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"Weird" simply isn't sufficient to describe this laptop, now being auctioned at eBay.I purchased this a few years back as a project but it just ended up sitting in my closet. This is a rare Xentex Dual Screen Laptop. Each screen is 13.3" and one pivots so that one can be facing you and the other one facing the person sitting on the other side of the laptop. This was a prototype and is missing some parts but does turn on so I have no doubt someone can make this work with the right skills.This has to be the worlds largest laptop when unfolded which measures about 19.5" across when you unfold it. This company had a great idea on the hinging concept because the entire laptop folds twice making it... Read more...
All right, all right, it wasn't the greatest show on TV - and this is just a replica - but still, it's Airwolf! Ernest Borgnine was great as "Santini." Of course, the auction is available only to pre-approved bidders.A friend invites you over for a BBQ and you ask, how big is your lawn? He asks why and you tell him not to worry about it -- then you land in his front yard in frickin Airwolf and fly away with his girlfriend. Kid getting bullied in school? Pick him up in AIRWOLF and see what happens. If he doesn't get instant street cred, you can always just waste the place with your sidewinder missiles (not included).Of course, it would take a lot of work to perform any of these heroic acts, because... Read more...
Let's all hope Iran doesn't read this article, since we know a) they are trolling for F-14 parts, b) this report found some on eBay!Night-vision cameras and camouflage gear are probably available at your local Wal-Mart. But congressional leaders on Thursday voiced dismay at reports that "sensitive" military-issue equipment is being resold, potentially to terrorists, at Web sites like eBay and Craigslist and suggested new laws are necessary to ban that practice.Among the dozen items that mostly "undercover" government investigators purchased during a yearlong investigation of those two leading sites were F-14 fighter jet antennas (only Iran currently operates F-14s, the committee noted), night... Read more...
Yep, if you are trying to sell a digital item on eBay, meaning something that can be delivered via email and such, without a physical item to be delivered, you can no longer, as of 3/31/08, use the auction format.  You have to use a classified ad, which costs $9.95 to place, for a 30 day listing.We've pointed out more than a few times how digital goods muck up traditional markets that are based on the concept of scarcity, and it appears that eBay has come to the same conclusion. It's now banned the direct sale of purely digital goods from either its auctions or its direct sales offerings. Instead, those who want to sell digital goods need to put up a classified ad on the site, rather than... Read more...
With PCs for sale well under $1,000, nowadays $2,600 would be considered an expensive computer. But what if it's a unopened, new in the box (NIB), vintage Apple IIc? What would you pay for that?Though bidding on vintage computers can often start as low as $1, this Apple IIc from what was then called Apple Computer Inc. was more valuable: It was still in the original packaging and had never been opened."When this auction came along, I knew I had to have it," Budiac said in an interview. "The prospect of unboxing a mint, 20-year-old computer was simply too good to pass up." Yes, collectors: for those of you who are really serious about collecting, Budiac committed the ultimate evil: he opened the... Read more...
eBay sellers haven't been shy about indicating their feelings over the new policies that eBay is planning.  Then plan to show their displeasure with a boycott, starting Monday.Activists opposed to eBay's upcoming fee and policy changes are readying for a weeklong site boycott starting on Monday, with buyers and sellers waiting to see if this strike will succeed where past protests have failed.The boycott, planned to run Feb. 19 - 25, is scheduled to overlap eBay's Feb. 20 rollout of significant changes announced last month.Dang, and we expected to see a ton of HD-DVD players hit eBay after today's news.... Read more...
Big brother seems to be eyeballing eBay and other online auction sites as a method of generating further tax revenues.“The IRS issued a fact sheet in September, noting, "All income from auctions, traditional or online, and consignment sales is generally taxable." It added that "a person must report a gain from a sale whether he or she operates a business or not," although it makes an exception for "income resulting from auctions akin to an occasional garage sale or yard sale."Robert Marvin, a spokesman for the IRS, said that better tax compliance by online sellers is a goal of the agency.”If you're making a killing on eBay, you've been officially warned that eyes are watching.  We're almost... Read more...
Starting in May, sellers will no longer be able to give buyers negative, or even neutral feedback.EBay said problems were occurring, and slowing down trade, when buyers left negative comments about sellers who then retaliated with their own views.From May, those selling on eBay will not be able to leave unfavourable or neutral messages about buyers.The move, which will affect users worldwide, has angered many sellers.Sellers say it will leave them unprotected. We can certainly understand the fear of leaving negative feedback for a seller, and having it backfire when a seller retaliates for no good reason.  But doesn't this defeat the whole purpose of feedback?... Read more...
Reports have surfaced around the web that a retail store in the Midwest, Slackers, is selling its allotment of Nintendo Wiis for a premium on eBay.  In other words, scalping them as the author says.... instead of selling the systems with bundles, a chain of Illinois/Missouri gaming stores called Slackers is simply dumping its stock onto eBay for the Buy It Now price of $399.99, an almost $150 markup."In the past year, none of the 12 [Slackers locations] have sold any Wiis except for a one-time promotional deal, where we did force customers to buy a game with it," the employee told Ars Technica. "The real crime is that we get Wii shipments regularly. In fact, right now we have about 20, but... Read more...
The sale price alone is worth the story, but that's not the best part.  A Canadian dad, ebay username of k_lid, sold his son's Guitar Hero III game (for the Nintendo Wii) on eBay for $9,100.01 after catching him smoking pot in the backyard with two of his "delinquent" friends."I am now finding it hard to justify rewarding him with this gift after he so greatly disappointed me," writes the brooding parent on his eBay listing page. "I know smoking a joint isn't the end of the world, but if you can convince me that he deserves the gift, then I will end the auction."Consequently, the $90 game sold for $9,100.01 to an Australian buyer. Apparently, the majority of people sided with the dad.Our... Read more...
How many times have you forgotten to lock your car, or a door? While that's bad enough, what about essentially leaving a back door open for hackers, by "forgetting" about an old administrative system?A hacker infiltrated an eBay server and disabled accounts of several members on Friday. Representatives of eBay say that the hacker used vestigial components of an old eBay administrative system that has long been unused. The code exploited by the hacker has since been taken down, and eBay claims that no financial information was exposed. An individual who identifies himself as Vladuz has taken responsibility for the hack. Many believe that Vladuz was behind a massive disclosure of user information... Read more...
Things are moving and shaking over at Skype.  It seems that since their acquisition by eBay, there will be a shuffling of management between various units.  We're not sure exactly why this is happening but perhaps putting execs in different units will stimulate synergy.  Here's the rundown of who's going where to do what:“Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom has handed over his CEO title to become non-executive chairman of the board of directors of this eBay unit, whose impact on its parent company remains an open question.Michael van Swaaij, eBay's Chief Strategy Officer, is stepping in as interim CEO until a permanent replacement is hired, eBay announced Monday. Also out is Henry... Read more...
An as yet unidentified individual posted allegedly private & secure account information for approximately 1200 eBay users on eBay's own forums.  Thankfully the post has now been removed, but what kind of damage was done to those 1200 users?  We'll let the eBay spokesperson answer that:“Nichola Sharpe, an eBay spokeswoman, confirmed that on Tuesday morning someone the vendor describes as "a malicious fraudster" posted the names and contact information of 1,200 eBay members on the company's Trust & Safety discussion forum."This information could have been obtained as part of an account takeover. Since this time, our Trust and Safety team has been proactively addressing this situation,"... Read more...
In an attempt to “reclaim his art on the Internet”, Prince is planning on suing various sites that include eBay and YouTube."The man behind hit songs "Purple Rain", "1999" and "When Doves Cry" said on Thursday that YouTube could not argue it had no control over which videos users posted on its site."YouTube ... are clearly able (to) filter porn and pedophile material but appear to choose not to filter out the unauthorized music and film content which is core to their business success," a statement released on his behalf said."People and/or companies suing YouTube for not properly filtering copyrighted material is nothing new, but we're not entirely sure why he's planning on suing eBay, which... Read more...
EBay has been ordered to take stronger measures to prevent cases of certain types of fraud by the German Federal Supreme Court.All this trouble started with customers selling fake Rolex watches with starting prices under 800 Euros.  Whatever happened to caveat emptor? “The ruling by the German Federal Supreme Court came in an appeal by plaintiffs Montres Rolex SA and affiliates in a six- year-old dispute over the sale of counterfeit Rolex watches on eBay's German site, according to an eBay financial filing.EBay had won successive court rounds leading up to the appeal before the country's top court. The suit alleges unfair competition. Rolex was seeking an order enjoining the sale of Rolex-branded... Read more...
Almost any time that a new product is released with enough hype to virtually guarantee a first-day sellout, there will almost always be someone there who plans on putting the item(s) on auction.  They might not be too vocal about who they are since they don’t want any competition, but there’s a fair chance that they’re there. So what happens when the item doesn’t completely sell out?  Those auctions don’t get (m)any bids: “Immediately, some trends were obvious - the most obvious of them being that users were largely selling just the 8GB model, with only 13% of listings being devoted to the 4GB model. The other obvious (and more substantial trend) was that many of... Read more...
The term shill bidding, sometimes with only one l, is defined as somebody who bids on their own goods and/or services being auctioned in an attempt to drive up the price.  It's forbidden on eBay, and is even illegal in many areas.  That doesn't always deter people and/or organizations from doing it, but when they get caught here's a good example of what can happen: "An American jewellery firm EMH Group was fined $400,000 by the New York state attorney general’s office for allegedly bidding in its own auctions on eBay.com to increase the prices by some 20 per cent, according to media reports." In addition to the fine the company has been banned from all forms of online auctioning for a period... Read more...
The latest budget proposal sent to Congress by the President includes a provision to require online re-selling sites like eBay and Amazon  to collect  and report information  about its customers income. Privacy watchdogs are concerned that this will require such sites to store enormous amounts of personal data- including, in many cases, social security numbers.  The biggest concern with the proposed legislation is that it could lead to a vast collection of Social Security numbers and other personal data by a lot of different commercial entities on the Web, said Ari Schwartz, deputy director of the CDT. "The IRS is going after smaller businesses that cheat on their taxes," Schwartz... Read more...
How do you know that eBay is important? It's getting to be a verb. The only way to become a verb is to not only become big, but always be prepared to become bigger. Where does eBay put all their ones and zeroes? eWeek has an interesting look at how eBay solves their data storage problems: Not many Web-based businesses have run into the kind of traffic and server-availability issues that eBay has experienced. "Our growth has just been exponential for 11 years," eBay Research Labs Distinguished Engineer and Storage Supervisor Paul Strong told eWEEK. "And since our job is to provide available, efficient, low-latency, 24/7 performance, we know... Read more...
As the latest of the next-gen consoles are getting close to their release date, we should be starting to see pre-order details from various retailers. As Gamespot.com reports, Toys "R" Us has announced that they will be offering pre-orders for Nintendo's Wii starting this Sunday. Rumors are circulating that Playstation 3 pre-orders might also be available, but nothing has been confirmed. "Gamers who missed out on Wii preorders at EB Games and GameStop earlier this month are getting a second chance at launch day giddiness. Toy monolith Toys "R" Us will begin taking preorders for the Wii on Sunday, October 29, the retailer confirmed... Read more...
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