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Saturday
Jul202013

Actual Schindler's List Being Auctioned on eBay

iStockphotot(NEW YORK) -- Schindler's list — the document, not the movie — is being auctioned on eBay with a hefty starting price of $3 million.

The auction was launched at 9 p.m. EST on Friday and will run until July 28, according to the document's eBay page.

Gary Zimet, the curator of Moments in Time, currently owns the list. According to its website, momentsintime.com buys and sells original manuscripts, letters, and signed photographs. Gazin Auctions, which is run by Eric Gazin, is listed as the seller on eBay.

"Some real deep pockets shop on Ebay," Gazin told ABC News. "We feel this type of valuable needs to be exposed to a different type of auction."

Gazin said the auction is only open to pre-qualified bidders because he needs to vet that they actually have $3 million to spend. He has already received several inquiries, he said, but declined to provide the identities of those who were interested.

Oskar Schindler was a member of the Nazi party who rescued over 1,000 Jews from deportation to Auschwitz by employing them in his factory. The ability to have your name on Schindler's list of workers meant the difference between life and death. His story gained worldwide prominence with the Thomas Keneally's book Schindler's List followed by Steven Spielberg's 1993 academy award winning film of the same name.

The list is dated April 18, 1945 and contains 801 male names, according to the description on eBay.
Zimet told ABC News there are four lists of names of people Schindler employed, but this is the only one privately owned. The other three are housed in Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

Zimet said he received the list from a contact in Israel who is a descendant of Itzak Stern, Schindler's accountant, who compiled the lists for him.

The list will be accompanied by an affidavit from Stern's nephew, according to the eBay page.
Zimet previously tried to sell the list in 2010 for $2.2 million, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported in 2010.

That same year, Marta Rosenberg an Argentine woman who had written books about Schindler, raised questions about the authenticity of the list.

In addition to challenging the authenticity of the document, Rosenberg argued that she should have ownership of the list because Schindler's wife Emilie had listed her as her sole heir after she died. According to court documents, the court issued a temporary restraining order on sales of the list, but subsequently decided Zimet could sell it.

"The providence is ironclad," Zimets said of the list's authenticity. "Her suit was laughed out of court."

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Thursday
Dec062012

Foreign Authorities Aid in Breaking Up International Cyber Fraud Ring

CamEl Creative/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Law enforcement officials abroad came together Wednesday to take down an international fraud ring that targeted American Internet shoppers.  The scheme involved eBay, Cars.com and other similar marketplace websites.  

Federal prosecutors in the U.S. say seven defendants, identified as Emil Butoi, Aurel Cojocaru, Nicolae Ghebosila, Cristea Mircea, Ion Pieptea, and Nicolae Simion -- all Romanian nationals -- and Fabian Meme -- an Albanian national -- who are now in custody in Romania, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom and Canada, saturated the sites with ads for luxury cars, boats and other big ticket items.  Those items never existed but prosecutors say the defendants duped unsuspecting victims into buying them, sometimes using fake certificates of title, fictitious websites and phony passports.  

The fraud cost millions but has now been dismantled.  
 
The U.S. government will seek extradition of the defendants in accordance with the appropriate international treaties.

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Friday
Nov162012

After Closing Announcement, Stores Begin to Sell Out of Twinkies, Hostess Products

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- On Hostess Brands' last day of shipping its iconic snacks, entrepreneurial eBay sellers have taken the opportunity to tap into buyers' Hostess panic, selling boxes for 95 percent more than grocery stores.

In one Food Emporium grocery store in New York City, Twinkies were sold out by 1:30 p.m. ET. In its place, was a box of 8 Hostess Strawberry Cupcakes, sitting next to several other Hostess products.

While Twinkies were retailing there at $4.29 for a box of ten, one eBay seller sold a box for $59.99. Other boxes were on sale for $100 or more.

Hostess' final shipments take place Friday, said Erik Halvorson, a spokesman for Hostess, the same day CEO Gregory F. Rayburn said it filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to close its business and sell its assets.

Halvorson said retail prices for Hostess products vary.

The company had filed for bankruptcy twice. The company filed in 2004 and then again in January of this year.

"We deeply regret the necessity of today's decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike," said Rayburn in a statement on Friday morning. "Hostess Brands will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders."

The fate of the Twinkie and other Hostess products hang in the balance as Hostess winds down the company. Private equity firm Ripplewood Holdings is one of the owners. Hedge funds Silver Point Capital and Monarch Alternative Capital own Hostess' debt.

A spokesman for Silver Point Capital, based in Greenwich, Conn., declined to comment. Monarch Alternative Capital, based in New York, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Among the 33 bakeries and 565 distribution centers Hostess said it will close is a factory in Schiller Park, Ill., which neighbors Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The bakery was the birthplace of the Twinkie, created on April 6, 1939 by Continental Baking Co.'s James Dewar.

Dewar had tried different ways to use shortcake pans and first filled Twinkies with banana cream, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

During the Great Depression, two Twinkies were sold for a nickel. During World War II, when bananas became scarce, the filling was changed to vanilla, the Sun-Times said.

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Thursday
Oct112012

Cabbage Patch Kids Go Presidential with Obamas, Romney, Biden, Ryan Dolls

Cabbage Patch Kids / Jakks Pacific Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Move over Barack Obama action figure, there’s a new presidential toy in town. Instead of bad-guy fighting plastic prowess, this Obama-inspired doll sports a soft suit, graying hair and the rounded baby face that can only come from the Cabbage Patch.

The Obama Cabbage Patch Kid, along with the similarly suited and smiling likenesses of Vice President Joe Biden and  GOP rivals Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, will be auctioned off on eBay the week before the election to raise money for charity.

While Cabbage Patch Kids, and its parent company Jakks Pacific Inc., have created presidential election-themed dolls for charity since 2004, this is the first year that a first lady is included in the Cabbage Patch candidate mix.

The Michelle Obama version of a Cabbage Patch Kid is as fashionable as the first lady, sporting a pink dress, thick black belt, cheetah-patterned purple blazer and black peep-toe pumps.

All five election-inspired dolls will be auctioned off on eBay Oct. 30 through Election Day on Nov. 6. But if history is any guide, the highest bidder will likely not be the highest vote-getter.

In the 2008 election, the Sarah Palin doll fetched more than four times the amount that her vice presidential rival Joe Biden’s was sold for, yet the Obama-Biden ticket took the most votes in the election.

Palin’s Cabbage Patch Kid was auctioned for $19,000. Biden’s went for $3,550. All together, the four dolls brought in about $37,000, all of which was donated to the Marine Toys for Tots.

In 2004, Republican incumbent president George W. Bush’s Cabbage Patch likeness sold for about $1,000 and his Democratic rival Sen. John Kerry’s doll was bought for $1,200. Those proceeds benefited the American Red Cross.

This year’s auction will benefit Rock the Vote. The presidential election dolls join the likes of celebrity talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah, who are also represented in the cabbage patch.

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Saturday
Sep222012

eBay Begins Removing Alcohol Listings After “20/20” Report on Teen Buyer

iStockphotos/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The online marketplace eBay has said it will begin removing listings for beer and liquor from its site after a teen working with 20/20 successfully ordered vodka from two eBay vendors. The vendors advertised their products as "collectible."

While eBay prohibits the sale of all alcohol with the exception of some wines sold by licensed wine sellers, it does allow for the sale of collectible alcohol containers. The site's current alcohol policy states that the seller of the container "will take all appropriate steps to ensure that the buyer is of lawful age in the buyer's and seller's jurisdiction."

But that didn't stop one teen who worked with 20/20 from obtaining alcohol through the site. We asked Xander, 13, to head to the site and try to buy liquor there. One vendor refused to sell his product when Xander and a 20/20 producer declined to send a copy of an ID showing that the buyer was of legal drinking age. But Xander was able to successfully place an order with two other vendors -- a result that mirrored work done by researchers at the University of North Carolina, who found during a recent study that teens could order alcohol from a number of sites, including eBay.

"All I had to do was type in vodka on the search bar, click one button and it can send it to my house," Xander told 20/20. (A 20/20 producer paid for the purchases.)

Weeks later, five bottles of vodka arrived at Xander's front door.

In a statement to 20/20 on Friday morning, following the posting of an ABCNews.com article about Xander's experience, eBay said it is completely revising its alcohol sales practices to protect against illegal sales:

"eBay will not allow our marketplace to be used as a way to circumvent laws regarding the sale of alcohol, particularly the illegal sale of alcohol to minors. We are beginning the process of removing listings of beer and spirits. We expect to allow these listings again after developing and implementing additional, reasonable requirements to support seller compliance with our policies and applicable laws. We will continue to allow listings by pre-approved, licensed wine sellers."

The company said earlier that it had taken action against the two vendors who sold alcohol to Xander.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that many Internet alcohol vendors fail to verify that customers are of legal drinking age. In a report on a study released in May, researchers said that underage study participants successfully ordered alcohol online 45 times from popular vendors, including eBay.

"With just a few clicks on their computer or smartphone, kids can order alcohol delivered to their home," lead study author Rebecca Williams, a research associate at UNC, said after the study's release. "We were amazed at how easy it was for minors to buy alcohol online."

Williams said that researchers found listings on eBay that were not in line with the site's own criteria for what constitutes an alcohol-related collectible.

According to the site's current policy, the contents of the collectible must not be intended for consumption, that the value of the item is in its container, not its contents, and that the item must not be available in any retail outlet.

"Our simple searches revealed countless unrestricted listings by the sellers of common liquors that clearly didn't meet any of the criteria, such as varieties of Bacardi rum available at any liquor store," Williams said.

What remains unclear, Williams said, is how often teens today are actually using eBay and other online retailers to purchase alcohol. A 2006 study sponsored by the wine industry found that just 2 percent of teens reported buying alcohol online. Williams said she hopes to do her own study on the subject, through a nationally representative survey, next year.

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Friday
Sep212012

Forget Fake IDs: Can Kids Buy Alcohol on eBay?

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The online marketplace eBay is a popular site for bidding on rare finds and selling your own household treasures, but resourceful teens might also find another use for it: scoring booze.

While eBay prohibits the sale of all alcohol with the exception of some wines sold by licensed wine sellers, it does allow for the sale of collectible alcohol containers. The site's alcohol policy states that the seller of the container "will take all appropriate steps to ensure that the buyer is of lawful age in the buyer's and seller's jurisdiction."

But that didn't stop one teen who worked with 20/20 from obtaining alcohol through the site. We asked Xander, 13, to head to the site and try to buy liquor there. One vendor refused to sell his product when Xander and a 20/20 producer declined to send a copy of an ID showing that the buyer was of legal drinking age. But Xander was able to successfully place an order with two other vendors.

"All I had to do was type in vodka on the search bar, click one button and it can send it to my house," Xander told 20/20. (A 20/20 producer paid for the purchases.)

Weeks later, five bottles of vodka arrived at Xander's front door.

In a statement to 20/20, eBay reiterated its policy that it prohibits the general sale of alcohol and only allows sales of wine by pre-approved, licensed sellers.

"Sellers are required to take all appropriate steps to ensure that the buyer is of lawful age. We prohibit the general sale of alcohol and we have zero tolerance for anyone who violates our policies. When violations occur, we take appropriate action as we have done in this case," the company said.

The company said it has taken action against the two vendors who sold alcohol to Xander.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that many Internet alcohol vendors fail to verify that customers are of legal drinking age. In a report on a study released in May, researchers said that underage study participants successfully ordered alcohol online 45 times from popular vendors, including eBay.

"With just a few clicks on their computer or smartphone, kids can order alcohol delivered to their home," lead study author Rebecca Williams, a research associate at UNC, said after the study's release. "We were amazed at how easy it was for minors to buy alcohol online."

Williams said that researchers found listings on eBay that were not in line with the site's own criteria for what constitutes an alcohol-related collectible.

The site states that the contents of the collectible must not be intended for consumption, that the value of the item is in its container, not its contents, and that the item must not be available in any retail outlet.

"Our simple searches revealed countless unrestricted listings by the sellers of common liquors that clearly didn't meet any of the criteria, such as varieties of Bacardi rum available at any liquor store," Williams said.

In its statement to 20/20, eBay said "We continue to strengthen our policy enforcement efforts to ensure a trusted marketplace for our customers."

What remains unclear, Williams said, is how often teens today are actually using eBay and other online retailers to purchase alcohol. A 2006 study sponsored by the wine industry found that just 2 percent of teens reported buying alcohol online. Williams said she hopes to do her own study on the subject, through a nationally representative survey, next year.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug162012

eBay Bans Magic Potions, Curses, Spells

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Looking for a spell that will make your partner lust for you and only you? Or a black magic revenge incantation to curse your enemy? Or maybe a good old-fashioned demon-obliterating potion for $51 that promises to “destroy heavy demonic energies, entities, beings and forces” is all you need.

Come September, though, you’ll no longer find these quick fixes on eBay. Beginning Aug. 30, the online auction site will ban the sale of curses, spells, hexes, magic, prayers, blessing services, magic potions, healing sessions and more.

The ban on magic potions and curses has some users up in arms.  One, writing on the eBay forum, even called the ban discriminatory.

And last week a petition titled “Don’t Ban Our Psychics,” which has collected more than 800 signatures so far, went up online.  “Ebay don’t ban our metaphysical services! Fight for the psychics and the Tarot readers, the witches, wiccans, pagans, new age, healers, blessings, spells, voodoo, items of magic and most of all our clients and friends!” the petition read.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Jul112012

Video Game Collection Sells for $1.2 Million

eBay(NEW YORK) -- A collection of video games sold on eBay for more than $1.2 million.

The collection of about 7,000 video games includes every video game for each Sega console among others.

The French seller is a 32-year-old man named Andre who said his mission was to collect sets for every Sega, Nintendo and NEC system.

"Now that the mission is complete, maybe it's time to move on," he told the L.A. Times.

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Friday
Feb242012

Nike Foamposite Galaxy Shoes Causes Riot; eBay Bids of $70,000

ABC News(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Sneaker-heads rioted at a Florida mall Friday and bidding became frantic on eBay as Nike's latest limited edition sneaker -- the Foamposite Galaxy -- went on sale.

At $220 a pair, the shoes are already worth much more on the secondary market. As of Friday morning, a pair listed on eBay was up to $70,000.

An angry mob raged into the early morning after a Footlocker at the Florida Mall in Orlando cancelled the midnight, first-come first-serve release of 200 pairs of the shoe due to "safety concerns."

Police clad in riot gear and sporting batons and tear gas lined up around the store, hoping to disperse the angry mob of sneaker aficionados.

"People tried running over the cops. People tried just getting into that line," witness Youssef Abounouadar told ABC affiliate WFTV. "Everyone ran to the door and it started getting really hectic."

No arrests were reported, according to WFTV. 

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Nike produced only 1,200 pairs of the basketball shoes, which have glow-in-the-dark soles and a purple and pink galactic swirl pattern. They went on sale at a handful of stores across the U.S. early Friday morning, coinciding with the beginning of the NBA All-Star Game weekend.

Extra officers were called to maintain a relatively peaceful crowd at the Greenwood Mall in Greenwod, Ind., according to ABC's Indianapolis affiliate.

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Thursday
Feb022012

$1 Million ‘Obamamobile’ Stalls at Auction

Congressman Barack Obama 2004. Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Would you fork over $1 million for a 7-year-old gray Chrysler once driven by President Obama?

An eBay auction for the Chrysler 300C Obama leased before he got to the White House closed late Wednesday without any bids meeting the minimum. The listing agent received bids from as far away as Australia, but none reached the $1 million opening bid required by the car’s owner.

Lisa Czibor, the eBay seller conducting the auction on behalf of Illinois restaurant manager Tim O’Boyle, said he wants to wait until the election season heats up, possibly during the summer’s political conventions. “The money just wasn’t there at this time,” she said.

The Chrysler had been driven only two miles when Obama, then an Illinois state senator, first leased it in 2004. He put 19,000 miles on the car in nearly three years before trading it in for a 2007 Ford Escape.

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