Presents For Bad Kids Head To eBay, Rather Than Kids

from the how-nice... dept

Well, normally, people wait until after they've received presents to dump them on eBay. However, one father who felt his three sons were being particularly bad lately decided that to punish them he's putting their presents up for sale on eBay. To be honest, this sounds like a bit of a publicity stunt -- and it seems likely that, now that this is getting attention, that casino that seems to be buying every random quirky auction item will snap this one up. Update: Whoops. It's apparently already happened. Indeed, the casino in question has decided to buy the undelivered presents. This is sort of an update on our story last year about how sellers were increasingly looking to use eBay as a publicity generating tool. It appears that's now being used by buyers to generate publicity, as well.


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    Beck, Dec 27th, 2004 @ 5:44am

    Next

    Phase 1: Sell items on eBay for PR value.

    Phase 2: Buy items on eBay for PR value.

    New Business Model: Come up with some original, quirky, offbeat items to sell on eBay, then generate publicity so that the phase 2 buyers will want to pay you thousands of dollars over the actual value for the privilege of buying it.

     

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    Sean Kerr, Dec 27th, 2004 @ 6:17am

    I think I know what the problem is

    The problem here isn't the children. The problem is the parents. $700 in video games for three kids? I think that's not only a bit overboard, but how can children learn to appreciate what they have if you're buying them everything they could ever want?

     

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    Steve Mueller, Dec 27th, 2004 @ 10:12am

    Get A Grip

    You all need to get a grip.

    First, how is this a publicity stunt for the father? What kind of publicity is he hoping to gain from this? The buyer may be trying for publicity, but I'll take the dad at his word until somebody else proves otherwise.

    Also, I saw a news report that said people were accusing the father of child abuse. Sounds like great publicity, eh?

    Those fools claiming child abuse are more people who need to get a grip. Since when is not giving somebody a present abuse?

    In an interview, the father said that he was still giving the children other presents, just not their biggest presents (the Nintendo DS and games).

    Second, as to Beck's claims, how are Nintendo DS game systems "quirky"? I agree that the grilled cheese auction was certainly bizarre, but you should have posted about that there. This doesn't seem to fit your "new business model".

    Finally, as to Sean Kerr's claim that $700 was too much to spend on presents for three kids, step into the 21st Century. That $700 was for three Nintendo DS systems and three games (per system, I believe). At $150 per DS and say $40 per game, that's $270 per child. That doesn't sound like they were "buying them everything they could ever want".

    I bought my 13-year-old daughter a $200 electric guitar package plus a lesson book and guitar stand. Are you claiming that I'm now a "problem parent". Get a grip, Scrooge.

     

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    Beck, Dec 27th, 2004 @ 10:33am

    Re: Get A Grip

    Holy cow, Mr. Mueller. Someone must have stuffed your stocking with coal!

    It's not the Nintendo, it's the auction content, the way he went about selling the stuff on eBay. Writing about how he's selling the gifts because the kids misbehaved. It's like the guy who sold the wedding dress by wearing it for the photo. Lots of wedding dresses are sold on eBay, but not by having some guy with a beard and tattoos model it. That auction for a dress generated lots of publicity and the dress sold for a lot of money. So I absolutely should have posted here.

    You could have bought your daughter a rock star Barbie for $10.

     

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    Steve Mueller, Dec 27th, 2004 @ 1:54pm

    Barbie?

    Actually, Beck, I got a new Replay TV, not coal. But thanks for the concern.

    Regarding the story, so what if he described why he's selling the stuff? Lots of people do that, but it doesn't make the items "original", "quirky" or "offbeat", as your post mentioned.

    I suppose the description could have been designed to garner extra attention for the auction (which it obviously did), but, again, so what? Isn't the idea of advertising to generate a buzz so people want to buy your product? That casino is paying $5300 for the Nintendos, which will pay for a new heater at the family's church, and the game systems will be donated to needy children. How horrible!

    As for buying my daughter a Barbie, did you miss that I said she was 13? She's way past Barbies. And exactly how would a doll encourage her musical talent?

     

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    Sean Kerr, Dec 28th, 2004 @ 6:10am

    Re: Barbie?

    In reply to Steve's post:

    The fact that $700 was spent for Christmas isn't the problem. If you'd read a bit closer, you'll notice I said '$700 in video games'. And people wonder why their kids are slobs and don't go out and play sports or exercise. I could care less how much you spend on your kids, but putting $700 into video games is a bit excessive.

     

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    Steve Mueller, Dec 28th, 2004 @ 8:18am

    Video Game Expenses

    Actually, I did read that it was $700 in video games, but I didn't think it made a difference. They probably spent even more on all the presents, but I wanted to focus on the games. It now sounds like you're trying to blame video games for the supposed decline of America's youth.

    Regarding the price, the Nintendo DS itself costs $150, and I think games are about $40. One Nintendo DS and two games per child is $230. Multiply that by three and we get $690, pretty close to the $700 mark. Is a game console and two games really excessive?

    As for getting exercise and having kids that are slobs, do you know what the other presents the father bought were? If not, why are you criticizing the parents? The guitar I bought for my daughter won't get her playing sports or exercising, will it? Does that mean it's a "bad" present?

    Finally, your comment about not caring about how much people spend on their kids is belied by your previous statement asking "how can children learn to appreciate what they have if you're buying them everything they could ever want?" Claiming you now just care how much people spend on video games for their children seems contradictory.

    P.S. Just for future reference, the correct phrase is "I couldn't care less"; "I could care less" implies you do care somewhat.

     

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    theMike, Mar 31st, 2005 @ 2:07pm

    eBay Auction with a bloggers twist

    This one would be along the lines of buying publicity: Auction for Advertising

     

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    Wizard Prang, Dec 6th, 2006 @ 8:19am

    Re: Get A Grip

    No-one's calling you a problem parent. And there's no need for the name-calling.

    The point is not whether children should have expensive presents, but whether they deserve/need them. It seems that half of the children I meet have fifteen-item thousand-dollar Christmas lists and expect everything on the list whether their behavior is good, bad or indifferent. Way back in the old days good children got a gift (yes, one) and bad ones got coal. It did not traumatize them or stunt their emotional growth - it taught them that some things are earned not given.

    Also, there is a big difference in my mind between a musical instrument (which requires work and patience to master) and a game console (which has few minor dubious benefits besides "keeping them quiet").

    Just my $0.0125 after taxes.

     

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    HotGarbage, Dec 6th, 2006 @ 8:20am

    ooh burn...sort of

    I love it when the argument turns grammatical...did I spell that right? HA

     

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    wolff000, Dec 6th, 2006 @ 8:59am

    You are all wrong!

    Not really but all of you should get a grip. When I was a kid I got every toy I wanted. My Mom could afford it so she always filled my list other than the huge items that I had no business having anyway. Like asking for a car when I was 12. Anyways I got what I wanted but i still appreciated it because i understood how hard my Mom worked so I could have all that stuff. It didn't make me a spoiled brat or a slob. I had lots of toys but I still had to pick them up and take care of them. If I broke one due to neglict I didn't get a new one until I had enough to buy it myself or convinved my mother I would be more careful. The amount of money you spend on your kids has nothing to do with them being spoiled, it is the vaules you teach them. You can buy your kids everything under the sun just make sure they understand and appreciate that you worked hard to get it for them and that life doen't always give you what you want in the real world.

     

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    Plain old Parent, Dec 14th, 2006 @ 8:32pm

    Re: You are all wrong!

    Now that was interesting and difficult to fault, sir. Good for you and your Mom.

    "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it"

    (nice quote)

     

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    Juan Ponce de León, Mar 13th, 2008 @ 3:08am

    Re: Get A Grip

    > I agree that the grilled cheese auction was certainly
    > bizarre, but you should have posted about that there.
    > This doesn't seem to fit your "new business model".

    I am not so sure, I guess beauty is in the eye of the cheese-holder!

     

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