Monday, 24 March 2008

Man sells his life on e-Bay

A funny idea, but I especially liked some of the digressions at the end of the article:

Speaking of which, eBay's rules were tested in a landmark case last week when American sisters selling a Kellogg's Frosted Flake shaped like the state of Illinois challenged a decision to remove the corn from sale because it was in violation of the auction site's food policy.

They got around the rule by offering a coupon that can be redeemed for the flake, rather than the flake itself, which suggests eBay takes an admirably commonsense approach to applying the law, especially when there might be a story in it.

Now the only thing standing between the sisters and a flake-funded life of unimaginable riches is competition: two other Frosted Flakes shaped like Illinois had gone up for auction by late last week, along with similar offerings shaped like Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania, Baja California, South America, a sheep's head and a Thanksgiving turkey.

Still, by Friday bidding on the original flake had reached $1025.

And again:

The first item sold on the site, when it was launched under the name Auction Web in 1995, was a broken laser pointer for $14.83.

Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar, a French-born Iranian-American, contacted the winning bidder and asked if they understood that the pointer was broken. The buyer replied: "I'm a collector of broken laser pointers."

It's the Monday of a four day long weekend. Not much news today.

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