Unusual eBay Listings

Author: Kim Jacobs | Last modified on: July 12th, 2015

Online auction sites can also be a source of amusement. Many people around the world have posted some seriously funny or unusual listings on major online auction sites such as eBay. The listings relating to buildings and land have caught attention. Here are some of the more unusual listings.

Bridgeville, California is a tiny town with a population of twenty five people. It was the first ever town to be sold on eBay in two thousand two. Since then the small community has been pitched for sale three times.

Thatch Cay – the last privately held and undeveloped US Virgin island, was put up for auction in two thousand three. The minimum bid was set at three million dollars. The sale was wrapped up quickly after the initial listing.

Also in two thousand three, the town of Carlotta in California was put up for auction on eBay.

Next year, in two thousand four, the Indiana Firebirds arena football team were sold on eBay for three point nine million dollars. However the initial auction failed to reach the reserve price, and the team were pitched up for sale once more under ‘Buy It Again’ tag.

In two thousand five, the original Hollywood sign was sold on eBay for four hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

A man from Brisbane, Australia pitched the country of New Zealand for sale on eBay, with an initial bid of 0.01AUD. Interestingly enough, the price had gone up to three thousand Australian dollars before eBay closed down the auction.

Fort-MontgomeryIn two thousand six, the remains of a US civil war fortification called Fort Montgomery in upstate New York were put up for sale on eBay. The stones from the fort reached a price of five million dollars but the sale was never finalised so the masonry and land surrounding it had to be resold a number of times since.

In two thousand eight, during the Icelandic financial crisis, one of the island-country residents put up Iceland for sale on eBay. The initial bid was British pence, and the final price reached ten million British pounds (nearly eighteen million dollars US). The seller however had applied a condition – the singer Bjork was not included in the sale.

eBay can be the site for odd online listings, but if you are looking something more serious like man and van removal services, better use your local business listings. Man and van removal companies regularly update their business directory listings.

One of the most unusual listings on eBay was that of animal called sea urchin. In two thousand four an auction of a ‘new species’ was listed on the platform. Indeed it turned out the animal was a new species and was given the name Coelopleurus exquisitus.

Entrepreneurial spirit lives on eBay – a student of the Coventry University called Bill Bennet sold a single cornflake on eBay for one pound twenty pence.

How about this – in two thousand four, a ten year old, half eaten, grilled cheese sandwich was sold on eBay for nearly thirty thousand dollars, as it allegedly had an image of the Virgin Mary on it.

About the Author:

Kim Jacobs is a removals coordinator with over 11 years of experience as part of the Get man and van team and other firms in the home and office relocation industry in London. Before joining our company, Kim has worked in various logistical and transportation companies and institutions such as Transport for London, The Removals Ombudsman, and has coordinated moving projects with some of the biggest suppliers of various goods such as IKEA, HomeBase, Amazon, Sainsbury's and others. While working as a chief removals coordinator, Kim also enjoys sharing her expertise with others through writing in our blog.

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