r/videos rediscovered a remarkable (albeit old) video of an eBay auction for a DVD "backing card"—the art from the box—that warns browsers in no uncertain terms that they are not getting the movie itself.
When you think about it, it's amazing how skeevy eBay is. You can just dump in random HTML, and there's a whole third-party ecosystem of roach-motel auctioneering tools to help you make it even skeevier.
eBay's skeeviness is baked into the design to such an extent that for problematic categories of item, it's hard to be completely sure even the most honest descriptions have been read. Shockingly loud audio screaming at the visitor is one way to accomplish that!
The seller died in 2012. But on the internet, nothing ever dies.
One of my eBay alerts finally pinged! A Boing Boing reader will surely become the lucky owner of these splendid IBM lab coveralls, dated to the late 1980s or thereabouts, which have a buy-it-now price of $170 and ship out of California.
Here’s an unusual opportunity for a hardcore Star Wars fan. An authenticated, screen-used segment of the original Death Star (yes, from 1977) can be bid on through eBay. In partnership with Hollywood Memorabilia, this exclusive screen-used, sectional piece of the Death Star was featured in Star Wars: Episode IV and utilized for special effects. After […]
The Agent Gallery of Chicago has bought a large lot of vintage dental training manikins and other gorgeous, nightmarish gadgets from the Hellraiserverse. (via JWZ)
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