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August 20, 2009 | By Maria Panaritis INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The latest entrant in the race to sell vehicles on eBay: Penske Truck Leasing. The Reading firm announced yesterday that it would sell used trucks on its own eBay page, http://stores.shop.ebay. com/Penske-Used-Trucks, to capitalize on the online auction site's renown for attracting millions of browsing eyes. The Penske arrangement follows a deal sealed earlier this month in which General Motors Co. said it would sell some of its new models through eBay Motors directly to consumers in California.
NEWS
September 9, 2008 | By Mario F. Cattabiani INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
Maybe Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin should take a lesson from the Rendell administration on how to sell a state airplane. Pennsylvania is preparing to turn over the keys to one of its two executive planes to an Illinois company that has agreed to buy it for $1.375 million ? above its appraised value and several hundred thousand more than the state paid for it 16 years ago. Palin, the governor of Alaska, tried to win...
LIVING
August 15, 2008 | By David Iams FOR THE INQUIRER
Antique and collectible dolls typically sell in the low- to-mid-three-figure range, but at least a half-dozen of the more than 100 dolls offered in the final session of Alderfer Auction and Appraisal's sale Wednesday and Thursday are expected to bring four-figure prices. One may even sell for $15,000 to $20,000. What these pricier dolls have in common is that all are French bisques, which "always command higher prices," says Roxanne LeMay Morison, Alderfer's doll consultant. They're included in the auction's Thursday session, which will begin at 11 a.m. and will be conducted live on eBay.
NEWS
July 15, 2008 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For a trio of Chester County car thieves, the unlocked black Mercedes Benz in Charlestown Township was a trove of unexpected bonuses: its keys, a $3,800 Tiffany diamond ring, a $1,000 Acer laptop and a $600 Louis Vuitton briefcase. The group typically grabbed vehicles just for joyriding, ditching them in areas ranging from South Philadelphia to Wilmington, according to the prosecutor. But when they found valuables inside, at least one netted extra cash by selling the items on eBay.
NEWS
April 27, 2008 | By Tom Infield and Derrick Nunnally INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
It was just a half-eaten waffle, left Monday on the counter of a diner in Scranton. But it was Barack Obama's half-eaten waffle, and that gave the waitress the idea to smuggle it away as a souvenir. Within a day, it had found its way to eBay, offered to the highest bidder. Up and up it went - $76 . . . $177.50 . . . $10,100. Was this serious? Was it a joke? Who could say? A couple of Web sites picked up on it. The Scranton Times-Tribune did a story. CNN ran a piece. Somehow, it even worked its way to the Kalgoorlie Golden Mail in the desert of western Australia.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2008 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Pennsylvania agency dropped its prosecution of Internet retailer and former-stay-at-home-mom Mary Jo Pletz for selling on eBay without an auctioneer's license, according to a letter mailed to her home. But the state is not retreating from a crackdown on eBay sellers who accept commissions for selling items online for others, state officials said. Those sellers need an auctioneer's license, they say. Department of State spokeswoman Leslie Amoros said the agency that licenses professionals recently learned that Pletz had closed her business a year ago, leading to the decision to cease prosecution.
NEWS
February 5, 2008 | By Edward Colimore INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They've sold battered police cruisers, late-model luxury cars, agricultural equipment, office furniture, gold jewelry and Rolex watches, even aircraft and entire buildings. Across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the rest of the nation, a growing number of municipalities and counties are taking unwanted items and booty confiscated by police and turning them into cash, using Internet auction sites such as eBay and GovDeals.com. It's like finding change under the couch cushions, say local officials.
NEWS
January 30, 2008 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mary Jo Pletz was really, really good at eBay. But now the former stay-at-home mother and gonzo Internet retailer fears a maximum $10 million fine for selling 10,000 toys, antiques, videos, sports memorabilia, books, tools and infant clothes on eBay without an auctioneer's license. An official from the Department of State knocked on Pletz's white-brick ranch here north of Allentown in late December 2006 and said her Internet business, D&J Virtual Consignment, was being investigated for violating state laws.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2007 | By ED WEINER weinere@phillynews.com Daily News wire services and other sources
FORGET ABOUT all those polls - those grassroots straws, those scientific Gallups, those Vegas betting lines, because these days when it comes to celebs, the only true gauge of who's hot and who's not is eBay. Take, for example, Britney Spears. The number of Spears-related items sold at the online auction site so far in 2007 total 34,345, compared with 27,377 items associated with Paris Hilton, eBay said this week. Items associated with Spears ranged from signed CDs to disposable lighters featuring her likeness.
NEWS
August 20, 2007 | Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some of us wouldn't pay 50 cents for an eggplant. But right now on eBay the asking price for a single slice is $1,000. Of course, this isn't any ordinary disc of eggplant. It's the one that spelled GOD. A week ago yesterday in Boothwyn, Felicia Teske was in her kitchen, cutting a seemly ordinary pear-shaped purple vegetable, when she noticed that its seeds formed the letters G, O and D. (They also seemed to form an extra little O, but it's sort of floating above the other O, which might be GOOD - or not. Or maybe it's a halo.
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