decided we don't need them, but I am still unconvinced. I am willing to drop around $20-30 to find out. Originally, the things were hundreds of dollars apiece. Now, you can get the newest, cheapest model for $15 apiece. I want somewhat better features than the barebones model, but I don't need the top of the line. Again, that flexibility, along with a strict price limit, make eBay an entertaining way to shop.Pathetic maybe, but that's me.