Thanks to the internet we have websites like eBay and Craigslist that get millions of user traffic every single day, and while this is a great thing for those websites, it doesn't stop them from being home to the weirdest ideas the internet has to offer. eBay specifically has fallen victim to being home to some of the weirdest listings you can imagine. I've gone through pages of eBay related sites and eBay itself and compiled a list of eBay listings that you'd have to see for yourself to believe.
Fortunately for the website, and unfortunately for the users, some of these listings have been successful, by not only making the people that made the listing a lot of money, but screwing over the people that fell for the trick in the first place. You may be wondering what i'd consider a "ridiculous eBay listing" and while that may be up for interpretation, some of these you'd agree serve no purpose being on the website at all. While it's always an eye opener searching through sites like eBay and Craigslist, we can't forget the golden rule that it's best to be more safe than sorry, because a lot of times you'll see a listing and think "that's too good to be true" and sometimes it is.
Don't let this discourage you from listing on these sites or buy things off the sites, because 99% of the time, it's used for legitimate sales. From experience, both are great ways to find things you want at cheap prices.
15 Chunk of Mars
We're going to start with a weird one right off the bat with a chunk of Mars. Yes, believe it or not, a chunk of the planet Mars was listed and sold on eBay. While this may not be the weirdest item ever sold on eBay, further research shows that this listing was put up at a starting bid of $450,000 and was eventually sold at said price. The original listing was ended back in 2003, and while it may seem impossible that this type of thing is legitimate, it has been proven to be so. It's said to be very rare to find a meteorite that used to be a chunk of Mars, but fortunately one of them was sold through eBay making the seller a large sum. I stress that it's always better to be safe than sorry, however in this specific scenario, it seems that the chunk being sold was further researched and confirmed to be a chunk of Mars.
14 Grilled Cheese Sandwich
According to a few different sources, a grilled cheese sandwich with a somewhat distorted image of the Virgin Mary was sold through eBay for $28,000. The grilled cheese sandwich was bought by GoldenPalace.com and according to the description of the item, the grilled cheese sandwich was said to be 10 years old and a part of popular culture, prompting the buyers to place the winning bid. Originally, the item was put on eBay with a bid of $99,999,999 which I'd be shocked if somebody dished out that much money for a grilled cheese sandwich, with a bite in it no less. To be fair, I'm shocked somebody bought the sandwich at nearly $30,000 but that's a different conversation altogether. However, given the circumstances, it's not entirely surprising to see a gambling website shell out that much money for something they can use to bring in other funds, which the CEO was quoted as stating he'd use the sandwich to raise money for charity.
13 Forehead Ad-Space
Upon finding out about this listing, I was curious how common it was for someone to use their forehead as ad space, and to my surprise, it's fairly common. Apparently, the concept of forehead ad space goes back to 2003, where an article talked about the use of foreheads for ad space. The eBay listing in question was put up by a man named Andrew Fischer, who eventually sold his forehead space to Snorestop for nearly $40,000 and his forehead was then used to promote the logo of said company on his forehead through the use of temporary tattoos. This led to the same man being known for his role in this act prompting him to be given the moniker of Forehead Guy. When I found this listing, it never occurred to me that people actually do this sort of thing, but when boiled down to its core, it's actually a great way for companies to promote their new businesses, granted non traditionally.
If you recall a few years ago, Twinkies were said to be no more, which prompted a huge uproar through social media, with aggravated customers and Twinkies lovers alike. Not only that, but it spawned a couple listings on eBay that were selling Twinkies by the pack. Unfortunately, none of the listings were successful, however some of the listings were selling boxes of Twinkies expired or not in the $200,000 regions. The reason for this is because people assumed Twinkies were going to become a collectible due to them supposedly going out of business. Luckily nobody fell for this trick as the Twinkies company announced they weren't going out of business, but instead are going to be selling Twinkies under a new recipe. Unfortunately for the sellers, this made it so their attempts at getting rich quick were quickly just a pipe dream, but it's hilarious to think that in this day and age, this type of thing could easily fool the easily predictable.
11 Nickelback Shot Glass
One of the most subtle and innocent eBay listings I've come across is the sale of shot glasses, and Nickelback shot glasses to be more specific. Apparently there are sellers on eBay attempting to cash in on the hate that surrounds Nickelback by prompting people to think about how they could easily cope with the existence of the band. Luckily, these listings are far more innocent than the others as it doesn't come off as a scam, more so because the shot glasses seem to be selling at a rather low price. However, the only reason I could see people wanting to buy these is to use them as target practice or if you're feeling angry, you have some form of glassware to break on cement. A Nickelback shot glass just puts a bad taste in my mouth for more reasons than I'd like to admit, however given the nature, I suppose taking shots from the glass could prove to be entertaining if nothing else. Certainly a good conversation starter no less.
10 Jailhouse Toilet
This one was pretty shocking to me mostly because of how common place it has become to sell jailhouse toilets through eBay. Believe it or not, it's both a legitimate sale, and you don't even have to buy one at a time if you want more for your household. Multiple listings on eBay are attempting to auction off jailhouse toilets in pairs of 2, 3 and 4. Unfortunately, if you're looking to save some money on stainless steel toilets, you're not in luck, seeing as these listings have been showing the stainless steel toilets to be going for no less than $300.00, and sometimes even more. This one is curious, more so because I've never met anybody that ever wanted to install a jailhouse toilet over a standard toilet. However, I can imagine this is good for businesses that are based towards campsites, and the like. My opinion is you should steer clear of this if you're just looking for a toilet for your home. It's not worth the money or the hassle.
9 Bar of Soap
In case you're so stressed over whether you smell decent, the exact opposite thing you ought to do is looking to eBay for a bar of soap. Actually, simply drive a couple of minutes to your closest market, and I ensure you'll spend less for more than you would through eBay. Nonetheless, this hasn't prevented individuals from doing such things as creating a bar of soap market through online deals. The specific bar of soap I'm referring to was recorded on eBay and demonstrated that it had a bit of it gnawed off. Past all uncertainty, the bar of sold was really sold for around $0.06. Without a doubt, I mean I know you won't spare a great deal more by purchasing soap from the market, however this specific one had a piece chomped out. C'mon people, if this is something you're endeavoring to have in your collection, it's most likely best to abandon it and give the posting a chance to expire indefinitely.
8 Sasquatch on Toast
The hunt for Sasquatch is of course a familiar and recurring theme through our every day lives, and people will go to many lengths in order to prove that they've seen it in some form. eBay is also no stranger to this as there have been listings of people selling toast with what looks like an image of Sasquatch pasted onto it. Any skeptic would say that they must have gotten a toaster that prints certain images on the toast, because that'd be the obvious way to look at it. However, unsurprisingly, these aren't as rare as you may think, though the listing prices would prove otherwise. The one I'm referring to was put on eBay for $0.01 and ended up selling at the final bid of $33.35. Presently, I'm no more peculiar to making sense of things throughout my life that have neither rhyme nor reason, however in the event that you're so urgent to burn through cash that you'll spend about $40 for a bit of burnt toast, maybe it's that time again to recover your priorities all together.
7 Graphing Calculator
Keep in mind in middle school or possibly high school, the cool children were the ones with those massive graphing calculators. I generally was a fan of them as a child, however I knew tossing $100 toward a calculator was way out of my league, as well as it didn't generally appear to be justified regardless of the measure of useful nature. Truly, I know they're to a great degree valuable for different parts in math other than straightforward number-crunching. Unsurprisingly, these have been getting sold on eBay, probably for those cool kids that got through their school years and didn't know what to do with them since they soon realized that math was pointless in their every day work life. More recently, an eBay listing had a graphing calculator going for roughly half the price of the calculators at retail. This should tell you that they've not only outstayed their welcome, but the want for them nowadays is little to none.
6 Britney Spears Hair
According to the actual eBay site, they have compiled a few things that they'd consider some of the weirdest forms of merchandise they've seen come through the site, one of which being some hair provided through a salon that came from the head of Britney Spears. Apparently, this particular salon was responsible for cutting off her hair and instead of disposing of the hair like a normal salon would do, they thought they could make a quick buck by auctioning it off on eBay. Unfortunately due to the existing eBay policy, the auction was quickly taken off as it violated several rules. The original auction was placed up back in 2007 and the hair was initially being auctioned off at $1,000,000. Now, let's be honest, fame has his ups and downs, and certain stars are fully aware of certain repercussions in the event that somebody gets some part of their memorabilia or person, but to attempt to make a fortune off of it is a bit of a stretch.
5 Hollywood Sign
Along with the item listed above, eBay has also made a note to mention that somebody was given the opportunity to not only sell the original Hollywood sign, but was also able to make a pretty recognizable sum. The original Hollywood sign was made back in 1923 and the reason for the auction was to fund other projects. Unsurprisingly, the original Hollywood sign was listed at $300,000 back in 2005, and was sold at a reasonable price of $450,000. If the original owner has something big he's attempting to finish, I imagine this sale has made that substantially easier. Things like this aren't necessarily out of the ordinary as airplanes, buildings, and the like have also been listed on eBay and often times sold to those that have the cash to give. Provided the buyer of this was able to do something with it, I can't imagine buying something of this size only to display it in your front yard.
4 New Zealand
Something I was never informed on is the fact that you can auction pieces of property or even land on eBay. Granted, it's not always guaranteed whether it's going to sell or not. For example, somebody attempted to sell New Zealand on eBay for $0.01 however much like the hair of Britney Spears, eBay came to the conclusion that this was against their policy and ended up taking the auction down. According to the listing, the auction for New Zealand reached upwards to $3000.00 back in 2008, but I suppose eBay's listing doesn't allow for the sale of whole countries. Probably for the best considering if such a thing were legal to do, everybody would be making bank on the silly notion that you can sell the city you live on while also attempting to sell the states or even countries they live in. I wouldn't deny the hilarious nature of this listing because if I had the opportunity, I'd do the same thing.
3 Presidential Toilet Paper Roll
Whether you're a fan of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, there's toilet paper rolls for both. It seems like the people behind this are getting a kick out of it by simply pasting photos of presidential candidates on toilet paper. Honestly, I think it's a genius idea. I can't think of a better way to show your distaste for a certain candidate then to use their face as a cleaner of sorts. Now, if you're not only looking for the current candidates, eBay also has listings for Barack Obama toilet paper, which suffice to say will probably not be as popular as the aforementioned. These rolls of bathroom tissue rolls aren't going at costs that will use up every last cent given that the Donald Trump tissue rolls are going at costs changing from $2.00 to $6.00 with the Hillary Clinton mark going for generally similar cost. So in case you're hoping to stock up on some bathroom tissue for the winter, maybe eBay is the place to go.
2 Can of Fart Spray
Do you ever go to a group get together and think "I certainly wish somebody brought a can of fart spray!" Well, thanks to eBay and its ability to stock unorthodox merchandise, you can now purchase portable fart spray for yourself and your friends. This could work particularly well if you're at the aforementioned gathering or you're sitting at home with nothing to do. Imagine somebody upsets you at work or at home, just whip out your trusty canned fart spray and create a stench that even you can't withstand. I'm not condoning you to go into people's houses and make the entire house smell of farts, however given that this item exists, it's fair to say that people have pulled pranks on people with this item already. Especially given the fact that the price tag is nothing to sneeze at, with its price tag not even surpassing the double digits.
1 Canned Unicorn Meat
So, if such things like unicorn meat exist, why bother going out buying the regular old boring meat? Apparently, eBay is once again no stranger to the odd side of things and that includes certain inedible items that probably have no reason to be consumed in any form. Apparently it's not just eBay that provides this as there are multiple listings on Amazon as well selling the same product. Now, before you go and end up buying this item, the description for the item says specifically that you cannot eat it, so don't go thinking this item is edible by any means. However, it's fun to look at the description when it says things like "No foolin' - Unicorn meat is real! Excellent source of sparkles!" Whoever has been given the job of promoting this item is not only doing a great job, but according to eBay's website, the seller also provides great customer support as well as selling the product at a reasonable price.