Sunday, June 13, 2010


This is one of the few reasons why I'm glad that eBay charges for its listings, but for auctions like this, they aren't charging enough. 

This is for an online life insurance company...or, at least I think it is, and given that they aren't actually selling a tangible product via eBay (it's for the purpose of punting insurance quotes, which are supposed to be FREE), I'm surprised that this isn't considered a violation of eBay's terms of service agreement.  If it isn't, it really should be. Or, at least it should be better enforced.

2000 Geico Auto Insurance " Like An Air Bag For..." Ad

When looking for interesting auctions for auto insurance, I was hoping to find something different like if there was any merchandise associated with Geico advertising, more specifically the gecko that shows up in some of the older ads.  Alas, this was the best I could find.

Slightly disappointed, as it seems that it's about the best I can find, but even more so considering that this is cannibalized from a magazine that is at most 10 years old, yet is considered "vintage".  Trash and treasure is coming up a lot here, folks.

Sunday, June 06, 2010


Tuxedos can make the average looking schlub into a GQ model. One of the cheesiest fashion accessories ever manufactured are the t-shirt with silk-screen printing of a tuxedo on them, and will turn a GQ model into a schlub.

For those with a love affair of all things 80s, there is the Pee Wee Herman Tuxedo t-shirt.  This is purely aimed at the kitsch and camp crowd who would gain the most appreciation from this item.  Never having been a fan of Pee Wee's Playhouse, the Paul Reuben-portrayed manchild holds a place in my pop culture as fodder for late night television standup.  This of course refers to his various run-ins with the law.

The Philadelphia Daily Sun Newspaper July 24, 1846

For those looking to see what it was like looking for Philadelphia jobs a century and a half ago, there's this.  Okay, I mostly kid...without owning a copy of this item, I don't know if classifieds and job postings were a feature of the daily rag that long ago.

Something like this is of historical value to some people, if something important also happened on that date...but it's hard to say.  For history buffs only.

Unique sofa and loveseat

Selling stuff on eBay can be a huge challenge, especially with the competition from Craigslist.  In the times that I have moved and tried to sell furniture, Craigslist is seen as a more attractive option, especially since you don't have to pay if the item doesn't actually sell.

Here, a seller is trying to get sell a used sofa and loveseat.  When among other brand new contemporary sofas  for sale on eBay, it's going to be a hard sell, with only the $150 starting price being the only selling point.  And the reserve hasn't even been met yet.

In this case, stick with Craigslist.

DHC Multiple Vitamin Diet Supplement (basic health) 30D

With the overall nutrient value of food dropping, multiple vitamins are being looked towards for supplementing health.  But, as the supplement industry isn't as regulated, it's hard to know what you're getting.  It's even harder when the product isn't written in a language that you understand.

This auction is for a multivitamin product that was made in Japan.  Indeed, with certain food stuffs and herbs that are Japanese in origin, there may be a good reason to trust this product.  But when the seller doesn't attempt to translate the text in full and puts the onus on the buyer, it's a little tough to place your trust.

Certified VS GH color diamond ring wedding band #3969

I found it slightly amusing myself that the seller's name is "tightwadtwr." So, you check out his auction and think it's an amazing price that the seller is setting for $9.99.  Sounds great...yellow and white gold, certified's a steal...or not.  "Reserve not met."

I don't know if this is a sales tactic or not, presenting an artificial price (much, MUCH higher than $9.99), and then having the price disappear when people start bidding.  One should probably expect this when the seller calls themselves "tightwadtwr."


Previously to seeing this on eBay, I previously thought that this type of exercise equipment was only found in the Dragon Ball comics.

Something like this will help the wearer instantly gain 40 pounds, which sounds bad at first, but adds resistance to all your movements, which is great for rehabilitation.  I don't know if it's something that fitness trainers will recommend that you wear all the time, however.  We've heard reports that exercise balls are not ideal for sitting on at the office, as you're essentially doing exercise all day. And then there are those electro-stimulation devices that are supposed to do the equivalent of a thousand sit-ups in five minutes, but leaves you with burn scars.

Lot of 11 HHP Model IT3800 Barcode Scanners/Cable/Ac

In my time reviewing eBay auctions, it's largely reflective of current business trends.  Given the economic downturn, it's highly probable that your favourite places to do business have ceased operations or severely cut back on services.  Hence, tools and equipment for business are available at firesale prices on eBay as people try to recoup their losses wherever possible.

If you're looking for a barcode scanner, eBay would probably be a pretty good place to look, as with the prices they're offering, you can start a business a lot cheaper than you could before. Mind you, you can probably do cheaper, but it's something to consider in your research.


For emphysema patients or those needing higher concentrations of oxygen, something like an Inogen oxygen concentrator can serve as a viable alternative to having oxygen tanks, which can run the risk of blowing up if abused.

This auction in particular is for a portable system, supposedly selling at a fraction of what it used to go for. From what the seller indicates, it was for a family member that wasn't able to use it. One can easily read between the lines and figure out that there was a family tragedy associated with this one (it can be surmised that they can't return something like this, as specialty medical equipment is probably harder to return).  How about helping a family out?
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