$12 Million Underwear and Other Strange Finds on Amazon & Ebay

I don’t know about you, but I find a lot of things in life that often make me stop and just shake my head in pure bewilderment.

For example, why do tourists go to the top of tall buildings and then put quarters in telescopes so they can see things on the ground?

And I still can’t figure out why Hawaii has Interstate highways.

Then there are the audacious prices some folks are charging for the most mundane products.

On Monday, somebody actually paid $8,100 for a Chicken McNugget that supposedly looks like George Washington. I know.

If you don’t believe me here is the link, but since records of these “deals” sometimes mysteriously disappear, I’ve taken a screen shot for posterity.

I’ll be honest; now I’m regretting not trying to sell the Chicken McNugget my daughter found a few years ago that looked exactly like Connecticut.

Spitting. Image.

The owners of the George Washington nugget can’t make the same claim. After all, their chicken chunk looks more like Alabama than our first president.

True, in this case the key selling point was that the money was supposedly going to charity, but I can’t let that get in the way of a good story. Besides, this ain’t the first time I’ve found everyday products on Ebay and Amazon that were being offered for ridiculous prices — it’s just that this is the first time I’ve ever seen somebody actually pull the trigger.

Anyway, here are a few other items I’ve run across in the past being offered for outrageous prices on Ebay and Amazon:

Product: Men’s underwear
Price: $12,104,118.00
Offered at: Ebay
Key selling point: Even though it comes from China, there’s no extra charge for shipping.
Comments: It appears as if the issue with our plunging dollar is much worse than I thought. Heck, for $12 million I could start up my own underwear factory here in the States.

Product: A book entitled Art of Dog, by B.S. Chen
Price: $99,999.99
Offered at: Amazon
Key selling point: It’s the hardcover version. (!)
Comments: Assuming this is legit, the book is currently out of stock. Then again, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the author’s first two initials are B.S.

Product: One (1) private guitar lesson from some guy in Canada named Ben
Price: $75,000
Offered at: Ebay
Key selling point: But wait, there’s more! As an added bonus, Ben will throw in his own Fender guitar. And, ladies, he’s single too.
Comments: Ben doesn’t list his bona fides, but for 75 grand, I’m sure he’s right up there talent-wise with some of the world’s other great guitarists like Joe Satriani and Carlos Santana. By the way, since Ben doesn’t have a passport, non-Canadians will have to go see him. Of course, you’ll have to pay for your own transportation.

Product: A gas canister
Price: $128.77
Offered at: Amazon
Key selling point: I know what you’re thinking, but it’s on sale. That tank normally sells for $138,887.50.
Comments: If you’ve ever thought about taking up scuba diving for a hobby, you might want to do it now — or at least before the sale ends.

Product: A “slightly used” roll of toilet paper
Price: $85,000.00 (plus $15 shipping and handling)
Offered at: Ebay
Key selling point: Well, according to the seller, it’s “fairly soft.”
Comments: No word on whether the toilet paper is single or 2-ply, but for $85,000 that stuff better be softer than the skin on a newborn-baby’s bottom. And if you do buy it, just be sure you really want it because the seller doesn’t accept returns. To be honest, I wouldn’t either.

Product: One gallon of Tuscan brand milk
Price: $10,000.00
Offered at: Amazon
Key selling point: According to the seller, the milk will be “hand delivered by a real Tusken cattle herdsman.” For that price, hopefully the milk is also hormone free.
Comments: And you thought a gallon of gasoline is expensive? For those on a budget, a competing Amazon vendor is selling the exact same grocery store milk for “only” $2500 with this promise: “After delivery I’ll bake you a delicious batch of chocolate chip cookies.” I love the free market!

Product: A pair of old ski socks
Price: $6,000.00 (plus $15 shipping and handling)
Offered at: Ebay
Key selling point: Um, er, well… they’re calf length. (Sorry, that’s the best I could do for this one.)
Comments: If $6,000 is too steep, you’ll be happy to know you can try to low-ball the seller; he’s accepting offers.

(This is an updated version of an article originally written on May 23, 2011.)

Comments

  1. 1

    says

    Funny stuff!

    Good point on people going to tall buildings and paying to see people on the ground. The irony of it…

    As for those wacky prices, I suppose it just takes one wealthy goofball with money to burn to create a big windfall for the goofball who posted the item for sale.

    So instead of throwing away the individual-sized cup of yogurt I just finished, maybe I could put it up for sale for $25,000 and market it as “previously eaten by ‘The Wise Squirrel’, celebrity owner of Squirrelers.” What do you think?

    • 2

      Len Penzo says

      I like your thinking, Wise Squirrel, but $25,000 might be a little on the high side if only because I could buy 4 pairs of old ski socks for that amount and still have a thousand left over to buy a few gas canisters. ;-)

    • 4

      Len Penzo says

      That depends on a lot of things… For auction style listings, it’s $2.00 for items with a starting or reserve price of $200 or more. There is an additional fee of 9% (up to a value of $100) after the item sells. However, there is no additional fee if the item isn’t sold. For that price, why not try it? It’s kind of like playing the lottery — you never know, some wealthy person (or dummy) may end up deciding to buy it! :-)

  2. 11

    Mindimoo says

    Their listing fees must be huge! The strangest thing I ever saw on eBay was a guy selling “a fart in a bottle” for $5. And believe it or not there were bidders for it! Sometimes it just takes some creativity… you never know.

  3. 13

    Jeanie says

    I went to the page with the milk and there are about 10 different sellers asking prices over $100 for a single gallon! lol Very funny stuff!

    • 14

      Len Penzo says

      You have to read their descriptions of what you get for the $100. In most cases, they put a little extra “customer care” into the delivery.

    • 18

      Len Penzo says

      Well, on Amazon — no. On Ebay you can see a modified user name and the bid history. But if it is a buy-it-now item, I don’t think so.

    • 20

      Len Penzo says

      Give it a shot, DC. Maybe you can even charge a little extra for the used cat litter. Sell it as cat litter with “buried treasure!”

  4. 21

    says

    If I buy underwear for twelve million can i rent them out for an hourly rate and make a profit? I could rent them by the hour. Who wouldn’t want to know what a twelve million dollar pair of skivvies feels like?

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