Saturday, July 28, 2007

Depends Extra Absorbency Lg Underware 18 count

One of the byproducts of an aging population is that we have an increased need for incontinence supplies. So, if you too have problems keeping it in, you can buy products on eBay specifically for that. Heck, they have their own CATEGORY for that.

From the product description:

"New in Bag. From my father-in-laws estate. Depend underware [SIC] size large for waist 44 to 54 inches. 18 per bag. Absorbency Extra or Super Plus. Pull on and off. UPC# 36000-19272."

This guy is not really instilling much faith for me in the American public school system, especially when the correct spelling for the product is written on the FRICKIN' PACKAGE. Personally, if I was left with personal care supplies for special needs from a loved one, I'd be more inclined to donate it to the charity of my choice. The fact that he is trying to unload it on eBay leads me to believe that the seller didn't exactly win out in a big way when his father passed away.

Mortgage Broker TeleScript Generates60+Mortgage Leads

Shelley Levene: The leads are weak.
Blake: "The leads are weak." The f***ing leads are weak? You're weak. I've been in this business fifteen years...
Dave Moss: What's your name?
Blake: F*** you. That's my name.

While they don't promise you the infamous Glengarry leads (easily one of the best films on the subject matter), this guy is claiming to be a mortgage and real estate broker who is selling a telemarketing script in order to generate more leads.

Having worked in sales ("it's a tough racket"), I don't envy the position that a lot of real estate types are in, although I'm not sure that telemarketing is nearly as effective as it used to be, especially with the advent of do-not-call lists.

Information sales on eBay sort of bother me, especially for something that could deal with an intangible thing that could easily be e-mailed. Methinks he's going to charge shipping for this.

And now a word from our sponsor...

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Monday, July 23, 2007


If you want to see my nomination for worst eBay page layout, here it is.

Popular websites such as eBay and MySpace have given users a fair amount of leeway when it comes to designing ones own pages. Understandably, webpages have to fit a very specific template, but it's when users attempt to make their auction pages fit outside of the template, it makes the layouts a headache to read.

This eBay seller is moving future, more specifically, bar stools. The product seems to be fairly solid, and had this been incorporated into a series of webpages, could convey all the necessary information to tell of all the features, advantages, and benefits of the products in question. But, being that eBay doesn't allow for multiple pages on one item, we have to read it all at once.

But what the heck does Michaelangelo's David have to do with bar stools?


No matter how good the price looks, ALWAYS check the shipping rate. Translation in clichéd terms that you've already heard: if it sounds to good to be true, gues what.

Looking for a digital camera? You've come to a good place. Not necessarily the RIGHT place, mind you, but it's a place nonetheless. Once you've gotten past the endless lists of people selling lists of camera wholesalers (usually a scam designed to make people think they are buying the actual item), they have off-brand trinkets like this one.
For $2.60, it sounds like a good deal, and the photos make it look like something that could quite literally fit in the palm of your hand. So, something that tiny should be pretty cheap to ship, right? Nope. Try over six times the startind bid price of the item.

Texas Bed & Breakfast by Ann Ruff, Gail Drago, Marji...

Yet another instance of my annoyance of eBay when trying to find truly bizarre crap, but instead I find reminders that eBay is largely a dumping ground for people trying to empty out their apartments for crap that nobody wants.

This enterprising individual is selling a guide to finding a good Texas Bed and Breakfast. For $0.29 (the Buy it Now Price), you can get a good tourist guide. That would have been great about 13 years ago.

With the advent of high-speed information, nothing is static, and printed and bound editions are obsolete. Suddenly, I'm reminded of a Simpsons episode where Bart and his friends are trying to find a state fair, only to find out that it's been closed for the past 20 years.

Orlando Kissimmee Disney Vacation Rental Home Villa

Yet again, a Orlando Rental home is huge on eBay, with some great values just waiting to be snapped up. I've always been curious about the level of amemities at rental facilities like hotels and the like, especially since you go to posh locations that are really heavily touristed.

This one in particular has most of the ammenities of HOME. In the list of all of the features, "This includes a large screen TV, DVD, VCR and Stereo system all for your entertainment pleasure." This is great, although I prefer not to go off to some foreign land and do what I usually do when I'm at home (surf the internet, watch TV, play video games).

Admittedly, after being out all day, the temptation to veg out in front of the tube would be pretty strong. But, it'd probably be more fun in a foreign country, when your favourite shows are now translated en Español.

GIRL FIGURE ACCESSORIES 1:18 diecast car truck anime 4

For race fans and those intrested in truck accessories (well, that's at least what eBay spat out when I punched in the keywords), we have what the eBay seller promises, that "they look so realistic that it adds an attractive addition to any collection."

Given that it's Japanese animation, doesn't that kinda negate the whole "realistic" angle? I'm a fan of anime art as much as the next guy, but one of the whole appeals of anime art is the level of cartoonishness. Women in general do not look like Major Motoko from Ghost in the Shell, and most Asian people don't have eyes as big as hard boiled eggs.

The eBayer goes on to state, "These Race Girls will have friends asking and admiring!" As these aren't necessarily based on licensed characters, it won't necessarily get me "admiring" per se. It will get me asking a lot of questions. Just not the ones the seller seems to intend.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Large Betty Ford Drug Rehab Clinic Beverly Hills

Yes, because drug rehabilitation happens to be a very fun experience, it's only fitting that someone is selling commemorative t-shirts for the event.

These shirts have been around for a while, although I suspect that the motive is more for poking fun at celebrities who end up falling off the wagon and into a whiskey truck, rather than every day folk for whom drug and alcohol problems can be more pronounced.

The comment was made in a Simpsons episode, where the family goes to New York and sees a musical journey of the Betty Ford Clinic, to which Bart comments that he wants to go to the Betty Ford Clinic when he grows up. Marge retorts for him to save up, given the costs.