Can you put a price on friendship? How about a Facebook friendship -- with a celebrity?
According to the open market of eBay, the correct answer--at least for a Facebook friendship with Adam Sank--is "yes," and less than $45.
An eBay user by the name of robert53572 recently put a Facebook friendship with Sank, a New York-based comedian, up for sale on the auction site. The move comes after Sank maxed out his allocation of "friends" on the social network, which caps the number at 5,000 due to "back-end technology".
The item was listed at a mere $45 and failed to receive any bids by the time the auction closed earlier this week. The friendship was listed under "Entertainment Memorabilia" with the follwing description:
Famed Comedian Adam Sank just reached 5,000 f***book friends, and can no longer accept requests (as an individual). I am offering my position in his list of friends to the highest bidder. Why just be a fan page subscriber, when you can interact PERSONALLY with Adam Sank??
And what does Sank think of all this? “I’m genuinely afraid that people are going to think I put the item up for auction myself, which would be the ultimate act of desperation,” the comedian told West Hollywood Wives. “On the other hand, I’m a total publicity whore [...] So I’m torn.”
"The idea that someone would pay $45 or more to be Facebook friends with a celebrity is ludicrous enough. But that they'd pay to be friends with a fairly obscure comedian most people have never heard of lifts it to the realm of truly absurd," Sank added in an email to The HuffPost.
"I'm pretty sure Robert Lewin, my fan in Wisconsin who placed the eBay listing, was being tongue-in-cheek about the whole thing. But I have some really freaky fans, so who knows?"
Given that people can buy Twitter followers, paying for Facebook friend exclusivity isn't quite so absurd as it initially sounds. But it's still pretty high up there.
Never before has a graphic calculator been quite so hyped. And the good news is that you can still <a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/TEXAS-INSTRUMENTS-TI-83-Plus-Graphic-Calculator-/110643367406" target="_hplink">bid on it</a>. (via <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/justinlc/do-math-become-unstoppable-21gx " target="_hplink">Buzzfeed</a>)
Until it was pulled down, you could buy your very own ousted Egyptian dictator for the right price. What else is he up to, anyhow? (via <a href="http://thedailywh.at/post/3108227195/fauxtion-of-the-day-hosni-mubarak-is-up-for-grabs" target="_hplink">The Daily What</a>)
My Children's Favorite Toys
When these kids ruined their bathtub by playing too hard in it (i.e. normal kid activities), their parents did the logical thing: sold their toys on eBay to pay for the damage. Hope they're not too surprised when the kids surf Craigslist for nursing homes one day. (<a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/ffuet/the_saddest_ebay_auction/" target="_hplink">via Reddit</a>)
A Bad Date
When it comes to Internet dating, this guy is more honest than the lot of them. He just charges money for his honesty. (via <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/WTF/comments/feq63/this_auction_is_for_women_only_awkward_date_with/" target="_hplink">Reddit</a>)
Are you an insane millionaire? <a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/old-pair-mens-ski-socks-/160537276493?pt=US_Men_s_Socks&hash=item2560c4704d#ht_500wt_1034" target="_hplink">Bid here!</a> (via <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/fh2py/found_this_great_deal_on_ebay_by_mistake/" target="_hplink">Reddit</a>)
With all due respect to Tommy Tutone, $7,500 seems like an awful lot to pay for a joke that will be funny a total of one time.
Not a vampire? Wish you were a vampire? Well, you're out of luck -- someone was the lucky winner of a Vampire Transformation Spell auction on eBay a while back. That someone? James Franco. (NOTE: It was almost definitely not James Franco, although it would make sense.) (via <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/todd/vampire-transformation-spell-ebay-auction-lrb" target="_hplink">Buzzfeed</a>)
We're not sure who's worse: The person who auctioned off an Gmail address and pictured iPhones, or the people who bid on it. (via <a href="http://www.ismashphone.com/2008/06/funniest-iphone.html" target="_hplink">iSmashPhone</a>)
Again in the "the bidders are asking for it" file, this "iPhone case" that appears to be a box with handles attached went for over $300. http://gizmodo.com/#!275130/iphone-shopping-bag-sells-for-305-on-ebay