Well, the Sage is happy. He got his eBay purchase for a lot less than his bid. He did his usual thing. "I'd just like to see what it goes for, I'm not bidding."
"Hang on, I've just remembered something. Is this (produces item) the same pattern?" I confirm that it is. "Well, it would make a pair, wouldn't it?"
We debate prices. I suggest a figure. He agrees. Then he mentions another figure. We decide to put in a lower amount, just to tickle up bidders (we don't necessarily do this, we use different tactics depending on our level of interest and how flirtatious we're feeling).
Ten minutes to go and we're outbid. We bide our time. The Sage has decided on a price.
Not long to go. I say I should bid now. The Sage suddenly ups his bid. I enter it and spend the next moments pressing 'refresh'.
He buys the item for slightly less than the price I'd suggested in the first place. The Sage is so happy that he deliberately runs up the price of another item from the same sellers, just to make sure they get a good price. Now he's on the phone to them, for we've bought from them before.
If he had a tail, he'd be wagging it.
Oh, and the vendor is pleased to know the Sage has bought the piece. "It's gone to a good home, then. No, I won't charge you anything for postage. I know I can trust your cheque, I'll put it in the post tomorrow."
Made his day. I expect I'll be brought a nice glass of whisky later, and a cup of coffee.