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Buy an imaginary girlfriend on eBay

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 28, 2004

Buy an imaginary girlfriend on eBay.

Reader comments

dowingbaJan 28, 2004 at 12:11PM

Oh man. Some people…actually bid…

MikeJan 28, 2004 at 12:34PM

I would like to throw my hat in the ring as imaginary boyfriend.

lame-oJan 28, 2004 at 1:08PM

Pun intended…they’re really cheap.

padraiginJan 28, 2004 at 1:30PM

None of them are from Canada? That’s going against the grain of the entire “imaginary girlfriend” code of ethics.

JonahJan 28, 2004 at 2:56PM

Yeah, how come none are from the “Niagra Falls area”?

monkeyinaboxJan 28, 2004 at 4:20PM

Probably goes well with that imaginary life

MartinJan 28, 2004 at 4:25PM

I don’t know what’s more scary: that this exists, or that you found it…

LurkerJan 28, 2004 at 4:46PM

Probably scam bait. Trick you into giving personal info, then some guy walks off with your bank account.

NelsonJan 28, 2004 at 4:47PM

Haaaa Ha!

Stefan JonesJan 28, 2004 at 5:08PM

I think this concept has a lot of promise.

How about an auction of one-of-a-kind Imaginary Friends for kids? Real high-quality ones, like Aloyisius the Purple Sea Otter or Princess Sparkleplenty, the Talking Unicorn.

BryceJan 28, 2004 at 9:01PM

Whatever happened to keeping the picture of the teen girl (usually attractive in an inoffensive kind of way) that came with your new wallet, and passing her as your imaginary girlfriend? Pretty cheap, and - hey - free wallet.

karaJan 28, 2004 at 9:55PM

i could use some extra cash…

sarahJan 28, 2004 at 10:04PM

This is so awesome. Much less scary than selling my ova for textbook money.

StephenJan 28, 2004 at 10:48PM

I wouldn’t recommend that unless you were in danger of starving. Besides, your kidneys are worth so much more.

sarahJan 29, 2004 at 9:09AM

The one with lots of cleavage is up to $550.

Seriously, though, what a great idea. This fulfills the now-cliched notion that you really can find anything on Ebay. Think they’ll put this one in their next commercial?

moonshakeJan 29, 2004 at 4:01PM

somebody save this world from the human race

CamiloJan 30, 2004 at 12:54AM

I imagine future ramifications: imaginary spouse, the one that lives far away and is the perfect excuse for not doing things; imaginary business partner, you know, because we are so riding that concept; imaginary politician, with influences and all, and best of all, imaginary pet, with no soiled carpets.

StephenJan 30, 2004 at 1:10AM

Has anyone else noticed that most of the imaginary girlfriends have disappeared? There were about 70 there last night, but now there’s only four. I doubt all of them were bought out by desperate people.

Glen MurphyJan 30, 2004 at 2:17AM

Yeah, it seems they were deleted - I can no-longer get to any of the ones I’d sent to certain workmates (‘invalid item’ error).

rokketFeb 01, 2004 at 6:03PM

yea i was wondering what happend too. i cant find anything about it anywhere but they are all gone and when one goes up ,it gets taking down within a day

CamiloFeb 03, 2004 at 10:02AM

There you go. I was going to sell some imaginary numbers, but I am afraid these will be taken down as well. No, seriously, this is what these people atterranova are discussing, the creation of wealth through the ownership of virtual goods and services. How, really, is an imaginary girlfriend different from other virtual goods and services?

VigilanteFeb 05, 2004 at 10:17PM

I was going to say something really nasty until I read that little info on the bottom so I will be calm and somewhat civil. I hate seeing imaginary boyfriends and girlfriends on ebay, I really feel bad for the person who has to pay so and so amount of money just for a little affection. Man, if you are that desperate, I will write you for free! And don’t worry, I am hotter than most of those girls online anyway. But of course this is me saying that, of course I wouldn’t write because I can’t, I am happily married. Anyway, the first time I ever saw this “service”…I saw only 2 girls who were “selling themselves.” Actually who even knows if they were really girls…could’ve been some big hairy dude with too much time on his hands. Well, I saw them while I was trying to find a nice little Hooters tank for myself…that was when I came upon one hooters chick selling herself as an imaginary girlfriend (I am sure some of you know who she is). Well…to make a long story short…I had to cut her loose so I ratted on her to Safeharbor…I ratted on everyone else thereafter and I am SOOO glad Safeharbor is cleaning up the eBay community. Imaginary boyfriends and girlfriends are not allowed anymore. Hooray!! So don’t even bother posting yourselves ;-) You should be glad someone had put a stop to all this insanity. Trust me. Just find yourself a real boyfriend or girlfriend and you’ll want to thank me later, if not, just imagine all the money you saved. I know you all LOVE me! :-) :-) I love you all too. My gosh, seriously, I am appalled at what our world has come to.

VigilanteSucksBallsFeb 08, 2004 at 8:15PM

Vigilante .. u loser. Most of this stuff is just for people to have fun. I doubt many people actually bid for the people for themselves.

VigilanteFeb 09, 2004 at 10:55AM

What??? I am guessing you must be a guy or one of those girls selling themselves to earn a little extra cash from loser men in this world. For people to have fun, huh? Then there wouldn’t be that 40 year old lady getting zippo bids while the Hooters girl is getting over $200. Obviously, ebay had to get rid of this because if those people can do, most anybody can. Anybody who has access to the net so, Smarten up, and chat on the internet instead if you want attention. There are always people out there looking for a little “fun.”

VigilanteFeb 09, 2004 at 1:15PM

Not for themselves???? Who blows $200+ to get nothing in return?? People can’t be that lame….can they? Donate to charity instead! Not some girl who “is trying to pay for school.”

MandiFeb 14, 2004 at 8:00PM

Hey there, I was one of the imaginary girlfriends on ebay. Unfortunately they took every single one down, so me and a friend decided to start our own Virtual Girlfriend site. You can reach it at http://mygirlfriend.shows.it soon to be www.mygurlz.com and if you were going to ebay before they were takin down, you definatley would have seen our pictures there. Have fun!

MandiFeb 14, 2004 at 8:14PM

Vigilante so it was you who ratted us all out? So not cool! didn’t you know everyone hates rats?? The people who put up imaginary girlfriends for their auctions (i.e. me) could have REALLY used that 200 that people were bidding on me. I pay rent and tons of bills. I’m also only 18 and live on my own, I have for 3 years. I’ve never had anyone to help me out of things or pay my rent. I’ve always worked hard to earn my dollar. This was something on the side (of my job/school) that could help me make ends meet. Thanks to you and people like you who ratted, I won’t be able to pay for my rent or eat a decent meal. You try having mr noodle almost EVERY night so you can just about pay to put urself through school. The only thing ebay did, was help attract potential bidders. Yes, I can make my own site as I did and do the same thing but trust me it’s a lot harder when you don’t have your targeted audience able to easily find you (as they could on ebay). Vigilante, I hope you’re happy.. You’ve made me not able to pay my rent (which possibly means going to another shelter). Yeah, thanks for all the good you’ve done. Nobody wants to hear you b*tch and complain about auctions. get a life.

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