"My house is filled with this crap
Shows up in bubble wrap
'Most every day
What I bought on eBay."eBay
, the web's Bazaar of the Bizarre
. Although it acts primarily as an auction-based
website, some sellers use "Buy It Now!" buttons allowing you to instantly purchase the item at "bargain" prices.
It can be a useful way of averting No Export for You
, to Keep Circulating the Tapes
. You cannot, however, sell people, live animals or weapons. We've tried.
eBay has now become a trope in itself, as the place where heroes can find their Plot Coupons
Tropes on eBay:
- Air Guitar: Yes, some really do get sold.
- And Ninety Nine Cents: Common in Buy It Now listings, but quite obviously averted in auctions themselves.
- Auction: The whole point of the site.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Some exhibitionist sellers delight in uploading nude pictures of themselves via reflections in metal objects they're selling on the site.
- No Swastikas: "eBay does not allow listings or items that promote or glorify hatred, violence or racial intolerance, or items that promote organisations with such views." So, you'll have to sell your old World War 2 memorabilia somewhere else.
- Read The Fine Print: Some people like to sell boxes for gadgets with warnings like "PSP box, PSP not included". Despite this, people might still pay hundreds for it.
- Another version is listing something for a cheap price, but charging huge amounts for shipping.
- Serious Business: Seller Ratings. While maintaining a high rating is naturally beneficial for both the seller's reputation and the prospective buyers, some people go absolutely loony over the potential of losing a perfect rating.
- We Sell Everything: Almost everything, anyway. Why steal a traffic cone when you could buy one?
- What Did I Do Last Night?: Can happen if you browse eBay while drunk.
- Young Entrepreneur: You can make a lot of money by selling.
eBay in media:
- Transformers: Sam intends to sell his great-grandfather's glasses on eBay (thanks to a Product Placement deal for the film).
- The Dresden Files: One villain tries to sell Harry on eBay.
- Joe Hill's novel Heart-Shaped Box is a curious example. The main character buys a ghost from what the book describes as "an online auction site, not eBay, but one of the wannabes".
- Yellow Eyes has something of a Running Gag about how it's amazing what you can find on eBay, including an alien medical device used to build a physical body for an A.I. and a mate for a formerly hostile Posleen advising the humans after the war.
- The Big Bang Theory:
- Sheldon sells a World of Warcraft item on eBay. Blizzard would have banned Sheldon and the buyer from Warcraft for doing this.
- In another episode Lenoard buys a time machine off eBay he assumed was a miniature prop. Turns out it was a full sized prop and he's out 800 bucks and makes Penny miss work as he tries and fails to get it up the stairwell.
- Jay Leno used to do a segment on his show called "Stuff we found on eBay". He would present a collection of some of the most blood-stoppingly inane stuff on eBay at that time, and ask the audience if it got sold or not.
- In the British panel game show Would I Lie to You?, panelists sometimes have a "Possession" which they must claim as their own (and convincingly argue that it really is theirs when it is not, or vice versa). A common justification is that this was a late-night drunken eBay purchase.
- "Weird Al" Yankovic's song "eBay"
- An early Sequential Art storyline had Pip getting carried away in an auction for a rare comic book issue, getting a winning bid of several thousand dollars that he couldn't afford to pay.
- eBay has been referenced multiple times on Square Root of Minus Garfield:
- XKCD with this strip, which is later referenced in the mouseover text of this one.
- The Amazing World of Gumball has JUNK.
- In Finding Nemo the aquarium fish list where they came from. For the Starfish, that's eBay. Except that live animals aren't allowed to be sold on eBay.
- In the Futurama episode "A Leela of her own" apparently eBay was a very popular name for Leela to make autographs out to.
- In Toy Story 3, Hamm suggests to the group that they look up what they're going for on eBay, because, after all, Andy doesn't want them anymore.