Why buy a vacation home when you can purchase an entire Tuscan village?
It was reported earlier this week that the Italian town of Pratariccia was being sold for about $3.1 million. But you won't find your personal vacation village through an average realtor anymore. Instead, The Atlantic reports that after no luck with traditional methods, the religious order in possession of the town placed an ad on eBay.
"I put out all the usual details via the usual outlets but then thought why not use eBay – so many people buy and sell online these days that it has to be worth it," estate agent Carlo Magni told The Telegraph. He has been in charge of Pratariccia's sale, and notes the price is "a bargain" after dropping from the original $5 million asking price.
The eBay ad states that Pratariccia is 22 miles east of Florence and contains 25 homes on about 20 acres of property. The town also borders a nearby national park, a monastery and the castle of Poppi. But the catch, of course, is that Pratariccia has been abandoned since the 1960s meaning most of the cottages are in disrepair, per Mashable.
PRATARICCIA eBAY AD:
"They tried and failed to sell the village through agencies for years, but have got a lot of attention by putting Pratariccia on eBay and should get a result," Luca Santini, mayor of a nearby town, told The Guardian.
This isn't the first time we've seen some odd purchases on eBay. A young German girl once tried (unsuccessfully) to sell her grandmother on the auctioning site, while two sisters from Virginia sold a cornflake resembling the shape of Illinois for $1,350 in 2008, occurring to the NY Daily News.
What is the strangest thing you've seen auctioned off on eBay? Would you plunk down $3 million to own your own town? Let us know in the comments.
Despite the fact that the mega pop band 'NSYNC has long been disbanded, there are still a few relics of their glory days floating around, including these slightly creepy marionettes. Interested buyers can <a href="https://apps.facebook.com/marketplace/view/nsync-marrionettes/3044566074-adel-ga/?rfb_domain=facebook.oodle.com" target="_hplink">purchase</a> the lot of them for $20.
A Monkey King (On Zynga Poker)
On Zynga Poker, you can use your chips for more than just betting. The game's gift shop offers drinks, snacks, flags and smokes that you can purchase for yourself or for others. It even sells items just for entertainment, including a "Monkey King," a tiny monkey that moves and sits right by your Zynga profile picture as you play. You can either ask 15 different people to sponsor the item so you get it for free or buy it for yourself with Casino Gold, which can only be used to purchase premium items or buy back into weekly tournaments. This particular item will set you back <a href="https://apps.facebook.com/texas_holdem/?fb_source=dashboard_toplist&state=f45a27fdbaa56291612be6d9f1331bc4&code=AQAgiZ94BIfiWj4fd1dX97r0aToyLH7ydhonI5VAcDLW8fQzSjvv-ImJOKA6S0fw1f1XKNDNcM_g3y2u5b4vX4MHvJgwKLhpN0dIzJab7-RsOCB8FV5AQL45aqZ_5bwB4i9myq9K36SAI6l1Mn2JZld0qpbd9HHiIgu2haV8vteWDc6u9PHihqv7XqRbNjE-Ko4#_=_" target="_hplink">seven Casino Golds</a>, or about $1.40.
A Mini Horse
Out of all the things you could purchase through Facebook, a mini horse is probably one of the most awesome (and surprising). Radio Chapel Ranch, a non-profit organization in Texas, is apparently <a href="https://apps.facebook.com/marketplace/sale/pet/horse/-/-/usa:tx:dallas/?rfb_domain=facebook-dallas.oodle.com" target="_hplink">selling</a> this mini palomino mare, named Kharrie, for $550.
One Marketplace user from Tulsa, Oklahoma, is selling massages for $50. According to <a href="https://apps.facebook.com/marketplace/view/massages/2636995855-tulsa-ok/?rfb_domain=facebook.oodle.com" target="_hplink">his description</a>, he has strong hands and is able to give "a deep relaxing massage" to both men and women in his Tulsa studio.
A Blue Baby Dragon (On CastleVille)
What's better than a normal dragon? A <em>blue baby</em> dragon, of course. You can purchase one of these cute suckers as a pet on <a href="https://apps.facebook.com/playcastleville/" target="_hplink">CastleVille</a>, a popular Zynga game <a href="http://blog.games.com/2011/11/21/castleville-zynga-fastest-growing-facebook-game/" target="_hplink">launched just last November</a>. These blue baby dragons, which have magic treasure hoards, are available <a href="http://blog.games.com/2012/05/15/castleville-baby-dragons/" target="_hplink">for 55 crowns</a>, or about $7, each -- but you'll have to build a Royal Kennel first.
A 'Faery' Wand
Just in case you're in need of one, magical tools such as this handcrafted quartz faery wand are also available for purchase through Facebook. This particular piece is being <a href="https://apps.facebook.com/marketplace/view/magical-tools-by-the-witchs-garden/3042100658-hialeah-fl/?rfb_domain=facebook.oodle.com" target="_hplink">sold</a> for $45.
A Life-Sized Stuffed Grizzly Bear
Who wouldn't want to drop <a href="https://apps.facebook.com/marketplace/view/life-size-stuffed-grizzly-bear/3039098586-cincinnati-oh/?rfb_domain=facebook.oodle.com" target="_hplink">$800</a> on this life-sized stuffed grizzly bear? According to <a href="https://apps.facebook.com/marketplace/view/life-size-stuffed-grizzly-bear/3039098586-cincinnati-oh/?rfb_domain=facebook.oodle.com" target="_hplink">its description</a>, this 6-foot tall stuffed animal used to be in the window display for a toy store, but now you can buy it for yourself.
Karmic Relationship Readings
If you're having some trouble in your relationship and find yourself in need of spiritual help, one California-based Marketplace user is <a href="https://apps.facebook.com/marketplace/view/karmic-relationship-reading/3042025796-vallejo-ca/?rfb_domain=facebook.oodle.com" target="_hplink">selling</a> karmic relationship readings. For just $5, you can figure out how your past and current karma is affecting your relationship today.
A Birdquake (On Angry Birds)
In the vastly popular Rovio game <a href="https://apps.facebook.com/angrybirds/?ref=ts" target="_hplink">Angry Birds</a>, which just hit Facebook <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/14/angry-birds-facebook_n_1276454.html" target="_hplink">in February</a>, birdquakes help destroy the evil pigs' defenses. You can purchase certain numbers of birdquakes for different prices, the largest of which is 1,000 for $20.
2009 GMC Sierra Door Handles
Just in case you lost the door handles on your 2009 GMC Sierra, this Marketplace user is <a href="https://apps.facebook.com/marketplace/view/chrome-door-handles-off-of-a-2009-gmc-sierra-crewcab/3035576014-atmore-al/?rfb_domain=facebook.oodle.com" target="_hplink">selling</a> his for $140.
Any budding tattoo artist thinking of setting up shop might be interested in purchasing this set of tattoo equipment, available for $300. Included are six machines, one frame, a variable power supply, a clip cord and floor switch, 21 bottles of ink and three tubes, <a href="https://apps.facebook.com/marketplace/view/tattoo-equipment/3035865206-anderson-in/?rfb_domain=facebook.oodle.com" target="_hplink">according to the listing</a>.
Fresh Alaska Seafood
Craving seafood...from Alaska? You can buy nine pounds worth of giant cold water lobster claws <a href="https://apps.facebook.com/marketplace/view/fresh-alaska-seafood/3035477332-anchorage-ak/?rfb_domain=facebook.oodle.com" target="_hplink">for $207</a> and have them shipped from Anchorage, Alaska, for <em>free</em>, <a href="https://apps.facebook.com/marketplace/view/fresh-alaska-seafood/3035477332-anchorage-ak/?rfb_domain=facebook.oodle.com" target="_hplink">according to the product's Marketplace listing</a>. Better yet, they'll arrive the very next day.
A Unicorn (On FishVille)
You'd think only fish would be sold on FishVille, but apparently one of the newest items you can purchase through the game is a unicorn. The unicorn seems to be nothing more than a tank decoration, but if you're interested in acquiring one, you can purchase a unicorn for <a href="https://apps.facebook.com/fishville/money.php?appRef=marketDialogGetCoins&force_s=1" target="_hplink">10 sand dollars, or $2</a>.
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