# The best investment on ebay!

#### scott1

current bid: $1,025 with 66 bids starting at$0.01

Those biders need to find a brain on ebay.

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#### JasonRox

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scott1 said:

current bid: $1,025 with 66 bids starting at$0.01

Those biders need to find a brain on ebay.
It's probably just friends playing around on eBay.

Some guys at work do this to their friends when they put up stupid items. They'll go up and bid \$100 000 on something stupid like a lost shoe.

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#### shmoe

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scott1 said:
Those biders need to find a brain on ebay.
From the auction, it looks like the winning bidder sends the money to a charity, the Celiac Research Center at the University of Maryland, then gets the shaving bag from the guy when he sees a reciept of the donation (see the sept 21 note on the auction).

#### scott1

shmoe said:
From the auction, it looks like the winning bidder sends the money to a charity, the Celiac Research Center at the University of Maryland, then gets the shaving bag from the guy when he sees a reciept of the donation (see the sept 21 note on the auction).
For some reason I don't think it's charity but I hope it is.

#### shmoe

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scott1 said:
For some reason I don't think it's charity but I hope it is.
What causes the doubt? It looks like the initial plan was for the seller to collect the money then send it the charity, which I would say is possibly dodgy. But, after the bids were getting high, he said:

"For whoever wins, I think it makes sense for you to donate directly to Celiac disease and send me the receipt - this cuts out the ebay/paypal middleman, and lets you collect the tax deduction properly."

So there doesn't seem to be any doubt that the buyers money is going to charity. This doesn't rule out the possibility that someone really wants the bag, but I have to think they have the charity in mind.

#### scott1

shmoe said:
What causes the doubt? It looks like the initial plan was for the seller to collect the money then send it the charity, which I would say is possibly dodgy. But, after the bids were getting high, he said:

"For whoever wins, I think it makes sense for you to donate directly to Celiac disease and send me the receipt - this cuts out the ebay/paypal middleman, and lets you collect the tax deduction properly."

So there doesn't seem to be any doubt that the buyers money is going to charity. This doesn't rule out the possibility that someone really wants the bag, but I have to think they have the charity in mind.
Seller said:
Holy cow, this is going to pay off well for me, and I don't mean by the money! Let's make this more compelling - whatever the winning bid is, I will write a check for that amount to the Celiac Research Center at the University of Maryland (two of my nephews have Celiac disease
People usually don't that for chairty.

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#### tribdog

Is Bob Celiac selling that seattle bag again?

just kidding, I made that up and I'm sorry for doing it.

#### shmoe

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scott1 said:
People usually do that for chairty.
I must be slow, I don't understand what you mean. People don't do what for charity? Write cheques?

#### tribdog

people don't do what for charities? reread their quotes?

#### shmoe

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I'm confused. Someone connect the dots for me. Use a big fat jumbo jiffy marker please.

#### tribdog

he said people DO that for charities and you said people DON'T do what for charities. You contradicted his statement by agreeing with it.

#### shmoe

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I do know the difference between do and don't. Wait, that's not right. I don't know the difference between do and don't. One of those should be accurate.

Back to my attempted question, what was the "that" part of the "people usually do that for charity" scott1 was referring to?

#### scott1

shmoe said:
I must be slow, I don't understand what you mean. People don't do what for charity? Write cheques?
Yes..............

#### shmoe

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Did your "do" turn into a "don't"?

scott1 said:
Yes..............

So... you're saying that people don't usually write cheques for charity? If so, how do they usually make donations?

I'm obviously still confused. larger jiffy marker please.

#### Moonbear

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I'm really confused too, especially with do turning into don't, and I still have no idea what "that" is that did and now doesn't.

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