CONGRATULATIONS! YOU WON! The e-mail flashed on my screen. “Look, Paddy, my bid won!” I gave Paddy a squeeze. Paddy gave me a large yawn and dug his claws into my thigh. “Hey!” I yelled as I pushed him off my lap. He raised his tail to me saying “That’s what you get for waking me up.”
This is the first time I’ve actually won a bid on the Public Radio auction. I’ve checked it out in years past but have always been put off by the fact that the set opening bid was not that much lower than the stated value. I mean, isn’t the thrill of an auction the hope that you’re going to get a steal?
Of course, the purpose of this auction is to support public radio, so one isn’t supposed to care about getting something for next-to-nothing. I’m not one of those people. The thrill of the auction is to get a bargain.
Because today was the last day, I thought I’d do a quick browse and see what was there. Some $50 certificates were bid up to $50 or above. I hovered over the Great Western Meats which is my favorite place for steaks, and then moved on to the Krispy Kreme Donuts — oh my gosh, a year’s supply of donuts? Quick move on… move on! Cupcakes, chocolates, sugar galore. I know there’s got to be wine in here somewhere …
Finally! At first I saw a couple of expensive bottles that were seriously underbid. Yeah, that would be good, but I wasn’t interested in paying $125 for a bottle of wine even if the retail price was twice that. Somebody was going to get a bargain, but it wasn’t me. So I went cruising on through the lots up for bids until I came to … yes … a six bottle package of red wines: Two Cabernet Sauvignons and two Zinfandels, both from Ravenswood — a good, solid winery, and two Chiantis. The value was $82. What the hey, I verified my credit card and typed in a bid. I was outbid immediately which annoyed me — perhaps someone had put in one of those automatic bids which raised each bid by $5. I cruised the list a bit more, then decided to go for it. I raised the bid another $5 and this time it held.
In the end, I got it for $63 which is less than $10.50 a bottle — a good price. And I need some every day drinking wine.
And to the person who got that $250 bottle of wine for half price, we both got a bargain, but I bet I’m every bit as pleased with mine as you are with yours.