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September 4, 2001 8:58 PM   Subscribe

Stile is giving up. Pressure from PETA, 800 e-mails a day and 100,000 unique visitors a day has led the 2000 Webby award winner to put his site up on eBay for auction.
posted by TacoConsumer (20 comments total)

 
This is the 8th time he's "quit." I'm sure he appreciates the publicity.
posted by skallas at 9:02 PM on September 4, 2001


He's legally bound to sell it. Unless, of course, his reserve is up in the 3 billion range on eBay. This is probably a good money-making opportunity for the buyer though, believe it or not.
posted by bloggboy at 9:17 PM on September 4, 2001


Considering the last top bidder I saw was "Stilesucks" something tells me nothing will be exchanging hands.
posted by skallas at 9:23 PM on September 4, 2001


and here I was thinking about offering him 15 bucks for the domain name.
posted by howa2396 at 9:23 PM on September 4, 2001


"And every night now will be Stile's last night in town..."
posted by fidelity at 9:25 PM on September 4, 2001


oh my god, stile is pulling another dramatic stunt, intending to quit yet again? I can barely contain my surprise and utter, utter shock upon hearing this urgently breaking news. It's just so astounding really, I mean sure, the sixth time I thought it was really the end, the thirteenth time I really thought he was telling the truth, but my god, I bet this 28th time he's claiming to end it all is really the one.

Stile is quitting, oh my lord stop the fucking presses.

*yawn*
posted by mathowie at 9:28 PM on September 4, 2001


God knows I'm shocked.
posted by owillis at 11:26 PM on September 4, 2001


The current bid is 66,666.66.

Jesus...
posted by kchristidis at 3:17 AM on September 5, 2001


Not being an ebay-er, don't they have terms of service that prohibit non-real auctions, including those with ludicrous reserves? I mean, aren't these other gimmicky ones, like "sell our baby's name" and "sell my vote" quickly pulled? And if an item is actually saleable, aren't the bids and sales considered legally binding- i.e., if he set the reserve at around 100k instead of "the 3 billion range" thinking it would never be reached, wouldn't he be forced to sell it if someone actually reached that price, which is not out of the realm of possibility? And if that bidder was kidding, won't they be obligated to fork over the dough even if he is Stile's friend and "in on" the gag? I'm actually curious about this- has eBay been found to be legally binding in contract law?

Oh wait... I just looked at the general category of domain names on ebay, and obviously it's an unintentional joke category- for example, the guy trying to sell wirelessnetwork.tv for a reserve of $100,000,000.
posted by hincandenza at 3:43 AM on September 5, 2001



And if that bidder was kidding, won't they be obligated to fork over the dough even if he is Stile's friend and "in on" the gag?

Payment's between the buyer and the seller. If neither complains to eBay, eBay won't know there's a problem. But Stile would have to fork over the eBay fees if the auction finishes with a winning bidder.

If bidding does make it over the reserve, and assuming this is a stunt, I'd expect to see Stile cancel all bids at the last minute.
posted by kindall at 7:40 AM on September 5, 2001


Monday: Feature naked camgirl.

Tuesday: Violently excoriate naked camgirl, call her a fat slut, and delete her link.

Wednesday: Post mpeg of a man with three dicks fucking a pineapple.

Thursday: Create fake "My site was hacked!" page, though neglect to disable popups.

Friday: Gloomily beat off.

Saturday: Stage own death. Note that it is pretty wimpy stuff compared to usual postings. Do not appreciate irony.

Sunday: Take a nap, tiger! You're famous!
posted by Skot at 9:59 AM on September 5, 2001


kindall said: If bidding does make it over the reserve, and assuming this is a stunt, I'd expect to see Stile cancel all bids at the last minute.

Heck, even if it is a stunt.. I'm not sure Stile could turn down a million bucks for his site.. although you'd have to be nuts to buy it.

But never mind.. this is hilarious, and Stile has never ceased to entertain me throughout the years with these stunts. Kudos to him.
posted by wackybrit at 11:18 AM on September 5, 2001


Good evening sir. My name is Steve. I come from a rough area. I used to be addicted to crack and that is why I am selling magazine subscriptions.
posted by hwnd at 2:34 PM on September 5, 2001


Hahaha the current bid is $3 million, and the reserve is not even met yet. Sounds like a prank to me.
posted by skechada at 2:38 PM on September 5, 2001


Hahaha the current bid is $3 million, and the reserve is not even met yet.

What's more, the buyer looks legit. [Ebay registration required.]

That's not to say that auctioning it isn't a stunt... but three freakin' million?
posted by Marquis at 2:55 PM on September 5, 2001


dogbreath55 has bid $6,666,966.00.

lordy.
posted by brigita at 3:37 PM on September 5, 2001


Auction comes up invalid now ... Hmmm
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 4:54 PM on September 5, 2001


But never mind.. this is hilarious, and Stile has never ceased to entertain me throughout the years with these stunts. Kudos to him.

That was a joke, right?
posted by lucien at 8:49 AM on September 6, 2001


Denouement: the site status quo has returned. Big surprise, eh?
posted by darukaru at 2:38 PM on September 6, 2001


he fooled the world
posted by MrJesus at 9:26 AM on September 7, 2001


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