Here's a little story that's being relayed by a few media outlets with less than stellar accuracy ratings (FoxNews
and The Daily Telegraph
, I'm looking at you). The headline goes a little something like this:
"Dad sells 'Guitar Hero 3' for $9000 after catching son smoking pot". Is that eye catching, or what?
The articles go on to explain that a father opted to sell the only thing his son wanted for Christmas, Guitar Hero III
for the Wii, after catching his son smoking pot in his backyard. Then, lo and behold, a product that sells for $90 retail sold for $9000 on eBay.
Now, a journalist, or a person with any sense of reason whatsoever, would ask themselves, "Why would this be"? Sure, the Wii version of the game is fairly hard to find, but $9000? Does that make any sense...at all? Of course it doesn't. And, had FoxNews even looked at the link it provided to the auction
they would see in the comments that the seller was seeking attention with the story of his pot smoking child, and fully expected the auction to blow up:
The auction will finish at an absurdly high price due to uncontrolled bidding, and the high bidder will be a newly registered user who with no intention of paying.. Several bidders seem to have registered just to bid on this auction. I am fully expecting the bidding to skyrocket near the end of the auction. There are nearly 400 people watching the auction. Instead of canceling bids, we have decided on something else. If the seemingly LIKELY situation of a non-paying bidder winning the auction is realized, that will be the end of it. I will not beg or plea someone to pay, nor will I give out second chance offers. My son will get the guitar hero game.
So, there you have it. What we have is another obvious case of fake bidding on an eBay item. It didn't take long to research. Sadly, it didn't take long to travel to my local FoxNews affiliate, who is also reporting on the story. Interestingly, there's been no mention of the filibuster of the FISA bill that gives telecomms retroactive immunity. Probably too much for them to wrap their brains around...
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