eBay ads target retail – and retail building owners let them do it

I wonder if accepting these ads (seen on the walls of retail buildings around Bentleigh) the owners are killing the goose that laid the golden egg?

“Brand new items. Huge retail markups and pushy salespeople not included.”
eBay ad, Bentleigh

“Buy new. Buy eBay. Bye retail.”
eBay ad, Bentleigh

Getting stuff done (or not)

Marita’s gone off overseas with Justine to explore San Francisco and surrounds.

Management of time is often an issue for me, and I in no way want to say that her presence is a cause of me not getting things done.

But I thought that while she’s gone for three weeks, I might have some time on my hands. So here are some things I intended to do while she’s away:

  • My tax return, which was due at the end of October
  • and my Dad’s
  • Ceiling fan for the livingroom
  • The new washing machine (I’ve pretty much settled on the Bosch)
  • Clear our my Dad’s unwanted books from the house
  • Replace the kitchen halogen lights with low-watt LEDs
  • Start my next blockbuster eBay auction

Reality is though, I’ve found myself busier than ever. For example, tonight there’s a dinner, tomorrow I’m going to a protest and then Trish’s wedding!

Marita will be back next weekend, and all I’ve got done so far is the washing machine, which arrived on Wednesday. (Just as well — when the old one got moved, I found bits of metal and ball bearings. It was not well.)

Selling shoes

So, those very nice but badly sized Ecco shoes I bought a couple of months ago… I’m finally selling them on eBay:

I bought these shoes recently. I wore them a couple of times and then realised I’d made a huge mistake: I had got the wrong size. Could I return them to the shop? No, not really – there’s now a teensy bit of wear on them – not noticeable under normal conditions, but enough to make them no longer “as new” for the purposes of returning them to the shop. Trying inserts didn’t work for me, so I’m selling them here.

They retail for about $200, so I’ve learnt an expensive lesson: make sure the shoes fit before you leave the shop.

Nice though the shoes are, they had a compatibility problem with my feet. Sigh. Hopefully someone wants them.

Last week I did in fact finally find a pair of sneakers that I like and that fits properly: a rather nice pair from Geox, which are much more similar to my old favourite pair of Eccos than anything Ecco sells now. And they fit.

So, if you’re a Euro size 44 (Aus 9 1/2), please buy my shoes.

Update: Sold for AU $78.69!