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December 17, 2013

Looks like George Zimmerman has some new career aspirations

  • $100K or more is likely to be the final price for the first painting to be sold by America’s favorite Floridian, George Zimmerman. With just over three days remaining before the auction is closed, the latest offer has the painting valued at $99,966.00. and 98 bids have been placed since Zimmerman’s painting was listed on eBay yesterday morning. source
14:42 // 10 months ago
December 8, 2013

usatoday:

You might call it the Starbucks card for the 1%. Or this year, perhaps, for the 0.5%.

For the second year in a row, Starbucks is rolling out an ultra-limited edition, $450 metal, gift card for the holidays — pre-loaded with $400. But this year, it’s literally five times more exclusive. Last year, the coffee giant made 5,000. This year, it’s making a mere 1,000. Here’s what it’ll buy you.

In a twist, Gilt accidentally posted, then deleted, the cards a day early.

Pardon me, I didn’t know this was a thing. And I just saw that people are reselling the cards on eBay and for a whole lot more money. 

13:22 // 10 months ago
November 20, 2013
For sale on eBay: An SUV that has lived a long life, complete with 74,188 miles on its odometer and one former vice presidential candidate in the driver’s seat. That’s right: You can buy Sarah Palin’s old Ford Expedition. (ht The Wire, which is missing a word in its name)

For sale on eBay: An SUV that has lived a long life, complete with 74,188 miles on its odometer and one former vice presidential candidate in the driver’s seat. That’s right: You can buy Sarah Palin’s old Ford Expedition. (ht The Wire, which is missing a word in its name)

23:29 // 11 months ago
July 11, 2013
A one-year-old with a little too much access to the eBay app on her dad’s phone somehow managed to buy a 1962 Austin Healey Sprite for $225. Dad plans to fix it up and eventually give it to his daughter.

A one-year-old with a little too much access to the eBay app on her dad’s phone somehow managed to buy a 1962 Austin Healey Sprite for $225. Dad plans to fix it up and eventually give it to his daughter.

8:37 // 1 year ago
December 10, 2012
There’s a dude on eBay — the programmer who created bsnes, FWIW — who claims to have every Super NES cartridge for sale (at a $24,999 bounty), but I did a check and I did not see Super 3D Noah’s Ark. What the hell? I want my unspent imaginary money back. (ht Polygon)

There’s a dude on eBay — the programmer who created bsnes, FWIW — who claims to have every Super NES cartridge for sale (at a $24,999 bounty), but I did a check and I did not see Super 3D Noah’s Ark. What the hell? I want my unspent imaginary money back. (ht Polygon)

8:46 // 1 year ago
September 30, 2012
Want the keys to the city of New York? Some dude is selling them on eBay, according to the New York Post. In fact, an undercover Post reporter paid $149.95 for this set, buying them from a retired locksmith with an eBay profile.

Want the keys to the city of New York? Some dude is selling them on eBay, according to the New York Post. In fact, an undercover Post reporter paid $149.95 for this set, buying them from a retired locksmith with an eBay profile.

23:43 // 2 years ago
September 27, 2012
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13:51 // 2 years ago
July 27, 2012

Amid blogger concern, Skype reassures its users that their privacy is safe

  • situation The widely-used Skype VoIP app has become a key element of private communications through the world. With 250 million active users and strong encryption on its calls, it’s an effective option for phone calls and chatting when distance is an issue or privacy is of utmost concern for the callers.
  • claimSkype, which has been relatively corporate in nature since its 2005 acquisition by eBay (it’s now owned by Microsoft) hasn’t offered strong reassurances to human rights activists. In recent weeks, bloggers have worried that the company has changed its policies to allow for police wiretapping on its calls.
  • rebuttal The company has fought the claims on its Web site: ”Some media stories recently have suggested Skype may be acting improperly or based on ulterior motives against our users’ interests. Nothing could be more contrary to the Skype philosophy,” said Chief Develppment Officer Mark Gillett. source

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18:17 // 2 years ago