World's Least Successful eBay Merchant Sells A PS2 and £44,000 For £95

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We’ve had stories about the world’s angriest eBay seller, but perhaps now we’ve found the world’s worst eBay seller. A kid in England won an auction for a Playstation 2 for 95 pounds, but when it was sent to him, it also included 44,000 pounds in cash. The kid’s parents have turned the money over to police, who are investigating the matter. The PS2 was also supposed to come with two games, though they weren’t included — but somehow we imagine that, even in the UK, 44 grand should be enough to pick up a few replacement copies.

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Jolie says:

Surprised that a Brit rolled over like that

I’d keep the cash, spend a few bills at a time, and see what happens. If the Feds don’t come knocking at my door, looking for their marked bills, then I’m home free.

On the other hand, I have read the book and seen the movie A Simple Plan, and in some ways, it’s just not worth the cost to your own life, to your peace of mind, because once you spend that first bill, you can’t turn back the clock.

Shalkar says:

Re: Re:

If he killed my family, or killed my family AND me? And did he take the money? If he left me alive and didn’t take the money, I’ll buy a new family. lol j/k

Seriously though, if they had connections, then killing them would have been the duty of the guy who sent the package. In which case, he’d of had to go there himself, off thema and not get caught, then give the money and compensation to the rightful people.

All in all, the guy sending it is in the deepest water. No matter what the family did. The family would really only get in trouble if the bills were marked. It only takes one of them to be marked, but still, if they had put that in a Swiss bank account and “filtered” it through a few other similiar accounts, they’d have been free and clear as far as being marked goes.

As for that one guy who messed up big time, assuming the money IS illegal, they’d just have to be on guard for a while and when he broke in, they’d just have to shoot him. If they don’t have a gun, a butcher knife would do fine. They’d be richer and happier, that guy would be dead and we’d all laugh about it! 😀

Fraud investigator (user link) says:

Laundry anyone?

Maybe there was an email from the seller to the buyer, saying that: I am going to give you $x,xxx if you deposit this money in your account and make a payment to me back for X services I am going to “give” you, that got lost in the way… Who knows. Anyway, the way our society is working these days, you can bet your left hand that there is a crime involved.

Fraud investigator (user link) says:

Laundry anyone?

Maybe there was an email from the seller to the buyer, saying that: I am going to give you $x,xxx if you deposit this money in your account and make a payment to me back for X services I am going to “give” you, that got lost in the way… Who knows. Anyway, the way our society is working these days, you can bet your left hand that there is a crime involved.

Overcast says:

unless of course the Brit cops have the same lack of moral fiber evident in this comments section.

Actually.. no..

The money was just sent to the boy through a package – no theft involved.

If the cops keep it – knowing it’s clear – then that’s theft.

If the boy would have simply kept it – that’s not exactly theft.

If you find $50.00 on the ground at the shopping store, do you take it to the counter to find out who lost it? That would be silly.

Just more reasons to imbed electronic chips in us, eh? Why not, London’s filled with cameras already (it’s a big help, as we can all see) so it’s the next logical step in maintaining control of the serfs.

Not by Carl. says:

Techinical Discussion.

I agree. This doesn’t have anything to do with tech savvy stuff. It’s not important that techdirt prints X amount of articles per day. Even if it’s just 2 or 3 a day. And they remain on subject, I will be happy.

This is more and more becoming a business news backbone than it is technical.

Quit slopping business stories back and forth on your RSS feeds.

This is almost all of what Carl prints. They suck.
Fire him and move on.

Your loosing a lot of your long time readers.

|333173|3|_||3 says:

FInding money

AFAIK (IANAL), under UK law if you find money somewhere then your are supposed to hand it in to the police, and if no one claims in in 2 weeks it is yours. If the money (or goods) are worth more than a certain amount, an investigation is undertaken to decide if the goods were lost or were a “treasure trove” (deliberately hidden). In one case you get to keep all the money, in the other you have to pay tax on it. If you do not report a large find, and the government find out you have failed to report it, then you can loose the whole lot and face prosecution.

I do not think that this applies in this case, but the worries about organised crime might have been a driving factor in the decison, or simply a desire not to have 44000GBP in the house.

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