I dabble in eBay from time to time. Nothing serious. A dollar here, a couple of dollars there. Mostly craft supplies. A few weeks ago I won an auction for double-pointed bamboo knitting needles. I paid a ridiculously low price and the shipping was free. I have always wanted bamboo needles and just couldn't afford them. I figured that if they were crappy I wouldn't really be out much money. They arrived the other day and they are lovely and smooth and polished and ready to use . . . until I looked at the labels . . . the sizes were all printed in Chinese . . . LOL . . . I have a measuring gauge for needles but what a pain that would be measuring them all the time.
When I took the bundle of needles apart today to photograph them for this blog post, I found the numbers carefully etched into each needle. Thank goodness.