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Man Selling His Life On eBay 343

Posted by kdawson
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A number of readers have sent in the story of the guy in Perth, Australia who is selling his life on eBay. 100 days before the auction opened, he put up a site detailing all that was on offer: house, car, jet ski, friends, job, and so forth. (No wife.) The auction has five days to run and the bidding is up over $300K, supposedly from qualified bidders. The seller says: "Upon completion and settlement I will walk out of my home for the last time in just the clothes I am wearing, and carrying only my wallet and passport."
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Man Selling His Life On eBay

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  • by suso (153703) * on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @08:14AM (#23915061) Homepage Journal

    Is his identity for sale? Otherwise all he is selling is a bunch of stuff. Not "His Life". It would be more interesting if you could actually buy his identity and completely assume his life. Of course, you couldn't do that completely. His friends probably aren't going to buy into it. And also, what of the government?

    If he can't tell everyone the reason why his wife left him, then he is obviously not ready to give his life away. He is still holding on to the idea of privacy, when in fact he is giving that away. Could you imagine selling all the pictures, memorabilia, etc. that you have.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by RPoet (20693)

      The modern man is what he owns. He who dies with the most toys wins.

      • by SoupIsGoodFood_42 (521389) on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @09:35AM (#23915841)

        I'm concerned that this was rated insightful, rather than funny.

      • by kalirion (728907)

        Myself, I'd rather keep living.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by demachina (71715)


        "The modern man is what he owns. He who dies with the most toys wins."

        Or at least that is how modern man has been brainwashed by all the corporations that want him to buy their crap, car companies in particular. They've also conditioned modern man to get 10-20 credit cards and a subprime ARM mortgage, so he can get massively in debt to pay for their crap and pay userous interest rates to them until he is wiped out.

        • by Joe Snipe (224958) on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @01:18PM (#23920383) Homepage Journal

          They've also conditioned modern man to get 10-20 credit cards and a subprime ARM mortgage

          You know what they say about ARM mortgages? too much risc!

          Sorry.

    • by beadfulthings (975812) on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @08:26AM (#23915167) Journal

      Oh, he will tell you why his wife left--for a price. According to CNN, you have to subscribe to his website. [cnn.com] It's apparently called "alifeforsale.com".

    • by Tx (96709) on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @08:27AM (#23915173) Journal

      Is his identity for sale? Otherwise all he is selling is a bunch of stuff. Not "His Life". It would be more interesting if you could actually buy his identity and completely assume his life. Of course, you couldn't do that completely. His friends probably aren't going to buy into it. And also, what of the government?

      If you RTFA you'll see that the sale includes introductions to his friends, and a trial in his job, which is supported by his employer. In addition to all the physical stuff. If a purchaser played it right, he could indeed have the guy's house, friends, job, and possesions. This is about as much as he could reasonably and legally do, and IMHO just barely about enough to justify his description that he's selling his "life".

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by mpe (36238)
        If you RTFA you'll see that the sale includes introductions to his friends, and a trial in his job, which is supported by his employer.

        Presumably subject to being able to get the appropriate visa should the winning bidder not have one or be an Australian citizen.
      • by tokul (682258) on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @09:27AM (#23915739)

        If a purchaser played it right, he could indeed have the guy's house, friends,
        If they were guy's friends, then purchaser won't be their friend. He will be "sick guy from the internet that bought our friend's stuff"
    • by ClaraBow (212734)
      According to the auction page: 2). The buyer is not purchasing my identity. Items not included in the sale are my name, my passport, my Australian Citizenship, my financial or personal details, or any personal details on the hard drive of my computer, which will be deleted. After the sale I will still be me, you will still be you!! So, he is just selling a bunch of things and a shitting job!
    • Fight Club (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      You are not your job.
      You are not how much you have in the bank.
      You are not the contents of your wallet.
      You are not your fucking Khakis.
      You're not your family, and you're not who you tell yourself.... You're not your name.... You're not your problems.... You're not your age.... You are not your hopes.
      You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.
      You are the all-singing, all-dancing crap of
      the world.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by ktappe (747125)
      You're incorrectly assuming that he knows why his wife left him. I have several ex GF's who never did say why they departed. And one GF I left did not want to hear why I was leaving her. Your odd desire to know unnecessary details about his personal relationships seems unrelated as to whether or not he is selling what our society, legally and coloquially, determines to be "a life".
  • There is no wife (Score:5, Informative)

    by Broken scope (973885) on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @08:18AM (#23915093) Homepage

    because he got divorced, and "everything" reminds him of her and hes just so miserable. The divorce was the catalyst for the whole thing.

  • by morgan_greywolf (835522) * on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @08:19AM (#23915105) Homepage Journal

    Here's your chance to finally get a life! Gentlemen, place your bids!

  • idiot (Score:2, Insightful)

    by n3tcat (664243)
    I hope he wrote his contract out properly. otherwise he's going to be the fall guy for some major crime sometime in the next 6 months.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I hope he wrote his contract out properly. otherwise he's going to be the fall guy for some major crime sometime in the next 6 months.

      Insightful? Really? Do the Slashdot fan boys really believe that without a contract that is properly written having a mans possessions make you responsible for what he does or he responsible for what you do? I know the laws are sometimes messed up but come on don't be a herd of idiots.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by ericspinder (146776)

        Slashdot fan boys really believe that without a contract that is properly written having a mans
        Well, I attend the Slashdot fan boys club, and I assure you that we don't get the moderation either. In fact, after great discussion, we have come to the conclusion (group think helps), that this moderation error is the work of the infamous 'Moderators on Crack'.
  • I can take out a $400k mortgage, and finally have a life like they all tell me to!

  • Aw man (Score:5, Funny)

    by Tabernaque86 (1046808) on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @08:22AM (#23915129)
    I wanted to sell my life too, but then I remembered I didn't have one. :(
  • Fake bids. (Score:4, Informative)

    by Funkcikle (630170) on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @08:23AM (#23915137)
    I saw this yesterday and thought the price was too low now - turns out it had been bid up to AUS$2,000,000 by jokers and he had to remove the fake bids.

    Link to the story here = http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,23908397-948,00.html [news.com.au]

  • "I will walk out of my home for the last time in just the clothes I am wearing, and carrying only my wallet and passport."
    The key word here is wallet - he'll hardly be destitute if he's getting $300K (even Aussie dollars).

    Still, it's quite a courageous move - he had no guarantee of a good price. Was there a reserve price in this auction?

    • by OzPeter (195038)
      You seen the rates recently? There's currently only a 5% difference between AUD and USD. And I know a person who lost that amount through banking her IRS cheque in Oz (to explain - this was an expat who returned home and got an IRS refund from 2007)
  • PSone? (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @08:25AM (#23915159)

    Man, he could have at least thrown in a PS2...what a cheap bastard.

  • by thedbp (443047) on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @08:26AM (#23915169)

    I'd probably wind up having to pay the auction winner to take it off my hands.

  • by Grey Ninja (739021) on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @08:33AM (#23915223) Homepage Journal
    Honestly, this is the most fantastic Slashdot story that I've seen in a really long time. Unusual, sure. But I think that this is the perfect place to post this.

    I've always dreamed of doing something like this. Starting over, giving everything up. And I'm right positive that I'm not the only one on Slashdot to have those dreams.

    This guy has balls of steel. And I wish him the best.
    • by hal9000(jr) (316943) on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @08:51AM (#23915385)
      Yeah, I second this. 20 years ago I fit all my shit in a sea bag. Now I have dogs, a mortgage, bills, and more stuff than I can pack myself. I am happy, but I feel encumbered.

      I wish I had the guts to do this.
    • by TimeZone (658837)
      OK, so a lot of us have probably thought of throwing it all away and starting over again (myself included), but "balls of steel" it ain't. Smacks more of escapism to me. I will, however, echo your wish of the best to him.

      TZ

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by whereiswaldo (459052)

      I've always dreamed of doing something like this. Starting over, giving everything up. And I'm right positive that I'm not the only one on Slashdot to have those dreams.

      Is there a place on Earth where anyone can go and live to get out of the "rat race"? Modern society sucks in many ways and I'd be happy to try something else. I'd guess, though, that human nature is the real limiting factor. Greed, corruption, crime, profiteering - it'll follow you everywhere.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by wrook (134116)

      I actually did this, I guess.

      Quit my job as a programmer. Sold my car and house. Gave up my dogs. Gave away all my possessions (Well, what wouldn't fit into a backpack, anyway -- kept a laptop of course!) Hmm... kept the money -- handy stuff, money. Then I moved to Japan to teach English.

      Honestly, I did this because over the years I've found that when I had more stuff, it was just a burden. I realized I was actually happier with less stuff. I'm living on very little money now (about $1200 a month, to

  • All my life for sale (Score:4, Informative)

    by madaket (64490) on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @08:36AM (#23915253)

    All my life for sale [minlib.net] is a book by John Freyer who managed to list most of his worldly possessions (even his Christmas presents) on eBay.

    • I worked with a guy who as a bit depressed (and manic, part of the time now that I think about it).

      He started putting his possessions up for sale at work. It went on for a while and got a bit silly when it became clear that literally everything was for sale.

      I was a bit worried because some people who do this are looking forward to a more radical life change than moving to a different country.
  • by shitzu (931108) on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @08:37AM (#23915257)
    i have to pay 300K to get a house AND i have to work two weeks as a rug store sales assistant. What a sweet deal.
  • by Joeyspecial (740731) on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @08:39AM (#23915273)
    People sell their WOW accounts all the time.
  • Misleading title. (Score:2, Insightful)

    by MistrBlank (1183469)
    ... He's selling all of the things in the list, it's no different than someone selling the contents of a large lot of goods. Now if he were actually selling himself as part of it, or even his identity (which he clearly isn't if he's walking out with ID and Passport) then we'd have a story. Otherwise we just have a random pile of expensive crap for sale and /. just advertised it.
    • Otherwise we just have a random pile of expensive crap for sale and /. just advertised it.
      Still, it's not only material possessions, but also stuff as his job and his friends... (... and his employer does play along!)
  • ... I will have the certificate of deposit valued at 10,0000,0000$.
  • "Upon completion and settlement I will walk out of my home for the last time in just the clothes I am wearing, and carrying only my wallet and passport."
    ...and presumbly whatever money is paid for his life. Oh wait a minute, if you bought his life you get the money back because its now yours. Sounds almost like playing a country song backwards.
  • I haven't bought any recently, but I used to get them three for a quarter.

  • I hear... (Score:4, Funny)

    by Thelasko (1196535) on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @08:54AM (#23915423) Journal
    the winning bidder wants to have it sent to his brother in Nigeria.
  • I wonder if there is a defective merchandise clause to the transaction? How are you supposed to know that he didn't treat friends and co-workers miserably before he left? What if his friends suck? And a house in need of disrepair (e.g. a carpenter's dream or a real fixer-upper)? If the ex is still available and hot, can you reconcile the relationship without getting the hook for the alimony? These would certainly add to a defective merchandise argument.

    I've taken back bad clothes, stuff that doesn't fit af

    • by amake (673443)

      And a house in need of disrepair?
      What is that, like the most perfect house ever?
  • Whoa! (Score:5, Funny)

    by Alsee (515537) on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @08:58AM (#23915455) Homepage

    You can buy a house and a jet ski and all the other stuff anywhere, but friends? Whoa!

    I can't wait to show them my complete Star Wars Action Figures collection!

    -

  • by jollyreaper (513215) on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @09:00AM (#23915469)

    We're going to find out that the Mafia has a hit out on him or he's supposed to be in an arranged marriage to a cannibal princess or something. The lovable everyman who buys this guy's life will now be in a madcap race to escape the consequences, probably falling in love with a girl-next-door Hollywood starlet in the process.

  • by Chrisq (894406) on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @09:00AM (#23915473)
    [quote]and so forth. (No wife.)[/quote] That's why he's getting so much.
  • by Illbay (700081) on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @09:30AM (#23915777) Journal
    "...and carrying only my wallet and passport."


    Er...and $300K in cash. There is that.

    P.S. Don't get mugged.

  • Not only is this story over 2 months old but it isn't even original! This Guy [pocket-lint.co.uk] did it over a year ago while the current guys story was featured on ABC [go.com] back in March.

  • Do your DD (Score:3, Funny)

    by istartedi (132515) on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @09:37AM (#23915861) Journal

    You'd better fly over and check it out. Make sure his friends aren't all loud talkers with BO who like to "get nekkid" at parties.

  • by kellyb9 (954229) on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @09:39AM (#23915891)

    "Upon completion and settlement I will walk out of my home for the last time in just the clothes I am wearing, and carrying only my wallet and passport."
    I think I'd be a jerk if I was him and not do laundry or dishes for a month.
  • by Bob-taro (996889) on Tuesday June 24, 2008 @10:00AM (#23916185)

    that his boss and friends support the idea. I imagine him asking, "Is no-one going to say 'please don't go'?"

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