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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789306808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789306807
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,513,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Found on EBay" (Universe), is an encyclopedia of weird knickknacks sold on the Internet...alongside color photographs and wacky e-mails. -- Los Angeles Times, July, 25, 2002

About the Author

Marc Hartzman knows the secrets of salesmanship. By day he works as an advertising copywriter in New York City. By night he is an eBay junkie who has amassed enough odd tchotchkes to fill a museum. He is also the founder and editor of the monthly humor zine Backwash.

More About the Author

According to ABCnews.com, Marc Hartzman is "one of America's leading connoisseurs of the bizarre." His passion for the unusual began at an early age, influenced by Ripley's Believe It Or Not and the annual Guinness Books.

In addition to his books about weird things on eBay, sideshow performers, and unorthodox messages from God, Hartzman is also a Weird News blogger for The Huffington Post (and formerly AOLnews.com) and writes for Bizarre magazine. He is well-known in quirkier circles as the founder, writer, and publisher of Backwash zine -- an award-winning humor magazine that has been exhibited in New York's New Museum for Contemporary Art.

When not writing about life's oddities, Hartzman writes about various goods and services in the advertising industry.

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Not surprisingly, the answer is a resounding "YES!".
"cre8tv"
I was extremely impressed that Marc could take such a simple idea and craft it into a book that was worth reading.
jerseybookseller
The items that he choose to be in his book were unique and clever.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Swearingen on September 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
Wow, what a great book with no *real* substantive value except the pricelessness of being able to elicit the human emotion of uncontrollable laughter!
If you've ever heard the saying about how real life can be so much more bizarre than the fantasy of fiction--this books drives that point home for the "real life" lived by a fantastical beast we call the Internet. More specifically, the beast known as eBay which is one of the most universally recognized icons of what means to be online. In this little book, Marc Hartzman and Liz Steger successfully illustrate the bizarreness of eBay's most obscure, but real, auctions. You will be amazed at what they found people trying to sell at (what truly is) "the biggest garage sale on earth."
I shared this book with a few people I work with who regularly buy/sell items on eBay; however, I also shared it with probably three times as many people I work with who have never been to the eBay website *ever*, let alone become part of the madness. The reactions from eBayers and non-eBayers were substantially the same in everyone, somewhere between stifled chuckles and full-blown laughter. From the stuff dead frog posed at a tiny piano to the last pickle in the jar to the siamese m&m candies to bull scrotum bags (not to mention the auction for nothing to the one for a human soul of someone named Michael), each person who has flipped through my copy of this book has found something, or more accurately, several things, that shocked and amused them. I can't tell you how often I hear, "What the [*heck*] is. . . " and "Oh, now, THAT, that is too gross . . . "
Even if you have never been on eBay, this book will leave you in stitches!! And, of course, when you go have the stitches removed, be sure to ask the doctor to save them--after all, they may be worth money, but you will never know for sure until you have given them a whirl in an auction on eBay!! (Ok, yes, I am just kidding....really!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "cre8tv" on August 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
Nope, that colon's mine. And thanks to the reviewer for noting that it's "squeaky clean". Some time ago, I pondered whether you could actually sell EVERYTHING on eBay. As a test, I listed a photo taken during a recent colonoscopy. Sadly, it didn't sell. But in "Found on eBay", you can take a gander at it, as well as a picture of me {right next to it}, if you're interested in the outside as well as the inside.
Marc Hartzman's "Found on eBay" is the result of his dogged determination to find out whether anything and everything can be found on the famous, successful auction site. Not surprisingly, the answer is a resounding "YES!". Sometimes the "yes" is a pleasant one; sometimes it's strange, hilarious, gruesome and even icky.
As a regular eBay buyer and seller, even I was amazed by some of the things Marc came across -- how did I miss them?? {Helpful hint: search around in the "Totally Bizarre" section of eBay for the truly unique "treasures".)
In addition to the listings, in "Found" you'll see crystal clear photos to capture the glory that is each zany item, as well as bid info and emails to sellers.
"Found on eBay" is great not just for its own humor, but it would make a wonderful gift for those people who are hard to buy for. If they grouse about their present, whip out the book and say, "Well, look what I COULD have gotten you!", while pointing out a treasure such as the bull scrotum purse.
Knowing the success of eBay and the millions of items listed each day, no doubt there is enough fodder for Marc to produce an encyclopedic series of these books. I'll be looking forward to them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gac1003 on November 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
Have you been searching forever for necktie made from duct tape? How about a 1963 J.F. Kennedy Garden Gnome? Author Marc Hartzman discovered these and 99 other items -- all actual listings found on eBay -- and compiled them into this humorous short book. Some interesting, some disgusting, but all totally bizarre.
The book includes a picture, item description from the auction, starting price, and the sale value (if the item sold). For a few items, Hartzman emailed a question or two and included the responses. And, almost anything you can imagine is listed here. One of my favorites is the last listing, for "Nothing! Absolutely Nothing!" which someone bought for $1.03.
They say that truth is stranger than fiction, and this book does a fine job showing that and how much eBay is becoming part of the American culture. This is a must for anyone who has bought or sold on eBay or who simply has a hankering for the bizarre and unusual. A funny little gem of a book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jerseybookseller on September 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
I heard about this book in a newspaper review and it mentioned he lived in hoboken, NJ. I live maybe 20 minutes from Hoboken and am always interested in anything strnage, weird or unusual, and I even run a website about my findings. I called 411, got his number, and asked if he'd be willing to show me his stuff. I purchased the book before going of course.
The book is small, but packed with tons of items, most of them bizarre, and most of the backstories are downright hilarious. I was extremely impressed that Marc could take such a simple idea and craft it into a book that was worth reading. Ok, so it's not a Tom Clancy novel, but it doesn't aspire to be. Marc's book simply lays out the facts for you to absorb. Of course he does editorialize (it wouldn't be his book if he didn't give his opinions) and we are better off for it. Of course he leaves the ultimate question up to you to decide: are these people just nuts or what?
Now.... as for my visit with Marc. I stopped at his Hoboken apartment and it was crammed full of knicknacks and pop cultures items like Todd McFarlane figures. He then brought out perhaps 15 or 20 items, and he gave me a lot of backstory, more then he put in the book. So the fact is, it's not jsut a great book, but he's a genuinely nice guy too!
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