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Monday, January 29, 2007

$7500 buys a surfer's life

Australian sells own life on Internet

SYDNEY (AFP) - A 24-year-old Australian surfer who sold his life, including baggage from a painful break-up, on eBay says he is still not quite sure why he did it.
Nicael Holt sold his name, phone number and all his possessions, including clothes, CDs, a surfboard, a laptop, a wonky pushbike, childhood photos and a "nice lamp" given to him by an ex-girlfriend, on the internet auction site.

WHAT'S a life worth? $7500 apparently, if you sell it on eBay.

In his sales pitch, Mr Holt said the winner would be entitled to a four-week training course in how to be him - including lessons on how to surf, climb, skateboard, fire twirl and do handstands - as well as two months of on-call support afterward.
He also promised to introduce the winner to all his friends and potential lovers, including eight people he had been flirting with.

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Embarrassments: No one is getting a life

The hugs guy and the depressed guy should take heed of Nicael Holt's cautionary tale: internet auctions can be problematic.

Holt is the 24-year-old Wollongong man who tried to sell his life on eBay last week, only to find that the winning bid was invalid. "It's a huge flaw in the system at eBay," he says. "eBay only gave us the top two bids. One of them backed out. He said, 'I wanted to do it, now I'm a bit scared.' For the second bid we only got an email address, and there's been no response."

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