I realized afterwards that it could be read as a snotty or obnoxious 'Sorry, but I'm not stopping'. That wasn't the way to read it though. I knew that I wouldn't be stopping, and I felt genuinely bad for the people who would be losing to me. Except for the moment the auction ended, when I said to myself "Sorry you're such an idiot. What made you think you would win???" As more and more people copied my name or paid homage to it I kept thinking, 'Man, this has to be driving everybody else nuts'. But I had to laugh in amazement, too. "There's another one!"
Lots of other things produced amazement. Like the ability of IfVestedWontStop to achieve such lofty heights so easily. What was wrong with you people? You have to defend your turf. Letting him come in and do so well without a fight was absurd. And I couldn't stand the OT tough guys like CANCELED. CANCELED was a weak bidder and a jumper for months and months. I felt a kinship with other strong bidders, and felt closer to those who had been there longer than others. So even though CANCELED joined later than me, I rooted for him against those who joined later than him. And I can't tell you the number of times I saw him in a battle with a newbie and give up. I probably also felt disappointed because I thought 'Now I'm gonna have to fight that newbie'. On the other end of the spectrum was users like NotMike, who I appreciated holding the line against upstarts like sunshine1610 and ktystd. You might say 'So what, you appreciated it', but there was tangible benefit to my appreciation. There was an untagged $1,000 AMEX card when I came out of lockout, and just as I was about to tag it NotMike did. I knew if I put in a bid right after he would back down, but since I liked what he did earlier I let him have it. I also appreciated the time that either BIDHOG or rolltide10 had a tag and ImNutsReally, fresh off a 5,000 bid win, jumped the tag. Rather then quickly skeedaddling the way CANCELED would, either BIDHOG or rolltide10 (sorry I don't remember which, I'm giving you props but not sure who to give them to) stood in there for a thousand bids just to make sure Nuts lost money too. That's the way you hold the line, get respect, and get rid of a threat like Nuts.
Regarding the $1,000 AMEX I mentioned in the previous post - a couple of months ago skoreit dropped in 4 $1k AMEX's. I only saw them because I clicked on a newbies name who was bidding against me and saw it in the WatchList. I don't know if I missed the drop of these cards by an hour or a day or 3 days. I quickly determined that 4 of them had been added, and found them in the Watch Lists of 4 people who I knew would, based on having done so before, back down if I put it in my Watch List. But I also thought that these were people who have their hopes up, maybe even for several days now, and why spoil it for them? It was another day or 2 until IfVestedWontStop added giftsforthetroops card to his list. So, IVWS singled you out as the weakest of the pack and you let him get away with that? I earned my position on the site and there would be no shame in ceding to me. But ceding to him, who joined after you and was not too long ago bidding on $50 items and who never had been in a major battle? Come on. All you people who just kept bidding on bid packs, did you think there would be a prize at the end for whoever had the most bids? Maybe some of you resent how well I did on the site, but I tried to accommodate you. When skoreit went mostly OT I knew the OTs would be a PITA. I also knew that the Bid Pack people would be at a disadvantage. And I knew the remaining non-OTs would be easier than the OTs. But I chose to go for the OTs so as to give you people who piled up the free bids then got smacked in the face by the switch to mostly OT a chance. And what happened? you let IVWS get them. WTF? Again, what were you saving all those free bids for? The average 480 Bid Pack was going for 100 bids total week after week. I had been thinking for months that skoreIt might have positive cash flow, but if they assigned a 60 cent value to each outstanding bid they would be broke. What were you thinking?
I want to cycle back to CANCELED for a moment. Imagine what it must have been like to be win4less. win4less did the same thing as CANCELED did when the site went OT, namely make a PITA of himself, yet somehow CANCELED went on to success and win4less didn't. Such are the mysteries of penny auctions I guess.
So now it looks like SkoreIt is coming to an end. I've thought about how much that must suck for the owners, having their hopes and dreams crushed. But then I realized that their whole idea was to make money off the crushing of other people's hopes and dreams. Like the aforementioned ImNutsReally, who was hoping to get a deal on an iPad or Gift Card and ended up out $5,000 or more dollars. Or bigspender111, who really wanted a camera and spent enough money to buy a camera and a round the world trip on which to take some awesome pictures, and instead never even got a camera. I felt sorry for these people, while the owners of skoreit probably whooped it up at their losses. They don't know these people's finances. Maybe some of them maxed out their credit cards and are making minimal payments as interest piles up on the balance, all because they had a hope, a dream, and skoreit seduced them into thinking there was an easy way to get that dream. The ugly truth of skoreit is this - it was founded by rich people who hoped to get even richer on the crushed hopes and dreams of their fellow human beings.