It’s a sale of a wedding dress… It’s a rant about ex-wives from the ninth circle of hell… it’s a tattooed gent being the model for the dress… it’s at $31,900 and 10 hours left to go, and over 2,000,000 hits on the counter.
Check it out. Expect a made-for-TV movie to appear next season.
Update: in the 15 minutes since I wrote the above, the price has gone up to $600,100.00. I am not making this up.
Another update: price is down to $331,952.00. The other bid must have been retracted.
April 29th: It looks like a carnival of bid cancellations occurred. The final winning bid on the wedding dress was a somewhat less insane $3,850. The hit counter stands at 6,905,664. The fellow selling the dress says there will be a web site set up about the experience. I still expect the made-for-TV movie to follow.
Obviously, selling stuff on eBay is a social phenomenon, not just an auction. The intrinsic value of the item in this instance comes nowhere near the winning bid price. But the high bidders apparently believed they were participating in something more than just the sale of a wedding dress in this case. Whether they were making a statement of support for divorced men having bad experiences in marriage or were just trying to claim a part of the attention that this event has generated isn’t clear.
I’ve been planning to sell various things on eBay, and this incident argues strongly for including information that I previously would have considered irrelevant to an eBay ad for an item. Maybe it will do no good, but perhaps it will.