Hunny bunny sweetie pie, I love you so much. Oh, BTW look what I just won on EBay.
I’m in a little “dilly of a pickle” (Ned Flanders from Simpsons) this afternoon. I ended up winning an item on EBay that I had no intention of winning. Cycling season is in the air and I bid on pair of bicycle wheels with MSRP tag of $2500.00usd. Of course I’m not crazy, there is NO way I’m spending that kind of money on some bicycle wheels. I kept my max bid amount at $1101.00 just because I knew there is no way these wheels are gonna go that cheap. Call it a surprise, miracle, fate, or coincidence. I get a notice this morning via my smartphone saying I won the wheels for $1100. My first thought, were all those Ninja Ebayers sleeping? Those Ninjas always wait till the very last second to snipe the item, but somehow missed out on these wheels.
Now what am I gonna do? My wife is my director of operation for finance and accounting, I can’t really hide a big purchase like this. I thought about having my other cycling friend pay for this, and I would pay him back in monthly installment of cash. I would simply tell my wife I am buying some cheap beater wheels from Larry, in hopes she doesn’t notice the quality and aesthetic difference. Problem with this approach is, Larry has a wife that watches over his bicycle spending like a hawk, and my wife might know the difference between aluminum wheels vs. carbon fiber wheels.
I can also do the whole flowers, multiple I-love-yous, chocolates, dozen Georgetown gourmet cupcakes, but she’ll know I did something really bad.
I can argue its whole lot better than spending $1100 on gambling, smokes, alcohol, or drugs. I’m kind of leaning toward this angle if I can’t think of anything better.
I suppose I can also email the seller and tell him my 5yr old son accidently bid on the item without my consent and ask him to cancel my purchase. This is almost unthinkable because how often do you ever win a lottery? I just won the jackpot here, I can’t give that up. Besides, what if I get a negative feedback as a result? I am a model Ebay’er with perfect 100% feedback, and I have various award certificates to prove it.
There is a 3 way conflict going on here.
- I can’t lie to my wife about this
- I am not going to rip up my “winning lottery ticket”
- I really don’t want to deal with arguing over, “that money could have been spent on bathroom upgrades, kids clothing, end world hunger, help animal shelters, etc…”