With current economic outlook appearing fairly bleak for many individuals and businesses, most feel need to make every dollar count.
But, no matter how bad economy does or doesn't get for every one of us, one fact remains a constant of human nature: People love a bargain!
This fact came home quite clearly to me last week when I used eBay to turn an expensive business purchase into an almost guilty buying pleasure.
I needed to purchase a very specialized piece of equipment for my home office called a "Mimio Board." It converts a standard "white board" you draw on with erasable markers into a digital board you use with your PC. In short, everything you draw on board shows up in computer.
I really wanted this equipment, much like a 5-year old child really wants a new bike! Unfortunately, a new "Mimio Board" cost $400 minimum. But, unlike 5-year old who stamps his foot and screams "no fair", I did something about it. I went to eBay!
I did a quick search for "mimio" in hope of finding a used model at a reduced price. Much to my surprise I didn't find a used one, but I did find a brand new one still in box and available at over 75% off!
It seemed such a great deal that I actually felt a bit skeptical and thought I smelled a "scam." But, like 5- year old, I really wanted that bike, I mean "mimio board!"
So I enlisted aid of a professional "eBay Power Buyer" with many years' experience (my wife) to help me evaluate deal and whether or not to go for it.