new eBay bargain finding strategy

NYT article about targetting eBay sellers who don’t spell check.

When Holly Marshall wanted to sell a pair of dangling earrings, a popular style these days, she listed them on eBay once, and got no takers. She tried a second time, and still no interest.

Was it the price? The fuzzy picture? Maybe the description: a beautiful pair of chandaleer earrings.

Such is the eBay underworld of misspellers, where the clueless — and sometimes just careless — sell labtop computers, throwing knifes, Art Deko vases, camras, comferters and saphires.


It’s Tuesday evening, January 27th and I am at work, but it’s 5:24 and I’m feeling exhausted, so I’ll probably be leaving soon. We’re supposed to get a big snowstorm tonight. I can’t be the only person who gets excited for this stuff.

In knitting news, I am finally almost done with the cabled long-sleeved turtleneck I’ve been working on for the past, oh, two years. :) I think I’m going to try re-blocking it after I finish sewing up the sleeve seams. It’s not too bad as is, but I think it could be better. I’m making good progress on the blue sweater I’m working on (my first Rowan pattern, Heather from A Season’s Tale). I haven’t picked up my green sweater from the vintage pattern in a while. I think I may have to work some trickery on that one (take a bit out). It’s a little long, I think, which might actually be a problem given the early 1960′s sizing. So anyway, even with all of this, I am starting to think about my next project. As soon as the cabled turtleneck is done, I’ll probably pick one out.

In reading news, I’m working on The Corrections. It’s pretty good. Everything is still paling in comparison to Empire Falls, but I’ve read some pretty good things of late.

I’ve been plowing at work, but that means at the end of the day I’m pretty worn out (like now!).

Our upstairs neighbors, Ed and Juliet, had their baby on Friday night. It’s a boy–Jacob Francis. They sent around pictures on email on Saturday. He’s a cutie–looks like Juliet (so far). I haven’t heard him yet, though Ezra says he heard him crying last night after I fell asleep.

Hope to add some new features relatively soon… keep an eye out on the stories, creations, and music pages. Eventually, they will contain goodies!