We all know how hard it can be to win a popular item on eBay when everyone else in the auction is using some automated tool to place a bid with 2 seconds left in the auction. Well, I think I’ve found something worse.
Our local library.
See, our local library has these great music classes for kids. They’re free and are highly regarded. So highly regarded that getting a spot in one of them is more difficult than winning an eBay auction for a mint condition Dawn of the Dead board game. My wife’s tried unsuccessfully half a dozen times to get our daughter signed up and simply hasn’t been able to. Within minutes of the registration opening, not only have all 20 spots been taken, but the 20 spots on the waiting list have also been taken.
Today, she was ready. She had four browser windows open, refreshing constantly. At 10:00am, the registration page popped up, 15 spots showed as available, and she very quickly filled out the form and clicked “submit.” The class was filled. It was now 10:01am. At the exact same time she was calling them on the phone to try and register (or get on the waiting list) that way. No luck.
My wife concluded that the people registering for this class are all people with three letter first names and last names. Since I doubt anyone’s developed a script to pre-fill the form at the exact right time, she may be right.
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