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When you care enough to send the very bewildering.

If you're looking for a good prank this holiday season, why not have someone living in Europe send cryptic, bizarre postcards to your friends. Bidding has commenced.
posted by zardoz on Dec 18, 2007 - 29 comments

At least the shipping's free.

You can own your very own AOL 1.0 floppy disk for the low price of $4,995.00. Think this is absurd? Well, it's been done before.
posted by MaryDellamorte on Dec 16, 2007 - 45 comments

Theft recovery

Juststolen.net "was created by police officers to provide the best possible asset tracking and property recovery services in the world. JustStolen.net is an innovative tool designed to easily register assets in order to facilitate their recovery if they are lost or stolen. JustStolen.net joins forces with online auctions to help identify stolen property."
posted by tristeza on Dec 6, 2007 - 7 comments


Invest wisely. End poverty.
posted by gman on Oct 25, 2007 - 30 comments

You = 13 cents

The Facebook Apps Top 30. Opening their source code to application developers, facebook won a strategic gamble. Now, these developers are making their own deals. The I am Hungry application went for just over $20,000, or around 13 cents for data of every user who signed up. But don't worry, you have a chance to bid for yourself.
posted by parmanparman on Oct 9, 2007 - 36 comments

Money can't buy everything it's true, but what it can't buy I can't use

eSellout.com : Freaky Things for Sale on eBay. From Your business on my chest, A very normal 1998 red VW Beetle with a long story, A potato that looks like the cartoon character Arthur, A mohawk toupee, Someone selling his dreams, but not in the way you might think, A very unique tomato and many, many more.
posted by psmealey on Sep 8, 2007 - 11 comments

eBay Arctic Ale Ouchy

Man buys Allsop, relists it as Allsopp - proving that on eBay, presentation is everything. via b3ta
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Aug 31, 2007 - 38 comments

It went for $142.51

After 53 bids, the Pokemon cards went for $142.51. (see also)
posted by Robert Angelo on Aug 22, 2007 - 25 comments

The Life of the Chinese Gold Farmer

The Life of the Chinese Gold Farmer.
posted by chunking express on Jun 19, 2007 - 74 comments

Don Lancaster: energy and small business

Don Lancaster: energy and small business Lancaster wrote in 'Nuts and Volts', wrote 'The Incredible Secret Money Machine', and has a website that ranges from small business to hydrogen economy to ebay to magic sinewaves. This is the link to his current blog, but take a look at his archived works. His writings on avoiding filing for patents are particularly thought-provoking and perhaps inspirational.
posted by dragonsi55 on Apr 14, 2007 - 7 comments

Did you mean charwoman?

Google [sic] chairman pwned [sic] on business card.
Also, save $$money$$ with typos!!
posted by Terminal Verbosity on Feb 27, 2007 - 61 comments


Charity-by-Numbers. Re-Paint-By-Number. Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles is holding an exhibition & charity auction for The Alliance for Childrens Rights. The show features old paint-by-numbers art work that has been altered by many contemporary artists. You can find Before and After images of all the artwork in their ebay listings as well as many on the gallery's site. (Sorry, no direct link to the embedded feature.) Many larger views are on the Juxtapoz blog. Some are subtle, while others bury the original almost entirely.
posted by JBennett on Feb 14, 2007 - 1 comment

Branding & Marketing. Top *BRANDS* 2006, 2005, 2004

Top 'BRANDS' 2006, 2005, 2004 - Current List and Achive Overview on How survey was done.... What BRANDS have the most recognition and are the most popular with Americans? Here are the results of the current annual survey and achives from the past two years "With the multitude of brand choices available to consumers, this survey is an important indicator of consumer activity and its correlation to social behavior .... Companies that can provide a clear and consistent brand to consumers, as well as harmonize with social changes will find themselves in a promising position, as illustrated by top-ranking brands..."
posted by Bodyguard on Jan 8, 2007 - 16 comments

In other news, tulip futures were unchanged

The Decline of the PS3 Grey Market: Purchases by eBay arbitrageurs were one of the primary drivers of the Playstation 3 release date frenzy. Predictably, the bubble has now burst.
posted by Horace Rumpole on Dec 30, 2006 - 74 comments

Political Junk on eBay

Weird political junk on eBay. Traffic lights from Dealey Plaza, President Garfield's funeral shroud, Yitzhak Rabin's Scandalous Greek Vase. And here is the boat which Brezhnev gave Nixon (after Nixon gave him a Cadillac). No bids yet at $1m.
posted by tombola on Dec 20, 2006 - 8 comments

Velvet Underground Acetate Breaks Record

What you have purchased for less than the price of a cup of coffee is arguably one of the most important "lost" music recordings out there. Record collector Warren Hill paid 75 cents at a yard sale in Chelsea, New York for an acetate in a plain cardboard sleeve. After some research, Hill's friends confirmed that the acetate disc, recorded by sound engineer Norman Dolph (who also wrote Reunion's "Life Is A Rock But The Radio Rolled Me"), was the third recording ever made by the Velvet Underground and the first album they ever did. A demo rejected by Columbia Records, the acetate is now up for auction on EBay, where the high bid is $124,640.50 and climbing, already breaking records as the most expensive LP ever sold at auction. (Bonus: see a post from a teenage eyewitness to the VU's 1966 session that produced this acetate.)
posted by jonp72 on Dec 5, 2006 - 32 comments

Just headed down to the dump with these children's letters to God

Bag Of Prayer Letters Plucked From N.J. Surf. One man wrote from prison, saying he was innocent and wanted to be back home with his family. A woman wrote that her boyfriend was now closing the door to her daughter's bedroom each night when it used to stay open, and wondered why. One unwed mother wrote that her baby was due in four weeks, and asked God to make the father fall in love with her and marry her so the child would have a father. The minister died two years ago at 79. How the letters, some dating to 1973, wound up bobbing in the surf is a mystery.
posted by 445supermag on Nov 3, 2006 - 27 comments

Runaway inflation or just Ebay-as-usual?

Man turns $1 bill into over $11 via Ebay. No it's not old, it's just a used 2003-series bill that's not even in very good condition. It does has an interesting serial number, though. As does this other $1 bill also on Ebay with a current bid of $11. Of course if your dollar bills don't have particularly rare serial numbers it doesn't mean you can't Ebay your way to profit.
posted by clevershark on Oct 29, 2006 - 31 comments

Bestest best of the web?

Websites that changed the world? This Observer piece lists fifteen websites that aught to be considered the best of the web. It's a bold claim and although the potted histories are excellent, I'm wondering the extent to which it mostly includes website that have broken the public recognition barrier in the uk rather than changing the world. How many are simply pioneers in their field? Where for example is flickr?
posted by feelinglistless on Aug 13, 2006 - 69 comments


Looking for the Loch Ness monster, a new husband, Uranium, or bed sores? eBay can help (or so their adwords think).
posted by mattbucher on Aug 2, 2006 - 14 comments

Was Tigermilk worth it?

What is the value of your vinyl record? An archive of the marketplace of wax.
posted by The Jesse Helms on Jul 26, 2006 - 33 comments

Crazy Eddie sells out

Crazy Eddie. His prices were in-sane! After a failed attempt to revive the home electronic brand known for wacky commercials, the name is being auctioned off on eBay.
posted by Yakuman on Jul 4, 2006 - 27 comments

Bob haven't you got work to do or do you find that you have a problem relating to the rest of the human race?

What began as a simple eBay Motors auction... "Again no swaps. What is it with people, when I say no swaps please don't take it as a challange. I have been offfered a caravan, 12 cars, 1 lorry, to have my garden landscaped, some rare fish, and I'm sorry but the very kind gent (Donald) who offered me a weekend with his wife (and him it would appear) I have a special message for you. The pictures you sent me of your wife did not, in all honesty help. Some of them looked more like a traffic accident than something that I might remotely find alluring. I am sure that if you set up your own website (assuming that it's not illegal) there will be plenty of sad sacks (many from ebay land going by this experience) who will indulge your (and your wifes) desires."
posted by daHIFI on Jun 7, 2006 - 34 comments

broken laptop

If you are going to sell a broken laptop on ebay, make sure you wipe the harddisk first (some photos NSFW)
posted by bluefin on May 26, 2006 - 88 comments

Asian invasion?

Wal-Mart fails in South Korea. As a student of business and a resident of Asia, I am fascinated by the examples of "foreign" businesses who either succeed or fail in Asian markets. Recently, Vodafone failed in Japan but in a strange twist has signed a J-V with Softbank to keep their presence in Japan. eBay failed in Japan as did Memoirs of a Geisha. I'd love to have a discussion on the successes AND failures of non-Asian businesses in Asian markets and what, if any, lessons can be taken away for those of us who are in Asian markets or wish to enter Asian markets. (Yes, I realize that "Asia" is too broad of a region but I don't want to limit the discussion to just one nation.)
posted by gen on May 24, 2006 - 43 comments

... a page of history is worth a volume of logic.

Injunctions in patent cases not automatic. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision (16 page pdf) on Monday in the dispute between eBay and MercExchange. The Court ruled in favor of eBay finding that the lower Appeals Court erred as a matter of law in creating a general rule that “courts will issue permanent injunctions against patent infringement absent exceptional circumstances.” In the concurring opinion written by Chief Justice Roberts, joined by Scalia and Ginsberg, Roberts citing Court precedent noted that: “[d]iscretion is not whim, and limiting discretion according to legal standards helps promote the basic principle of justice that like cases should be decided alike.”
posted by three blind mice on May 17, 2006 - 25 comments

Sperm Dress

The seller called 'em polkadots. "When I got the dress, my eyes about popped out of my head. These were NOT creamy white polkadots. My mind raced. This was a novelty print, yes, but not of balloons or cheerfully wriggling tadpoles. There's no way…could it be!? Could the 1950's designer Mark-Robbins been so devious as to devise a blue dress covered—literally covered—in…"
posted by Mo Nickels on Mar 11, 2006 - 16 comments

For sale: Jaguar convertible, no accidents (sort of)

posted by NekulturnY on Feb 18, 2006 - 40 comments

She shed a tear for the pain we all feel..It changed me

Holy Mother Of God appears to ebayer and commands her to put her up for sale on eBay for $900 -- Buy it Now -- no reserve price. Ed, a bidder whose 24-year-old daughter suffers from chronic endometriosis hopes to acquire the statue for her. Let's hope he gets there before Golden Palace Casino (sorry, no links for that one) snipes it.
posted by VMC on Feb 1, 2006 - 45 comments

Stale Idols

Pretzel architecture, a Virgin Mary funyun, and $609.00.
posted by leapingsheep on Dec 10, 2005 - 11 comments

Tables are turned on Ebay scalper

Scalped basketball tickets: $370. XBOX 360: $299. Having Ebay stop the bidding and award all items to the person who bid $80: Priceless
posted by chakalakasp on Dec 6, 2005 - 25 comments

Shatner's Kidney Stone

Shame: the Final Frontier. Following his successful kidney stone removal, William Shatner now wants to sell it on eBay for charity. Technically, selling human body parts is against site policies, but Shatner hopes an exception will be made for charity's sake, as well as the millions of Trekkies he believes will want to bid on "the ultimate piece of Star Trek memorabilia."
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Nov 19, 2005 - 52 comments

that type of integration

Up for auction is Vincent Gallo's sperm.
posted by radiosig on Oct 31, 2005 - 22 comments

thanx for letting me fuck your dad

thanx for letting me fuck your dad --PATTON
posted by angry modem on Oct 17, 2005 - 63 comments

Why Skype-eBay was the Worst Kept Secret On Wall Street.

Why Skype-eBay was the Worst Kept Secret On Wall Street. The traders on Wall Street knew way before the “tech crowd” that the acquisition was a foregone conclusion by Thursday closing. The leak might have come from a cabbie in New York who overheard the eBay Executives. And you thought they didn’t understand english….
posted by snark9 on Oct 3, 2005 - 14 comments


"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor Paypal problems?!? stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. So apparently our goverment is now a power seller on Ebay. At least they're not selling tanks or anything. Just stuff like this. If you're lucky, you won't have to wait until the inevitable auction to buy the official 37-cent MUPPET STAMPS!! which officially go on sale tomorrow. Typical of our government - Camilla the Chicken is in; Floyd, Dr. Teeth, Scooter are out. In a perfect world, letter bombs would have a Crazy Harry stamp, and we could pair a stamp of the politician of our choice with Rizzo the Rat.
posted by ericbop on Sep 27, 2005 - 22 comments

War profiteering from the comfort of your own home

Own 100,000,000 little pieces of Iraq. Or just one very special 500 dinar note from this guy.

*Hand on Heart* I have made many great friends (Mimi, Khalid, Naif, Colby... and about 900 others here at eBay alone) through doing this and hopefully we can realize some fruit from our collective efforts in the future :-)
posted by leapingsheep on Sep 25, 2005 - 14 comments

The Ten Commandments ... on eBay?

In July, Georgia federal judge William C. O’Kelley ordered Barrow County to remove a Ten Commandments plaque from its courthouse. The suit was filed by ACLU Georgia, which not only succeeded in getting the plaque removed, but also recovered $150,000 in attorneys’ fees and expenses. Ten Commandments-Georgia pledged to reimburse the county for its legal expenses. In order for the group to raise the last $52,000 it needs to meet that pledge, it has put the actual Ten Commandments plaque that was removed from the courthouse under the order of the court up for auction on eBay.
posted by monju_bosatsu on Sep 13, 2005 - 40 comments

eBay buys Skype

The bizarro dot-com deals of the 90's are back, baby! eBay, the company whose business model is to monetize what people otherwise throw out or give away, is buying Skype, who gives away what everyone otherwise pays for.
posted by mkultra on Sep 12, 2005 - 33 comments

A+++ Would ruin country again!

Own a piece of national tragedy. Rehnquist's original signed decision on the 2000 election recount, throwing the country over to the loser of the popular vote (and, quite possibly, the loser of the electoral college) is up for auction.
posted by jonson on Sep 10, 2005 - 39 comments

Americans do the darndest things

America bands together to support the hurricane victims via ebay.
posted by zerokey on Sep 3, 2005 - 13 comments

This is so bad it hurts

Bluetooth Star Trek Barbie. She also has the bonus distinction of also being USB-enabled. [via]
posted by grateful on Aug 18, 2005 - 13 comments


Thousands (!) and thousands and thousands of old 45s on eBay. (More)
posted by growabrain on Jul 19, 2005 - 21 comments

Tap tap tap tap tap tap

Why I bought a typewriter on ebay. Nate, a writer, tells why...well, the link is self-explanatory. A follow-up to an earlier post.
posted by braun_richard on Jul 13, 2005 - 21 comments

Live £8,000,000,000

Now that over 2,000,000 people have texted in for tickets to July's Live 8 concert, some of the lucky 150,000 people who've won tickets have already posted them on eBay... with massive success. Why? Are the bidders trying to scupper sellers attempts to profit from a charity gig? Or is because eBay have promised to make a donation "at least equivalent to the fees [they] collect from the sale of Live 8 tickets", which includes a percentage of every item sold? If so... wow.
posted by armoured-ant on Jun 13, 2005 - 29 comments

What Would Jesus Drive?

Buy the (new) Pope's (old) Mobile
I used Babelfish to translate it (Google's translation apparently doesn't work on eBay).
Only 1.7 million pageviews so far.
posted by fenriq on Apr 29, 2005 - 8 comments


This monkey business has finally gone too far [warning: cackling].
posted by thedevildancedlightly on Apr 13, 2005 - 17 comments

How came any reasonable being to subject himself to such a yoke of misery?

Confessions of an EBay opium addict - Like anyone trolling the Internet at 4 a.m., I had been looking for some kind of temporary drug fix. I found it on eBay under Crafts>Floral Supplies>Flowers, Foliage>Dried. (via Alternet)
posted by mrgrimm on Apr 5, 2005 - 74 comments


The rights to Pokey the Penguin(archive)-the entire body of work, characters, likenesses, etc.- are for sale on eBay. Is this the end of an infrequently updated and incoherent era that spanned nearly seven years?
posted by PinkStainlessTail on Apr 1, 2005 - 21 comments


Haunted Possessed Disney Stitch Teddy Dangerous? No reserve - I just want it gone.
posted by limitedpie on Mar 24, 2005 - 23 comments

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