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22 August 2007 @ 12:54 pm
Wonderful break in the day  
Mom of 6 eBays sneaked Pokemon cards with quite a tale.

Thanks for the link, rimrunner.

The eBay woman has such a wonderful sense of humor. I guess you have to when you have 6 kids.

Elwing so has to read this. I don't think I have a current email address for her ... kfrye, fizban, pegax, can you email it to me or forward this to her?
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Kburgunder on August 22nd, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
Re: That's beautiful
It totally made me think of you. And my friend Sara who has all boys, lots.
Master Arsonist: Chainsawapostle on August 22nd, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
Re: That's beautiful
Yeah, but does all of that still apply when he's shopping at the Gun Show? =)

Bug: "I gots you an Uzi..."
Dad: "I don't want an Uzi."
Bug: "Oh... can I have it?"
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nplusmnplusm on August 22nd, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
This is the latest thing, interesting I think.

The key is to sell something mundane on ebay with a very catchy funny story and to then use email, craigslist, or whatever to get the meme out there. Usually you want a bit of good natured adventure with a bit of "woe is me". Common choices are divorces, lots of children, and being screwed by a corporation. The essence is to be good natured but exasperated...and witty...witty is very important!

Then, you get huge biddings, based heavily on people who just want to be part of the story.

I think it's a little unethical, sort of fraudulent, however, I suppose there is nothing legally wrong with it.
Kburgunder on August 22nd, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
It gets back to some advice Adam's mother once gave him: tell people your story. Need a special service? Tell 'em why first. Need a favor from a stranger? Tell 'em the story that lead you to ask. Bring them into the "we", if you will.

Read this morning in The Golden Globe on the bus:
There's a sucker born every minute, and two to take him.

True enough, but I'd rather there be a bunch of good-hearted people who are occasionally taken than a bunch of suspicious cynics who never connect with anyone.
Kburgunder on August 22nd, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
I know this is an age old ethical debate... but what's your stance on it?

If people are being taken but feel really good about it, how much harm is there?
nplusmnplusm on August 22nd, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
I'm totally for it, as long as fraud isn't involved.

Perhaps this is on the level...but perhaps not.

I believe people are free to make their own decision, including inflated Pokemon purchases. However, I object if somebody deceives or dissembles to inflate a price.

I don't think it's cynical, I think it's realistic. Looking at the data available, the logical conclusion is a farce and falsehood designed to improve the price.

Think of it this way. If a used car salesman sold a car for far more than its worth by claiming it used to be owned by some famous actor (Let's say Bradley Whitford), and ended up getting an extra 3,000 dollars over the 2,000 dollars the car was worth, because of the claim that it was owned by Bradley Whitford, does the reality of that claim have an ethical impact?

If the buyer believes it, and is thus happy with the car, despite it being untrue, does that make it ok?

I would say no...I would say that falsehoods created to extort a higher price are unethical, no matter how the buyer feels about it.
Master Arsonistapostle on August 22nd, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
If this was a "scam", then it paid off to the tune of ~$140 for this person for a ~$10 purchase and re-sale of an open card pack. Not too shabby for something that they would be lucky to trade at $5 elsewhere.

The story alone might be worth that much, and I think that after all is said and done what they are getting paid for is actually the story and nostalgia rather than the object itself.

I personally don't mind kicking a few extra bucks towards someone who has a good story to tell, whether it be real or not, simply because the story itself is an art form.

But I hate Pokemon.