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November 7, 2005 / TildeWill

Thoughts on eBay

Today I was thinking about eBay and it’s grand success. Not only is a great place to shop for anything from the easy to find to the rare and unique, but it has something else. When you win an auction you get the added bonus of knowing your edged out the rest of the world. You were willing to risk more than anyone else and it paid off. Talk about purchase satisfaction! You get what you want AND you win.

Now that I think about it, a lot of the vendors in China works a similar scheme. They’d only display one instance of a product and tell you it was the last one. In truth it was the last one they had in plain sight, but once you turn your back there will be a new last one on the table. But sitting there it can be hard to walk away from something that might be gone if you don’t act immediately.

What really gets me is how much that last sentence can be applied to all aspects of life. Just think about that for a few minutes.

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