Another Doctor’s And Signs of the Demise of My Niche Market

Good Morning Ted and Jody:

I’m off to see the entomologist today.  OK, he is actually an endocrinologist but since they both start with e to think of him as a bug specialist gives me a chuckle; for to have diabetes, my body must have, in the computer sense of the word, a bug. But unlike the first moth that created the short that cause that first computer to act up, they are not likely to find a single moth in me if they cut me open to see what is wrong.  No, more likely they will find a battalion of them or some really big number like a Brazilian.  Anyway, I don’t expect my A1c to have gone down as a few times in the last three months, I ran out of peppermint tea.  There were clouds in the sky and the sun was not available to make it “sun brewed” style and I was too lazy to heat water and make it the old-fashioned way.  So, to make a long story short, I went for several days without drinking any, several times.  Consequently, on those occasions my blood sugar went up in the mornings when I got up.  Then throughout the day my normal doses of short acting insulin did not take it quite down to my normal before the next meal, so I was running around 150 instead of the 100 that medical science claims is normal.    Well I did not cotton to this peppermint tea deficiency issue until just three days ago so, I am sure my A1c will not be lower than it was the last time.  (Good attempt at rationalizing my numbers, don’t you think?).  The doctor is somewhat laid back.  I have been seeing him for several years now.  The best way I can tell how I am doing is how long before my next appointment.  The shorter the interval, the more he is concerned.  So, I will have a good feel for how bad the numbers really are after he tells me when he wants to see me again.

I think my two person niche market for used US coils in multiples is coming to an end.  This is the wrong time of the month to experiment with used US coil listing to see for sure, but my used coil buyer has let four lots close without bids and two more are hanging chads (yet to be determined).  All those lots involved pairs.  He does seem to be bidding on larger multiples, strips of 3, 4, and 6 (fives are not in my inventory and reducing a 6 to a 5 is not really a good idea as it does diminish the strip’s overall value.  If that sort of thing is to be don, let the buyer do it.  I say it is the wrong time of the month as I have already past my quota from eBay of listing without listing fees and am well into “we will forgive your listing fee (which is a whopping 30₵) if the lot sells.”  Well since there is another 30₵ fee from PayPal to accept payment and a combine commission from eBay and PayPal of about 13% (and they both round up), that takes 73₵ each lot when the lot sells for $1.00 and if the buyer pays for the lots one at a time (yes there is a shipping and handling fee that keeps me just barely in the read if all of this happens, so that is some relief).  Well, to make a long story short, I am in the whole already this month on 4 of those lots for which he did not bid a whopping $1.20!  That is a very red amount.  So, it will be the 1st of November before I can list pairs again without running the risk of going further into the red in 30₵ increments every time I list.  It is times like this that I wish I were a religious person so I could drown my red in prayer.

I did get one shot of Mt. St. Helens yesterday from the information center on WA504 .20161023_133906 ns email.jpg  I thought it needed to be in shades of grey (I am told that things in shades of grey are exciting for some).  But to no make the shot  rated X, I left it in color.

Warmest regards, Ed


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Retired University Professor
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4 Responses to Another Doctor’s And Signs of the Demise of My Niche Market

  1. Lovely shot of the snowy peak. Maybe your stamp buyer is going to someone else?

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  2. beetleypete says:

    Maybe too much contact with the coils buyer spooked him? Or he might just be playing the ‘Long Game’, and hoping to panic you into discounts.
    The photo is lovely. I would buy that to send as a postcard!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • If he is playing a long game for discounts, it has to be a longer game than I can play, for the beginning bids are at prices that guarantee me a loss as it is. It is a damned good thing this is a hobby and not a business.
      Glad you liked the shot of Mt. St. Helens.


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