Found on EBay: 101 Genuinely Bizarre Items from the World's Online Yard Sale

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Have you ever gone to a yard sale and marvelled at the dubious treasures on display? Imagine seeing a homemade deer-poop paperweight for ten dollars, a lonely left boot, a belt with a glass eye embedded in its buckle. It would never be possible to find such fantastic oddities all in one thrift shop or garage. But, all these objects do exist and have been sold on eBay. Now these items and many, many more like them are collected for your viewing pleasure in this hilarious "museum" of priceless eBay artifacts. With ...
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Overview

Have you ever gone to a yard sale and marvelled at the dubious treasures on display? Imagine seeing a homemade deer-poop paperweight for ten dollars, a lonely left boot, a belt with a glass eye embedded in its buckle. It would never be possible to find such fantastic oddities all in one thrift shop or garage. But, all these objects do exist and have been sold on eBay. Now these items and many, many more like them are collected for your viewing pleasure in this hilarious "museum" of priceless eBay artifacts. With thirty million registered users, eBay is one dotcom that has thrived, becoming the most popular shopping website on the net. The suspense of bidding online inspires fanatic obsession, and all kinds of people from grandmothers to teenagers come to eBay to buy and sell just about everything. If you're searching for a rare deal on a hard-to-find gift, eBay is the place. But, when it comes to the unusual, buyers can easily get more than they bargained for. The author has collected one hundred of these gimcracks and photographed them as if they were jewels. Here are a trucker's prayer plaque in its shining newness, a real frog coin purse that looks like it's about to hop off the page, and a strand of Abraham Lincoln's hair shot as a historical gem. Accompanying each image are the seller's original sales pitch and goofy email correspondence about the objects' possible but improbable uses. This pocket-size catalog of curiosities makes for a delightful novelty gift for the eBayer in anyone's family.
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Some of the quirkiest, most outrageous, and even downright disgusting "treasures" to be sold on eBay over the years are the subjects of this hilarious book. From the notorious user who tried to hawk his friend's soul to lesser-known items like a goat toenail bracelet or a 19th century enema machine, this book gleefully chronicles those oddball offerings -- complete with final selling price, number of bids, and hilarious correspondence between the author and sellers. Like the hugely successful web site itself, this book is a delightfully guilty pleasure.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789306807
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 6/1/2002
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.24 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2004

    Sheer delight

    You never know what you're going to find as you flip the pages of this book. The author has done an amazing thing in selecting such a wide variety of incredible, silly, awesome, wonderful, or downright unbelieveable items, that it produces a genuinely great experience to read it. This would make a great gift too -- the sort of book that would appeal to absolutely everyone, hands down. I can just see my nephews chuckling over the weird items in it... or my elderly mom just going 'gosh...' and marveling at the oddness of the internet (which she hasn't yet explored in person...) Don't overlook this book as a perfect gift item, I can't think of another item that's as all-around good as a gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2002

    Freakishly Funny

    If there's any doubt left out there that people are weird this book will prove it. More importantly, it will prove that you can make money being a freak. This book is too funny! I can't believe that people sell dung and dead mice. I can't believe people buy it. But what I do believe is this is the next cult favorite of whacky and weird. Finally, someone who has the racoon winkie (read the book)to explore the weird side of eBay and let's face it....that's what we're all more interested in.

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