So there's this book I've been looking for for a damned long time. It's called Yoshitsune, and it's printed through a university press. The list price is $88.00.
The fucking libraries here are totally fucking worthless. If it's not the fucking DaVinci Code, they don't have it, and look at you blankly. If I still lived where I went to college, I could check it out from either my alma mater, or from a couple of other schools in the area. But around here, "civilians" can't check out jackshit from the college libraries. Well, except for one that charges $70 per year for the service and is two hours away.
Yeah, I need the damned thing for some research I'm doing, but $90 is a fucking huge price for a 367-page book with no cool pictures. We're not talking the fucking Star Wars Chronicles here.
So the cheapest used copy I can find for straight-up sale is $32 + $4 shipping. Most copies online are first editions, and go for like $100+.
So I almost shat myself when I found a copy for auction two days ago, with a starting bid of $9.90. I put in a bid for close to the max I wanted to pay ($26.00). Two other people put in bids that were still considerably lower than that.
Up to literally
three seconds to go, I'm the highest bidder with a great deal of leeway. Then (and I'm constantly refreshing, because I know all these assholes like to wait until the last minute to bid), and with two seconds left, it shows I've been outbid by some new douchebag by one fucking penny
. Not enough time to enter another bid, so I lose it.
And, in the three minutes I was watching the end of the auction, the fucking copy on amazon sells. So now I can not get it at all, buy it new for almost $90, or get the next cheapest copy, which is described as being in pretty shitty condition and is $60 + shipping.
I'm a bit pissed. If you want to pay more than I'm willing to, fine. But to totally stay out of it until literally the last second, where there's no chance to be outbid, and beat out the high bidder by a fucking penny? No need to be a prick about it. God damn, I wish I could find that dude and kick his fucking nuts.
If everyone used eBay like it was designed to be used, with everyone entering their highest maximum price when they find the item, it would be awesome. But I honestly think that 99% of the users buy a lot of shit they don't really want for more than they should just for the thrill of beating someone else out.
Fuck it; I just found out the college where one of my brothers-in-law is a grad student has it in stock. I'll get him to check it out and I'll photocopy the motherfucker.