You Sold WHAT?

Within some limits, you can sell almost anything on eBay.

Within some limits, you can sell almost anything on eBay. In 2004, an Arizona man sold an air guitar for $5.50, claiming that it was “used once at a Bon Jovi concert in '89 for about three hours." In 2005, the wife of Tim Shaw, a British radio jockey on Kerrang! 105.2 F.M., sold Tim's Lotus Esprit with a "Buy It Now" price of 50 pence (less than a dollar) after she heard him flirting with model Jodie Marsh on the air. The car was sold within five minutes, and the buyer picked it up the same day. Also, there’s virtually no limit to who can sell. For instance, the state of Texas has been selling unclaimed property on eBay since 1999, and today the state is a platinum power seller, having made $1.3 million from its eBay sales. The list of wacky things that have been sold on eBay is almost endless.

Other oddities sold on eBay

  • Andrew Fischer sold advertising space on his forehead for $30,000

  • A Canadian man auctioned his allegiance to cheer for a World Cup soccer team for $15.44

  • A grilled cheese sandwich which supposedly bore the face of the Virgin Mary was sold for $28,000 to the Golden Palace Casino, known for their outrageous eBay purchases.

  • After performing at Live Earth, pop star Fergie auctioned off her 2005 Hummer H2 for $64,000. All proceeds were donated to Global Green USA.

  • Bridgeville, California was the first city to be sold on eBay in 2002, and has been up for sale three times since.

  • In May 2005, a Volkswagen Golf that had previously been registered to Pope Benedict XVI was sold on eBay's German site for about $200,000. The winning bid was made by the Golden Palace Casino

  • Disney sold a retired Monorail Red (Mark IV Monorail) for $20,000.

  • In June 2007, a man sold an ounce of his lawn clippings for $46 promising that the smell of his grass "will make your head spin."

Restricted eBay Items

There are over 100 items that are prohibited by eBay. Here are a few examples:

  • Gift cards, credit cards, or counterfeit currency

  • Alcohol (alcohol-related collectibles, including sealed containers, as well as some wine sales by licensed sellers are allowed)

  • Contracts of any type (including cell phone agreements)

  • Teacher's editions of textbooks including home school teacher's editions

  • Pirated video or music recordings

  • Live animals and wildlife products (with certain exceptions)

  • Military hardware such as working weapons or explosives

  • Used underwear and dirty used clothing

  • Lottery tickets, sweepstakes tickets, or any other gambling items

  • Firearms, knives, and ammunition, including any parts that could be used to assemble a firearm

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