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Infinity Onion Ring

July 31, 2008

An eBay seller is offering the ‘unique opportunity’ to bid on an onion ring shaped like the infinity symbol. Supposedly the onion ring was purchased from a fast food restaurant, however the seller jokes it may infringe copyright if they release the establishment’s name. The onion ring is in great condition.

German Rail Tickets

July 30, 2008

The German national rail company (Bahn) are offering one million train tickets on eBay. The rail company are offering tickets from just 1 euro (approximately 78p), however it will have higher minimum prices for longer distance destinations such as Moscow. The auction will start on 29th July and run until 10th August. Some of the money raised will go to a charity which supports handicapped athletes.

SIIA may sue eBay

July 29, 2008

The SIIA (Software and Information Industry Association) has stated it may file a lawsuit for failing to stop piracy on eBay. This announcement follows a successful perfume lawsuit which forced eBay to stop fake designer goods being sold on eBay.

The SIIA claims that eBay has refused to implement measures recommended by the group to halt the availability of pirated software on worlds largest online auction site. The SIIA has in the past only prosecuted individuals, however this announcement signals a move by companies and industries to cutting the problem out at the root, and, in their opinion, the buck stops with eBay.

World of Warcraft beta keys fetch £500

July 28, 2008

World of Warcraft beta keys are up for action on eBay. World of Warcraft is a popular online massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) owned by Blizzard Entertainment. The beta keys were handed out at Blizzcon 2007 and allow access to their new game ‘Wrath of the Lich King’. Currently the keys are going for around £500- not a bad way to make cash with eBay!

Wedding Dress sells for £2.50 on eBay!

July 27, 2008

Emma Dunn from Leicestershire was searching for a wedding dress on the Internet and came across one she liked, however it was priced at £1,500, a bit beyond her budget. She decided that she’d either have to save up or try to find it cheaper and then came across the same dress on eBay with ten minutes left going for £2.50 without a reserve! After an email from the seller, it turned out the dress was going to be made to measure in China and shipped over. The dress arrived after five weeks and Emma was very relieved.

Emma and her partner Paul Worthington tied the knot on 19th July 2008 with 100 friends and family in attendance. The majority of the wedding was purchased from eBay and the wedding cost only £3,000.

Man Jailed for eBay Software Piracy

July 26, 2008

A man from Oregon who sold counterfeit Adobe software on eBay has been locked up for four years and will serve three additional years on probation as well as doing 130hours of community server.

Mondello, 23 pleaded guilty to copyright infringement amongst other charges. It is alleged he sold around $400,000 from pirated software using 40 eBay and PayPal accounts, which were created using stolen identities.

Marty McFly’s Hoverboard on eBay

July 25, 2008

Marty McFly’s hoverboard (from Back to the Future 2 and 3) is on sale on eBay. The starting bid for this interesting item is $30,000 (approximately £15,180). Unsuprisingly the hoverboard is actually a prop that was used in the movie and does not work.

The board is made from wood and comes with two silver hovering disks (which don’t work!). The board is covered in pink plastic…

Lego Parrot on eBay

July 25, 2008

mountain_man123 is auctioning off his Lego parrot on eBay. The seller has decided he can no longer care for his beloved plastic pet which he has branded “the coolest parrot EVER!”. The parrot was lost almost 8 years ago behind the back of the closet, but remains in pristine condition. mountain_man123 lists the major advantage of having this parrot as a pet is you don’t have to feed him! Enjoy bidding!

Bald Hairdresser Arrested

July 24, 2008

A bald hairdresser has been found guilty of stealing just under one thousand hair straightness and reselling them on eBay to fund his luxurious lifestyle. Mark McMorrine, 37, from Edinburgh made £62,800 during his time at the company he had worked at for 13 years.

Mark was spotted in September 2006 when accountants noticed a large amount of stock was missing and a private investigator was hired by the owner. McMorrine was spotted on CCTV and accused several other staff members of the theft.

iPhone 3G Sales on eBay

July 22, 2008

Eager iPhone fanatics are bidding frantically to get their hands on the latest iPhone 3G. The phone which is unavailable in 38 states is being bid on in excess of $1,000. Since its launch on 11th July the iPhone has reportedly sold more than one million times. The demand for the iPhone has been so great that even o2 (in the UK) is reporting shortages.

As with many phones on eBay most come “unlocked” so they work with any carrier. I wonder how long it will take Apple to follow recent law suits and try to force eBay to halt these auctions.

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