Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Damn you, Tim Salmon

To be clear, I hold nothing against Tim Salmon. Just one of his cards. You see, a few weeks back, I was patrolling around eBay on my iPhone app. While it's a nice app to track bids and items you are watching, it leaves a lot to be desired when searching for an item. Anyhow, I was searching for some refractors and came across a few that were starting at $.01 with free shipping. I figured I'd put in a few low bids and then forget about them. If I won, I won. If not, no big deal.

One of the bids I put in was $.25 for a 1997 Tim Salmon Refractor. Or so I thought. I slipped up on my iPhone and did not put a decimal in the bid. My max bid was $25!! Ohhh noooo! If someone really wanted this card, they could have driven the price way up on me. I won the card for a few bucks, which was still a few bucks more than I would ever want to spend on a Tim Salmon card. My advice to you: bid with care and double check the amount you are bidding as your max bid.

If anyone is interested in the card, let me know.


  1. I've been very close to doing this before. The ones that scare me are .99 and 99.

  2. I bid $2500 on a far-from-pristine vintage bobblehead way back when I first discovered eBAY using the same 'no decimal' method. I think I won it for $35 which is only $10 more than I intended to bid but it could have been much worse. Lesson learned.

  3. I think all Ebayers have made that mistake. It is scary and hard to wait it out.

  4. I've never fallen victim to the decimal point problem, but I have bid on multiple copies of the same item and had to hope that I didn't win all of them.

    - Paul

  5. At least Salmon is good for you.... oh rim shot!