I’m an eBay Whore

Shhh… don’t tell, but I bought 2 more things on eBay last night.  This brings the total to 5 separate eBay purchases in the past 4 days.  I probably made a total of two purchases all last year!

It’s the holidays, right? I’m supposed to be shopping, helping the economy, and going broke, right right? Who’s with me? :-D

I doubt I’d be buying as much if it weren’t for the Microsoft Live.com 30% Cashback promotion.  My first two purchases, which includes my Asus EEE PC netbook, I got with 30% cashback PLUS a 10% instant PayPal coupon.  I mean c’mon, 40% off an already unbeatable eBay price, how could I resist?

The other three weren’t big ticket items, so the discount wasn’t as large but it’s still. I don’t think Microsoft realized how big this would get. Forums everywhere are talking about the Live.com Cashback, especially the eBay deal (Live.com offers smaller cashback with other merchants). People are providing clear and detailed step-by-step instructions on how to take advantage of this in a way I don’t think Microsoft expected. In fact, the 30% offer is now gone. Last night, I was able to find only links for 20% cashback and 25% cashback on eBay and the PayPal coupons are gone. Still, it’s a good deal and was just what I needed to take the plunge and click the “Buy it now” button.

Earlier, I was complaining about how a lot of merchants are based in California. What this meant for me was an additional 8.25% tax on purchases. For something like my Asus EEE PC 904HA, this added on an extra $28.50, but for smaller purchases, it’s only a few bucks. eBay’s prices are already way lower than at other out-of-state merchants, so I’m still getting a deal, and I’m now realizing I’m also getting something extra: super-fast shipping!

My eBay sellers have been very good about shipping right away, usually within 24 – 48 hours of my purchase. Three of my shipments are within the state and close enough to Los Angeles that standard 5 – 7 day shipping turns out to be overnight! Woohoo! You know what, for that, I am definitely willing to pay a few extra hours, which brings me to…

Asus EEE PC 904HA

Asus EEE PC 904HA

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! My netbook is here! It was delivered earlier to my mailbox place and is awaiting pickup! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I am dying to get out of here and pick it up. Me love, love, love new gadgets and I can’t wait to check it out. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! :-D :-D

A few other items should also be arriving either today or tomorrow, but since they are Christmas gifts, I’m gonna have to stay mum on those for now. ;-)

Now, I sure hope that cashback promotion is done and over with… no more eBaying!