Now that my old Honda has been listed for auction on TradeMe for exactly three and a half days, I find myself needing to constantly check to see how much interest it's generating.
A mere hour after the listing went up I got an offer to buy it right away for six hundred bucks. Unfortunately, TradeMe's rules didn't allow me to accept it in those particular circumstances.
So here I am, going online every few hours to see whether there's been any advance on the first (and so far only) bid. The auction doesn't end until the end of the month, so I shouldn't worry. But I do. I'm worrying that the dozens of people who've seen the listing are just sitting around not bidding, just because the contact phone number is hidden in the middle of a huge list of questions and answers about rust and WOFs.
We thought that a low reserve would get prospective buyers' bidding juices flowing. Instead, it might mean that I'm practically giving the car away.
And you know how I hate to get a bad deal.