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Man tries selling himself on EBay for US$1.50

EBay Inc President and CEO John Donahoe speaks during a news conference in Tokyo on May 9 last year.

Photo: Reuters

EBay, the auction site famous for its knock-off Ray Ban sunglasses and iPhones, recently had a listing for something unique — a balding old white guy.

Steve Sewell, an unemployed 58-year-old British man, unsuccessfully tried to auction himself off on EBay in an attempt to get the attention of employers.

For the low, low price of only 99 pence (US$1.50), EBay bargain hunters could have had their very own human being, but despite the rock-bottom offer, the posting closed on Monday with no bids.

Sewell has a diploma in electrical and electronic engineering, is qualified as an IT technician and has worked as a mechanic. Another highlight of his long career includes working as a toilet paper tester.

In the listing, he described himself as having “some wear to moving parts,” as well as being in used condition with “excellent interpersonal skills, infinite patience and an indestructible sense of humor.”

According to the Daily Mail, Sewell claims ageism is the reason he cannot find a job.

He said, “My family said I’m worth more than 99 pence, but desperate times call for desperate measures…The bills are mounting up and it’s getting desperate now.”

(Liberty Times)










1. knock-off n.

仿冒品 (fang3 mao4 pin3)

例: Those are just some cheap knock-offs.


2. call for v. phr.

要求;需要 (yao1 qiu2; xu1 yao4)

例: Thousands of protesters called for a full and transparent investigation into the soldier’s death.


3. mount up v. phr.

逐漸增加 (zhu2 jian4 zeng1 jia1)

例: Your daily expenses are mounting up.


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