The other day, a small lot of corkscrews was listed on eBay with a new (and improved) option that eBay has apparently implemented. Instead of a Buy it Now or Best Offer, there is now an option of bidding or making an offer.
When the lot came up, I saw the opening bid, and offered for a little more than half on this particular lot. And, the seller responded a few hours later, rejecting said offer. Figuring, I needed a Walker Peg and Worm–one of the corkscrews in the lot–I upped my offer to his opening bid. Doing so, didn’t win the lot. It merely stayed there still up for bid.
This morning, the seller countered my offer, but the price was still fair, and a deal was agreed upon.
There were no details given about the lot; whether the roundlet is sterling, the Williamson bottle roundlet is Sterling or has advertising, if the Clough has advertising, or if the Converse has advertising on it’s sheath, but it was the peg and worm that I really wanted.
Of course, what I really need is a spare peg for a Walker Peg and Worm, as I have an interesting advertising version of the Walker lacking it’s peg.
Not a super rare addition to the collection, and it is the change in eBay’s approach that more interesting here. Will more sellers start to take offers on what would be auctions?