US mom tries to sell baby naming rights for fifth time on eBay!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

WASHINGTON - An unemployed Arkansas woman, who was thwarted every time she tried to sell the naming rights to her seventh child on eBay, is hoping that her fifth attempt will bring her success.

Lavonne Drummond, 36, revealed that her fourth bidding hit 26,100 dollars before eBay removed it on August 17, which was considerably more than the 15,000 dollars she lost when eBay shut down her first auction because the company ruled the mother of six was soliciting donations.

On the second auction, she got no bids because eBay had taken it down quickly due to a myriad of reasons.

Her third auction posted on August 10 got just 510.99 dollars, and it too was shut down because an actual “item” was not offered for sale.

But Drummond, of Smackover, Ark., did not give up, and posted a fourth auction, which was again shut down.

“eBay representatives said they pulled it down in error. They just apologized and told me they can’t help me in any way. They just told me to re-list the auction,” Fox News quoted her as saying.

“I’m just so stressed, I don’t sleep, I don’t eat. “It’s emotionally taking its toll. It’s just terrible,” she said.

Representatives for eBay said that the company collaborated with Drummond last week to develop a listing that met its policies.

“The revised listing was removed due to an internal communications oversight,” the company said in a statement.

But Drummond, who is due to give birth on September 16, says that it won’t bring back the 41,610.99 dollars she “lost” in her first four auction attempts combined.

“I personally don’t think it was a mistake,” she said.

“I think it was done on purpose. Maybe it was too much controversy,” she stated.

Greg Kusch, who runs and teaches seminars on how to sell items on the online marketplace, said that’s exactly what eBay was protecting itself from.

“They just protect themselves in any way possible when it comes to winning something of chance or a non-tangible type item,” Kusch said.

“I’m sure they could pick four or five different policies that would stop that auction and bring it down,” he added.

A large part of the problem, Kusch said, is that once the auction is over, the winning bid must be paid to Drummond, despite the fact that her son will not have been born yet.

“There’s so many possibilities that something could go wrong,” he said.

“When you win an auction, you have to pay. So that money would immediately go to her even if the baby is not born. What happens is the baby is not born?” he stated.

Kusch said such non-tangible items are frequently barred from eBay.

Drummond, meanwhile, is apprehensive about her fifth and final auction try, but she desperately needs money to buy her family a new car and to pay past-due bills.

Bids start at 150 dollars, but there have been no bidders as of August 18.

“I am going to try one more time, but it’s so overwhelming,” Drummond said.

“To start all over again …” she added. (ANI)

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