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$415 Postcard on eBay

Ok, to be truthful, the $415 is for 3 cards.This is really just of those things you read and say, why didn’t I think of that. A young eBayer from a tiny Polish village with nothing to do, came up with a brilliant business idea. The idea is simply, have random postcards sent to the buyers friends from strange countries that contain random bits of information, but no indication of who sent them.

A worldwide practical joke of sorts. Whoever said that boredom was the hobgoblin of evil was just mad they didn’t come up with this idea. As the title suggests, the cards eventually sold for over $400. If you are still having trouble figure out this “complex” business model, check out this text from the auction.

I will be spending the Christmas holiday in Poland in a tiny village that has one church with no bell because angry Germans stole it. Aside from vodka, there is not a lot for me to do.

During the course of my holiday I will send three postcards to one person of your choosing.

These postcards will be rant-ravingly insane, yet they will be peppered with unmistakable personal details about the addressee. Details you will provide me.

The postcards will not be coherently signed, leaving your mark confused, guessing wildly, crying out in anguish.

“How do I know this person? And how does he know I had a ferret named Goliath?”

Your beloved friend or relative will try in vain to figure out who it is. Best of all, it can’t possibly be you because you’ll have the perfect alibi: you’re not in Poland. You’re home, wherever that is, doing whatever it is you do when not driving your friends loopy with international prankery.

Your target will rack their brains in the shower. At dinner. During long drives. At work. On the golf course.

“Who did I tell about the time I got fired by a note on my chair?” they’ll ponder, “And where the hell is Szczeczinek?”

This auction even made it to the front page of one of Poland’s most popular online newspapers. Again, why didn’t I think of this…