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Preggers Bot Up on eBay Block

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Hot Deals, Misc. Tech, Science,

Pregnant Animatronic

What costs $12,000, is pregnant, but will never give birth? That would be this audio-animatronic, custom designed female bot up for sale on eBay. She was originally designed to demonstrate ultrasound equipment but we guess that her owner no longer needs her services. The unnamed robot (we’ll just call her Mom,) can move her eyes, mouth, eyebrows, nod, turn, go up on her elbows, rotate, and curl her wrists. After programming, she could also sing to her unborn bot while moving.

If you are interested, the seller would be willing to send you a DVD of her performance. You had better hurry though, as the bidding is set to end September 2. Frankly, as talented as Mom appears to be, we can’t envision living with robotic hormones running rampant.

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eBay Sells Recalled Items

Elmo GuitarSS Pots and Pans

According to a recent study in Injury Prevention Journal, many recalled products that are never returned end up in thrift stores, garage sales, and on eBay. Researchers randomly picked 141 items for children recalled between 1992 and 2004, including baby walkers, furniture and riding toys. The items were found on 190 different auctions. The company says that it doesn’t permit listing of U.S. CPSC recalled items and suggests that buyers check their “security and resolution” page.

We suggest they do more than that. With a mimimal effort we found an Elmo Guitar and Sesame Street Tub, Pots, and Pans, both up for sale on the site. Until eBay gets a clue, if you suspect that one of the items you want to purchase has been recalled, check with Mattel before you purchase.


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Elvis Piano Auctioned on eBay

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Music,

Elvis Piano

A part of Elvis is up for bid on the block through August 18. Part of the original furnishings at Graceland between 1957 and 1969, the Knabe & Co. Baby Grand was built to personal specifications in white with gold trim and comes with a bench that includes a covered cushion. Don’t even think about making a bid unless you can come up with the $250,000 minimum. We realize that the upkeep at Graceland is probably expensive, so think of it as a large donation to helping out the King, just in case there is another sighting. Late one night you might hear some ghostly strains of “Love Me Tender.”


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Garage Sale Comes to Facebook

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Household, Internet, Misc. Tech,

Garage Sale ApplicationNo sooner have we updated you about the latest additions to Facebook than we find that Buy.com has opened up a Garage Sale on the social networking site. The application allows users to buy and sell items on their profile page. The site will process the sales and reimburse sellers via PayPal or check minus a flat 5% commission for items sold, as opposed to eBay’s listing and final transaction fee.

Chief Executive Neel Grover feels that Garage Sale encourages users to spend more time looking at and connecting to other profiles, which makes any deal between them more personal. While there is no real haggling ability as yet on the FB beta site, people can email bids to each other. Anyone want to buy some swampland in Florida?

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Jellyfish Now Runs 24/7

Jellyfish logoAfter several months of success, Jellyfish, the anti-eBay, is now running Smack shopping 24/7. The e-company told Gear Live that there will always be an auction going on with a “first run, name brand product.” Items range from themes such as electronics, women’s fashion, and baby and kids items. So pull up a chair when insomnia hits you, get your e-paddle ready, make a bid, then play a few games or chat while you shop.

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Firefox and eBay Play Footsies

Posted by Lolita Beckwith Categories: Internet, Software,

Firefox logoIf you use Mozilla’s

browser, chances are you know about all the zillions of “add-ons” they offer, which you can use to tailor the browser to your online needs, from real-time weather reports to customized searches. Now Firefox has teamed with Ebay, creating an add-on that informs you—also in real-time—about your current bids,  items being sold, and most importantly, when you’ve been outbid. Never blow a coveted auction again, say for a certain Walt Disney lunch box from our cherished childhood. Interested?

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Dine With Gene and Shannon

  Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed

Who could resist a chance to hobnob with Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed? A plane ride for you and three guests will whisk you away to LA where you briefly get to be a part of the Simmons’ Family Jewels, metaphorically speaking. Have dinner with the rock star and the model, spend the night in luxury hotel accommodations, and know that you are helping out a worthy cause. The bidding is presently set at $15,201.09. All proceeds from the eBay auction, which commences April 4, will be donated to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatrics AIDS Foundation.

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Voyager Flat Available to Affluent Trekkers

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Household, Misc. Tech,

Starship Voyager Flat

Tony Alleyne designed a Star Trek-themed apartment based on the Starship Enterprise. After spending more than £30,000 (~US $58,000.00) to build it in England, he decided to sell it for £1.25 million (~$2.5 million). With no interest from bidders, he then upgraded it to a Voyager and changed the price to £500,000 (~$969,000.00.) Apparently the poor guy is still having no luck in finding a buyer, so if you are an eBay master you might want to handle the sale for him. Then again, if you are an conniving Trekker, maybe you can just trade for your transporter credits.

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Wesleyan University Offers Scholarship on eBay

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet,

Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Oklahoma has put up a scholarship for bid on eBay. Worth approximately $23,000, the package includes tuition, room, and board for an entire school year. Designed to create publicity for the college, bidding is available until February 11th. Last time we checked, the latest bid (one of 23) was for $16,100. Good for Wesleyan, and kudos to the highest bidder for being smart enough to know that there is more than one way to get into college.


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eBay Removes All Virtual Item Listings

eBay LogoBad news for Gold Farmers and MMO junkies looking to make their fortunes virtually - eBay, the world’s largest auction house, has begun quietly closing all listings for virtual property including “currency, items, and accounts/characters”. This is all according to poster on Slashdot who talked with a representative from eBay and got the following explanation:

The policy on digitally delivered goods states: “The seller must be the owner of the underlying intellectual property, or authorized to distribute it by the intellectual property owner.” Given the nebulous nature of ownership in online games, eBay has decided the prudent decision is to remove the possibility for players to sell what might be the IP of other parties via their service.

Of course, we doubt that this will put an end to payment for virtual online property - I’m expecting to see WoWbay.com to get bought out any day now…

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