Man’s Bizarre Mercedes eBay Ad Features Plus-Sized Wife
Sometimes creativity is key to making your eBay auction stand out among the crowd and get the bidding started. That’s exactly what Murdo Guy did when posting an auction for his 2000 Mercedes e320 CDI. The UK resident posed his wife Camilla Banks in several provocative photos of the car. But Banks is no Tawny Kitaen lounging on Jaguars a la Whitesnake’s 1987 video. Guy describes his missus as “more to love.” And it’s only right Banks should display the car. According to the auction, the Mercedes features a dent resulting from her well-placed foot after Guy suggested she “eat a salad or two.”
Hopefully Guy treats his wife better than he handled the car. According to the auction, the vehicle has been:
“thrashed, raced, rallied, and the interior has been smashed up in a domestic.” It was also “lovingly cleaned in preparation for the 2012 summer Olympics, and may be in need of another one now.”
Guy’s marketing tactic has so far been hugely successful. Even though the car’s CD changer doesn’t work, the air conditioner is non-functioning, it has 160,000 miles, and the Mercedes smokes if you accelerate to fast, the bidding has already reached £155,300, or more than $243,400, with four days left to bid. By comparison, another UK eBay auction for a 2003 Mercedes in much better condition yet to garner a single bid at the seller’s starting price of just £4,000.
Guy’s original listing was removed by eBay for “not complying with a few of their rules.” Although the seller doesn’t mention which rules, they were likely eBay’s policies regarding human trafficking since the first listing offered “the chubber in the photos” available for negotiation and “the kid in the boot goes with the car, this is non-negotiable, he came with the car he stays with it.”
Guy has apparently discovered the key to a great eBay auction. How else might more than 150,000 views and a bidding war be explained for an card described as “crap. If you want it come and buy it. I guarantee 100 percent this car will cause you trouble, and cost you money. Do not plan on coming to try and shake us down on the price, we KNOW EVERYTHING that is wrong with this this vehicle. WE have driven the thing for 40,000 miles. We wouldn’t be selling it if it was any good whatsoever… it runs. Be happy.”