Hey, this is America, where one's ability to make money is limited only by one's imagination, no? Well, unless you want to make that money on eBay, that is. People have tried to sell their virginity, ass-kickings, and other assorted creative money-making opportunities, only to have eBay pull the plug. You'd think these folks would benefit by getting a sense of humor....
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Those looking for some additional company at home will have to find someone other than the Youngs after eBay removed the offer by the family of four to sell itself for a minimum bid of $5 million.
While it was still posted, the auction page read, "if you are the highest bidder, you will receive the adoration from two congenial children with an affinity for heart-warming, homemade birthday cards and copiousness, candy-coated smiles for both family and legal benefactors. All that, plus my wife!" wrote Steve Young, a television writer who put his family on the block.
Spokesman Kevin Pursglove confirmed Friday that eBay removed the Youngs' offer, saying it did not meet the firm's user guidelines, and the family would have to make a pretty strong case to have it reposted.
But what made Young want to auction off his family in the first place?
"In medieval times, artists had patrons that supported them and this is a similar thing," Young told CNN/Money. "We're basically saying, 'Wouldn't you like to be a part of this?'"....
In the eBay posting, Young wrote that the family would have changed its last name to the winning bidder's and -- what may be important to note -- everything he wrote upon being purchased would have been credited to the buyer.
"You can be an author without the drudgery of actually writing. Imagine the thrill of watching your name flow by hurriedly on television and film credits ... The feeling is priceless, or in this case just over $5 million."
Hmmm.... It's not as if I make a whole lot of money, right? I just happen to have two teenage stepsons who aren't doing much of anything at the moment. I wonder...nah, I think Susan would pull the plug on that idea.
Of course, it's not like I've been using my dignity or self-respect much lately. I wonder how much I might be able to get. Both items have a lot of mileage, but they're still usable. Stay tuned....