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The world's strongest human pheromone concentrate was what first caught my eye. A pheromone concentrate? What did it do? How would its being the world's strongest make a difference to anyone's life?
No way was this guy going to find a buyer, I thought. And wrong I was, as usual.
If it's oddities you want, it's oddities you'll get. All you need to do is know where to look.
A search engine, you suggest? Don't make me laugh. For the wacky stuff that gets you all excited, the trick is to look hard, and search deep. Paying a short visit to eBay could yield goodies like Mace triple-action-defence pepper spray Dutch, a Ronald Reagan cut-out doll, teddy bears that look distinctly extra-terrestrial, and loads more to defy all logical reasoning whatsoever.
Now, years spent online at the expense of a social life and human friendship make me a cynic of sorts, but people still manage to spring the occasional surprise. An article I found, for example, reveals how bodily fluids, illegal items, and even babies were up for sale at some sites, at some time in our collective past. It documents how stuff like 800 pounds of old postcards was sold for over $760.00, how a signed 'Phantom Menace' poster attracted more than $1,525, and how the world's largest panties managed a whopping $5,000 at the last count.
One more stop for those who love to comment about the absurdities we indulge in, is Yahoo! Auctions. Where else can you find a middle finger ashtray, squirt camera, teddy bear water globe or even a swinging cat from the popular Broadway musical vying for your attention?
For the kinky among us - and I know a few, personally - there are other attractions like a Cats5-tail braided leather whip, multi-speed massager and furry red handcuffs. It's only the last one that taxes my imagination, somewhat.
Disturbing Auctions is another gem I chanced upon. It's where you simply must go to satisfy all cravings for, let's say, art like a Hot Dog Promotional Sign, or maybe postcards of a goat nursing a baby, clothing like a Frog Purse, 'emotionally scarring toys (was too scared to delve deeper), and home furnishings like a Cranky Clown Lava Lamp and Santa Toilet Seat Cover.
Irrespective of what you might say, at least they're honest when it comes to their choice of domain name.
And, by the way, if you think this sort of stuff happens only beyond our sacred shores, you've been watching way too many soaps on TV. Bidorbuyindia, for example, has registered users offering you your very own reputed Kannada daily district level newspaper going cheap at a starting bid of just Rs 2,500,000.
You could also pull up your socks and bid hard for the Royal Goan Beach Club starting at Rs 150,000, or lots of rose wood for just over Rs 400,000. What can you do with all that rose wood? Why, simply make furniture to lie in and wonder why you spent that absurd amount in the first place.
Anther interesting product up for auction is a Magic Bed starting at Rs 60,000, which is actually a total sleeping system comprising a magnetic bed, pillow and goose down comforter that works on acupressure and magnetism.
Don't know about you, but 60 grand on a bed would turn me into an insomniac in no time at all.
Baazee is no exception. It lets you bid for MBA/BBA tuitions holding a current bid value of Rs 250, or a liquor manufacturing company going at Rs 1111111, Bullet Proof Glass for Rs 7,990, and even 'Rare Alphonso Mangoes' -- whatever that means - for Rs 150.
Moral of the story: you can bid for anything you like. Something as mundane as a CD or modem. Or something as exciting as paper teddy bears and a box of mangoes. Whatever takes your fancy.