Earlier this week I came across a very desirable Cast Iron Walker Corkscrew & Bell on eBay. It has some fancy ornate decoration to both the handle and bell.
Last time I had the chance to buy one of these was at the CCCC AGM in Michigan. Obviously that deal never came to fruition and I haven’t found one yet. I wasn’t about to miss out on this one!
Given that the listing had only been up for a few minutes, I decided to inquire if that seller would add a Buy It Now. Anything is possible and with Peter’s Annual BIN Competition starting up this week, I figured it’d be good practice. 🙂
The seller responded quickly and was open to taking offers. This is the tricky part… Offer to low, the seller passes. Offer too high, and the seller thinks to hold out. I made my best guess as to what would make the seller happy. 3x opening bid.
The response was not exactly what I was expecting…. I already have an offer of $150. Hmmmm….who could the other Binner be..?
The boys across the pond are sleeping, and Josef doesn’t BIN past 7pm…. WINELEOPARD!!
I immediately engaged RL via email and told him to “Back off!” I didn’t think it’d scare him off, but I knew it had to be him. Sure enough, “I was there before you were… You back off”.
After a few brief exchanges I knew neither of us were standing down. It was fair game and I was going up against the 2013 BIN Champ. I began refreshing… A few minutes later… “This listing has ended”… RAT!
Congratulations RL. You may have beat me out on this one, but come Friday, August 1st, IT’S ON AND YOU’RE GOING DOWN THIS YEAR!