The stuff that people are willing to pay good money for on EBay is truly staggering. Take the latest example – 17 people bid on their choice of the following Gmail addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
The winning bid purchased the address for $514.65.
The selling point was the following: “Demand now is HUGE and there is going to be a lot of money made from trading around the XB360. A simple, professional, catchy e-mail address will help you a great deal! This address is perfect for anyone starting an XB360 related business.”
As of today the final bid is available here.
So here is my problem with this – are people not creative anymore? Wouldn’t it be a better idea to think about how many possible variations on this address are still available?
My second problem is that this account address has been made public – which means that it will undoubtedly recieve a ton of spam.
My third problem is that this violates Gmail’s program policies which state that you may not “sell, trade, resell or otherwise exploit for any unauthorized commercial purpose or transfer any Gmail account.”
To be honest, this is one of the stupidest things I have ever seen on Ebay – and that is saying a lot.
Posted by Sean