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What’s in the box? How much money is in the bag? What do all the clues mean? These are auctions where people are selling an item which will only be revealed to the winning bidder after the auction is complete.



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The problem with making money from mystery auctions on eBay is that you have to have a little something that is worth some money to sell. Ok, so that is not really true. You could take a poop, put it in a box, and sell it as a "super valuable" mystery auction…

If you are short on cash though, steal this guy's idea. He is going to send every person who purchases an item from his auction a number. Then at the end of the auction he will select one of the numbers at random and pay that person half the proceeds of the auction. He is selling 10,000 tickets at $2.50, so buy away! Maybe you will win $125,000 dollars. How is that for return on investment?

Don't you love how eBay is singlehandedly usurping the lottery by allowing people to offer their own lotteries? It's wonderful how many new and amazing functions eBay fulfills everyday!

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Mystery Box

The eBay community finally got tired of seeing all the crazy mystery boxes. The bottom fell out of the pyramid, so to speak. When buyers started realizing that there was a reason that the sellers were putting these items into a cardboard box, where no one could see them, they stopped bidding. Much to my amazment, this took about 6 months.

That was 6 months of pure mind blowing craziness. However, someone has figured out a way to revive the greedy monster in all of us and make mystery auctions work again. You see, you promise the buyers a mystery box worth some huge value. Say $100,000 … and magically people once again piss money away for the off chance of wining something cool.

Word to the not so wise of us our there: If they say $100,000 and you paid 20 for it, then it is not worth $100,000.

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Mystery Deck

Another carnival style game where you buy a card and there is some amount of money on the back of this car. Which ever one he happens to pull from the deck is the amount you win.

Really what this boils down to is a form of highly risky gambling? Why so risky? Because, in this case, the house is holding all the card. Sorry fo the pun, but it had to be done. You are not even there to watch this guy pull the card from the deck. Really, just flush your money down the toilet. You have better chances of getting it back.

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Carnival Game

The Mystery Duck game at carnivals, ever play it? No, me either… it's just like sticking your hand into a box when you don't know what is inside, but somehow hoping that you will come out with a gold nugget anyway!

These games are stacked against you. Really, they have to make money or else why bother? At the carnival, at least you stand a chance of winning a gigantic teddy bear. So what do you do with the teddy bear? Well, you give it to the girl you are with, but walk around the carnival with it anyway because she does not want to hold that crazy thing…

Where was I? Oh yeah, the Mystery Duck game. So you buy one of these "ducks" for $2.25 and then you have bought yourself a chance to win something. But at the carnival, you see the guy with the teddy bear and know at least someone is winning… here what is to stop the seller from just telling every person who buys a duck that today was simply not their lucky day!

Dunce would rather simple go to the bank and buy a role of quarters. Then I would go into the bathroom and throw those quarters into the toilet… I think that it is just as solid of an investment!

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$1,000,000

Do you think this mystery box is going to be worth 1 million dollars? No, me either. But, the seller sure seems to think it is possible. He would know to, because he is hte one that filled the myster box with, um… probably packing peanuts.

He did do one nice thing, he offeres prices for bidding at certain levels. So the first person to bid 250 dollars would get a $25 paypal payment sent to them. Basically you get 10% back if you bid. Great deal right, automatic 10% discount on your mystery box full of God only knows what!

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Selling Price: $250.00
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