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  • eBay gets a brief mention in Light and Dark The Adventures of Dark Yagami, where it’s said that after Dark kills Near, he plans to sell the rest of his bullets on there(Presumably, the author didn’t know that weapons are banned from sale on eBay).

Film — Animated

  • In Finding Nemo Dr. Sherman's aquarium fish each tell Nemo where they came from. Peach the starfish says she came from ebay, which is Artistic License because live animals aren't allowed to be sold on eBay.
    • Topical Fish are one of the few exceptions to the live animals policy, which starfish are classified under.
  • 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.
    • In Toy Story of Terror!, the hotel owner not only puts the toys on eBay but gets a hit almost instantly for a couple of the toys.
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  • In Ralph Breaks the Internet, eBay is represented as an auction house and appears to be a major plot point.

Film — Live Action

  • Transformers: Sam intends to sell his great-grandfather's glasses on eBay. This alerts Bumblebee, and later that Decepticons, that Sam has the key to finding The Cube.


  • The Dresden Files: Villain Madrigal Raith has captured Harry Dresden and is planning to seek him to the highest bidder. Harry is perturbed by the entire notion, but becomes even more flummoxed when Madrigal says he will not accept payment through Pay Pal, realizing that the listing for his life is 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 Artificial Intelligence and a mate for a formerly hostile Posleen advising the humans after the war.
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  • Shaman Bond, Eddie Drood's cover-persona from the Secret Histories novels, regularly explains away his possession of magical items a non-Drood usually wouldn't have access to by claiming he bought them on eBay.

Live-Action TV

  • 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 Leonard 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.
    • Raj once found an iPod thrown out the window by Penny (it was her ex-boyfriend's). Despite being damaged by the fall, he plans to sell it on eBay as "slightly used."
  • 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.
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  • 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" describes the singer's collection of unusual items he purchased from the auction site.

Video Games

  • Bubbaruka!, likely as a nod to creepypastas, has the titular haunted game originate from a laptop on the site.
  • Flight Rising alludes to it in the description of the Four-Eyed Phylactery item: "Someone in your lair picked up this 'haunted doll' as a gift in the easternmost bay of the realm." Doubles as a Shout-Out to Haunted Doll Watch, mentioned below.

Web Original

  • A lot of Creepypastas of the haunted game and lost episode variety tend to have the games originate from eBay, to the point that the official creepypasta wiki makes a mention of it in Creepy Clichés.
  • My Brother, My Brother and Me features a recurring bit called Haunted Doll Watch, in which Justin reads sale listings for allegedly haunted dolls posted online. More often than not, they came from eBay.


Western Animation

  • The Amazing World of Gumball has JUNK.
  • In the Futurama episode "A Leela of her Own", apparently "eBay" was a very popular name for Leela to make autographs out to.
  • The Simpsons:
    • The chalkboard gag for "Grift of the Magi" has Bart writing "I will not sell my kidney on eBay."
    • In "HOMR", Homer shows off a cowbell that falls apart, and he shouts "Damn you, eBay!".


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