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Old 06-03-2019, 12:30 AM   #56813
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well lost the bid this morning to what i think was an auto-bidder. price was in my favor for about 8 hours early this morning and was to end at 0638, and about 10 seconds before it pinged i got this feeling to up my autobid so i did so, and my phone buzzed twice and it was over. apparently i was out bid with 5 second left for a buck 50

I was so upset i ended up showering and going to bed. I really wanted that lighter as a piece of history between my family and ww2 and even desert storm, I guess now its a choice of trying to find another historical lighter, or making a new one for myself and making it mean something for my future generations.
Ebay? Next time, set the maximum you're willing to go. People can bid up but not snipe you.
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Old 06-03-2019, 12:31 AM   #56814
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A Watt is a unit of power, not volume.
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Ebay? Next time, set the maximum you're willing to go. People can bid up but not snipe you.
Getting a lot harder to do. I'm finding myself more on amazon than ebay anymore. Deals are harder to come by..
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Old 06-03-2019, 12:54 AM   #56816
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Getting a lot harder to do. I'm finding myself more on amazon than ebay anymore. Deals are harder to come by..
I shop both. I almost always use buy it now on ebay as I don't have the patience for auctions. if I want it, I don't want to wait an extra week before the item ships so I can save two bucks. I just bought 300 pegboard hooks on ebay for 30 bucks, 6 bucks + tax cheaper than Amazon and in the color I want. Reviews of sellers are much better on ebay. Amazon is a fucking mess sometimes.

Walmart usually doesn't have good prices anymore, at least not online. Sometimes they're good in person, but once they killed all the little stores, they jacked a lot of prices. Fuckers.

Target is usually bad online, but I love shopping there. I usually just browse around the edges, getting whatever I want on clearance. Sometimes I find some amazing stuff for cheap. They also have some great branded toys, like the Jigglypuff mug I got a few months ago. I haven't seen that anywhere else, even online.

I also like slickdeals and dealnews. Fanatical has some good game deals. When Think Geek has a clearance sale, I go nuts, though usually I'm too late for the good stuff. Got some Atari branded cool stuff from them recently. I'm all over the place, baby.
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Old 06-03-2019, 01:06 AM   #56817
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The thing with ebay is items of particular rarity pop up,

this particular lighter was a 1983 Re-comissioning ceremonial brass cased zippo for the USS Wisconsin, the last of the american battleships. My grandfather was in a flotilla with one and I ewas born right around the end of the desert storm initiative, of which the wisconsin was the last ship to leave the area and last to fire off weaponry

So it had sentimental value to me

my dumb luck I shoulda slapped 200 down on it and taken it. You can just find something like that on amazon

:/ so now i guess Ill be searching the "ending soon auctions" and see if i cant snake up another, maybe carrier based.

the thing that really irks me is the guy who snaked it from me had a seller/ebay score rating of 1998, which means he sells stuff alot on ebay, i bet hes gonna buy it, refurbish it and turn around and sell it for 300 or 400.
meanwhile I wante dto refurb it and use it
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Old 06-03-2019, 01:19 AM   #56818
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The thing with ebay is items of particular rarity pop up,

this particular lighter was a 1983 Re-comissioning ceremonial brass cased zippo for the USS Wisconsin, the last of the american battleships. My grandfather was in a flotilla with one and I ewas born right around the end of the desert storm initiative, of which the wisconsin was the last ship to leave the area and last to fire off weaponry

So it had sentimental value to me

my dumb luck I shoulda slapped 200 down on it and taken it. You can just find something like that on amazon

:/ so now i guess Ill be searching the "ending soon auctions" and see if i cant snake up another, maybe carrier based.

the thing that really irks me is the guy who snaked it from me had a seller/ebay score rating of 1998, which means he sells stuff alot on ebay, i bet hes gonna buy it, refurbish it and turn around and sell it for 300 or 400.
meanwhile I wante dto refurb it and use it
I'm sorry that you missed the item on ebay. Here's how it works:

You put your maximum bid in the moment you see what you want. You don't have to wait until the auction is about to end.

So you find the item. It's at $10 starting bid with nobody on it. You know you'll pay $200 and no more, so you put $200. Your bid is then at $10. Somebody bids $50. Your bid goes to $50. They go 51. Yours goes to 51. You're still winning. They go to 200. Yours goes to 200. You're still winning. they go to 201. Now they're winning and you're tapped out. If you lose, then it's because you didn't put a high enough maximum bid. If you actually would have paid 400, you should have put a 400 maximum bid.
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Old 06-03-2019, 01:35 AM   #56819
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Either one of you ( @cjd ) been through Watts (in LA) lately?

I remember, late one hot, summer night, back in the 60's, I ran out of gas in Watts - oh, but, I've told that story ...


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I have a Watts story for you. One time in the early 80's me and a buddy went down to LA to visit his brother. We met a couple gals and asked them to dinner. Not knowing the area, we just looked at a map for the quickest route to the restaurant we were going to, and went. All of a sudden, the area was looking quite rough. Then the red flashing lights went off behind us.

Cop pulled us over. I asked why as he was busy checking us out. Once he realized we really were in the wrong place by accident, he says, "You know where you are?". We say no. He says," you are in Watts, they will kill you here for being white. Follow me ". And we got a police escort out of Watts.

Wait, have i told this?
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A Watt is a unit of power, not volume.
And a parsec is a unit of distance, what is your point?
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Old 06-03-2019, 01:40 AM   #56821
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I have a Watts story for you. One time in the early 80's me and a buddy went down to LA to visit his brother. We met a couple gals and asked them to dinner. Not knowing the area, we just looked at a map for the quickest route to the restaurant we were going to, and went. All of a sudden, the area was looking quite rough. Then the red flashing lights went off behind us.

Cop pulled us over. I asked why as he was busy checking us out. Once he realized we really were in the wrong place by accident, he says, "You know where you are?". We say no. He says," you are in Watts, they will kill you here for being white. Follow me ". And we got a police escort out of Watts.

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Old 06-03-2019, 01:43 AM   #56822
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And a parsec is a unit of distance, what is your point?
Here I thought I missed something in @Ultramaroon 's ramblings -


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...he says, "You know where you are?". We say no. He says," you are in Watts, they will kill you here for being white. Follow me ". And we got a police escort out of Watts.
Wow, that cop was a racist POS. I mean, if you got out of the car and started saying racist things, watch out. But if your car broke down, probably the worst you'd have gotten was some shit and a call to a tow truck. Now if people from those neighborhoods went into a white neighborhood, oh boy...
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Welp, OK, learning how to study.

I went through 4 years of undergraduate school before I "learned how to study" when I started taking graduate courses.

The secret (for me) was to learn how to "read the professor". Where was his/her passion for the subject - study that part of his/her lectures for the first test.

For the rest of the tests, in addition to the first hint, analyze where the instructor is getting the majority of the questions for the tests (lecture, reference materials, lab, or text books) and focus on that area.

If that fails, during the test, sit next to an Asian girl - and copy off of her -


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another problem I have. my GF is a CPA(this is an accounting class) and partner at her firm. we're going over my material etc and the whole time she's saying things like, "why are they teaching you this? it doesn't work like that. this is totally wrong.".

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ME TOO!

But, I can tell you in detail what happened "back-in-the-day" -





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that's so true. remember stopping for lunch driving to the beach 7 years ago. can't remember what I just read 10 seconds ago.
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that's so true. remember stopping for lunch driving to the beach 7 years ago. can't remember what I just read 10 seconds ago.
Sometimes that can be a blessing I think...
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Either one of you ( @cjd ) been through Watts (in LA) lately?

I remember, late one hot, summer night, back in the 60's, I ran out of gas in Watts - oh, but, I've told that story ...


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Can't say that I have. We just have wheel thief problems. Though there are a few spots I should probably avoid.

I hate cities too,but they're damned convenient. Often I think i should just sell the car, offset property ta, by.... Hmm,only 5% for insurance... Whole car would cover a year. Never mind. Pity the jobs are in $$$$$$ markets.
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