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Thursday, September 20, 2007

 

eBay halts sale of Belgium

‘Internet auction website eBay today withdrew an unusual second-hand sale item, the country of Belgium, which had attracted an offer of 10 million euros ($A16.68 million).

“Belgium, a kingdom in three parts” was posted on the Belgian eBay site as offering “plenty of choice” despite the caveat that it comes with “300 billion of National Debt”.

Offered in three parts – Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia – the accompanying blurb said the kingdom “can be bought as a whole (not recommended)”.

The vendor also included as added extras “the king and his court (costs not included)”.

EBay spokesman Peter Burin said the site could not host the sale of anything virtual or “unrealistic”, the Belga news agency reported.’




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