July 12, 2005 |
In the old days, the Jackson electric guitar with orange and yellow flames would have lingered in a police evidence room waiting for a property-forfeiture auction. But today, the five-string's photo and price are posted on eBay, the online auction site, for millions around the world to ponder its purchase. The Internet has changed the way law enforcement fights crime. Now it's also changing the way authorities sell forfeited property. Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. last week started offering seized property on eBay, hoping that the online auction moves it at cyber speed.
January 24, 2012 |
More than 10,000 free tickets for Joe Paterno's memorial service on Thursday were distributed within minutes Wednesday because of the "overwhelming demand," Penn State officials said. Tickets started to show up on eBay by midday, with a pair selling for $400 and another for $500. Yet another set had been bid up to $90,000, although that was not believed to be a serious offer. eBay removed the auctions from the site shortly thereafter. Penn State president Rodney Erickson lashed out at those attempting to sell the tickets.
April 27, 2014 |
A former eBay executive was charged Friday with criminal and civil insider-trading violations tied to the auction website's 2011 acquisition of a King of Prussia-based e-commerce firm. Federal authorities allege Christopher Saridakis, 45, of Greenville, Del., then head of marketing solutions at GSI Commerce, tipped off two friends and two relatives to the pending $2.4 billion deal and urged them to buy stock in advance of the sale. When the acquisition was announced in June 2011, GSI's stock price jumped more than 50 percent, leading to more than $300,000 in illegal profits for the traders, according to court filings unsealed Friday.
April 10, 2005 |
People looking for mementos of Pope John Paul II have been thronging area religious-supply stores and online sites. EBay had more than 12,000 Pope John Paul II items listed for auction or sale earlier this week, including "collectible bobble-head" dolls in the $10-$20 range and a piece of toasted bread that "bears a miraculous image of the Pope" with a starting bid of $930. Most of the papal products available online and in stores, however, are more traditional, such as copies of books by and about the Pope, signed pictures of John Paul II, and videos on the Pope's life and message.
October 12, 2005 |
Maybe Britney Spears wanted to keep her jewel-encrusted bra for herself. Who knows? The onetime teenybopper singer in low-slung jeans has pulled that bra from Internet auction site eBay. The sparkling undergarment was one of dozens of wardrobe items and other personal belongings that Spears put up for bid on eBay to raise money for Hurricane Katrina victims. Bidding had surpassed $60,000 before Spears pulled it. In a message posted on her official Web site, Spears, 23, told fans she was "concerned that some of you might be confusing this bra with something that it's not. " OK, so maybe it's true Spears fans' elevators don't go all the way to the top floor, but a bra is a bra, right?
November 20, 2002 |
Bidding for one of Eminem's boyhood homes has surpassed $667,000 on eBay. Bidding opened at $120,000, and by yesterday evening, the high bid had topped two-thirds of a million dollars. "It's just amazing the response we're getting," said Sebastian Lucido, a lawyer who bought the Warren, Mich., house with Roland Fraschetti, a Macomb County commissioner and real estate developer. Eminem's uncle, Todd Nelson, sold the house this month for $45,000 to Lucido and Fraschetti.
May 12, 2015 |
Her arms draped in Hermes Birkin handbags that retail for $13,000 each, a laughing Linda Lightman had to confess: She doesn't own a single one herself. "But they're coveted by many," she added with considerable appreciation. Such longing will translate into $25 million in sales this year for Linda's Stuff, the online luxury-consignment business Lightman started 15 years ago. At eBay, where a projected $83 billion in gross merchandise value was transacted last year, Linda's Stuff is considered a superstar.
April 10, 2005 |
Bill Kerwin 3d wanted $800 for a set of antique dental tools that was used on a New Bedford whaling ship in the early 1800s. He was thrilled when the set sold for $1,440 on eBay last week. "I'll probably buy more bushes," said Kerwin, 69, a Medford retiree who enjoys gardening. But first, he would mine his basement for more stuff. Kerwin is a client of Auction Mojo, a drop-off shop that opened in a Marlton strip mall last fall to help people finesse sales on eBay, one of several such businesses in South Jersey.
March 29, 2011 |
Michael Rubin's mom didn't like the idea of her 12-year-old son starting a ski shop, so he did what most savvy kids do - played his parents against each other. "I went to my father, who said he would be supportive as long as I did well in school," Rubin said in a 2008 interview. Wonder what the family is thinking now that Rubin, 37, a Villanova University dropout, stands to earn a cool $126.1 million when eBay Inc. closes its $2.4 billion deal for GSI Commerce Inc. That's the King of Prussia company Rubin grew from his ski-store business.
November 16, 2011 |
Bookcases of shoe boxes filled with barely worn pairs of embroidered Manolo Blahniks, platform Christian Louboutins, and chunky Prada boots line Janet Weitz's garage. In her Plymouth Meeting basement are 20-plus rolling racks filled with Chanel suits, puffy Moncler coats, and almost-brand-spanking-new striped Etro shirts. And let's not forget the packing table. On this particular afternoon, Weitz is planning to ship a vintage black Hermés alligator bag, a pair of Balenciaga pumps, and an Oscar de la Renta-inspired autumnal plaid taffeta dress to shoppers of her eBay-based boutique, Rodeo Drive Deals (stores.ebay.com/Rodeo-Drive-Deals)