I once listed a picture of Jesus on eBay. I knew a guy in Pensacola who insisted that the fuzzy black and white image that his girlfriend carried around in her pocket was an image of Christ, flanked by a lion and a lamb. At best, it looked like a failed Rorschach, at worst, something viewed through a cataract. There was no interest in my item, and it eventually just quietly died.
I've been on eBay for awhile, but my initial account saw so little activity that I eventually closed it. I was using it for cheap comics exclusively anyway, and before that had been a loyal devotee of Yahoo Auctions. I started another eBay account when I wanted to sell equipment (a $10K laser engraver and a four-station T-shirt silkscreen press) affiliated with my Pensacola sign business when it closed in 2005. Since then, I've used it pretty regularly to not only fill gaps in my comic collection, but to auction off books I've read, white elephant gifts, and sell stuff we were just tired of having. Currently, I'm using it to sell off thousands of trophy parts which have been sitting around the sign shop where I work, some of them for nearly 30 years. The dust alone is amazing, but the boxes are lined with newspaper, and even more astonishing are the ads from 1980s and 90s newspapers for electronics.
I once used it to sell off old mannequins for another job I had. The phone calls & emails I got on these auctions were predictably weird. "Are they all naked?" "Do you have any Asian or Black ones?" "They don't have the - you know - all their parts, do they?" And finally, "Are there any available without faces?" (shudder) Working in a roomful of mannequins is not as fun as you might imagine - Kim Catrall never shows up, and many of them contain spider nests. Remember that the next time you're out shopping.
Most recently, I've had two diametrically opposing experiences on eBay. One was the guy who drove all the way to Nashville from Robbinsville, NC to buy the 1st round of trophy parts, and who liked what he saw so much he hit a cash machine while he was here and bought some more. I think he would have taken whatever would physically fit in his vehicle. He was great, and is apparently starting his own trophy, award, and engraving shop in Robbinsville when he retires from being an EMT. Look him up next time you're in Robbinsville.
On the marred and tarnished flipside, is Mohammed Ismail Zaghari, also of North Carolina. Ismail recently tried to fuck me over on a busted Zune, and so I promised him during the ensuing argument that I would post that fact in any forum I had access to. I always keep my promises. Ismail is a very poor businessman, and an even worse loser, as he's been pouting through a series of bitchy emails since PayPal found in my favor and sent me my money back. Anyway, from this point forward, all spam emails and complaints about this blog should be sent to Ismail Zaghari, 4620 MacKinac St., Charlotte, NC, 28269. You can call him at 704-503-5742, or email him at email@example.com.