• Fri, Apr 2 2010

eBay of Horrors: Your Prada Dress Might Have Been Peed On

Aaron Lefkove is a dear friend of the eBabes and a veritable jack-of-all-trades. Today we’re talking to him about his stint as “resident eBay guy”, a title he held in more than one job over the last 3 years. He has a 100% eBay rating.

How did you get into eBay?

I was working for this art dealer – this sketchy Israeli guy – and I lost my job, which was probably the best thing that ever happened to me. It was a really terrible job. Then I got a job at a junk store, and I was selling their eBay stuff. I went from selling very, very expensive Judaic artifacts to selling shit from people’s repossessed storage lockers, and a lot of it was just people’s dirty laundry.

What were some of the stranger things you posted on eBay?

They repossessed this storage locker from a girl, and she was a high priced call girl – a prostitute. We got all her stuff, and it was all this Gucci, Prada, La Perla – basically all designer dresses. And they were covered in pee. They were all covered in urine. I guess everybody has their proclivities. So, the story I put together, because I spent about a month going through all of this stuff and listing it on eBay, was that she had a client who was really into that. And he would buy her these dresses…I’m not really sure whose urine it was. There’s not any real way to find that out, either. The woman who ran the junk store wasn’t paying me enough to remove that stuff from these dresses, so I left it up to her to clean them. I was under strict orders not to divulge the history of the dresses in the eBay listings. Some of them went for several hundred dollars, and some of them wouldn’t sell, so they went in the garbage can.

How did you list these dresses on eBay?

You know, I went with all the key search terms. “Beautiful Prada dress, worn once.” It probably was worn once, so I wasn’t stretching the truth there.

Any other strange listings?

They repossessed a storage locker, and it was nothing but yarn. It was all vintage yarn. I was like, Look at all this crap! Yarn?! But I had no idea that vintage cashmere, and certain different washes and different types of yarn, go for big, big bucks. So, immediately after listing all of the call girl’s clothes, I spent about six weeks listing like a dozen skeins of such and such yarn, and people were shelling out big bucks for it. I was surprised. Actually, now, that job was really helpful, because if you spend a lot of time at garage sales, stoop sales or flea markets, places like that, you know, it’s good to be able to pick out items that are worth something.

Was there anything that your boss deemed too weird or too gross to sell?

There was this huge lot of bondage stuff. A big bag of riding crops and handcuffs and whips and chains and blackjacks, and things that I couldn’t even figure out what the hell you would do with them. eBay has kind of become a more family-friendly community, and they’re really trying to make it more like Amazon. I think a lot of that stuff is really going to be purged from eBay. It’s unfortunate, because I guess there’s some people that probably depended on that – they’re too bashful to walk into a store and buy it.

What kind of people did you deal with on eBay?

The real awakening came when I started working at a record store and listing records on eBay. That’s really when the freaks came out. If you’ve never listed classic rock records on eBay, there are people that you have to deal with that want to know every single minute detail about a Beatles record. For instance,  I had a sealed copy of Sgt. Pepper – pristine condition, original copy – and one guy wrote in to eBay and asked me if I would make a map of where the air holes were on the shrink wrap, because there are people out there that know which pressing plant certain records were pressed at.

The eBabes are more commonly known as Anna Grimm and Carrie Sloan. They run a carefully-curated blog of, and titled, eBay Finds.

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