I have been a member of eBay since the 22nd april 2004, I know this because it tells me on my feedback page- I have found things on eBay that I would probably have never found without eBay. I have sold things on eBay that I probably would never have sold without eBay- I have had tears, I have had smiles and I have been held prisoner by total nutters threatening with me ‘gasp’ bad feedback.
The honest truth is I can’t imagine life without eBay- last year I bought a wedding dress (fancy dress), a cabinet, a shopper bike, 3 bags of pheasant feathers, a mannequin, 3 x foil scary cat balloons, a swedish mountaineering jacket, 6 x disposable table cloths, a compass with integrated thermometer, a handpainted ladies fan and a David Bowie cloth patch. Which other store in the world offers such an array of goods?
Rob recently sold this Walking on eBay and entered into a series of discourse with the gent he sold it to. The bloke who bought it, Keith, was returning to cycling. I say returning because he used to be a racer back in the day, he very kindly sent Rob this picture through the post with a note:
‘As promised, I have attached a photo of me racing for the Festival R.C. on a Carpenter track frame in 1961, my third season.
The event was the Southern Counties Cycling Union ‘25’ on 12th March (150 full field !). I was riding 81 inch fixed and did 1hr 6min 14secs. The photo was taken by Ted Lees on the approach to Horsham Road Island near Crawley, Sussex – I bet it’s all changed there now !’
Now isn’t that lovely? See that’s the thing with eBay, it’s not like walking into a shop- you bid, you ask questions, you build this relationship with the seller and often you find out you have shared interests, that’s why you want what they have and from this lovely things happen, like receiving nice stores with pictures though the post.