In Which We Discuss eBay Deals, Building the Ultimate Gaming Computer for a Less Than Ultimate Price, and Some Interesting Facts
In the process of beginning to roll out videos from TIFO on our YouTube channel, we were in need of a computer that can render said videos without catching on fire and finish before the Second Coming… Of course, being a site that relies solely on ad-revenue and offers all our stuff for free to are dear readers… let’s just say we we were looking at keeping the price cheaper than many others pay for a kick-butt video making machine, but still wanted the kick-butt performance.
Enter our editor in chief, who happens to be highly credentialed in the ways of computer science. Given I am great at research, in this case researching the best deals for parts he tells me about, marrying our skills allowed us to put together an exceptionally good machine that, while certainly not bargain-basement cheap, was at least less than exceptionally priced for such a high-end machine. Besides being awesome for making videos, it also makes for a truly awesome gaming PC as well… not that I do that on the machine or anything while I’m supposed to be working…
In any event, besides building said machine, we also decided to put it in a guide form for others to benefit from after eBay came-a-calling about their eBay Deals. You can read said-guide of ours here: How to Build an Amazing Gaming Computer
Now this brings us to eBay Deals. If you haven’t heard of it, this is essentially a part of eBay where eBay highlights the best deals at a given time on eBay, saving you the effort of sifting through to look for them. Given eBay’s already known as a great place to find stuff cheaper than you will elsewhere, even often with their brand new “Buy It Now” stuff, you can bet the deals listed here are generally going to be extremely good.
So if you’re looking for some great deals on things, or just want to help support TIFO by checking out something one of our sponsors is offering, do go give it a look.
And also don’t forget to go check out our “Build an Awesome Gaming PC Guide“. Not only will you find out how to do that and what parts to get to construct such a glorious machine, but you’ll also get some really interesting Bonus Facts at the bottom that have little to do with the guide, but we can’t help ourselves when it comes to stuffing interesting facts into anything we produce. Speaking of that…
- When it was first created, eBay wasn’t called eBay, but rather AuctionWeb. The original look for the site was very similar to Craigslist. So why is it called eBay today? AuctionWeb was simply one of four sites Omidyar ran under his eBay Internet, a domain he’d purchased well before ever coming up with AuctionWeb. He originally wanted to call this “EchoBay,” but the domain was already taken by a Canadian mining company, so he shortened it. The other things you could find under the eBay umbrella were a page on the Ebola virus, a small travel agent site, and a personal shopper site. Within seven months of launching AuctionWeb, revenues coming in were out earning Omidyar’s day job at General Magic, so he quit to devote himself full time to his little side project. About a year and a half later, general users and many in the press had been calling it “eBay,” instead of AuctionWeb, so he switched the name. At the same time that happened in September of 1997, he also switched the look of the site to be much more graphically based.
- When eBay went public with a suggested price of $18 per share (but ultimately surged to $53.50 on the first day), the 30 employees of the company at the time did a conga line around the office. The biggest recipients of that public offering were Omidyar, who today is worth about $8.7 billion, and the first CEO of the company, Meg Whitman, who has a net worth of just under $2 billion today.
- A new species of sea urchin was discovered on eBay in 2004 and something similar happened in 2008. In both cases, this was when someone listed the items (sea urchin and an insect of a previously unknown species encased in amber some 40-50 million years ago) on eBay for sale. In the latter case, the British scientist who bought it, Richard Harrington, attempted to have the name for the thing be Mindarus ebayici, but ultimately this was rejected and it was named Mindarus harrintoni.
- British singer-songwriter James Hillier Blount, aka James Blunt, once auctioned his sister off on eBay. Why? He later stated in an interview with GQ, “I came back to the flat where my sister was staying and she was crying because she couldn’t get to a funeral in Ireland. The planes were on strike, the ferry was out of season, and there were no trains… I ended up whacking it on eBay: ‘Damsel in distress seeks knight in shining armor! Desperate to get to a funeral in southern Ireland, please help!’ The bids flooded in and the guy who won had a helicopter.” The story gets even better though. Blunt stated, “That was three years ago. This summer they’re getting married.”
- One of the first items sold on eBay shortly after its launch in early September of 1995 was a broken laser pointer. When eBay creator, Pierre Omidyar, emailed the person who bought the broken laser pointer for $14.83 ($22.40 today) to make sure he knew it was broken, the man told him “I’m a collector of broken laser pointers.” Other early items sold on eBay included an autographed pair of Marky Mark (aka, Mark Wahlberg) underwear, which sold for $400, a Toyota Tercel ($3,200), and a superman lunchbox ($22).
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