Keyboards and computer screens grant humans the superpower known as extreme shamelessness. Just look at any online auction house to see that, while donning cloaks of anonymity, we enter a more…outrageous state of mind. That’s the only explanation for how these items ended up on eBay.
See, while online marketplaces once only offered grandma’s dusty knickknacks, rare memorabilia, and crafts handmade with love, sellers today will list just about anything — no matter how personal. Perhaps more surprisingly, however, was that buyers actually shelled out the cash for these 10 unreal items…
1. Britney Spears is known all over the world as the princess of pop, but on eBay, several sellers tried cashing in on that “pop” in a very unexpected — and kind of gross — way: by collecting her gum…
Apparently, Brit would often spit out her gum at concerts where some serious fans would swipe it up to see just what they could get. It’s safe to assume you’ve made it big if someone is jumping to pick up your used gum and auction off.
2. For the record, eBay forbids the sale of any human body parts, and of course any products made from said parts. However, in 1999 a “fully functional” kidney was listed on eBay reaching a bid of $5,750,100.
Although this sounds a bit… concerning, one can hope that the donor was selling with the kind intention of helping someone in need. After all, his listing did state, “choose either kidney … Buyer pays all transplant and medical costs. Of course, only one for sale, as I need the other one to live. Serious bids only.”
3. In 2003 Michael Jackson’s delicates were confiscated to be used as evidence in a child molestation case against him. But alas, the infamous briefs made a comeback five years later when they were listed on eBay for $1,000,000!
Turns out the man behind the mask is also the man behind the million dollar Calvin Klein briefs. Normally when you’re too big for your britches, people tell you to check yourself. But if you’re MJ, you just get another million.
4. We all can get a little annoyed with our significant others, but this one dude really took it to the next level when he tried to auction off his girlfriend on eBay. It all started after girlfriend, Kelly Greaves had playfully smacked Dale Leeks butt with a riding crop and he wanted to get some revenge.
So obviously, he decided to make an ad for his “used” girlfriend. Dale’s ad included a photo of Kelly and descriptions such as, “fairly tidy but close up shows signs of wear.” Before eBay removed the listing, bidding had reached $119,000. Ah, modern romance.
5. Remember Princess Beatrice’s hat from the royal wedding? How could you not, it was rather… memorable, after all. Well, with all the talk over the hat, the princess found it in her heart to part with the fanciful head topper in hopes that it would raise funds for charity.
Well, hats off to you, Princess Beatrice! That pink billowy wonder brought in $30,000 for a good cause. And what’s even better — now everyone can get the look. You get a hat! And you get a hat! And you!
6. Speaking of getting on your nerves, no one can get under your skin quite like family. So when 10-year-old Zoe Pemberton from England had it with her grandma “moaning” at her, she took to the internet to see if anyone out there would take her grandma off her hands.
The listing hit $27,000 before it was flagged and removed. Turns out you never know just how much someone is worth until they’re gone… Or maybe that’s exactly when you know how much they’re worth.
7. Remember Casey Anthony, the woman who may or may not have committed first-degree child murder back in 2008? Well, if she wasn’t terrifying enough in the flesh, someone went ahead and made a latex mask version of her face that went up for sale.
That’s right, a latex-faced Casey Anthony is running amuck out there. We can only hope that latex Anthony is better than the real Anthony. The mask sold for a staggering $999,900, but it just leaves us wondering… why?!
8. Whether you’re a Belieber or not, in 2011 Justin Bieber (gifted?) Ellen Degeneres trimmings of his hair in a signed box. Ellen was flattered surely but decided to list the offering on eBay and donate the earnings to an animal rescue organization.
Apparently, those locks were worth their weight in gold because they raked in a whopping $40,668! What a charitable guy the Biebs is, sheering himself for animal rights. Hey, if his career ever starts to stall he’s got himself a solid back up plan.
9. In 2008 a 22-year-old under the pseudonym Natalie Dylan attempted to auction off her virginity in order to pay for her master’s degree. As shocking as this may sound, it’s not the first offer of that nature on eBay.
Virginity offers have been posted on eBay since the late 90’s! Dylan’s auction was eventually suspended, but it does make you wonder what the state of attaining financing for one’s education is when women are being driven to such extremes.
10. As we get older, it’s harder and harder to make new friends. Privy to the struggle, in 2006 four ‘blokes’ from Australia decided to offer up, or auction off rather, the privilege of their friendship for the weekend.
The quartet stated that they wouldn’t pay for any travel expenses, but would be willing to provide “some beers, some snags, some good conversation and a hell of a lot of laughs.” Come on, the more the merrier, right?
Some people will really stop at nothing to make a little extra cash, or at least make a pretty elaborate practical joke. Either way, it just goes to show, there are no limits to the internet market.
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