| Thursday, November 18, 2004
| eBay RETURNS CHEESY ITEM TO AUCTION BLOCK
|MIAMI -- The people at eBay were no believers in this
cheesy miracle: half of a 10 year old grilled cheese
sandwich whose owner claimed bore the image of the Virgin Mary.
Diane Duyser put the sandwich up for sale last week, drawing bids
as high as $22,000 before eBay pulled the item Sunday night.
The page was viewed nearly 100,000 times before being taken down.
An email Duyser received from eBay said the sandwich broke its
policy, which "does not allow listings that are intended as jokes".
No Laughing Matter
But Duyser, a jewelry designer who has bought and sold items
on eBay for two years, insisted this was not a laughing matter.
"How could eBay do this to me?" Duyser said Monday,
hours before the online auction was supposed to have ended.
On Tuesday, the Web site allowed bidding to resume,
with the top offer reaching over $16,000.
Bidding is scheduled to end Nov.
Company spokesman Hani Durzy said the listing
was mistakenly removed becauseofficials doubted whether
Duyser could deliver the product.
"After looking at it a scond time, there's nothing to indicate that the seller
isn't willing to give up this cheese sandwich to the highest bidder," he said.
"We're going to allow it to stay up."
In mocking response, two similar items were posted later --
grilled cheese sandwiches bearing the images of the
Virgin Mary's used chewing gum and Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.
Duyser thought eBay would be the best place to show off the
sandwich, made on plain white bread with American cheese.
It was cooked with nor oil or butter.
Duyser, 52 said she took a bite after making it 10 years ago
and saw a face staring back at her from the bread.
She put the sandwich in a clear plastic box with cotton balls,
and kept it on her nightstand. At first, she was scared by the image,
"but now that I realize how unique it is, I wanted to share it with the world," Duyser said.
The sandwich, she added, has never sprouted a spore of mold.
(from the CHICAGOSUNTIMES/17NOV)
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