Too good of a deal…
I’m probably the only person who ever feels like this, but… I always feel somewhat guilty for getting a fantastic deal on eBay.
What with the new baby coming in October, I’ve been keeping an eye out for toddler beds. I had a search going on both Craigslist and eBay, and for a wood toddler bed, the going rate was anywhere from $40 on up. My hubby and I discussed it, and although we decided we could pay $40, we weren’t in a huge rush, so I thought I’d hold out for something hopefully around $30.
Then, a local eBay auction popped up, with bidding starting at $0.99. The listing was rather vaguely described, and I had a couple of dissatisfying interactions with the seller that were equally as vague, but the price was right. So, I jumped in, putting my top bid at $30.50 or something like that. Well, I won the bed. For $20.50. Twenty bucks! They also included an older mattress that’s in usable shape (no damage to it, and it’s an innerspring, waterproof mattress, but the cloth binding was dirty. Like dirt-dirty. How does the binding on a mattress get dirty??? Using no sheets and eating in bed??? I don’t know. I cleaned it up the best I could, but still feel a little odd about using it for the baby). And, they threw in some bedding for a boy which, while I won’t use it, I plan on selling on Craigslist… for twenty bucks.
So, free toddler bed, if the bedding sells.
I’m pretty sure the bed is from Walmart, where it sells for just under $60, because I found the bedding on there, too. Though it’s a nice bed — just what I was hoping for — and the seller said it was only seven months old, it was quite scuffed and banged up… and the bedding was dirty!! But, still, it feels like I ripped off the seller. If new, mattress, bed and bedding would have been at least $130-$150. I know when I sell something on eBay that goes for way less than I was hoping for, it’s a rotten feeling, and it seems like I’ve done that to the seller.
But, maybe I should just be happy for a (potentially) free bed.
Or, maybe I should start a business trolling for hot deals, then re-selling them!! 😀