eBay Sellers Seek Profit from VT Tragedy

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on April 18, 2007

No tragedy is too awful, no heartbreak too great to stop two great forces in American life, trial lawyers and eBay sellers, from cashing in. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise to find eBay seller mbradley005 offering virginiatechlawsuits.com and a half dozen similar similar domain names for a starting bid of $400,000. The seller is a tiny bit apologetic about even offering such an item, but says “Lawyers will jump on this thing real quick” and promises to donate an unspecified share of the proceeds to a memorial fund.

Several other sellers are also offering domain Virginia Tech-related domain names, though at much more modest prices.
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UPDATE (4/19/07)
The eBay taste police seem to have caught up with this offering. As of Thursday morning, it and a number of other Virginia Tech-related domain name auctions had been removed.

Reader Comments

thoughtful_one

April 18, 2007 1:03 PM

I guess one man's tragedy is another man's treasure (unfortunately).

kdog

April 18, 2007 3:14 PM

it's sickening in a way, but i have to give credit for the guy's quick thinking.

Danielle in MA grew up in VA

April 20, 2007 7:45 PM

I think it is sickening that ANYONE would try to profit off of another persons pain and suffering! Let there be peace for the families and friends of those who lost their lives in such a horrific manner! May they rest in peace!

online auctions

April 20, 2007 10:30 PM

Highly innovative, I wonder if there will be people that want to spend money on just a domain name that does not even have a page of history with search engines.

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