Woman auctions father's ghost on eBay

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Top bid of $78 and 34 bids made.
Bidding ends tomorrow, so you'd better hurry!!

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CNN said:
A woman's effort to assuage her 6-year-old son's fears of his grandfather's ghost by selling it on eBay has drawn more than 34 bids with a top offer of $78.

Mary Anderson said she placed her father's "ghost" on the online auction site after her son, Collin, said he was afraid the ghost would return someday. Anderson said Collin has avoided going anywhere in the house alone since his grandfather died last year.

Anderson also put her father's metal walking cane up for auction so she would have something to actually send the winning bidder. The proceeds from the auction will go to buy Collin a special present, she said.
Woof, Woof - Dawg
 

Mr. Anderson

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Does anyone have a list of all the silly stuff that has been up for sale at ebay? I'm thinking in terms of this type of thing, an intangible....I know there are quite a few.

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sonyrules

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As crazy as it may seam, there are people out there that believe this stuff and will probley bid on it.. I have no idea why. Some people are just plain crazy i guess
 

wdlove

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Well at least the winner will receive the metal cane. A novel way to try get a child to overcome the fear of his grandfather's ghost. I wonder what the special present will be?
 

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What a stupid kid. I hope when I have kids they're not so irrational.
Kids are supposed to be irrational, they are kids after all. Especially at six, what do you expect? Kids will be "stupid" compared to adults, because they are children.

No disrespect, but you might want to hold off becoming a parent for a little while with an attitude like that.

Your post is actually quite ironic.
 

broken_keyboard

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blackfox said:
Kids are supposed to be irrational, they are kids after all. Especially at six, what do you expect?
There's nothing inheriently irrational about being a kid. I have a 6 year old half brother who doesn't believe in ghosts. I think his mother has just not spent enough time teaching him to think.

Edit: or rather, she has just been filling his head with rubbish, and now she has to deal with the consequences.
 

DavidLeblond

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I just did an eBay search since the article didn't contain a link... its amazing how many people are trying to get a buck by linking themselves to this auction in one way or another! One person is selling "I bid on the father's ghosts" iron-on transfer t-shirts!!!
 

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DavidLeblond said:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5539709069

The "Ghost cane" just sold for $65,100! I mean damn, come on... she doesn't even believe its haunted she just wants to get rid of it so her kid will calm down. Thats like 1/2 the price of my HOUSE!

(looking for piece of junk to sell on eBay with a lame story behind it...)

When I saw it, it was $78 and thought that was a nice gesture to the kid.

But this is ridiculous... at least you could eat the VM Cheese sandwich, well, it was pretty old, but you could have fed it to your dog (or dawg)!

All you can do is shake your head (and wag your tail)!

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apple2991

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blackfox said:
Kids are supposed to be irrational, they are kids after all. Especially at six, what do you expect? Kids will be "stupid" compared to adults, because they are children.

No disrespect, but you might want to hold off becoming a parent for a little while with an attitude like that.

Your post is actually quite ironic.
Um, no, actually. Kids are stupid.
 

AmigoMac

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man, don't you get the feeling that you could look for something to sell for some bucks? My wife and I are looking forward to ebay some old stuff...
 

Apple Hobo

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Why do I have a feeling that the winning bidder is not going to pay up? :p

The media's helping stupid people get rich. Crazier stuff gets sold everyday, but not for thousands of dollars because of media attention.

And WTF is with those people who "bid for fun" and have no intention of paying?

Sorry for the rant. ;)

P.S. the mother should've whacked some sense into the kid with the cane instead of selling it.
 

stoid

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apple2991 said:
Um, no, actually. Kids are stupid.
Well, that would explain spyMac :D :p

Even though kids are irrational, I think that it is amazing sometimes to see how their brain functions because they are not inhibited by silly things socially and logically like adults must be trained for.
 

DavidLeblond

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Apple Hobo said:
P.S. the mother should've whacked some sense into the kid with the cane instead of selling it.
No, she should've put the cane up for bid on eBay and then called in an anonymous tip to the associated press and raked in $65,100...

... oh wait... :D
 

Makosuke

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I don't suppose there's anything wrong with this unusual way of getting your kid to feel better about his dead grandfather, but the problem with any even mildly amusing auctions these days are that some loser is going to put a $50,000 bid on it with no intention of paying. It'd probably be worse if they actually did pay, but what's the point of messing up an already silly auction?

I'm sure if it was restrected to reasonable people, some amused parent somewhere or maybe a ghost fanatic too dumb to read the story behind the auction would've paid $30 or $40 for it, and people would chuckle and that'd be the end of it.

Instead, everything has to be a pop culture phenomenon, and some group of geeks just have to sit there seeing who can place the higher bid with their fake account, while some other guy sells t-shirts.

I don't think the kid is the dumbest character in this story, by a long shot.
 

DavidLeblond

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Makosuke said:
I don't suppose there's anything wrong with this unusual way of getting your kid to feel better about his dead grandfather, but the problem with any even mildly amusing auctions these days are that some loser is going to put a $50,000 bid on it with no intention of paying. It'd probably be worse if they actually did pay, but what's the point of messing up an already silly auction?
Actually the bidder below the "winner" bid $65,000... that was goldenpalacecasino (I believe the winner of the Virgin Mary Sandwich)... I believe they would have paid.

I think golden palace casino has way too much money.
 

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It's not so much the idea of little 6-year-old Collin being afraid of his grandfather's ghost I have a problem with. That's probably due to perfectly normal psychological issues surrounding his grandfather's death: unresolved grief, fears of mortality, etc. The fear's probably just a displacement of something.

But to think that you can sell a ghost on eBay and it'll just go away? Now that's stupid and illogical...if that would "work", then why not just tell grandpa that he's dead and it's time to move on? Note that the money is supposedly going towards a special present for little Collin....yeah, no way to assauge emotional problems like materialism.

Sheesh.

And I thought you weren't supposed to traffic in souls on eBay, anyway....which is essentially what a ghost is.
 

wdlove

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I think that this is setting a terrible precedence. This is no example to set for a child. Having him see a child psychologist would have been a better choice. It is even worse that a person would bid US $65,100.00 in this manner. Exactly what was the bidder thinking.

She could buy him a small gift, but he still should get some counseling. Might be helpful to explore his fears, if it is actually this severe.
 

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blackfox said:
Kids are supposed to be irrational, they are kids after all. Especially at six, what do you expect? Kids will be "stupid" compared to adults, because they are children.

No disrespect, but you might want to hold off becoming a parent for a little while with an attitude like that.

Your post is actually quite ironic.
it is an attitude like yours which makes six year olds "stupid" compared to an adult. a child isn't inherently stupid, but when you expect them to be and treat them as such, then they typically will be. you too should avoid parenthood (and contaminating our already filthy gene pool).