More than a decade ago, I had an idea for an article about testing what stupid things I could list on eBay that someone would be dumb enough to buy, i.e. one sock. I never pursued it, but if I had, perhaps much of it would it been purchased or perused by Cary McNeal and Beverly Jenkins, who’ve compiled unusual purchases from the once-great auction site into CRAP I BOUGHT ON EBAY: 101 CRAZY BIZARRE, SERIOUSLY WEIRD, RIDICULOUSLY RAUNCHY ITEMS EXPOSED.
Said items include a business card holder adorned with illustrations of various types of defecated matter, Menudo trading cards (mint), a potato shaped like a frog, a wishbone from 1946, History Channel’s ALL ABOUT DUNG on DVD, a disco-light butt plug, a Valtrex note pad, an Alcoholics Anonymous card game (12 steps, natch), a belt buckle emblazoned with the words “EAT CHEESE OR DIE,” and something called “Angry Vagina Painting.”
You get the picture. All 101 of them, in fact, as the best part of the book is seeing photos of the actual items, because poop-shaped soap and corn dog air fresheners must be seen to be believed.
The authors write about each item, but the only times these bits are worth reading is when they include email exchanges with the sellers, like the guy selling personalized “jizz rags.” Those can be priceless.
This isn’t exactly worth clicking a “Buy It Now!” button, but hey, make an offer. —Rod Lott