The strangest things for sale on eBay

From human organs to council houses and food vouchers, all sorts of weird and wacky items end up for sale on eBay.

If you are looking for a rare or unusual item then eBay is a good place to start searching.%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%
But whatever you are on the hunt for, you can be assured that someone is on the trail of something even more unusual. A wide array of weird and wonderful (and sometimes plain creepy) items are being sold - and bought - on eBay around the world at all times.

Buy your council house!
It is currently only a proposal by the Government, and has not yet happened, but some MPs believe that that people should be able to buy council houses on eBay!

They hope to use eBay to promote the Right to Buy scheme, saying it will be a boost to 'digital engagement'. It would also be welcome news for eBay who will stand to make a packet in fees. MPs obviously aren't too concerned about the lost revenue this might mean for them due to eBay's apparent reluctance to pay Corporation Tax in the UK!

Take a look at the houses that £1 will buy you
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Human traffic
In 2009 a young girl made the news when she tried to sell her "annoying but cuddly" grandma on eBay. Granny's stock was doing pretty well, with plenty of bids coming in, until eBay withdrew the lot as it contravened its policy on human trafficking.

Another couple's strange idea of a joke backfired when they put their baby up for sale on eBay for €1. Funnily enough social services didn't find it so amusing, and the child was taken into care while investigations were carried out.

Free vouchers
There are plenty of vouchers that can be clipped free from newspapers and magazines up for sale on eBay.

Fast food discount vouchers for McDonalds, Burger King and KFC are popular and they generally sell pretty well. A few days ago a bunch of ten free meal vouchers for McDonals (cut from a newspaper) were sold for £1.64 (ten bids were placed) with £1.69 delivery! It may only amount to around £3 profit after postage, but if you sell enough of them it can add up.

Buyers take note: these vouchers are available for free all over the place! You can also get great deals and discounts off food by following our Frugal Food blog which comes out each Friday.

Make-up and perfume samples
There is good money to be made from selling samples – often handed out for free in department stores. There is also a market for the freebies stuck to the fronts of some glossy magazines, like mascara and lipstick.

Perfume samples can sell for around £1, but some brands see tiny 1ml vials going for around £5! Also, despite health and safety concerns, there is a market for used cosmetics with a 'pre-loved', half-finished MAC foundation selling for around £18 a bottle at the time of writing!

A single cornflake?
In 2004 a Coventry student made the news by selling a single cornflake for £1.20. The BBC reported that the student was surprised to get this sum, but that sadly he was unable to profit from his odd experiment as eBay made him withdraw the cornflake for having no 'Best Before' date on it.

Or a sprout?
He's not the only one to try this bizarre scheme. Another eccentric Brit sold a single Brussels sprout that he had cooked on Christmas Day for an impressive £99.50 (the money went to charity).

1p is worth 1p, right?

However, for coin collectors the right penny can fetch a much higher price. There are plenty on eBay of a specific vintage or mint going for £1 or more (with express, next day delivery on top for £6.50, rocketing the price even higher).

But, there is also a market for the dull, well-worn 30-year-old pennies, sold en masse. This is because the metal content of these coins is worth more than their face value. Older coins are more sought after though as new pennies are mostly made of zinc, and contain very little copper. Any penny from 1981 or earlier is 95% copper.

Your life
A UK man living in Australia made the press worldwide when he auctioned his life for the grand total of £192,000. For this price you got all his worldly goods – his home, his belongings, his jet ski, motorcycle, car and even his job (although his boss may not have been entirely on board with that one).

The man had recently been through a divorce and decided to leave his past behind in a dramatic fashion – such a dramatic fashion that Disney bought the rights to produce his story!

Human organs
The list of people waiting for organ donations is growing daily and many take desperate measures to try to secure one.

And where there is demand there are those waiting to profit. A man from Florida auctioned his liver on eBay and received a number of bids. The bidding actually reached $5.7 million before eBay cancelled it and removed the posting due to its policy against the sale of human organs on the site.

Political 'memorabilia'
It's not just current MPs who are interested in eBay. A few weeks ago website Tamebay (a great source of advice and information for eBay buyers and sellers) reported that ex-MP Andrew Mitchell was planning to sell the instrument of his downfall – the infamous 'Plebgate' bike – on eBay.

It sold for a massive £10,600 but this sum did not go into Mr Mitchell's personal coffers. It was kindly donated to a Kenyan Aids charity.

What's the strangest thing you've ever seen or sold on eBay? Let us know using the comment box below.

Top Ten Weirdest Holiday Home Insurance Claims
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The owner of a holiday home in Spain returned to inspect his property after he had let it to a group of young people in their 20s for two weeks, to find that they had created an indoor beach including sand and water to emulate the sea. The youngsters explained that the local beach “hadn’t lived up to their expectations”.

A slightly oblivious swan didn’t see what was coming his way. It was flying happily through the air, completely unaware of a set of high voltage power cables in its flight path which it duly hit. The swan had the shock of its life and dived straight for the roof of a holiday home underneath, crashing through the roof and leaving a massive hole in need of fixing.

At a holiday home in France, a cow walked over a swimming pool cover. As the cow was considerably heavier than the cover could hold, the cover broke and the unsuspecting cow took an involuntary dip in the pool; resulting in considerable damage to the pool and the need for a winch to rescue the distraught bovine.

Holiday guests staying in a Spanish property moved items of furniture from inside the holiday home they were renting, including a sofa, single bed and chest of drawers, into the shallow end of the swimming pool. The guests had been under the influence of alcohol when they’d decided to rearrange the furniture in such a way and claimed they "couldn’t remember" why they had done it.

A particularly passionate couple managed to not only badly scratch the wooden floor of their bedroom by causing the bed to move vehemently, but also caused the bed to break, as well as the bedside lamp and bedside table. The couple explained that all damage had been caused during one session of lovemaking and they apologised profusely.

Following a rental, a holiday home owner made a gory discovery; he found blood splattered all over carpets and walls. After further investigation, he discovered a makeshift cardboard coffin containing a pig’s head in the bin, suggesting that a sacrifice had taken place at his property.

A young couple tried to pursue a claim against the owner of their holiday apartment in Spain on the basis that both bed sheets and towels were "too hard" and caused scratches and irritations on the skin, which prevented them from using the pool and sunbathing comfortably.

A holiday cottage in Devon needed completely redecorating after the holiday guests had decided to have an indoor barbecue on the flagstone floor, as ‘the weather didn’t allow for having it outside’.

One unsuspecting holiday property owner in Italy was shocked to find out that his house had been turned into a brothel by his guests during a four week rental period, resulting in the need for a deep clean and replacement of soft furnishings.

A lady in her late 30s from Manchester sought compensation from the owner of her holiday home in Marbella as the gravel on the driveway "had wrecked" four pairs of her designer stilettos and forced her to replace them with new ones.


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