So to help all of you ignorant to the Rules of Dibs, let me give you a brief summary (the full text can be found in Section 16.8 of the Law of Dibs):
- "Dibs" is not necessary to claim possession of disputed item, title, etc. Acceptable claims are Mine, Me, Shotgun, Here. Also, the more obvious, "I will take it" is adequate.
- Acknowledgement of possession, or lack of, does not affect claim in any way.
- Once dibs is called it cannot be un-dibbed unless the dibber gives his or her consent.
- Dibs does not expire until, for example, the filing cabinets are retrieved.
I will need a few more days to recover. But I am hopeful once I return to Craigslist to continue furnishing my make-believe house I will find a few more educated sellers.