bogus auction for Altair system on eBay
spectre at floodgap.com
Wed Feb 22 23:16:59 CST 2006
> >>>> due to idiots who bid up auctions needlessly with small increments
> Just because someone is a novice user or and unaware of sniping doesn't make
> them an idiot.
> Plenty of normal and educated people who aren't technical like us understand
> "auction" to be "you bid this, than I bid that plus a little more, and we go
> back and forth until someone stops bidding."
> Your statement is just another example of why we nerds are often considered
> rude and socially clueless -- saying things like "you don't know how to do
> it, so you must be an idiot."
> Jim, I know you and I know you are not an idiot (plus I'm not a fan of
> name-calling), but that * statement * was pretty idiotic. :)
In this case, I think the 'idiot' moniker is thoroughly justified. It doesn't
require a rocket scientist (or a nerd ;) to realize that people who bid in
that manner often pay more than they intended [because they catch auction
fever], and that you need to bid what you really, really will pay and you'll
be bound to get something at the right price.
It is, for lack of a better term, idiocy to think otherwise. A little bit
of thought would have sufficed on their part.
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