No? Are you sure?
Look closer, because I should.
My youngest son, Noah, who is 5, is obsessed with these new toys called Bakugan. They're kind of like a cross between Pokemon and Transformers. They start out like a ball, and when you put them on a magnetic game card, they flip open.
Even the adults we've shown Noah's collection to are a little fascinated by how they work.
Noah is always wanting to play on the Bakugan website and likes to see the new Bakugans available on the Toys R Us website.
But the place with the biggest collection of Bakugan to check out is eBay.
It started out innocently enough. We looked up Bakugan on eBay and let Noah browse through all the different varieties available. No big deal, right?
Because one day last week, after Noah and his friend had been playing on the computer together, I managed to squeeze in some time of my own to check my email and saw a message from eBay stating:
"Your eBay bid is confirmed: Bakugan Bakupearl B2 HAOS GREY PREYAS 350g Rare"
Still, I didn't panic because Nate and I had talked about doing most of our Christmas shopping online this year, and we are frequent eBay users. I assumed Nate was doing a little Christmas shopping at work.
The hysteria didn't hit me until I saw the words:
"Your maximum bid: $484.00."
And then I noticed the next email in my inbox said, "You won this item on eBay..."
I instantly opened the email and found that I was indeed the highest bidder. Lucky me.
Fortunately, the auction ended at $6 with free shipping, which isn't too bad, particularly because there are collections of Bakugan and individual rare Bakugans going for HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS. Had Noah been bidding on one of those items and we had won, I would have completely lost it!
Later, Noah told me there was a cool Bakugan on eBay he'd seen and wanted to know if maybe we could buy it? I didn't bother telling him we already did, thanks to him. I did however, tell him that he's no longer allowed to look at things on eBay because "they charge us money". He kind of gets it, I think.
And we get to check another Christmas gift off our list, right?
Merry Christmas, kiddo.