Friday, August 17, 2007

Sellers Beware: Demented Ebayer On The Loose

FRESNO, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you’re selling an item on Ebay, you better watch out, because there’s a demented buyer on the loose.

Paul Meadors, who goes by the alias “Art Farkas” on Ebay, is a cyber-prankster who browses Ebay auctions for random items and sends emails to sellers asking them ridiculous questions about their products.

But while Meadors makes up most of the crazy emails that lead sellers to believe he wants to buy things like decorative bird cages, ceramic cat figures, or mullet-style wigs, there are some emails that are inspired by Meadors’ real life experiences.

He explains, “For an auction of a giant Cat In The Hat stuffed animal I asked the seller if the toy would be suitable for dousing in gasoline, lighting on fire, and dragging behind a car. I said the toy torture was a tradition me and my buddies did every year on New Year’s Eve, which my friends and I actually used to do. The seller responded with a poem about how sad they were that I wanted to blow up the toy, which was really funny.”

To read Meadors’ outrageous emails to Ebayers, pick up his book, Letters To Ebay: Hilarious Auctions, Crazy Emails, and Bongos for Grandma (Warner Books) in stores August 30.

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