I hope my parents don't mind me sharing this story, but I find it too funny to keep to myself! *Smiles*
My dad has been an e-bayer practically since e-bay opened their online doors. And so, when he saw a copper tea kettle listed, he wanted to get it for my mom. My mom, however, did not want it. She told him so, several times. But he "won" it for her anyhow. ;-)
One of my sisters went to use it shortly after we got it. She put it on the stove, and left it to boil away, till the water boiled out and the kettle was over-heated. I came through the kitchen and right as I did, the spout fell off the kettle!
Oh, we all laughed and laughed. My sister who had stuck it on the stove was apologetic, but my mom just thought it was funny. Hmmm...
Ok, a little vent! If you were bidding on a foreign auction, wouldn't you check to see if they ship internationally before you place your bid? Wouldn't you know, someone from Brazil has bid on a 10-lb. book! I checked online, and it will cost roughly $50-60 to mail! I'm not very happy with this bidder; I think he should have asked beforehand. At least it is a book that has a number of watchers, hopefully he will be outbid, or be willing to pay that much for the shipping!
Do you buy things on e-bay? What's the best item you've bought on e-bay? My best deal was my hand-knotted canopy. I got it for less than half then it would cost new!