Last Wednesday morning at 8:15 as I am trying to get out the door for the day my son started yelling from the playroom that he found the perfect Star Wars toy online. This type of event occurs frequently so I did not pay that much attention to it and said “Ok, we can look at it later, let’s go we have to leave.” That was all that was said and we left the house for the day.
I stopped at home later that afternoon before I had to pick the kids up from school and got on the computer for a quick check of orders and emails. The first thing that popped up was the “perfect Star Wars toy”. I started to look at it because my son is biggest Star Wars fan. As I scrolled up the screen I suddenly noticed that there was a statement that said “CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE THE HIGHEST BIDDER.” I could not figure out what I was looking at and then it dawned on me. My soon to be six year old got himself onto Ebay and made a bid for this “perfect toy”. OH NO!!!!
So I was thinking how bad could it be? I was going to have to pay $30.00 for a $10.00 toy? At first I could not believe what I was seeing, it said the maximum bid was at $100,200.00 and I was the highest bidder. My heart stopped but I then saw that the item started at $.99 and the bid increments only went up by a dollar or so making the bid only around a dollar. I did not know that a bid could be retracted but quickly found out and removed his bid from the item.
In the car on the way home from school I asked my son if he knew that he bid on the Star Wars toy. He responded yes. I then asked him if he knew if he put a lot of money in for the bid and his response was, “Yes, I had to make it expensive so I could win it.” That made me chuckle but at the same time it is not funny. You should never underestimate what your child knows or what they know how to do. Ebay is the last place I thought my son would go to find a toy. I am still not sure how he got on it and past my password. He is a little too computer savvy for my liking and will not be allowed near the computer without me present in the room. In the end he did not do any damage but that is not to say he would not the next time!!!!