$12 Million Underwear and Other Strange Online Finds

You can find some great deals on Amazon and eBay – but you won't find them in this post.

$12 Million Underwear and Other Strange Online Finds Photo (cc) by danirubioperez

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. Earlier this month, somebody actually paid $8,100 for a Chicken McNugget that supposedly looks like George Washington.

If you don’t believe me here’s the link. But since records of these “deals” sometimes mysteriously disappear, I’ve taken a screenshot 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
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 (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
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” $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)
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.

Len Penzo
Len Penzo

Len Penzo's irreverent, eponymous personal-finance blog, Len Penzo dot Com, covers money with a strong emphasis on personal responsibility. It was honored by Kiplinger as a Best Money Blog in 2010.


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