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Tue, 04 Oct 2005

Song released on ebay
I Love You by Don Relyea -- released and now for sale on ebay.
I am testing the waters with this one. I composed this love song for my wife after she became pregnant with our first child. I have a decent quality flash player song preview here. I need to get around to making my own flash mp3 player soon.

Once again you can buy this song in hi-fi 192kbps mp3 format for $0.99 on my ebay auction.

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Wed, 13 Jul 2005

18ft. tall Mecha on ebay
Neogentronyx Mech NMX04-1A made by Carlos Owens. This is one of the more interesting ebay auctions I have seen in a while. Its a mecha sort of like the loader in the movie Aliens. Its for sale for 40k. Its 18ft tall. Videos are available on their website at

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Tue, 21 Jun 2005

Toast in Inquirer and BBC!

The toast has most recently been featured by the I'm still gettingpretty funny questions from this auction. Well worth the trouble!

There is now a great article about the toast on NFORCERSHQ.

Also today I fielded a call from a reporter with the London Daily Mail Newspaper who interviewed me regarding the toast auction. He also informed me that the BBC has picked up the toast as a news item. Now that this particular toast is becoming infamous I think that the new owner of the toast could probably sell it at this point for more than she bought it for!

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Fri, 10 Jun 2005

Michael Jackson toast auction Closes

What a fun and enlightening internet experiment, it ended somewhat anti-climatic though. The toast sold for 36 dollars to a bidder in Wisconsin. We had about 26,000 page views and around 150000 image downloads. I'm glad its over now, ready to fiddle around with my server and tweak my site.

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Thu, 09 Jun 2005

Michael Jackson toast update 6

The Michael Jackson Toast is still at $36.00, we have 134 watchers with 20hrs to go. My Andale counter is telling me we are at 19,000 views since about 2.5 days into the auction. So far the Toast has been compared to a variety of celebrities including Ron Jeremy.

Judge for yourself. Left to Right: Brandon Lee(the Crow), Yoko Ono, Ron Jeremy, Salvador Dali, Michael Jackson, Janic Joplin, Alice Cooper and Howard Stern. Its also been compared to Joey Ramone of the Ramones and Ace Freely of Kiss. All of these people wrapped up in one toast, what a bargain!

As amusing as this auction has been I am getting ready for it to be over. I am ready with a new 3d spaceship screensaver and two new mp3 tracks, a killer breaks track and an industrial track. I want to upload the new music and screensaver but my server is getting slammed with people looking at the Michael Jackson stuff. My log has ballooned to over 60mb from 12mb in 9 days!

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Wed, 08 Jun 2005

Michael Jackson toast update 5
The Michael Jackson Toast has so far garnered a price of $36.00, we have 120 watchers with 1.5 days to go! The image has been downloaded from my server over 105,000 times! If I'm lucky the trial will end today or tomorrow right about the time the toast auction is over. The Michael Jackson toast is now showing up on messageboards all over and in foreign languages. Pretty wild.

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Mon, 06 Jun 2005

Michael Jackson breakfast toast part 4
The Michael Jackson Toast has so far garnered a price of $30.00, we have 93 watchers with 4 days to go! I took the liberty of making a screensaver and desktop wallpapers to promote this auction even more. The auction will drive people to the free screensaver and wallpapers, the freebies add value to the toast since they are viral components that live on past the auction giving the toast potential resale value! Its entirely possible the toast could be resold on ebay for more money than the person paid who bought it from me.

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Sat, 04 Jun 2005

Michael Jackson breakfast toast part 3
The Michael Jackson Toast has so far garnered a price of $20.50, 9 bids and one retracted bid of 50,000! I am kicking myself for not adding a counter to the auction the first day. Its getting around 20-30 views per minute, with 6 days to go this is impressive. In addition there are 60 watchers! I think this toast is going all the way.

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Fri, 03 Jun 2005

Michael Jackson breakfast toast part deaux
My piece of burnt Michael Jackson Toast has so far garnered a price of $5.50, 4 bids and 19,780 image downloads from my server logs. I have now added an andale counter to my auction and its getting around 30 hits a minute! So far it has not been covered in any major news outlets yet but its got 6 days left. I have spent 20 dollars on this auction so far so I stand to lose about 15 bucks at this point but it has been well worth the price of admission so far. This is great fun for the whole family.

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Wed, 01 Jun 2005

ebay as entertainment
Ebay is becoming a source of niche entertainment. People are posting bizarre items and others are asking entertaining questions about the items. The novelty factor of the item plus the banter generate buzz which drives more traffic to the auction. Eventually people bid, gambling on the growing cult status of item. I theorize that this is what has generated a healthy market for toast on ebay. Various novelty toast are selling for relatively large sums of money on ebay. Britney spears baby footprint toast selling for 10k, runaway bride toast selling for over 10k, an anything you want toast selling for almost 1k so far an many many more.

In order to experience this phenomena first hand I have put up a very unique toast item, one piece of burnt Michael Jackson Toast. I So far I have already gotten a few laughs out of this making it worth the initial investment. I also got my first bid on the item today. Be sure to look at the questions the potential buyers ask. One potetial buyer has asked whether it is safe to eat the toast with rice crispies concerned the toast will molest Snap, Crackle, and Pop, heheh.

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