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What makes people feel the need to capitalize on this?

What makes people feel the need to capitalize on this? Tragedy brings the best and worst out in people.
posted by da5id on Sep 11, 2001 - 22 comments

Stile

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 on Sep 4, 2001 - 20 comments

Talk About Your Graven Images!

Talk About Your Graven Images! Look out, Golden Calf - you've got competition! Now up for sale on eBay, a two-foot-tall, 100+ pound solid gold statue of Mickey Mouse. "The manufacturer of 'Celebration Mickey', The Great Western Mint, adds 'Never in the history of art has a work of such enormous size been cast in pure gold. We are proud to be able to present this piece with expectations that art lovers and cultural historians yet unborn will look back upon this 1,500 troy ounce casting of pure gold and marvel at the technical prowess that it exhibits.'" Wow. I thought I heard all the theories, but it never dawned on me that Mickey Mouse was the Antichrist.
posted by tpoh.org on Sep 1, 2001 - 9 comments

Looking for a catchy ICQ number?

Looking for a catchy ICQ number? How about a short one? I can understand domain name reselling, but this is ridiculous. What's next, a market for easy to remember IP addresses?
posted by ry on Jul 31, 2001 - 47 comments

What's it like to be born a sellout?

What's it like to be born a sellout? Two parents not only expecting a new child, but expecting a corporate donor to give them half a million dollars for the naming rights to their son. Their ebay listing claims it's for the child's education, though the article says they're looking to buy a new home. And if you actually think naming your offspring "Aaa-Oh-El" is a good idea and would like to copy it, too late, the imitators have already sprung up. (via NextDraft)
posted by mathowie on Jul 26, 2001 - 20 comments

Death sells, but who's buying?

Death sells, but who's buying? An enterprising fellow was so moved by the recent Texas tragedy of a depressed mother killing her five children that he bought the domain name "AndreaYates.com" and put it up for auction on Ebay. Ebay, that bastion of good taste , eventually pulled the auction.
posted by Oriole Adams on Jul 1, 2001 - 0 comments

Some guy is pissed at eBay for what he (rightly?) considers stealing his business.
posted by Spanktacular on Jun 30, 2001 - 5 comments

Buy my Virginity! **HOT ITEM**

Buy my Virginity! **HOT ITEM** At the time of this writing, there have been three bids bringing the price up to "GBP 1.40(approx. $1.95)." His favourite activities include "Ballet, Dancing, Finger Painting and Jesus" (Jesus is an activity?). "Homosexuals, Munters, TVs or women called Sadie need not apply." Found via Who Would Buy That?
posted by DyRE on Jun 14, 2001 - 10 comments

Is this an authentic Leonardo Da Vinci painting for sale on eBay?

Is this an authentic Leonardo Da Vinci painting for sale on eBay? Has anyone even seen this painting that is claimed to have been done by Leonardo Da Vinci before? It looks suspicous to me: the seller does not have a rating and their website looks like it was made by a kindergardner. Is this another eBay scam or something of value?
posted by crog on May 17, 2001 - 14 comments

The funniest thing I've seen in many a moon.

The funniest thing I've seen in many a moon. Want to find crazy crap on eBay? Don't waste your prescious time, Disturbing Auctions has done it for you!

This for the golfer in the family.

This for the hawaii-bound honeymooners.

This for... I don't know.
posted by o2b on May 14, 2001 - 19 comments

Half.com expands to list used electronics.

Half.com expands to list used electronics. The site (owned by EBay) now allows sellers to list used electronics, computers, sporting goods, and trading cards, but receiving a defective or damaged computer will prove to be much harder to rectify with Customer Service than receiving a scratched CD or DVD. Not to mention the postage cost...
posted by nyukid on Apr 25, 2001 - 4 comments

This auction at eBay

This auction at eBay has to be one of the more entertaining after effects of the dotcom meltdown. Personally, the last suggestion in the ad would be my preferred usage of the item for sale...
posted by Spanktacular on Apr 24, 2001 - 5 comments

Razorfish for sale. Cheap. Real cheap.

Razorfish for sale. Cheap. Real cheap. "Exciting new media company with lots of potential for expansion (again) for sale."
posted by mathowie on Apr 5, 2001 - 14 comments

"eBay, the next Amazon"?

"eBay, the next Amazon"? The motley fool questions who will become the major online retail destination.
posted by bison on Apr 3, 2001 - 0 comments

MIR debris for sale on eBay.

MIR debris for sale on eBay. Who'd have thought it?
posted by normy on Mar 23, 2001 - 5 comments

I'd like to bid on an OS that crashes my computer, please.

I'd like to bid on an OS that crashes my computer, please. Microsoft, eBay enter alliance to support Internet services.
posted by darren on Mar 12, 2001 - 7 comments

For the CEO who has everything...

For the CEO who has everything... how about a 1985 Toyota MR2 powered by 3 turbojet engines? You start it with a leaf blower. Seller says it is "probably street legal except for this little 'excessive noise' issue". Up for grabs at eBay, currently $7,700 will take this baby home!
posted by JParker on Mar 7, 2001 - 4 comments

eBay takes a leaf out of eToys' book.

eBay takes a leaf out of eToys' book. Everybody's favourite auction site is threatening legal action against EBay Pty Limited, an Australian company that’s been around for twenty years but only got online recently. eBay has the ebay.com.au domain name, so EBay bought ebayaust.com in late 1999 for their small business selling self-published books.

Now eBay wants EBay to stop using the name both online and offline, the latter of which seems highly dubious given the relative ages of the companies.

In what is becoming an increasingly global marketplace, where do we draw the line between disparate companies with similar names?
posted by Georgina on Feb 27, 2001 - 6 comments

Ebay

Ebay gets ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US. Even our favorite Amazon.com book gets a dose!
posted by ignu on Feb 22, 2001 - 17 comments

EBay has had another software glitch

EBay has had another software glitch and it's made all sorts of people accidentally opt out of receiving EBay's email advertising by mistake. So, just to help all you nice people out, they've decided to change your preferences so that you permit EBay to send you spam and to sell your phone number to telemarketers, like you really wanted. Time to visit the configuration page. Again.
posted by Steven Den Beste on Feb 21, 2001 - 7 comments

You're the world's number one Web destination, responsible for 40% of Internet traffic. You've been making money from advertising for years, but you know that you need to diversify your revenue streams. You run a popular auction site with over 2.8 million listings, but the only money it generates is from ads. The number one site in the auction space charges fees, so why can't you? You come up with fees that are lower than your competitor, and implement them. And then, over the next six weeks, the number of listed items on your site falls 86%. What went wrong?
posted by tranquileye on Feb 16, 2001 - 13 comments

20yr old sells soul on eBay for $400

20yr old sells soul on eBay for $400 For the auction listing, he displayed a picture of himself wearing an "I'm with stupid" T-shirt.
posted by ritualdevice on Feb 9, 2001 - 9 comments

$425 for an empty box.

$425 for an empty box. Imagine how much more it would be worth if it contained a Playstation 2. (Check his feedback, he really did send someone the empty box. "Caveat emptor"...)
posted by kindall on Jan 26, 2001 - 48 comments

I can't believe no one has posted this... but if I had a cool ten-grand, this set of Generation One Transformers would definitely be mine.
posted by hobbes on Jan 26, 2001 - 13 comments

Buy your way onto network television.

Buy your way onto network television. For over $15k you can argue against Bill Maher himself (eBay).
posted by grank on Jan 14, 2001 - 2 comments

'Goonies' House for Sale

'Goonies' House for Sale -- Throw in a set of Bully BlindersTM for good measure, and I'll take it. via bamf.com
posted by ratbastard on Jan 7, 2001 - 3 comments

Buy 1777.58 acres of the Moon

Buy 1777.58 acres of the Moon "Probably the most romantic and original present you could ever give to a loved one." My ass!! You too can claim ownership to planets/stars throughout the universe and sell them over eBay....
posted by grank on Dec 17, 2000 - 8 comments

The Grinch who stole eBay?

The Grinch who stole eBay? Here's a weird one; help cheerfully accepted. The link is to a search on eBay for Novatel Minstrel's; I decided I wanted to buy one. Everywhere I run the search from, I get substantially different results. Like, 2 answers vs 12. I'd be interested to know if other people who hit the link see similar behavior... This smells weird... kinda like the Amazon differential pricing think, but I can't see a reason why...
posted by baylink on Dec 8, 2000 - 8 comments

Everything's a collectible...

Everything's a collectible... on eBay, anyway.
posted by milnak on Nov 14, 2000 - 1 comment

Anyone want a model?

Anyone want a model? EBay's newest "hot item" - Vallerie Mazza, international supermodel. I'm wondering - is the seller capable of delivering?
posted by tatochip on Nov 14, 2000 - 2 comments

Forget Amazon. Screw Ebay. Ditch Half.

Forget Amazon. Screw Ebay. Ditch Half.
posted by Brilliantcrank on Sep 27, 2000 - 0 comments

Don't have what it takes to compete in the Olympics? Buy your way to glory.
posted by sandor on Sep 27, 2000 - 6 comments

Buy My Vote!!!

Buy My Vote!!! Obviously a statement or joke, this could spell trouble for the involved party. I had the original URLs for eBay, but can't seem to find them now :-(
posted by da5id on Aug 17, 2000 - 6 comments

Finally, the weapon we've been waiting for. And at a bargain price really. ;]
posted by aflakete on Jul 24, 2000 - 4 comments

T-206

T-206 The most valuable baseball card of all time is up for auction on Ebay. Honus Wagner T206
posted by owillis on Jul 5, 2000 - 5 comments

Mach 5 (yes, that Mach 5) now for sale on eBay.
posted by jjg on Jun 21, 2000 - 7 comments

Maybe there are some things you can't sell on eBay after all...

Maybe there are some things you can't sell on eBay after all...
posted by wendell on May 25, 2000 - 4 comments

The user who was selling Metallica's soul

The user who was selling Metallica's soul has been banned by EBay for bidding on another item he/she was selling. The strange part of all of this of course, is that I recognized their username when I read this story. Why can't we delete particular items in memory like we do with files on a computer?
posted by fooljay on May 12, 2000 - 2 comments

Next up for bid, the damn raft.

Next up for bid, the damn raft. That's right, the top item for sale is the raft that Elian survived on while traveling to the United States from Cuba. Although six days are left in the auction, 112 bids have already been placed on it, with the high bid now at $10 million.
posted by bvanveen on May 1, 2000 - 7 comments

Did you miss your chance to buy Derek's Olympus D-600L camera? Don't fret, here's another chance to own a piece of web history.

If it were me, I'd replace the mattress...
posted by ratbastard on Apr 5, 2000 - 1 comment

Hey there, you look like you could use a pair of used shoes.

Hey there, you look like you could use a pair of used shoes. Bidding starts at nine bucks.
posted by Mark on Apr 3, 2000 - 8 comments

This iMac would be cool in 10 or 15 years.

This iMac would be cool in 10 or 15 years. Too bad nobody bidded on it.
posted by premiumpolar on Mar 8, 2000 - 1 comment

eBay may buy Sotheby's.

eBay may buy Sotheby's. I can see it now: online bidding for Picassos and vintage automobiles, right next to the guy selling his old computer and the one trying to sell a kidney.
posted by Steven Den Beste on Feb 27, 2000 - 0 comments

Well, that was quick. Last week Clintion & Reno urge the FBI to go into a full investigation of the DoS attacks of Yahoo, eBay, etc., and they're already suspecting it was German crackers. They don't actually say how or why they suspect them, other than the program used in the attacks might have been German. It'd be nice if they could actually show that the attacks originated from German IP addresses before they start suspecting anyone.
posted by mathowie on Feb 14, 2000 - 0 comments

The Mars Polar Lander was located

The Mars Polar Lander was located - briefly on eBay anyway... For a starting bid of a cool ten million, you could have owned a piece of American space ephemera. As of tonight, it still appears in the search results. You gotta love how eBay is fast becoming the place for current event-based consumerism. Vintage virus containers anyone?
posted by grant on Dec 7, 1999 - 1 comment

The patent and license exchange

The patent and license exchange An ebay for intellectual property
posted by efader on Aug 12, 1999 - 0 comments

Why go all the way down to your local police auction to pick those great seized property bargins, whey you can buy former drug lords' mountian bikes on ebay?
posted by mathowie on Aug 2, 1999 - 0 comments

When this new feature

When this new feature is added to all IE browsers, I suspect that Ebay addicts will slow auction website servers to a crawl.
posted by mathowie on Jul 28, 1999 - 0 comments

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