Has PayPal's acceptable use policy
become much broader recently? I just received notice of changes to PayPal's acceptable use policy. I was surprised at the number of things that they have restrictions on. One in particular seemed like the kiss of death: No porn for you
unless it's from eBay's Mature section. Won't somebody think of the cam girls? With many banks now offering some sort of internet check-writing facility is PayPal really even a valid business model anymore outside of eBay?
Big Brother does all his shopping on eBay
State of California sells confiscated items on eBay.
Actually, it's not just items confiscated at airports -- it's any kind of surplus the state wants to get rid of. See the complete list here
. (Apparently they unload some at Goodwill
, too.) (SFGate link via ObscureStore)
Personal history for sale!
Further evidence that the line between the physical and internet worlds are melting. What aspect of our lives are not for sale?
Does the eBay fun ever stop?
Apparently not. Sometimes, auctions like these are even more hilarious than The Onion
being sold on eBay. It's essentially six automotive alternators connected (via motorcycle chain) to an electric motor. One of the alternators supposedly powers the motor, leaving the remaining five to provide 700W of free energy. Sigh...people actually believe
The Future of Transportation: No automobiles polluting the environment... No need to seal the Earth in concrete... Just the joy of flight in your own jetpack
! Okay, maybe I'm dreaming (a nightmare, actually, for the auto and oil industries...) But your own Personal Exoskeleton Flying Vehicle: Solo Trek XFV
can now be had
for a paltry $1M. Isn't this what
of as kids
? (Like everything, the price is bound to drop as the technology gets cheaper. Mass production, etc... Wouldn't it be nice? *sigh*)
Hurry! Not much time left to buy this entire town
A Mac user scorned is a dangerous thing...
Gotta hand it to this guy: persistence pays off. After being scammed with $3000 in forged cashier checques in an eBay transaction, this seller took matters into his own hands. How secure do you feel making transaction over eBay and related services? What kinds of internet fraud have you faced or fear? And most interesting of all, to what extent have you gone to correct evils done to you?
Selling a used item as a copyright infringement?
Used knitting patterns are often resold by the original buyer when they've used them. "Alice Starmore(R)" is a company that makes patterns and yarns for knitters. Ebay is a big clearinghouse for knitters, and "Alice Starmore(R)" has repeatedly insisted that ANY auction of their yarns or patterns be pulled as the auctions violate their trademark and/or copyrights. So the knitters are getting a defense fund together to claim anti-trust and restraint of trade. Didn't we sort this all out over selling used books and cd's already?
You really shouldn't mess with people who have a hobby that makes them adept with big metal needles. (BTW Alice Starmore is from the Hebrides, hence the whole "KnittingBeyond..." business.)
Attention all Peters, Parkers, or both:
Your name may earn you a free copy of Spiderman on VHS or DVD.... Thats if you don't mind faxing over vital documents to Ebay subsidiary Half.com.
EBay in patent dispute.
EBay is currently involved in a patent dispute with someone who claims to have patented the idea of online auctions in 1995. EBay believes it has found prior art in a USENET post
Kurt Cobain's childhood is home for sale on eBay.
"The inspiration for lyrics
of many of his songs
were derived from life in Montesano during these early teen years." [thanks spotmeter
A Scranton, PA man is auctioning
250,000 pieces of software mostly games from the 80s and early 90s composed
of around 20,000 unique titles
(2MB Excel Spreadsheet) for $250,000. He says its the worlds biggest collection and many games are rare and in demand
. You will need trucks and warehouse. If anyone can afford to sit on these for a few decades untill the 80s generation gets old and nostalgic it could be the Schoyen
of early computer gameing software.
Don't steal people's bandwidth for your auctions, lest ye be prepared to suffer the consequences of your actions
Let the market decide
where Dan Bern
will play next. Bern and his band are auctioning off a private concert at the auction winner's house. You can apparently make his appearance as large or intimate as you want. Would a dutch auction
like this be enough to build a U.S. tour on?
AIM screen name 'satan' going for $15k
in an apparent bidding war
that abandoned all sense of reality. Still three days left, let's see if they can break $50k? The dark lord could not be reached for comment, though jesusrox232 called it "ridiculous."
Own the Bus that Drowning Pool's Lead Singer was found Dead in.
Is this a hoax or a morbid curiosity collectible? Would you buy a Haunted Painting
or celebrity death memorabilia? [link via actionmanmagazine board]
Ebay. The place to go for collectors...of evidence
Terrist messages in digital photographs questioned
(salon.com). Last week, USA Today raised a stir by claiming that terrorists
were trading hidden messages in images on ebay by the "hundreds" using an uncited source. Salon contacting other sources willing to go on the record found that finding hundreds of hidden messages requires sampling more files than were posted to ebay in the past year. In addition steganography analysis turns up a high rate of false-positivies. Is this a case of seeing what we want to see like the Bacon-Shakespeare
AOL Joins the "Irregularity" Parade?
"AOL converted legal disputes into ad deals. It negotiated a shift in revenue from one division to another, bolstering its online business. It sold ads on behalf of online auction giant eBay Inc., booking the sale of eBay's ads as AOL's own revenue. AOL bartered ads for computer equipment in a deal with Sun Microsystems Inc. AOL counted stock rights as ad and commerce revenue in a deal with a Las Vegas firm called PurchasePro.com Inc."
Say, if PayPal doesn't deliver its stock, will they get negative feedback? (See also The Reg
This is the auction for you,
if you've totally forgotten what crystal pepsi tasted like, and you want to relive the glory.
[this is bad]
Now you can buy your way onto Filepile
NASA scavenges on eBay for old parts for Space Shuttle
[NYT link-reg req] The Space Shuttle is so old that many of the parts for it are no longer being made. NASA has been reduced to buying old equipment on eBay to scavenge for circuit boards and old CPUs.
1951 Stratocaster For Sale.
For you Fender Stratocaster/guitar freaks this deal seems too good to pass up. I'm a sucker for a funny Ebay parody.
Rustic lake cabin near Stillwater, MN
, heart of the Lakes Country. 650 square feet with vintage 1950s appliances and furnishings---lot and woodchipper not
Truth in advertising
is such a rare thing. I particularly like the reply to the VP of Engineering from Polk Audio. You can only wonder if it was a real email or somebody just trying to yank his chain.
april fools from ebay
i hadn't realized it was april fools until the nice people at ebay reminded me.
The last living member of the Heaven's Gate cult is auctioning off
the leader's van on Ebay.
Ebay at it's best.
I don't know, I think I'd buy the video . . .
There's no justice like angry mob justice.
"But like vigilante gangs of the American frontier, ad hoc communities seeking justice on the electronic frontier sometimes trample the very laws they seek to enforce, as their quest for justice warps into a plot for revenge."
Sounds familiar. Man swindles eBayers out of 125 grand; angry mob takes control of his e-mail account, grills his mother and assumes his identity.
Do you want to be a slum lord?
Well you can, with just $2,100,000, you can own enough guns and cheap broken tv sets to last a lifetime. Yes, you even get to own their dirty laundry as well. "ALL OUTSTANDING LOANS ( ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE ) $200,000.00 BRINGING IN 20% PER MONTH." I am sure that you can walk up to these people and collect right away ;-)
Enron Employees make Ends meet on eBay
Ah eBay. Enron employees in Houston are making ends meet by selling just about anything related to Enron on eBay. In addition to stock certificates you can also buy Enron's Risk Management Manual
(great excerts too) and Enron's Code of Ethics book
. Or, if you are into Enron's objects d'art, check out these awards given to executives who completed the Executive Impact & Influence Program
program. They were all yo-yos
What would you pay for this stuff?
CBS/Survivor auctions off gee-gaws from Survivor Africa to benefit Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS foundation. Way to go Survivor! As much as you may not like this show, it's a pretty cool thing to do.
Would you pay $25,000 for the Immunity Idol, though?
Is it buyer beware or Ebay's responsability
when 75 winners of Playstation 2 systems receive nothing but a picture of the unit that cost them $300.00
unsettled me more than this
. Or maybe it's a case that she has flushed any true happiness down the toilet by being so devoted to work, that it's a good thing. The jury is out for me, but not for some rapscallion who has bid a quarter of a million.
Ebay just gets weirder and weirder
Going cheap, at only a fiver! Bargain, eh?
What will people auction-off next?
And what ever happened to that person who said he would post a link on MeFi for the high-bidder? Did the post ever go up? Was it worth it? Totally slow newsday.
Is your inability to become a new MeFi member too much to handle? Well, you can just follow this man's
example, and buy
your way in!
c2it to be free; PayPal raising fees.
Will this spell the end of PayPal? Free c2it from Citibank can be used the same way the "old" PayPal could (for friends and roommates to settle up bills) as well cutting deeply into PayPal's core on-line auction settlement business (well over half its revenue), already under attack by eBay's Billpoint.
scum take advantage of xbox launch. Check out this
auction. Do these people have no ethics?
24th century* apartment. Only $4 million.
*Actual 24th century-ness of the apartment will not be known until we actually reach the 24th century.
They're auctioning off my childhood.
But I can always pick up the original Enterprise
for only US$15,000. Starting bid, of course. Maybe I'd rather have Shatner's Kirk tunic
-- a steal at only US$6,000.
Do not bid on this painting
if you are succeptible [sic] to stress related disease, faint of heart or are unfamiliar with supernatural events.
A University of Michigan study has concluded that terrorists were not using hidden messages
embedded in eBay auction images to plan the attacks. However, speculation that Ritz cracker advertisements
were used has not yet been refuted.
Six more days left if you're looking for someone to beat the living crap out of you. C'mon. You know you want to.