A man who put his girlfriend on eBay in a listing saying she ‘you can see she’s been used’ admits the plan backfired when he received bids of up to £70,000.
Dale Leeks, 34, posted the online advert to prank his partner of almost a year Kelly Greaves, 37.
The description was far from flattering, listing her as ‘for parts or not working’ with a warning about a ‘constant whining noise’.
Comparing Kelly to an old banger, he says her bodywork is ‘fairly tidy but close up shows signs of wear’ before admitting that ‘the rear ends leaks a bit but nothing that can’t be plugged’.
However his little joke got out of hand when he started receiving messages from people around the world.
The listing quickly gained traction and racked up 81,00 views in 24 hours – attracting more than 100 bids to reach £70,200.
Dale, who lives in Colchester, Essex, was inundated with hundreds of messages from potential buyers asking if they could ‘ take her for a test drive’ or how many ‘previous owners’ she has had.
The landscape gardening company owner said: “After I put it on eBay I just kept laughing about it and she asked what I was laughing about.
“I told her I’d put her up for sale on eBay and was like ‘gotcha’.
“At first she thought no one would see it and thought it didn’t matter.
“But we went out for dinner that evening and I was being bombarded by messages from all over Europe, and places as far away as America and Australia.
“I kept looking over the table at her but I wasn’t really telling her the scale it had gone.
“The first few bids and messages on eBay were from friends who had seen that I’d done it and gone and bid on her.
“But from there it just majorly spiralled out of control. The bids started going mad.
“I was like ‘wow, what have I done?’.”
Luckily, Kelly took the shock surprisingly well – and Dale says she was pleased to see the bids start racking up.
Dale was inundated with hundreds of messages from ‘interested’ buyers on the auction site, many asking questions laced with innuendo.
One asked if they could ‘come and have a test drive’.
Another wrote: “I’m fairly interested in putting a bid in. Can you tell me how many previous owners she has had? Also, what’s her service history like?”
One buyer questioned why there was only one picture of Kelly and if Dale was ‘hiding anything’ – followed by ‘does she smoke when she’s being revved hard?’
However the fun was soon ended when eBay removed the item only 24 hours into the seven day listing on the grounds that ‘human body parts and remains’ are banned.
Dale said: “I don’t know how high it could have gone if it wasn’t taken down. I was hoping it might have gone into the millions.
“Kelly turned round and said to me ‘so what price would you actually have sold me for? Would you have been upset if someone actually bought me?’
“I said I would have been upset but I would have been crying in either a Lamborghini or a Ferrari, which makes it a whole lot better.
“She was less impressed that I had done it at first. But as it went along she said she wondered how much she was going to go for and said she was actually quite happy that I was selling her.
“She said if the new owner had that kind of money then she was going to have a better quality of life. So it could have backfired.
“Something I should say is I wouldn’t sell her and love her to bits.”