Still OT was Re: e-bay item

From: Joe <>
Date: Wed Mar 3 10:32:02 1999

OK this is getting way OT but I'm going to throw my 2 cents worth in.

At 04:39 AM 3/3/99 -0500, you wrote:

>> In other words, you're attempting to beat the odds. So far you have
>> succeeded pretty well. I'm not trying to be sarcastic. I'm just
>> boiling the situation down.
>No, as I've said, these postings rarely affect me directly. I am honestly
>offended by the "unfairness" to those who are willing to spend the effort
>to find stuff vs the "helpfullness" to those who choose not to spend that

  In that case you should be against E-bay and shouldn't use it since it
lets the "lazy" people find stuff easily instead of having to go dig it out
of dumpsters or the back corner of surplus stores. When are you going to
quit using E-bay?

>Do you consider it "beating the odds" when you choose to attend a physical
>auction while somebody else decides to sleep in?

    Yes, or when the other person can't attend because they have a 9 to 5
job. It's also an advantage or "beating the odds" when you have internet
access and the other guy doesn't.
>> It's also VERY monotonous for a LOT of people, I think.
>Hell, it's VERY monotonous to me! But if somebody asks me something in
>public, I feel I have to respond in public.

  I'm not trying to be rude but they really didn't ask you. They are
expressing their opinions. You don't have to reply to every message.
>> There is an alternative. If I actually screened all the messages on the
>> list, I would weed out all the spam and junk, but I would get first pick
>> at all the auction tip-offs! That's nice but it's hardly fair. And
>> then people would stop posting them. You'd say that would be a relief,
>> but it might also be a disservice.
>I don't think anybody wants to give you editorial control :-) It'd be
>nice if there were a consensus on this subject, but there isn't. So, if
>it's OK with you, I'll agree to flame people in private whenever they do
>something that annoys the hell out of me. I won't make another public
>comment unless somebody addresses a public message to me (directly or

  Fair enough. What do you mean a "public message (directly or
indirectly)"? Sounds like you're saying that you'll continue to post every
time you see a message about it.

Received on Wed Mar 03 1999 - 10:32:02 GMT

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