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Strange finds on Amazon and eBay

$10,000 for milk? 'Slightly used' toilet paper? We couldn't make this stuff up.

By MSN Money Partner May 27, 2011 3:11PM

This post comes from Len Penzo at partner blog Len Penzo dot Com.


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. It's enough to make one wonder if people really buy this stuff.


To see what I mean, just look at some of these products I recently found on eBay and Amazon:


Product: A book entitled "Art of Dog," by B.S. Chen.
Price: $99,999.99.
Where can I buy it? Amazon.
Key selling point: It's the hardcover version. (!)
Comments: Assuming this is legit, the book is currently out of stock. Then again, I'm not sure the author's first two initials are a coincidence.


Product: One private guitar lesson from some guy in Canada named Ben.
Price: $75,000.
Where Can I Buy It? 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.
Where can I buy it? 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 (plus $15 shipping and handling).
Where can I buy it? EBay.
Key selling point: Well, according to the seller, it's "fairly soft."
Comments: No word on whether the toilet paper is single or two-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.
Where can I buy it? 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" $2,500 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 (plus $15 shipping and handling).
Where can I buy it? 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 lowball the seller; he's accepting offers.


More on Len Penzo dot Com and MSN Money:

Mar 6, 2012 7:47PM
This is the best way to launder money. You know no one is going to purchase these items unless they owe someone for something else, being blackmailed or whatever. Our government is policing the wrong areas.
May 31, 2011 4:31PM

The money laundering is being done buying Gold and Silver, Drugs and guns are a cash business.

To think the Govt. is not watching large amounts of cash being transfered thru the internet is impossible for me to believe.

May 31, 2011 12:08AM

I think it"s funny, something to do when your bored.

The questions you get are great. My answers are always funny.

To many people take things to seriously. eBay has sales

from time to time when you can list and Item for a million

dollars and only pay a quarter to list it. Try it some time it's fun!

I got a left shoe for $250,000. and takers? ha ha. 

May 29, 2011 2:26PM
Sounds like smugglers of some kind.... drugs or people trafficking... I wouldn't be surprised.  Some are probably legit, but it sounds like a way to transport illegal items.  Someone should be looking into this and not laughing.

May 28, 2011 10:52AM
I completely agree with " The Last Sane Man ".  I am an ebay Seller , and  I have seen a lot of crazy objects for sale. Who says you can't substitute an Item for Drugs or Weapons if you're doing it Illegally. You can even arrange shipping through eBay and PayPal !!! Ebay & PayPal won't complain, because as long as they get their cut, it's okay. And who's going to stop them ? Hot
May 28, 2011 10:41AM

I started college last year and i didn't have money for books. So i sold my soul on ebay for $500. it was just an empty glass pickle jar, but some how sold pretty quick. Now i belong to someone in florida.


So if you guys want to make some fast money. Sell your souls on ebay.Smile


May 28, 2011 10:38AM
I like the money laundering angle.
May 28, 2011 10:13AM
I have to go with lecourouge on this one.. There are a lot of stupid people in the world and anyone who would buy crap like this is at the top of the list.. It certainly wouldn't surprise me at all if someone did though, there ARE definitely those who have more money then brains!  Wink
May 28, 2011 9:43AM
If people are stupid enough to buy that stuff, it their own faul. Not the pepple selling it. Right now you got the government spending alot more money on stupid stuff too. Maybe they should go on E-Bay.
May 28, 2011 8:20AM
I have a friend who sold his birthday for $400. Threw a party for the guy who bought it and had all of his friends bring him presents. He also sold a completely blackened pizza for $40, and a trash bag of mismatched socks for $200.
May 28, 2011 7:27AM

Oh you think that is crazy....try this one on for size.


Last year I put up for sale on ebay my domain name ( for a mere 1,000,000,00. Although it did not sale, I will be listing again next month (June) for a whooping 2.5 mil. Crazy? maybe, but I like to think that there just might be someone crazier than me who is willing to help out a poor man like myself!

May 28, 2011 7:24AM

I agree with "The Last Sane Man". This would be one way of laundering money and who could dispute it? After the product/service is sold it wouldn't be noted, just an ebay sale, and the money is considered legitimate. What's this world coming to?

May 28, 2011 4:54AM
I think I have it figured out. These are actually payments to smugglers(drug, weapons, etc.), assassins, and spies! Every time one of these listings actually "sells", an illicit product or service has been paid for. Wink
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