And of course with that many items for sale, some of them are destined to be a little weird. Once something weird sells, it proves the concept, and people start jumping on the bandwagon all over the place.
In fact, there’s even an eBay category called “Weird Stuff,” where you can browse its wide selection of oddities.
Sometimes eBay removes the listings before they sell, so this list gathers the weirdest things to actually sell on the online marketplace.
10. Forehead Ad
In January 2005, web designer Andrew Fischer (then 20) sold his forehead as advertising space on eBay. He got a temporary tattoo for one month with the logo for SnoreStop, the winning bidder. The auction sold for $37,375, so, of course, the site soon filled with people looking to copycat him. Karolyne Smith upped the ante in June 2005 by getting a permanent tattoo of GoldenPalace.com on her forehead for $10,000.
9. Justin Timberlake’s Half-Eaten French Toast
N’Sync was at its height of popularity in March 2000 when Justin Timberlake neglected to finish his french toast during a radio interview. The entrepreneurial DJ from New York’s Z-100 listed the half-eaten french toast on eBay, where 19-year-old Kathy Summers bought it for $1,025.
8. Justin Bieber’s Hair Clippings
Back in 2011, Justin Bieber gave Ellen Degeneres an interesting gift on the air. He signed a plastic box filled with some of his hair, which later sold on eBay for $40,668. The proceeds went to charity, and GoldenPalace.com was the lucky winner again. He also divied up the rest of his hair to different sources, including Perez Hilton.
7. William Shatner’s Kidney Stone
In 2006, William Shatner passed a kidney stone. He did the sensible thing and listed it for auction on eBay. The kidney stone sold for $25,000 to, you guessed it, GoldenPalace.com. Clearly the online casino spent its marketing money to get mentioned in these lists for years to come.
6. Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese
In 2004, Diane Duyser listed one of the stranger foods ever on eBay. A grilled cheese sandwich she made in 1994 bore a striking resemblance to the Virgin Mary. So, of course, she preserved it for a decade and listed it on eBay. It sold for $28,000 to GoldenPalace.com.
5. Pope Hat Dorito
In 2005, GoldenPalace.com also bought a Dorito shaped like the Pope’s hat. I’m pretty sure I find at least a dozen of these in every bag. Of course I’ve never successfully sold one for $1,209. Maybe I’m doing it wrong.
4. The Meaning of Life
In 2000, a man in North Carolina reported he “discovered the reason for our existence and will be happy to share this information with the highest bidder.” He sold the meaning of life for $3.26, which isn’t even a tiny fraction of what Bieber’s hair went for.
3. Fart in a Jar
Farts in jars are apparently a thing. They have been for several years now too. More people than you’d expect have sold farts in jars over the years, and you can find several of them listed today. Buzzfeed has a great video if you’re curious what happens when you buy a fart in a jar.
2. Crypt Above Marilyn Monroe
Although the bids fell through, the crypt above Marilyn Monroe’s has been listed several times on eBay. It’s worth noting because guys are fucking creepy. The sex criminals angling to be near this poor woman’s corpse are much worse monsters than Aziz Ansari. Except Hugh Hefner. She’s an iconic part of his Playboy brand, so I hope they rest in peace together.
1. Broken Laser Pointer
The first item ever sold on eBay was a broken laser pen in 1995. It was listed by founder Pierre Omidyar and bought by Mark Fraser for $14.83. It’s become part of eBay lore, and has been promoted by the company several times over the years. And with good cause – it’s worth more than three times the meaning of life itself.