Man from Australia, attempted to sell New Zealand at a starting price of A$0.01.*(Australian Dollars) The price had risen to A$3,000 before eBay closed the auction.
An Australian from Brisbane, tried to auction on eBay the whole country of New Zealand for just one Australian cent. Apparently, he didn’t think much of New Zeland, although he had only been to Auckland once. The highlights of the selling “product”, described in the post, included “The dodgiest American Cup win ever and very ordinary weather”.
That’s way overpriced for New Zealand what’s wrong with those bidders they were ripping themselves off
However, Winston Peters, Foreign Minister of New Zealand at the time, wasn’t impressed with this kind of joke either, calling it “nonsensical stupidity”. Anyway, after 6,000 hits and 22 bids you could still purchase the country at a most reasonable price : A$3,000.
But, unfortunately for all planning what to do with their newly acquired real estate property, eBay Australia pulled the auction before New Zealand could be sold. As Daniel Feiler, a manager at eBay Australia, pointed out, there are more than 1,000 trust and safety employees taking care of key areas of the site, so it was inevitable to spot soon enough that New Zealand isn’t actually a product for sale.