Monday, 4 March 2013

Flog It Blog It, Buyer Beware!

Molly The Wally & Her Pukka Pies!

Molly The Wallys' Top Ten Bizarre eBay Sales!

This is certainly one purchase where the buyer should beware. A couple were hoping there would be a few brave souls out there happy to bid for their haunted mirror which they claim has brought them nothing but misery. They acquired the antique mirror when their landlord put it in a skip outside their in flat five months ago. But ever since then, the pair claim they have been brought nothing but bad luck, misery, financial problems and illness. The mirror sadly had only one bidder. Drats we missed it (Here) it could have been the makings of a great book and Mollywood film. That got us thinking what other bizarre stuff gets sold on eBay?  So here is our top ten selection of the best of eBay!

An anonymous seller once put Iceland up for auction. The country owed $5.49 billion to Russia and the seller thought they could use the payment to reduce the debt. Bidding started at 99 pence but it reached $17.28 million in just a couple of days. The description said, Iceland would provide the winning bidder with a habitable environment, Icelandic Horses and admittedly a somewhat sketchy financial situation. Bidders’ questions included, ‘do you offer volcano/earthquake insurance?’ and ‘Is it possible that my payment will be frozen?’

In 2009, Bill Bennett sold a single cornflake for $1.85. He did it as an experiment but he didn’t expect any buyers. ‘There were no takers at first but then someone offered 1 cent and it grew from there. eBay had told him to withdraw the cornflake because he had no best before date on it. Someone asked if it would mate safely with a Sugar Puff and another asked if it would be sociable if it were dropped in a fish tank.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, as Birmingham radio DJ Tim Shaw found to his dismay. Interviewing glamour model Jodie Marsh on his radio show, Shaw announced on air as a joke that he would leave his wife and children for the model. His wife didn’t see the funny side, and promptly advertised her husbands’ black Lotus Esprit valued around £25,000 on eBay at the buy it now price of fifty pence. Mrs. Shaw’s action was vindicated when her husband issued a formal apology on TV and later bought back his Lotus for £5,000.

Diane Duyser, from Florida sold her grilled cheese sandwich that appeared to have the face of the Virgin Mary on it. The item was purchased by Golden Palace for $28,000! In Salem, Massachusetts, the Chadwick family opened up a bag of Doritos to discover a chip that perfectly resembled the Popes’ Mitre. The same online casino purchased this cheesy artifact for $1209!

When legendary Star Trek actor William Shatner began to experience excruciating back pain he was taken to the hospital where surgeons discovered he had a kidney stone. Shatner asked the hospital if he could keep the offending item and sell it as the ultimate Star Trek souvenir on eBay in order to raise money for charity. Although organ sales are prohibited under trafficking law, kidney stones are exempt and the Golden Palace Casino bid $75,000 to become the proud owner.

This lot comprised a complete window and frame from the sixth floor room of the Texas Schoolbook Depository, from which Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy on November 22nd, 1963.  Apparently, the owner of the Book Depository had the iconic window removed after souvenir hunters began to remove pieces of it following the assassination.  The window, along with documents certifying its authenticity was eventually sold to an anonymous bidder for $3,001,501.

A seller from Oklahoma made $2,005.50 from this supposed 18th Century Vampire Killing Kit. Inside the box were the following items, one wooden hammer, four stakes, a prayer book, crucifix, knife, picking scissors and eight bottles with Pamant (holy soil), Agheazma (holy water), Mir (anointing oil), Tamaie (holy incense), Usturoi (garlic), red serum, blue serum and secret potion, wooden cross, and a metal syringe box.

You think that was weird well you are now looking at a picture of Jon Malipiemans' imaginary friend. The seller said 'He is getting too old for me now. I am now 27 and I feel I am growing out of him. He is very friendly. Along with him, I will send you what he likes and dislikes his favourite things to do and his personal self portrait. He also got various emails asking him things like 'does he mind smokers?'. He sold him for $3082.15!

Navy Petty Officer Mike Evans made the startling discovery of a seriously oversized Cheeto in a bag he had bought for his 3 year old son. Evans' auction went viral with hundreds bidding millions, eventually causing eBay to shut the auction down.

Lastly a Brazilian company claimed to have invented the first ever UFO detector. Rather than present their invention to experts as a scientific breakthrough they decided to stick it on eBay. A buyer did forked out $135.03 to buy it. It is not known whether the item worked due to a serious lack of UFOs no doubt. 

What weird stuff have you seen on eBay? I am going to sell my Pukka Pie boxes. I am sure they will be collectors items one day.


  1. Good luck...we might have bought the pies....but boxes? Nope.

    That cornflake looks a bit like Australia.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  2. We are going to see if we can sell our hairballs for a couple of million....

  3. OMD.

    I can't believe it! That mirror! I mean, it really was on Ebay! And here I thought your imagination was running away with your Miz M.! That is outright CRAZY! Thank you for revealing the crazy side of peeps Miz M. and for making my morning filled with laughter. are SO CUTE!

  4. When I read your blog the sun shines a littlle bit brighter, dear Molly! Very crazy and very funny!
    Nice regards

  5. Well I do like star trek and shatner but im not gonna by his kidney stone, im not surprised though and well he knows his fans

    urban hounds

  6. Sometimes, we really find it amusing what peoples will spend so much money on!! Mom wonders who on earth would buy that mirror, knowing that it appears to bring so much misery.

    Thanks for sharing this interesting stuffs with us, Molly!!

    Carmine, Milita, and Jewel

  7. Well, Molly, that was certainly bizarre!!! I'm still chuckling over the imaginary friend one - that was my favourite!! Thanks for sharing those with us - it's certainly got me to thinkin' about the very strange things two legged ones do!!!



  8. Hey Molly believe it or not mom has never ever been on eBay or as she calls it a virtual yard sale.
    One thing for sure there is always just the right person ready and willing to buy just about anything
    Great post.
    Hugs madi your BFFF

  9. Shivers. Weird stuff for sure! People must have more money than sense. A kidney stone...yucky!

  10. hahaha...I like the imaginary friend - but he needs a new hairstyle I think ;o) I think mom bought a haunted mirror too - every morning her mirror image looks terrific ;o) Enjoy a fabulous Monday, dear Molly ;o)

  11. I'm glad that my mom's ebay account is already frozen!


  12. OK I think I would have bid on the Cheeto.

  13. I must say I am partial to Jesus and Holy Mother sightings in food. Very funny post.

    On a side note...I tried to fix my RSS feed and it is beyond me, so I'll have to get some help. Sorry about that. Hopefully one of the young computer savvies at work can help me out. Thank you for stopping by.

  14. Now those are some weird things, but you never know what humans will be interested in these days!

  15. I bet we have all kinds of weird stuff around our house that we could sell now that i looked at your list, maybe some of my moms cooking could be sold on ebay as sculptures...
    stella rose

  16. Those sure are some strange things! Good to know our big piece of Granola might sell for almost $2 :-)

    Oink oink,
    Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

  17. WTH????? (Being nice blog :)

    We've never dealt with Ebay before and just made the BIG decision. We'll NEVER deal with Ebay! BOL

  18. PEEs.....Can I sell my brudder Max (DaOdderWeenie) on Ebay?

  19. It truly is amazing what people will pay good money for! When I use Ebay my focus is pretty narrow, so I haven't run into any of the weirder stuff.

  20. Uh...All we can think to write is that some people apparently have so much money, they can can, essentially, just flush it down the toilet. Boggles the mind.

    As for our "fun" snow...Maybe we can sell *that* on eBay?

  21. i'm never surprised at what people try to sell - i'm always surprised that there are buyers for them. :)

  22. Our mom has decided she can just start funding her junk food habit by buying a bag of something and finding one that looks dubiously like something in the world and ebaying it.

    She will never have to do without M&Ms again.

    Shelle, Milo, Dixie and Newby,

  23. Haha, those are just bizarre!
    Oh yeah, we are all going to be queuing up to buy the unlucky mirror!
    Come to think of it, there has got to be one hidden in our house somewhere, hmmm.
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  24. I thinks i might just sell some of my furs, get a few million? Pfft easy!
    Or maybe i could sell one of my bones from the back garden and pretend it is a ancient artifact, BOL peeps would probably pay loads for it!!
    Love Milo :)

  25. This is a Great Post! I loved it!

  26. Hey, you still got any of them pies to with the box. WOW some nut job from Oklahoma, WHAT A SURPISE!

    Your Pals
    Susie & Bites

  27. Miss Molly you never cease to amuse.


  28. It is astounding not only what people will buy, but how much they will pay for it.

  29. It is crazy what people will buy and sell on the internet!

  30. We LOVE these! You find the very best stuff, Molly!

  31. People are nutty! We think the image in the grilled cheese sandwich looks more like Hedy Lamarr, and Wrigs would love to eat that sandwich. That vampire killing kit might come in handy, though $2005.50 seems a bit steep. :-)

    Susan and Wrigs

  32. BOL! I heard about the grilled cheese sandwich but the Dorito that looks like the pope's hat! could probably find one like that in every bag. And someone sold his imaginary friend?!? What kind of friend is that? BOL make me laugh!
    *Cairn cuddles*

  33. Clearly, I need to spend more time shopping on Ebay. :)

  34. I thought mirrors were only bad luck if you broke them! Huh. Learn something new every day, right?
    Play bows,

  35. WHY would you ebay Cheetos? I not cares how much money...they is Cheetos for goodness sakes. Then again I could use da extra cash to buy more and then to buy me a Vampire Killin' just nevers know whaen dat might come in handy.


  36. I can't imagine people wanting to buy some of this stuff lol. I can't think of any weird things I've seen on Ebay before but I did see someone wanting to buy some breast milk on Craigslist before.

  37. WE loves da pukka pies, especially from the chippy! I think they must be worth something too. hehe.


  38. I'm off to make myself a cheese toastie :) LOL xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  39. Wasn't it Barnum who said there's a sucker born every minute?

    Critter Alley

  40. People sure spend money on silly things!
    Lee and Phod who wish they had money to spend

  41. We will take one Vampire Kit, one Virgin Mary Cheese Sandwich and a William Shatner Kidney Stone, Please.

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  42. Did Goose bid on that Cheetos thing? Just askin'!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley
    Online Doods

  43. Oh my gosh, people will buy anything won't they. Of course the vampire hunting kit could come in handy. I wonder if anyone would buy one of our hairballs? You never know!

    Cindi Lou & The Kitty Krew

  44. People buy the craziest things!
    I saw the mirror on ebay. There were some great comments about getting a refund if it wasn't actually haunted!

  45. I'm amazed at the stuff people sell on e-bay, I really am. But I see the benefits of auctions, I mean I have a pile of dog poop that looks like one side of Madonna's bra. I wonder what that might fetch me on e-bay?

  46. Maybe I could sell a piece of my kibble on ebay? Then I could afford something yummy!! :)

    I hope you're having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

  47. HI molly, I want to sell our next door neighbour, but mum said there would be no one wants a nagging second hand bag who only phrase is.........Its again! Guess I'll have to think of something else.....any takers!