View Full Version : Man auctions off his life, sale price disappoints

07-01-2008, 01:39 PM
SYDNEY (Reuters) - A man who put his life up for auction on eBay found it wasn't worth quite as much as he thought when he settled for around A$100,000 (48,000 pounds) less than his target price.


Ian Usher, 44, held the seven-day auction of all his belongings, including his three-bedroom home in the west Australian city of Perth and a trial for his job at a rug store, after the break-up of his five-year marriage.

Bids had reached as high as A$2.2 million, only for Usher to discover there had been a glitch on eBay's system which allowed the participation of non-registered bidders who had put in bogus offers.

In the end, the winning bidder agreed to pay A$399,300 (190,656 pounds) for all of Usher's worldly goods, which also include his friends, a motorcycle and a jetski. According to the eBay website, the mystery buyer, whose user name is "mslmcc", is in Australia and has a 100 percent feedback score.

Usher, who gave regular updates on the auction on his Web site www.alife4sale.com, now plans to travel in search of a new life.

He's not the first person to put his life on the block.

American John Freyer started All My Life For Sale (www.allmylifeforsale.com) in 2001 and sold everything he owned on eBay, later visiting the people who bought his things.

Adam Burtle, a 20-year-old U.S. university student, offered his soul for sale on eBay in 2001, with bidding hitting $400 before eBay called it off, saying there had to be something tangible to sell. Burtle later admitted he was a bored geek.

($1 = A$1.05)

(Reporting by James Thornhill; Editing by David Fogarty)

Makes me wonder how much I'm worth.

07-02-2008, 09:31 AM
How can you sell your friends? o.o

I suppose I can see why someone might do this after having a mental breakdown or something... and they just needed, without a doubt, to get away...
Kinda exciting, to drop everything and leave, with just you and pocketful of cash. lol.

Anyway, strange story to say the least.

07-02-2008, 01:36 PM
Dude... for a hundred thousand dollars Id tear off my skin and sell it to the homeless.

07-02-2008, 03:58 PM
lol i saw this on the news two weeks ago =S
but yeah..i guess he really didnt like how his marriage fell apart and whatnot..oh wells whatever gets ya to start a new direction in life~

07-31-2008, 10:53 AM
well, i wouldn't sell my life. i mean, it's not that eventful.

and i wonder if i get a good appraisal. hmm.. maybe not.

fox maiden
07-31-2008, 11:16 AM
I guess thats one way to restart your life. I don't think its exactly the best way though. =/

07-31-2008, 11:33 AM
I am not really surprised he gets ripped off. These deals usually do not go the way they were originally intended and also basically makes it easier for people to mess with him by making bogus offers and raising his hopes only to crush it later on when he finds the million dollar bid was just a fake.

08-04-2008, 11:49 PM
he sold his friends? hell i wouldn't sell myself for less then 4 million dollars and each friend would cost 500,000 more dollars per friend now theres a good deal well atleast for me lol :D

08-06-2008, 12:10 PM
i can't sell my friends. i get to go on movies for free with my friends. ans they also treat me. why would i sell them? lol ♥