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May 02

Re: Finding Lost Treasures – Spontaneous Lesson Learned

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Some people collect coins, other stamps. I collect video games.

It’s funny when life imitates art, especially when its comedy like in this case. I enjoy the sitcom The Big Bang Theory. If you’ve ever seen the show, there’s a particular episode called “The Nerdvana Annihilation” where one of the main characters named Leonard Hofstadter bids $800 on a whim for what he thinks is a prop from the classic 1960 movie The Time Machine. Getting close the end of the auction, he hopelessly waited for eBay snipers to come and outbid him because that’s usually what they do.  They wait until almost the last minute, or couple of seconds, on eBay and other sites to place their bid, so you basically have no time to counter the offer. It’s called Sniping. Well, he ends up winning the auction because no one else bid on the auction and now is faced with paying the $800 amount and getting something that he didn’t think he would. Can you see more or less where this story is going?

Since I hadn’t returned to my local “flea” market lately, most of my recent experiences looking for games have been online.

I decided to search for a couple of things on eBay, mainly just to see what would catch my eye and maybe get ideas into what I could look for later. I found a couple games I had kept in the back of my mind, but nothing that I wanted to invest money into or that I had to have. I placed them along with a couple of more games and other things into my list to check back again later..

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Let’s fast forward to a couple of days later. What I usually do at this time is sort of “trim the fat” from the list and eliminate what I think wouldn’t really be a priority in getting. Easier to find games that you can buy on websites and almost any local game store in your town. One game I for some odd reason left on the list was a brand new, still sealed, copy of Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of a New World for the Wii. Yes, the Wii. I said in an earlier article that I enjoy JRPGs, and this one would cost me a little. I noticed that the ending time for the game was a couple of hours away, so I set my alarm. After returning to my computer, I noticed that there was only around 10 minutes left in the auction. I, like Leonard, placed a bid on a whim seeing that other brand new copies were being sold for more than what I bid. I waited, and waited seeing the time tick down and my bid still the highest. 2 minutes to go in what I guess was someone trying to snipe for the game. This proved unsuccessful for them because by then time was over. I won the auction. I stayed there, staring at the screen, looking at the amount I had to pay now coming at a time when I really needed the cash, and this wasn’t a game that I felt I needed to get at this moment. But I paid and had the game shipped to me while I continued to eat my steady diet of ramen noodle soup and sandwiches. Oh and I removed the rest of the items in my eBay list.

Being spontaneous can be exciting at certain times. Walking over to that attractive person and striking up a conversation just for the sake of it, or doing something exciting like skydiving simply because you get the urge too.

Here’s a small tip for certain times; never be spontaneous when it involves money. Or the very least YOUR money.

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