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Man tries to sell his girlfriend on eBay: Prank sale nets $1,200 in bids

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You can’t sell off your girlfriend on an online auction site. You either stick it out, or dump her. However, if you choose to go ahead and market her, at least you know there are folks out there trolling eBay ready to make a bid.

According to Yahoo! on Sunday, UK resident Shaun Coles listed his longtime gal Debbie Moran for sale on eBay. The hoax auction, clearly meant as a joke, backfired a bit when Coles said people actually started to place bids. The final bid, before eBay forced down the auction, was $1,181.

Over 50 bids came in for Moran, even though the “product description” was not too effective as a sales pitch.

“Old woman” for sale, read the auction. Coles indicated that cash must be paid up front, and that there would be “no returns.”

The accompanying photo shows Moran sprawled out on a couch, wearing leggings and an oversized sweater, surrounded by what appears to be trash and clutter. Perhaps that’s why Coles added a bit to the auction regarding her “lack of housework.”

The pair, who have been together for six years, laughed off the silly sale, which has gained national attention.

“In all seriousness, I wouldn't sell her for anything,” Coles said.

Moran evidently forgave Coles, even though his joke was a clear swing and miss.

“I was a bit annoyed with him at first, but I knew he didn't do it maliciously because he's not like that,” Moran said. “I know he does love me really. It's just a joke that got a bit out of hand!”

For the record, eBay’s prohibited items list does not list "people" or "humans" as precluded from sales. The site does list bizarre things such as catalytic converters, human remains and body parts as being banned. Under the “Human Remains and Body Parts Policy," we do have this guideline however:

“We don't allow humans, the human body, or any human body parts or products to be listed on eBay, with two exceptions. Sellers can list items containing human scalp hair, and skulls and skeletons intended for medical use.”

Don’t get any ideas Shaun Coles. You’re already one in the hole.