FACT: In 2006, an Australian man sold New Zealand on eBay.
The price rose to $3,000 before eBay shut down.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
Some of the strangest things ever sold on eBay.
DATE: May 2006
ITEM: New Zealand
STARTING BID: $0.01 AUD
SOLD?/ENDING BID: No; violation.
SUMMARY: A citizen of Autralia attempted to sell the country of New Zealand in May 2006. The bid had reached $3000 before it was taken down due to a violation of eBay’s policy. I guess you can’t sell a country without the consent of its people.
STORY: A prankster in Brisbane put New Zealand up for sale on eBay, the online auction site.
Brisk bidding saw the price quickly climb from just one Australian cent to A$3,000 (£1,230), until eBay managers pulled the auction from the website.
“Clearly New Zealand is not for sale.” Daniel Feiler, eBay Australia.
An angry Winston Peters, Wellington’s foreign minister, said:
“I don’t think it’s funny. It is nonsensical stupidity.”