Saturday, November 22, 2008


When looking at weight loss and diet supplements, you will find a lot of controversial products with dubious health claims, most of which have failed to pass FDA approval standards. And as a result, there are usually more listings than there are buyers. But then, this one here, for the alli weight loss pill, actually has a relatively high number of bids on it, pushing it to $18.50 (as of this writing).

This product in particular works by blocking fat absorption. But then, as we all learned from Olestra cooked potato chips...let's just say that all that fat has to go somewhere.


The seller of this item here is in the business of house clearing prior to handing the keys over to an executor. As you can imagine, people leave a lot of things behind when they die, and if they have no one else to handle their affairs, this guy goes in and cleans it up. Most of it gets tossed, but occasionally you find things like this adjustable luggage strap.

I'm not exactly sure what makes this "unusual," more in the fact it's just really, really old looking. But, he has one bid so far.

ISRAEL MNH stamp Sc#973 family health insurance

This is quite a mundane item, as eBay auctions tend to go, although I'm trying to figure out what it has to do with family health insurance (as noted in the item description). Might've been kinda nice if the seller put a rough translation of the Hebrew writing that is on the stamp, as all I have to go on is the silhouetted family in front.

Bringing it into Photoshop and attempting to resample the image, I could barely make out the words "Health Insurance Institution" and "75th Anniversary" somewhere at the bottom. Further reading and research indicates that Israel has had a universal heathcare system, which is mandatory for all citizens to participate in.

Interesting history lesson, although this seller does not come without caveats...he will only sell to you if you're purchasing a minimum of $10 of stuff, which isn't fun when you're a stamp collector and there's only ONE of his items that you want.