Ebay Stops Kidney Auction

from the capitalism-goes-awry dept

Apparently someone posted an auction on Ebay for a "fully functional kidney" and the bidding hit $5.7M before Ebay brought it to a halt. Doubtless a joke, but a platform for interesting discussion -- I recall a professor discussing the potential for the richest bidders to skew organ transplant lists with their ability to pay. He proposed that potential receipients bid on the number of hours they would pledge to charity in exchange for their new organ. Thoughts?

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    mike, Sep 3rd, 1999 @ 10:14am

    No Subject Given

    I just have my kidney removed about 8 wks ago--5.7 million isn't enough

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    Mike (profile), Sep 3rd, 1999 @ 10:26am

    Different types of auctions

    I think Todd brings up some interesting points in his post. The concept of the "charity auction" is different and pretty interesting. I am wondering, though, if the internet (gotta bring it back to the internet - that's what I do) makes specialty auctions that don't involve money easier... Or does it simply make it easier to scam an auction like that. It's easy to say you're going to give X hours to charity before you get the kidney and then try to get out of it after you're safe and sound. One thing that folks have noticed in being involved with internet auctions is it's easy to get carried away and bid well beyond what you meant to, or could reasonably afford.

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    Stan Blackett, Aug 2nd, 2006 @ 7:35am

    Kidney Auction

    Personally I see nothing wrong with a someone selling one of their own kidneys to the highest bidder. I would sell one of mine for $5,000,000.00 also. By the way I have A pos blood (Just in case your interested!)

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    Jonathan Male 32, Feb 16th, 2010 @ 10:27am

    Sell Kidney

    O+ Will part with one for I have two. Get in touch with me who ever is looking for a kidney. In the US

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    iggo, Mar 17th, 2010 @ 5:25am

    European,46 years old, sells his kidney. quality life. perfect health. operation only in qualified hospital. all expenses: travel-tests etc on behalf of the buyer. can travel anywhere.
    Price : 70.000 euro. I am living in Slovenia

    This is not a joke, serious need so only serious buyers please.
    Thanks.
    Contact me at grglb649@gmail.com

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    shineshinda (profile), Apr 21st, 2010 @ 2:26am

    Kidney for Sale

    41 year old male, perfect health, A+ blood type, never have smoked, drank alcohol or done drugs (haven't even drank coffee ever). Completely disease free.

    You must pickup all associated fees (travel and the whatnot), make a down payment of $100,000 prior to the operation and the remainder (highest bidder) is immediately due upon completion of the operation.

    Bidding begins now.

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    angeleyes, Apr 21st, 2010 @ 1:09pm

    25 yr old female kidney

    drug free, healthy college student, considering parting with one of my kidneys. Since God gave me two, perhaps he wanted me to share one (for the right price of coarse). willing to negotiate, lets talk about the procedure, any plan of action you have, health risks,your insurance coverage, Etc.

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    Anni Nominous, Jun 4th, 2010 @ 2:28pm

    That was my idea!

    The law in every country today forbids selling organs, whether from living or dead people. (There are a few isolated exceptions, including blood and blood plasma.) The bizarre principle seems to be that everybody is allowed to benefit from the donation except the person who makes the sacrifice. The patient benefits, the doctor benefits, the hospital benefits. But if the donor benefits, that is somehow considered unethical.

    In my opinion this is both bad ethics and bad policy. Ethically, someone who donates an organ, or agrees to make one available after his death, certainly deserves recompense. From a policy point of view, there is generally a shortage of organ donors, and providing recompense would increase the supply and save innumerable lives.

    I don't agree with the ban, I feel it only creates underground channels. People will do what is most important to them...if proper channels aren't available they will be made in some form or another. You can’t stop necessity. There are also monetary forms of compensation that don't break any laws, you just have to be smarter than Uncle Sam. I'm a healthy, athletic 35 yr old white male willing to give for compensation. I exercise, don't drink or smoke and have no family history of any illness or disease. I'm type O-. I live in Denver. 05/03/2010 scojennn@gmail. com

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    luke mckirdy, Jul 27th, 2010 @ 5:55am

    Expressions Of Interset

    O positive
    27 year old Australian
    no illnesses or illnesses in family
    very fit surfer, soccer player
    never smoked disgusting habit
    occassional beer
    curious about what kind of offer I would get

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    ahmad, Aug 20th, 2010 @ 11:55am

    selling kidney

    Hi , how are u , i am 29 years male, i want to sell my kidney, never smoke , never drink. Very healthy.
    A+ blood.
    really want to hear soon.
    thanks

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    shobi80, Dec 6th, 2010 @ 9:37am

    kidney

    HI, how are u , i am male 30, never smoke , never drink. sound health
    A+ blood.
    really want to sell my kidney.
    just serious buyer pls.
    oaqab1980@gmail.com
    0060126270197

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    Alex, Mar 7th, 2011 @ 11:42am

    i have a kidney to sell

    I'm 24years old with good health. Blood group is A+ve. Interested buyer should contact me through my email alex_asekhamhe@yahoo.co.uk to open negotiation.

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    Regan dicarlo, Mar 30th, 2011 @ 4:18pm

    Kidney

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    Dare, Jun 6th, 2011 @ 1:05am

    AB Kidney blood group.

    About Me:Blood group AB. 25 years of age. Never smoked, never drank Alcohol. Contact me ASAP. Best financial gift offerer.

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    eric, Oct 30th, 2011 @ 12:43am

    kidney for sale!

    Shoot I am 35 o-meg fit healthy I can go with 1 million.

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 1st, 2011 @ 8:55am

    you please are sick for selling your organs for money. this is illegal and wrong.

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    Andrew Howe, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 6:44am

    selling kidney

    am 31 from the uk non smoker and non drinker am willing to have test and be looked at but i would be very happy if i could get 7000 for it

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    TT, Aug 4th, 2013 @ 10:03am

    O positive

    I am 27, and willing to donate for a reasonable price

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 27th, 2014 @ 8:23am

    Re: sale a whole package body and all organs

    With one condition..no one even my family member know about this..so dun ask for family members signature

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    m, May 30th, 2014 @ 1:10pm

    i have blood type 0-negative, not smoking, not alcoholic. my live coming to so sad i cant live any more and i would like to left my kids some many for better live. can anybody advice where to sell for best promising price

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    m, May 30th, 2014 @ 2:04pm

    i will give my detail if someone want my body for price is wort to do it... soner beter m

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    Matti Tiitinen, Nov 11th, 2014 @ 4:31am

    I m interessed. I am health 58 yers old man
    I use no any drugs ore alcohol, no smoking.
    Please contact me

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    abdul, Nov 1st, 2016 @ 5:56am

    Hello,
    I'm looking for kidney donors,Very urgently. B ve ,O ve and A ve with India passports/ Voters card or Pan-card and age should be more than 19 years. Interested people contact me at Email:abdulrazck17@gmail.com
    Regards
    Dr razk

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