Never let you kid know your Ebay password.

Silas doesn’t know ours. But today we were offered a “second chance” to buy an item we’d bid on but lost.

The winning bidder was someone’s kid bidding without his parents’ permission.

Technically, anyone who knows your password (without having hacked it) is an authorized bidder. Technically, the kid’s parents were liable to complete the sale. The seller could have filed a claim for the higher price.

As it turned out, the seller offered it to us for the price of our last bid. Filing an Ebay claim and collecting is a royal pain with no guarantee you’ll ever get your money. And we were glad to get it at the lower price.

Which suggests a second tip of the day:

Sometimes it’s better not to be a hardass and look for an easier deal instead.