Forget the Coins, Maybe We Should Collect the Packaging: eBay Laugh of the Day!
For years I have come across eBay auctions where people are selling things like shipwreck certificates of authenticity without the coins.
The auctions may even include a nice display box for the coin that is not included.
It's those types of auctions that have to make you wonder about the authenticity of the auctions that actually include the coins.
But today it was another auction on eBay that made me pause and take a closer look.
It's an auction for the box of an "2008 Unc. 1 oz. Gold Buffalo Box w/COA." (link to auction)
No coin, just the box. But it was the asking price that caught my attention: $475.00!
Is that really the going rate for an empty box?
Now there's no deception here on the part of the seller, he clearly states that the box comes without the coin.
So I checked to see if there were other eBay auctions for similar boxes and here's one I found:
"2008 W $5 Gold Buffalo Proof 1/10oz MINT Box & COA NR!": $338.33 (Link)
Apparently the size of the missing coin affects the price of the box.
Oh, wait . . .
This last auction actually includes the coin!
All fun aside, the seller of the empty box just might have the last laugh. He's got over 4 days left on his listing.
By the way, if anyone wants to buy a bunch of S.S. Republic Shipwreck wooden display boxes, let me know.
There's no coin in each box, but there is a DVD that shows coins being recovered.