It occurred to me of late, it is all very well bragging about your latest scores, relishing everyone being consumed with jealousy, oh that’s sooo nice, but what gets very little airtime are the near-misses, and the downright failures.
So I’m launching eFail, the only service to support eBay losers. Whenever you put in a carefully considered and generous bid which should unquestionably secure the object of your desire, and you are sniped by some wealthy foreign collector with his own submarine and secret island, or a ruthless trophy-hunting investor with an unlimited budget, you get an immediate e-mail from eFail sympathising with your loss, and dissing the winner. Its like having a virtual friend, always there for you. Even when your bid was hopelessly under-par, eFail are always on your side.
Feel you want to take a tyre-lever to rearrange the winner’s face? Just press “Help!” for online support, and their professionally trained counsellors are always on hand to talk you through it – and they really understand what it is like to miss that Hank Mobley or Lee Morgan by just a few dollars. The eFail Collector Support Network is available 24/7 to help you get you over it, dust yourself off, and in no time you will be back on-line tossing good money after bad.
We need to celebrate losing. Losing is part of winning. It’s OK to be a loser. It’s part of being a collector. It’s time to set the record straight. So here is a list of stuff I wanted, bid good money for, and didn’t get.
Your turn to sneer, pity, feel smug, indulge in a little delicious Schadenfreude, let it all hang out, it’s all good.
None of these records will be in the post to LondonJazzCollector, because someone else took them, mostly for 20 to 50 % more than I figured they were worth. That’s how it goes. You win some, you lose some. So I am celebrating the loses here, as a form of therapy. But I have to tell you, it’s not working. I am seriously pissed off at losing these…
It’s not fair!