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Websites that enable us to sell on our unwanted stuff can be extremely useful tools; you make a little bit of money, a stranger gets the second hand mankini of their dreams.
But they can also be used for a bit of practical fun, often at someone else's expense. Advertising a human saddle and putting your mate's number under contact details is a prime example.
However, for prankster Dale Leeks, 34, from Essex, UK, the joke backfired after he put his girlfriend up for sale on eBay. The advert compared his girlfriend of almost a year, Kelly Greaves, 37, to an old banger, warning potential buyers that she made a 'constant whining noise' and she has 'no serious damage but you can see she's been used'.
He listed the bodywork as 'fairly tidy but close up shows signs of wear', adding that 'the rear ends leaks a bit but nothing that can't be plugged'.
The ad was meant as a small retaliation after Kelly hit him on the arse with a horse whip at a bridal shop. Initially, the ad received only a few bids from Dale's mates, but within 24 hours it had been viewed more than 8,000 times and more than 100 bids had racked up, with a highest bid of £70,200 ($91,800).
The landscape gardener said: "After I put it on eBay I just kept laughing about it and she asked what I was laughing about.
"I told her I'd put her up for sale on eBay and was like, 'gotcha'.
"But we went out for dinner that evening and I was being bombarded by messages from all over Europe, and places as far away as America and Australia.
"I kept looking over the table at her but I wasn't really telling her the scale it had gone.
"But from there it just majorly spiralled out of control. The bids started going mad.
"I was like, 'Wow, what have I done?'"
Inevitably, the prank ended up getting a bit creepy, with 'interested buyers' messaging him to ask about service history, test drives and hard revving - but Dale saw the funny side.
He said: "At one point I was getting a message every 30 seconds. I received hundreds of messages.
"We had a lot of funny messages on eBay from people - but some of the messages I found the funniest, you probably couldn't repeat."
Unsurprisingly, the advert was taken down by eBay, though it seems Kelly at least would have been happy to go ahead with the sale.
Dale added: "Kelly turned round and said to me, 'So what price would you actually have sold me for? Would you have been upset if someone actually bought me?'
"I said I would have been upset but I would have been crying in either a Lamborghini or a Ferrari, which makes it a whole lot better.
"She said if the new owner had that kind of money then she was going to have a better quality of life. So it could have backfired."
Featured Image Credit: Kennedy News and Media
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