This one is too good to just let disappear into the ether, so I am attempting to preserve it here. It’s an eBay Auction, currently running as of this date. As of this time (4:35pm), it has had over 6,007,000 hits. Last night, when this auction was brought to my attention, it had 1.6 million, and was getting about 1,000 hits a minute (I discovered this by refreshing a minute later). While I cannot (will not) take the time to re-create the actual e-bay page here, the text was all [allegedly] written by the seller, and appears to be a legitimate auction.
It even got mentioned on the website for The Inquirer!
The highest bid, last night, was a staggering $99,999,999.00 apparently a lot of folks couldn’t resist the temptation to bid this thing up, tho’ intending to cancel their bids later. Now the seller has had to ask for legitimate bids only, and the price is still a taggering $25,000+. I wonder what it will actually close at, and whether the high bidder will pay.
Nevertheless, I thought the writing was hilarious, and the auction will likely disappear in due time. The seller came back and added note to the auction as e-mails were coming to him. I have seperated the posts for clarity.
For Sale: One Slightly Used Size 12 Wedding Gown. Only worn twice: Once at the wedding and once for these pictures.
Divorce forces sale
I found my ex-wife’s wedding dress in the attic when I moved. She took the $4000 engagement ring but left the dress. I was actually going to have a dress burning party when the divorce became final, but my sister talked me out of it. She said, “Thatâ€™s such a gorgeous dress. Some lucky girl would be glad to have it. You should sell it on eBay. At least get something back for it.” So, this is what Iâ€™m doing. Iâ€™m selling it hoping to get enough money for maybe a couple of Mariners tickets and some beer. This dress cost me $1200 that my drunken sot of an ex-father-in-law swore up and down he would pay for, but didnâ€™t, so I got stuck with the bill. Luckily I only got stuck with his daughter for 5 years. Thank the Lord we didn’t have kids. If they would have turned out like her or her family I would have slit my wrists. Anyway, itâ€™s a really nice dress as you can see in the pictures.
Personally, I think it looks like a $1200 shower curtain, but what do I know about this. We tried taking pictures of this lovely white garment but it didnâ€™t look right on the hanger as you can see [picture omitten in this re-creation], so my sister says, “You need a model.” Well, quite frankly my sister isnâ€™t exactly small, (like a size 12 is?) so she wouldnâ€™t pose for the picture. Seeing as I have sworn off women for the time being and I ainâ€™t friends with any, it left me holding the bag. I took the liberty of blacking out my face – not to protect the ex-wife but to protect me from my bar buddies and co-workers finding out about it. I would never live it down. Actually I didnâ€™t think my head would fit in the neck hole, but then I figured she got her Texas cheerleader hair through there I could get my head in it. Though, after looking at the pictures, I thought it made me look fat. How do you women wear this crap? I only had to walk 3 feet and I tripped twice. Donâ€™t worry ladies – I am wearing clothes underneath it.
I gotta say it did make me feel very pretty. So if it can make me feel pretty, it can make you feel pretty, especially on the most important day of your life, right? Anyway, I was told to say it has a train and a veil and all kinds of shiny beady things. I think it’s funny that one picture makes it look like the chest plate off an Imperial Storm Trooper. Did I mention that all I want is a ball game and beer? Cheap at twice the price. Ladies, you wonâ€™t regret this. You may regret the dude you marry but not the dress.
Just a little side note – As I was putting this ad in eBay, it asked me for a color. Is a wedding dress any other freaking color than white or ivory??!! If it is it wouldn’t be a wedding dress, now would it?? I suppose black would work…
On Apr-26-04 at 10:38:31 PDT, seller added the following information:
Well, the auction is a little over half over and I am just amazed. This thing has taken more hits than that pothead that lives in the next building. Man, oh man, if hits were bucks Iâ€™d be getting a suite at Safeco.
I also have received TONS of email. I donâ€™t have the time to reply to all of them but I just want to let everyone know that I appreciate the well wishes.
Of the email I received:
Five or so were invitations to ball games in other states. Two of those were for little league games. Do they have those cushy executive boxes with the free chicken wings at those?
One email was from Scotland. Itâ€™s a good thing he wrote it because I wouldnâ€™t be able to understand a word he said. Never did get through Braveheart.
Most were thanking me for the laugh. Youâ€™re entirely welcome. Five years of misery was well worth the hearty guffaw that was my pleasure to give you.
Oh, yeah. I also got three marriage proposals. Yes, you read it right – three marriage proposals. I feel like one of those mass murderers on death row. I never understood how the hell they got more chicks than I did. Now I know. They sold crap on eBay.
On Apr-26-04 at 23:45:56 PDT, seller added the following information:
The hit counter is starting to look like the odometer in my truck! Not the new shiny black full-size 4-wheel-drive American pick-up that I had to part with, but the somewhat older, multicolored, lumpy, tiny, 2-wheel-drive foreign pick-up that belches smoke. A little something about that vehicle, though: itâ€™s absolutely amazing! When I get inside it to go to the store, I am all depressed. But when I arrive at the store, Iâ€™m so freaking loopy from inhaling the fumes, I forget why I went there in the first place. Iâ€™m saving buckets of money. Of course, I will probably have to spend it all on the tuberculosis I will acquire, but hey, you canâ€™t have everything.
I felt compelled to update this ad once more due to all of your emails. The first thing I have to say is thank you all for your support in my time of need. It was a truly harrowing experience. Some of you men know exactly what I mean.
Seeing as this has turned into my little public forum, I just want to address a few of the emails that kind of left me scratching my head.
I now have five marriage proposals. You would think my speaking of the ones I already got yesterday would have put a damper on it, but you women sure are persistent. One woman actually said she doesnâ€™t want to marry me, but wouldnâ€™t mind being my ex-wife. Hmmm. Let me think about that. Nope. No thanks, already got one. (Pssst. Didnâ€™t I mention I had one? Who wants an ex-wife that canâ€™t read? Now, I know what you guys are thinking – “If she canâ€™t read, then the divorce would be smooth sailing.” Well, that would be all well and good but I didnâ€™t say her ATTORNEY couldnâ€™t read. You following me on this?)
Other emails are serious buyers asking about the dress. “How long is the train?” and “Does the gown come with the headdress and veil?” Yes, headdress and veil are included, but the do-rag stays with me. And if the train was long enough for my exâ€™s caboose, itâ€™s long enough for yours. You will have to supply your own baggage, though. I gave mine to Goodwill.
There was this one woman who wrote, “You should have covered your tattoos. People will be able to recognize you, like on Americaâ€™s Most Wanted.” HELLO!!! Iâ€™m a guy selling a dress. Iâ€™m not wanted for war crimes.
Some of your emails made me laugh. Like the bitter woman that wished she had her exâ€™s testicles to sell on eBay. Iâ€™m not too sure thereâ€™s a market for that, though. Then there was the guy that gave his wifeâ€™s wedding dress to the Salvation Army by mistake, thinking it was a Christmas tree. Guess he didnâ€™t have any Christmas balls that year.
This has also been a learning experience for me. I got a lot of messages correcting me about the color of wedding dresses. For Russian Orthodox, they are blue. For Chinese they are red. Mexico has multi-colored ones. All I know is, for my next wedding I will be wearing a hairy, flesh-toned ensemble because I will be buck naked with a toe tag lying on a slab in the morgue because I would have killed myself.
A lot of folks were asking me if I wear womenâ€™s dresses a lot. I can honestly say that this is the first time I have ever donned female attire. Itâ€™s also the first time Iâ€™ve been [this close to] something feminine that didnâ€™t nag me to take out the garbage.
It seems a few people have taken offense to my inferring a size 12 is big. One male even pointed out that Marilyn Monroe was a size 14. Now, I would agree with you that size 12/14 is small if I lived elsewhere. But I live right here in the good old 48 Contiguous, where binging and purging is a way of life. American women do not want to be double digits in size. Just ask any woman what size they want to be. Invariably they will say five or seven. Wealthy will be the person that opens a store for Lane Bryant-sized women but sews size 7 tags on all the clothes.
On the flip side of that, I have taken offense to some of the people that told me Iâ€™m ugly and a loser. All I have to say is youâ€™d be ugly too if you had a huge white blotch on your face. And as far as being a loser, I think you have it all wrong. I am such the winner. It isnâ€™t every day an average guy can make 50,000 people laugh. Thanks to each and every one of you from the heart of my bottom.
This is where the counter reached over 3.2 million
Because of the high profile of this item, I am changing the listing to Pre-Approved Bidders Only. To be pre-approved, please contact me at email@example.com and include “Serious Bidder” in the subject line of the email and I will return your email to pre-approve your bidding on the auction. Thank you for your interest.
This is where the counter hit 6,000,7002
Woooooooohoooooo! What a wild ride! The emails are coming faster than the hits. And now personal appearances. First Star94 radio in Atlanta, then King5 in Seattle, now the Today Show with that I-used-to-be-a-fat-weatherman-but-now-I-am-as-skinny-as-Regis-but-twice-as-funny Al “I will turn this car around” Roker. It is amazing; all this media hype. Hey, Al! Any relation to Roxy? EBay has graciously allowed me to update this page once more. So I will keep it brief.
This one guy emailed me and said, “Hey, bud. What part of Texas do you live?”
Uh… Well, sir, I am from Seattle. Uh, Seattle, Texas.
Right next to AreYouAFreakingMoron, Texas, which is a hop, skip and jump from IWasEducatedByGeorgeBush, Texas. Thanks for asking, neighbor.
We have a website coming that everyone can check out. It will be up soon.
Please only bid if you are serious. Or really, really hot.
The final, winning bid was $3850.00, placed by absolutsth