Writing these missives had made me try to remember my first experience with eBay and I think it was

Writing these missives had made me try to remember my first experience with eBay and I think it was when I bought an alto saxophone for my younger son Casey. I can’t find any history of that transaction on my eBay account today.

I suppose there are so many “power sellers” now that it has become impractical for eBay to keep all its customers’ history easily accessible. That’s too bad for lower level sellers like myself. It would be interesting to look at a decade’s worth of buying and selling at a glance. I suppose it would be as embarrassing and revealing as thumbing through old high school yearbooks.

What I paid for that student quality Jupiter alto sax is lost to history, but I know we really got our money’s worth. Casey played it all through high school and into college. I’ve even had a few occasions to play it recently.

Musical instruments are a great items to put on eBay, although I often find them difficult to part with. Many years ago I tried to get my older son Grant started on violin. He probably was about six at the time. I bought a quarter size violin. You’ve seen chimps ride bicycles in the circus, right? This violin was built to a similar scale.

It went up on eBay a few years ago. I didn’t have any problem selling it.

It’s too bad I couldn’t just as easily sell Grant on the idea of becoming a violinist. He has a great ear and good dose natural ability. He later excelled on piano and for one year in high school he played French Horn.

We didn’t buy a French Horn on eBay. We rented.

That was probably a wise decision.

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