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August 04, 2007

Daisy's $4,250 bid for a comic book

In my day-to-day job I work to design eCommerce online applications that are easy for anyone to use. Don't make me think checkout flows, smart navigation, tools that will help you make a purchase decision. The simple interface atop ever more complex business rules is an every day challenge for me. Now, while I've been doing this for about eight years, yes, that long, I don't think I've ever built an interface easy enough for a two-year old. I discovered just that this Saturday morning...

I was following a comic book auction in real-time via their web site. I had just placed a bid for a book and won it and then briefly stepped away to let Sam know the price of the book. That's where I made a mistake.

While I'm not completely innocent here, since I did leave the computer up and running, Miss Daisy did what she does best at this point. Climb onto the desk chair, grab the mouse and click like a mad woman. When I got back to my desk I noticed I had placed another bid. Uh oh. Now keep in mind some of these books have gone for over 200k in certain cases and bidding is a binding contract. I started to sweat - what book did I, WE, just bid on!? OMG - it was a $4,250 bid on Mary Marvel Comics #1! I freaked to say the least. Before taking a closer look I prayed (as best a Catholic can) that we had been outbid. WE HAD! Happy dance! Happy dance!

So there you have it, an interface that's easy enough for a two year old to place a $4,250 bid for an old comic book. Hey, at least that kid has awesome taste :)

Posted by paul at August 4, 2007 10:30 AM in Paul rant

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