I had been searching for 10 years for a model making lathe, i found one on ebay last night and missed it, cost was £150. I finally got round to placing a 'wanted ad' not really expecting anything, it was a long shot!! this was at 3:00pm. At 3:05 i checked the listings and just before my ad was a guy advertisig what i was looking for, at an unbelievable £75, this would have easily fetched 3 times this amount on ebay. I immediately phoned him, and he was surprised as he had only just placed the Ad. At 3:10 i paid for the lathe, at 3:30 he confirmed payment into his account, 3:40 i arranged courier collection. More then happy doesnt begin to describe my happiness.
So for a very trivial, mere £5.00 the early bird really CAN catch the worm. A fiver VERY well spent and thank you preloved.