Thursday, September 01, 2005
Well, the Vespa is mine
Well, I am now the proud winner of a 1964 Vespa Super with side car.
How did this happen to me?
As time starting running out on the auction, I contacted the next highest bidder and told him what my high bid happened to be. I told him all he had to do was bid one dollar more than myself and the bike would be his. I was not going to go any further.
He didn't do it.
I learned later that he thought that I was the seller trying to drive the bids higher. Nope. I can assure him that I am not the seller. It appears that now I am the buyer.
Can't say that I'm unhappy about it. It certainly isn't something I really set out to do. It has just kind of happened.
So, why didn't I just refuse to honor the bid?
1. You can't just refuse to honor a bid without giving a really good reason for doing so. eBay has strict rules for retracting a bid. Trying to discover the reserve price isn't one of them!
2. Deep down inside, I really like the bike. Especially after all the fuel I just put into my Suburban today! It will be nice to just let that thing rest in the carport until the whole family needs to go somewhere together.
Right now I would describe my mood as "in shock."