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Man Selling His Life On eBay

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the but-wait-there's-more dept.

The Almighty Buck 343

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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Well, two things come to mind (4, Interesting)

suso (153703) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915061)

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:Well, two things come to mind (3, Insightful)

RPoet (20693) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915081)

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

Re:Well, two things come to mind (1)

t0M$34v0 (1191771) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915521)

Meh. He's selling his current living conditions. He'll continue to live; if he's happy, he's still "winning," just like any of us. I'm not losing just because someone has more stuff than me (see George Carlin on that).

Re:Well, two things come to mind (5, Insightful)

jamesh (87723) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915695)

Maybe he's just planning on moving somewhere else.

Option #1
. Advertise and Sell House
. Advertise and Sell Car
. Advertise and Sell Jetski
. Advertise and Sell misc other crap, pack it in boxes, give it to charity, take it down to the dump, etc
. Make all of the above events line up with each other so he isn't left with no house or no car etc

Option #2
. Sell it all on eBay as a job lot
. Offer to introduce you to friends and cow-orkers to sweeten the deal (no obligation to actually like the person or employ them if they're a dick)
. Invent a bit of a sob story to go with it
. Profit!

Which one sounds easier? Selling stuff is a pain. Trying to make sure you get rid of your house, car, and other crap which costs money to move all at the same time is even more of a pain. The last thing you'd want is to sell the house and then not be able to find a buyer for your car and jet-ski. Or sell your car but then have to wait 6 months for your house to sell (and have to hire or buy another in the meantime)

Nothing to see here - move along.

Now for what is really cool... (5, Funny)

Gription (1006467) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915781)

We just slashdotted his life!
(Trying to figure out why I think it is so funny but it just cracks me up...)

Meh. He's selling his current living conditions. He'll continue to live; if he's happy, he's still "winning," just like any of us. I'm not losing just because someone has more stuff than me (see George Carlin on that).
BTW- It will be hard to see George since this weekend...

Re:Well, two things come to mind (1)

yuriyg (926419) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915681)

Yeah, I saw this on a bumper sticker once. You live a pretty sad life if you really think like that. No real interests, hobbies, friends, family?

I've read the description of what is for sale on the eBay page, and this guy does not sound like an idiot. All he's really selling is what you've called "toys". He even explicitly states that his friends are not for sale, he will just introduce the winning bidder to them.

Re:Well, two things come to mind (5, Insightful)

SoupIsGoodFood_42 (521389) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915841)

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

Re:Well, two things come to mind (1)

AkaKaryuu (1062882) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915097)

Well, honestly I'm sure he's told people the reason why his life left him, but why would he have to feel obligations to tell the internet too? Maybe if you bump up that auction price you can buy that piece of information too?

Re:Well, two things come to mind (1)

suso (153703) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915215)

Well, honestly I'm sure he's told people the reason why his life left him, but why would he have to feel obligations to tell the internet too? Maybe if you bump up that auction price you can buy that piece of information too?

If you are going to buy his life, then you want to make sure that he doesn't come back and try to stalk it or whatever. Him letting go of it is an important part of that.

This is more of a metaphysical question though. If he is truly giving up his life, then what will he as a person be after that? If you sell your identity, shouldn't your story and everything go along with it? If he was really selling that, then that would make it newsworthy. Otherwise, its just a material auction and what's the use of covering it on Slashdot? I mean this is 2008, not 1999.

Re:Well, two things come to mind (2, Interesting)

MikeBabcock (65886) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915543)

Or is he really starting a reality TV show with all the hidden cameras in his house and belongings that will begin the week after he moves out?

Re:Well, two things come to mind (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23915863)


He sounds like one of those Landmark Forum cult-kooks. He's not running away from the house he shared with his ex-wife, he's empowered and committed to being

Re:Well, two things come to mind (4, Informative)

beadfulthings (975812) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915167)

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".

Re:Well, two things come to mind (5, Funny)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915313)

I can tell you why his wife left for free right now...

"hey honey, I decided to sell my life on ebay!"

slam pitpatpitpat screeech vrooom! and there she goes.

Can I buy the wife's car? (5, Funny)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915515)

screeech vrooom!
First screech and then vroom? Must be a really badass hybrid!

Re:Well, two things come to mind (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23915503)

And read the blog:

'U.S. Embassy staff, soldiers die in Baghdad blast'

Woo hoo! so it wasn't a total waste!

Re:Well, two things come to mind (4, Insightful)

daffmeister (602502) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915741)

No subscription required. Just look at the Why page [alife4sale.com] . He says:

I was blindsided at about 11pm on a Wednesday evening by a shocking and awful discovery.

Not too hard to guess what that might have been.

Re:Well, two things come to mind (5, Insightful)

Tx (96709) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915173)

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:Well, two things come to mind (2, Informative)

mpe (36238) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915371)

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.

Re:Well, two things come to mind (1)

mdwh2 (535323) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915737)

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.

I often introduce people to my friends - this doesn't mean they become me. Even if I then move out the area.

I'm sure if someone was going to leave their job, but they told their employee that they knew of someone who wanted it, most employers would be interested in taking a look, as it saves on recruitment/advertising fees. But that doesn't guarantee you getting the job.

Don't get me wrong, it's an interesting thing that he's doing, but it's far from a guarantee of being able to replace him in his life. His friends will just think "Oh, there's that new guy he introduced to us, who now keeps trying to hang around for some reason". The fact that he happens to live at the same address doesn't change a thing.

Re:Well, two things come to mind (5, Insightful)

tokul (682258) | more than 6 years ago | (#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"

Re:Well, two things come to mind (0, Flamebait)

johnius (1279884) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915435)

RTFA numnuts or at least do some research before posting(i have n0t red the artikle ether) BUT I did read ebay. you will find out no his identity is not included. perhaps wallet and passport in pocket on walking out into the big bad world adds a clue in this direction. only guarantees. u will b fired in two weeks. house will lose value . fiends will be pathetic(but friends nonetheless) ur milion pounds will make u famos for fifteen minuts.

Re:Well, two things come to mind (1)

ClaraBow (212734) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915617)

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!

Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23915091)

Obviously not including Identity if he plans to take his wallet and Passport with him. So it's just the stuff. Better be worth the $300K.

Re:Anonymous Coward (0, Troll)

suso (153703) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915239)

Obviously not including Identity if he plans to take his wallet and Passport with him. So it's just the stuff. Better be worth the $300K.

Oh right. Sorry. Then why is this newsworthy? People have done stuff like this before. I guess I figured that if it was on Slashdot in 2008 then he must be doing something that hasn't been done before. I mean, this is Slashdot, it always covers stuff that is new and fresh.

There is no wife (4, Informative)

Broken scope (973885) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915093)

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

Re:There is no wife (4, Funny)

jrumney (197329) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915203)

So actually, its only half a house and half a jetski. Better keep that in mind when you're bidding upwards of AU$300k.

Re:There is no wife (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23915637)

No, you get the full house and full jetski, but the wife and him will each get their half of the auction money.

Assuming both partners don't want the house and all that memorabilia after the divorce, but would rather have a huge lump of cash, it's not a bad idea to sell it all in one go and then split the earnings.

Re:There is no wife (1)

Broken scope (973885) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915453)

I think I came off as little disdainful/condescending in my post. I didn't mean it that way.

Well.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23915103)

No wife? No kidding.

Here's your chance guys (5, Funny)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915105)

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

Re:Here's your chance guys (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23915195)

I bid a nickel, and that's my final offer!

Re:Here's your chance guys (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23915307)

Sadly, you will still be virgin tho.

Get a life...in Perth? (4, Funny)

that_itch_kid (1155313) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915673)

Oh come on people, the guy lives in PERTH. Surely nobody is bidding on that.

Re:Get a life...in Perth? (1)

Nasajin (967925) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915851)

Probably just the people from Alice Springs.

idiot (2, Insightful)

n3tcat (664243) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915113)

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: moron (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23915289)

He'd make a really great fall guy considering that this story has been on almost every major news network on the planet, and has been posted repeatedly all over the Internet...

Re:idiot (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23915611)

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:idiot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23915679)

Slashdot fan boys ... come on don't be a herd of idiots.

Fat chance.

Re:idiot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23915743)

Considering he's very publicly divorcing himself from everything in his current life I doubt that's going to happen.

For only $50k down... (1)

Lt.Hawkins (17467) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915121)

I can take out a $400k mortgage, and finally have a life like they all tell me to!

Aw man (5, Funny)

Tabernaque86 (1046808) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915129)

I wanted to sell my life too, but then I remembered I didn't have one. :(

Presumably... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23915133)

...his debts are included? A 90% mortgage would make the house less attractive.

Re:Presumably... (5, Informative)

pacroon (846604) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915187)

...his debts are included? A 90% mortgage would make the house less attractive.
From his own site: 1). Potential buyers of this package does not need to concern themselves with any mortgage or debt that I have on the property. In Western Australia transfer of property is done through a Settlement Agent, who pays off any mortgage I have outstanding with my bank before releasing the balance of the proceeds of the sale to me, The buyer is responsible for arranging their own finance, and is in no way responsible for my loans or debts. There is no outstanding finance at all on any of the vehicles, or anything else in the house.

i think this warrants an... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23915151)

awkward turtle.

...and all that money! (1)

feepcreature (623518) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915155)

"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?

Re:...and all that money! (1)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915235)

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)

Re:...and all that money! (1)

tulcod (1056476) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915445)

meh, he's set a reserve indeed. check the auction page.

PSone? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23915159)

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

If I were selling my life (3, Funny)

thedbp (443047) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915169)

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

I need more info. (0, Offtopic)

Armakuni (1091299) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915197)

How do you sell your job, exactly? No really, I want to know.

Re:I need more info. (3, Insightful)

allanw (842185) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915227)

Just RTFA!

Re:I need more info. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23915243)

His employer has agreed to give whoever buys it a trial run for the job. RTFA please.

Re:I need more info. (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915319)

He sells rugs for a living. How hard can it be?

Sad (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23915219)

It's a sick sad world, and I don't need slashdot to remind me. This is why I don't follow "real" news in the first place. The so called ignorance, as I see it is quite healthy for my state of mind.

My first post in a long time. (5, Interesting)

Grey Ninja (739021) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915223)

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.

Re:My first post in a long time. (3, Interesting)

hal9000(jr) (316943) | more than 6 years ago | (#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.

Re:My first post in a long time. (1)

daveatneowindotnet (1309197) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915399)

I have to disagree with this being an act of courage. I imagine we have all had the "escape fantasy", especially the older amongst us, however I would hope that same demographic was pulled back from this by the realization that there are plenty of people that depend on us to varying degrees that would be upset. To be matter of fact, if this is legit I liken it more to suicide than some brave stance. Personally I see suicide (even lesser degrees of it) as more selfish than brave.

Re:My first post in a long time. (0)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915627)

This guy has balls of steel. And I wish him the best.
Balls of steel because his wife left him and he can't take being in the house anymore?

I kinda see it as the opposite. This guy is a coward who isn't capable of dealing with his problems in a mature manner and so he's concocted this weird scheme to try and finance him running away from his problems.

Re:My first post in a long time. (1)

TimeZone (658837) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915647)

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:My first post in a long time. (2, Insightful)

whereiswaldo (459052) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915881)

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.

Net Worth... (0)

aceofspades1217 (1267996) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915229)

This puts a new meaning to the word "Net Worth". Although this will set a precendent. I am pretty sure you can sell the "things" you own but you can't sell your whole life. Why would his boss hire the guy who takes his "identity". Obviously the buyer is a guy with completely different skillsets. Obviously this guy does some sort of skilled job that requires some sort of degree if he can afford a house, a car, and a jet ski. I mean a construction worker and a cashier is not going to own his own jet ski.

This just seems like its not going to pan out. Ebay is probobly going to pull it because you can't "enforce" the sale of an identity even if there is a contract. It has nothing to do with that. The buyer isn't going to get the guys social security number and he will have to pay taxes for EVERYTHING. Considering if hes selling "things" to you than you have give the government a percent. Even though this is ebay if you sell real estate or a car on ebay than you have to pay taxes or else you can't get a legal title.

Obviously this guy is doing this because his wife left him and he feels he has nothng left. But this is a rather brash thing. Its not as simple as give me half a million dollars and heres my life. While he goes and moves to romania or something.

Although this does put a new twist on the term "bought friend"

Re:Net Worth... (4, Interesting)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915281)

Obviously this guy does some sort of skilled job that requires some sort of degree if he can afford a house, a car, and a jet ski. I mean a construction worker and a cashier is not going to own his own jet ski.
I think you need to re-educate yourself on earning potential of blue collar workers. As an example there was a comparison done in the news in Australia a few years ago between a 25 year old brick layer and a doctor who had his own practice. The bricklayer was bringing in more revenue and was financially better off than the doctor and had a hell of a lot less stress.

Re:Net Worth... (2, Informative)

Inda (580031) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915771)

"house, a car, and a jet ski"

I own a house, car, motorbike. No degree (although I have a trade that I don't use anymore).

People in the UK on less than average income can afford all this. Many families are home-owner, two-car families.

Degree? hehehehe.

Re:Net Worth... (4, Interesting)

mulvane (692631) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915363)

My father in law does outside construction. He own's a tow behind camper, 16' bass boat, 2 jetski's, 2 chevy 1500 HD trucks, a lincoln town car, and a $450,000USD house and a camping property on the Missouri river. I'm pretty sure people who budget early in life can afford nicer things later on if they make enough to initially subsist on and a little extra.

Re:Net Worth... (1)

ErikZ (55491) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915411)

Or, you know, have a steady job that pays well early in life. Or just a steady job.

If I could do it all over again I would have gone from HS to some blue collar job.

Re:Net Worth... (1)

MikeBabcock (65886) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915579)

There's nothing like a good construction or other basic blue collar job to keep regular pay cheques coming in. I keep telling people I know that are in college this, but they're sure studying computers will get them further.

Re:Net Worth... (2, Informative)

andy.ruddock (821066) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915381)

Obviously the buyer is a guy with completely different skillsets. Obviously this guy does some sort of skilled job that requires some sort of degree if he can afford a house, a car, and a jet ski. I mean a construction worker and a cashier is not going to own his own jet ski.

The clue's in the article :

" Joy Jones, who co-owns the rug store in Perth where Mr Usher worked as a shop assistant, said she supported the auction idea.
Her company is offering the successful bidder a two-week trial, which could be extended for three months and then become permanent. "

Re:Net Worth... (1)

Cynicor (1220572) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915447)

Any tradesman in Perth/Western Australia should have a decent house and car as they earn more than our doctors and have a head start of about 6-8 years too. If they don't blow it all on alcohol. I have friends who paid cash for their first and second houses and they're only 24/25 after working on the mines for a few years.

Re:Net Worth... (1)

bopo_the_mofo (888877) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915479)

"I mean a construction worker and a cashier is not going to own his own jet ski."

Joke, right?

The guy works as an assistant in a rug-store, apart from the stint that he had driving trucks at a mine. Sounds like this construction worker / cashier really does have his own jet-ski.

And he's not selling his 'identity', just his stuff.. and... oh for Pasta's sake, RTFA.

Re:Net Worth... (1)

aceofspades1217 (1267996) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915563)

"I mean a construction worker and a cashier is not going to own his own jet ski."

Joke, right?

The guy works as an assistant in a rug-store, apart from the stint that he had driving trucks at a mine. Sounds like this construction worker / cashier really does have his own jet-ski.

And he's not selling his 'identity', just his stuff.. and... oh for Pasta's sake, RTFA.

er:

job, and so forth.

who is selling his life on eBay.
Are you reading a different article?

Fees (1)

macjosh (1047136) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915249)

.... I wonder what the ebay fees on this auction will be :-|

All my life for sale (4, Informative)

madaket (64490) | more than 6 years ago | (#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.

Re:All my life for sale (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915375)

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.

So the math is (5, Funny)

shitzu (931108) | more than 6 years ago | (#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.

This is news? (5, Funny)

Joeyspecial (740731) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915273)

People sell their WOW accounts all the time.

Misleading title. (2, Insightful)

MistrBlank (1183469) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915279)

... 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.

Re:Misleading title. (1)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915321)

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!)

Re:Misleading title. (1)

mdwh2 (535323) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915823)

Still, it's not only material possessions, but also stuff as his job and his friends...

No, it's an introduction to his friends, and a job trial. Neither of which are notable, except for the fact that someone might be mad enough to pay for such things.

Fitting quote in the footer... (1)

computernerdfromhell (1296461) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915331)

"You could live a better life, if you had a better mind and a better body."

And in that wallet ... (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915343)

... I will have the certificate of deposit valued at 10,0000,0000$.

Offering the job as well? (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915353)

I'd have thought that anyone with $300K to spare probably doesn't need a job selling rugs.

For Sale: a crap life? (1)

eatvegetables (914186) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915365)

This guy is not only selling his house, but his friends, job, etc. as well. Once sold, he says that he'll leave them all behind. They must really suck. Not much of an endorsement...

Re:For Sale: a crap life? (1)

craagz (965952) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915819)

Well he could always get in touch with them again. How can you really leave friends behind, neighbours maybe yes.. but friends.. i don't know.

...and that's not all (1)

rodney dill (631059) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915387)

"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.

The value of life (3, Funny)

moloney (197410) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915415)

I haven't bought any recently, but I used to get them three for a quarter.

I hear... (3, Funny)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915423)

the winning bidder wants to have it sent to his brother in Nigeria.

Better Deals on ebay (1)

retech (1228598) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915433)

I think the occasional pocket lint or couch cushion finds are far better bargains on ebay than this. What's the world come to when you buy stuff on ebay for exactly what it's worth?

Defective merchadise Clause (1)

failedlogic (627314) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915443)

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 after washing, electronics that don't work, products that don't work as advertised. I'd at least want to make sure that after spending $300,000 that if his life really did suck before the divorce that you can approach the guy and say "Look, this isn't working out. I think you should give me my money back. And, no charging a 5% re-stocking fee is not fair."

What? (1)

amake (673443) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915685)

And a house in need of disrepair?
What is that, like the most perfect house ever?

Whoa! (5, Funny)

Alsee (515537) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915455)

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!

-

Maybe you also get (1)

Mesa MIke (1193721) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915457)

... his large, mob-involved gambling debts.

ooh! This is the plot of a movie, I know it! (4, Funny)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 6 years ago | (#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.

Re:ooh! This is the plot of a movie, I know it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23915795)

[...]or he's supposed to be in an arranged marriage to a cannibal princess or something.
It's people like you who give cannibal princesses a bad rap.

Why he is getting so much (2, Funny)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915473)

[quote]and so forth. (No wife.)[/quote] That's why he's getting so much.

Plagiarism! :) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23915489)

Nothing is new - Michael Landy's "Break Down" art-performance included demolition of all his belongings (no $ to retain!), including documents, previuos works, photos and a car.

He's a little vulnerable... (1)

andy19 (1250844) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915719)

What if he loses his wallet?
Or gets mugged? With all this publicity, people might want to steal the wallet that contains the large sums of money he's getting from this.
Yes, I realize he won't be carrying it in cash, but without his ID and bank cards/credit cards, he'd be screwed.

"...just the clothes I am wearing..." (3, Insightful)

Illbay (700081) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915777)

"...and carrying only my wallet and passport."


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

P.S. Don't get mugged.

What is this Ancient news day? (1)

ArhcAngel (247594) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915855)

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 (2, Funny)

istartedi (132515) | more than 6 years ago | (#23915861)

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.

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