10 Bad Things to Buy on Ebay

I covered this briefly a few days ago, when suggesting Ebay was a bad place to buy a diamond. John Knifton followed up by suggesting it was also a bad place to buy a horse. That immediately took over as Number One on the list. Diamonds, for the moment, are Number Nine on the list. I’m going to put “Things with blurred photos” at Number Ten. I haven’t been on Ebay for a while and the standard of photography seems to have gone down so that many slapdash postings seem to be accompanied by pitifully blurred photographs.

I’ve just bought something with a blurred photograph. I can’t escape the idea that the blur was deliberate.

Here’s an initial plan – let me know if you have any ideas that should be Top Ten.

Horses. Always a tricky thing to buy at the best of time, but with the added problems of internet anonymity and sloppy standards this could be a real problem. Blurred pictures of teeth are a further complication. Anyway, have you really got a big enough garden?

Bomb making manuals. Buying one of these could see you booked into prison for a spot of waterboarding. This sounds like it fits in nicely with surfboarding and snowboarding but don’t be fooled. It doesn’t, despite all you may have heard about prisons getting soft, and it can really make for a bad holiday.

Large amounts of chemical fertiliser. Unless you are a farmer. See above.


  1. Horses
  2. Bomb-making manuals
  3. Chemical fertiliser (large amounts)
  4. TBA
  5. TBA
  6. TBA
  7. TBA
  8. TBA
  9. Diamonds
  10. Things with blurred photographs


That leaves five slots, and if your suggestions are good enough they could easily displace some of the others.

What are your nominations, or horror stories?

25 thoughts on “10 Bad Things to Buy on Ebay

  1. beatingthebounds

    A cup of tea. A massage. Sleep. Nelson’s Column. Newcastle United. Newcastle. Snow. The unfinished novels of Terry Pratchett. The complete works of Barbara Cartland. Jupiter. A left-handed paint brush. Respect. A time machine. Brexit. Ratner’s jewellery. Sterling. Southern Rail. The Best of Black Lace.
    It’s a good game this, can we box it and sell it on ebay?

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    1. quercuscommunity

      Excellent point. I will add that.

      I remember going to scrapyards in my youth and finding all the cars I looked at had the same part missing. The part I needed. 🙂


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