I don't know about you, but I love Ebay. I've bought clothes, books, and things I just can't find anywhere else (like canceled nail polish colors). When we were dating, my husband and I got into a bidding war over this hideous blue and green plaid jacket that he wanted to buy. Him, because he thought it was amusingly awful. Me, because I didn't want to see him wear it.
Then Jim got the bright idea to step back from the auction and I ended up winning. Thus I had the pleasure of paying for and receiving said hideous jacket. I was dating a smartie, or so he thought. The final revenge was mine, however, in that I hung the plaid monstrosity up in my closet and refused to let him wear it.
So I suppose the lesson to be learned is that Ebay is great if you want to taunt your partner. Ebay is also the perfect place for a bunch of fantastic authors to get together to put up amazing prizes for a good cause.
A great friend to authors, Fatin, runs a book blog and she recently lost her husband in a senseless act of violence. More than one hundred authors have banded together to offer autographed books, prize baskets, lunches out, coaching for unpublished writers and a whole lot more. It's going on right now under the heading Operation Auction 2011.
There's also a book package up there for the Accidental Demon Slayer series - first edition, signed copies of all four books. So join in if you'd like. I've been bidding on a lot of fun things (although I'm skipping the plaid jackets this time).