I agree that the title “How Penny Auction Swoopo Helped Mop My Kitchen Floor” may seem like a stretch but just bear with me for a moment and it will all become clear.
This weekend I discovered the wonderful, magical world of the penny auction. My discovery came in the form of Swoopo but there are a bunch of others out there. I’m not going to go into the pros and cons of them, you can google penny actions and fill yer boots with the info that’s already out there.
Here’s a 20 second explanation of what a penny auction is.
1. you buy bids in packages. each bid costs 60¢. packages range from 20 bids to 800 (i think)
2. you find the item you like and bid on it.
3. if you have the highest bid, you win.
4. stuff you ought to know that will convince you that you will NOT win.
a) if you, or anyone else, bids in the last 5 seconds an additional 20 sec is added to the clock
b) there are bid robots out there and professional swoopo people who are simply better than you are
Swoopo is basically gambling. I like to gamble but I only play craps because it gives me a sense that my strategy has something to do with my success.
I spent about 6 hours researching Swoopo on the net. There are a ton of sites and videos that tell you how to “beat swoopo” but none of them give you any real information. I stopped short of buying some buys $7 e-book on how to win at swoopo. I figured that was throwing good money after bad.
Here’s what I did. I bought $70 worth of bids (i really want that D90 in the photo) I set my “bid butler” a few times during the 2 auctions I participated in. I watched each auction carefully. I didn’t win
Not only that but I thought I was clever while watching the bidding. I figured that those 15 people who were bidding would probably fall away toward the end of the auction and then my patience would pay off and I could “swoop” in and grab the final bids.
WRONG! That’s not how it worked. In fact, the auction ended abruptly with several people still bidding.
I found one site that said that it’s virtually impossible to win due to network lag and some other techy stuff. I’m going to have to agree with him on that one.
I lost $70. Not so bad but not so good either. I’m non too happy about it.
More importantly though, I lost sleep. I couldn’t sleep knowing my bid butler was doing all the work. I got out of bed at 1am and started following my auction again. At 4pm when it was at $11 I set a higher bid butler and went to bed.
8 am came mighty early!
What does this all have to do with my kitchen floor?
I’m tired today. After dragging myself out of bed and even having a shower I was still pretty wiped out. I didn’t even turn on the mac right away opting instead to do some of the dishes the kids left behind after getting themselves up and ready for school (god, I love those kids
Anyway, I put the lemonade in the fridge. (organic btw) but the fridge door wouldn’t close. Presumably because I put the container in the way. So I lifted the container by the lid…you see where this is going right?
Lemonade everywhere! Sigh.
Skip ahead to me, on my hands and knees, wiping the kitchen floor with one of those Swiffer wet thingys cuz I don’t know what happened to the actual Swiffer mop.
All in all I learned 2 lessons today. 1. Swoopo is stoopo. and 2. don’t pick up the lemonade by the lid stupidhead!