That's when I panicked. I got a message that said this seller required a PayPal account to be linked to the buyer's eBay account. Couldn't the system see how many purchases I have made on eBay using PayPal? Ok, maybe there was a glitch. I logged out of eBay, closed the browser, and faster than a speeding locomotive, opened a new browser, popped back into eBay, logged in and found the listing at T-1:00. I placed my bid again and got the same message. I'm not sure why, but at this point of near defeat, I fell back in my chair and thought, "I might as well be sitting on a penguin watching Santa bake cookies." Again, I'm not sure why that popped into my head.
|"Please don't sit on me"|
I composed myself, entered my bid yet again, and this time when I got the message I noticed a button at the bottom of the screen that said "link your account," so I pressed it. It went to PayPal, I logged in, I clicked the LINK button, it said I was successful, I clicked on "back to eBay" and ended up back on the listing page with twenty-three seconds left. I calmly entered my max bid at this point, there was no time left for haggling, I had to shoot straight to the maximum amount I wanted to spend and hope for the best. The page refreshed and I watched the counter tick down from 7-6-5-4-3-2-1. I won the auction.
No one else cared about those cans. That had been the most intense bidding war against myself I have ever been in! And now my accounts are linked, so I shouldn't have to go through that again. And now I will reconsider my Two-Minute Technique. Things can go wrong in two minutes, maybe I should allow for a little more cushion when bidding. Such a fun game to play.