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wyfbane

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Ok, SO... I learned how people can bid stupid amounts on ebay today...
I bid a healthy $802 for the unsmoked Charatan Supreme that was from the George Sidney estate today with 10 seconds left. It wasn't high bid. There was a button to bid $867 and I thought, "Hell, why not!?" I quickly hit the button. There was like 6 seconds left. In that time, the fucking button shifted to $1575. I hit it out of pure lack of reflex control. HOLY SHIT. I am so glad I didn't win with that bid. I would be divorcing forthwith...
LoL. But THAT is how some fool can bid too much on a damned pipe.
In other news, I did get one of the Barlings really reasonable! Yaay me!!

 

chasingembers

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Your button finger gets that, "Oh Hell No!", impulse and clicks the button. Been there, and it scares the shit out of you!

 

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wyfbane

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Thanks! It was an emotional time. That was 2.5 times more than I've ever bid on anything on ebay, let alone a pipe. lol

 

sablebrush52

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Congratulations on your win! Which pipe did you buy?
At the last minute I decided not to bid on the Quaint. I looked at it and realized that I already own better and who knows what the condition really is in the chamber. Of course, the joke's on me, it went for less than I would have expected. I have other uses for the cash right now.
$1575 for a cased unsmoked Pre-Lane Charatan Supreme isn't ridiculous by any means in the collector's market. That pipe is about as rare as it gets. One would have to find a cased set of unsmoked Charatan Underboars to beat it.
It's easy to get caught up in the moment. I went and washed the bathroom floor rather than watch the auction. I'm an addict and I know it.

 

wyfbane

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And SOMEHOW, I won this even though it said I didn't!! odd....

To be honest, I think it may have better grain than the unsmoked one. lol.

 

sablebrush52

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Got your PM. Congratulations of the M Landaw. You did better than you know. Not only did you get that pipe for a song, but the pencil shanked, thick walled pots are the best damned smoking machines that Barling made, and for my money, about as good as it gets for Brit wood. I don't know what it is about them, but just about anything I put in them tastes and smokes great, often better than in my other Barlings.

 

ashdigger

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That's a gorgeous pipe!!
I often have to keep all bidding devices away from me. I drop a bid and move on. Painful at times, but I know how Tourette's finger works. Hard lessons.

 

buroak

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Sable, I know how you feel about the Quaint. I passed on several pipes from this seller in an effort to win what I deemed the picks of the litter. The ones I let go ended up bargains, and those I tried for soared out of reach. Wyfbane got one of those bargains, and Sable speaks truth about that shape.
I was surprised by that Dunhill Bruyere with the "Geek Wynn" band. I thought that big band would anchor that price to the low end.

 

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the fucking button shifted to $1575. I hit it out of pure lack of reflex control. HOLY SHIT.
... and right about THEN would have been the time that I ruined my underwear, pants, chair, and socks and carpet all at once.

 

woodsroad

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Wyfbane, you are not alone. I did the same on a Dunhill Unique lift arm petrol lighter in silver. Thank goodness I didn't win, although I wish that I had. Not. Keep telling myself that. Right.
Beautiful winnings, though. Can't wait to see the restorations.

 

wyfbane

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I am so excited to get that Barling now! I thank you, Jesse. You really are the bees knees. Can't wait to clean it up and smoke it!
That Supreme is pretty awesome too. I think it went cheap because of the shape. I think it's pre-Lane, so I am pretty happy with the acquisition.
:puffpipe:

 

wyfbane

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Dan, You are so right. I have found in this year leading up to my 5th anniversary of pipe smoking that I could have likely bought more than I have. Would my wife have divorced me for this at $1575? No. I would have been in the doghouse, sold a bunch of stuff, and been fine. The thought of spending that much is what freaked me out. I have found that unless the thing has char damage or spider webbing, I am pretty happy overall with all my pipe purchases.
I have also found that I have deep remorse from selling any of my pipes. That is what has limited my buying more than anything: the fact that I don't see me EVER selling them once they are mine. So you are right. I am telling myself that I didn't want that pipe for $1575, but in fact I would be a proud papa if I had won it. Though I definately would have been happier to have gotten it for $867.

 

toobfreak

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wyfbane, I make my mind up in advance how much I am willing to pay for the pipe. That is what it is worth to me. That includes maybe going over a little bit for cushion to be sure I get it. Then I watch the bidding and hope some jerk isn't bidding it through the roof and if not, in the last 5 seconds I place my bid so that it goes through with too little time left for anyone to respond. My best bid goes in as the clock counts to zero. If I won the bid, I got my pipe, if I lose, then someone wanted the pipe more than me. Either way, I never pay more than I think the pipe is worth, and hopefully, not near what my highest bid was.

 

dread

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That bottom pipe is something else! I decide what I want to spend and am done. If I watch it or bid like that I can easily get caught up in the moment. So I stopped.

 
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