An online auction site called Swoopo
, once called TeleBid, has hit upon an ingenious way to make money. They are an auction site not entirely unlike Ebay - but using a different auction scheme. Where EBay uses a slightly modified Vickrey auction
system, Swoopo uses an auction system based on the "Dollar Auction
" game - with interesting results. [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen
on Oct 1, 2008 -
"THIS VEHICLE HAS COME TO US VIA AN INSURANCE COMPANY, IT HAS TRAVELLED 32,000 MILES AND IS ONE NOT VERY HAPPY OWNER FROM NEW. MUST TELL STORY:" (via
posted by NekulturnY
on Feb 18, 2006 -
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 -
Slightly Used, Amazingly Versatile 7-Letter Kit. (Letters included: L-I-N-D-O-W-S) Warning: Improper placement of W may result in lawsuits.
posted by Mwongozi
on Sep 27, 2004 -
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.
posted by stbalbach
on Sep 8, 2002 -
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?
posted by Dirjy
on Sep 5, 2002 -
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.
posted by johnmunsch
on Apr 11, 2002 -
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!
posted by christian
on Nov 18, 2001 -
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 -
Finally, the weapon
we've been waiting for. And at a bargain price really. ;]
posted by aflakete
on Jul 24, 2000 -
The most valuable baseball card of all time is up for auction on Ebay. Honus Wagner T206
posted by owillis
on Jul 5, 2000 -
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 -