- eBay, for claiming that their real estate auction site is "not binding" when a buyer gets gazumped after putting in a $900,000 winning bid
- The vendors, for gazumping the seller to sell a house to a backdoor bid
- The buyer, for being willing to pay $900,000 for a house he's not going to live in because of somewhat dubious historical credentials.
When you realise that the gazumped buyer is Uri Geller, on the other hand – a man for whom the term "fraud" doesn't do enough justice – it becomes fairly easy to determine the answer to the question. Quoth the article:
"As the clock closed on the bidding [on] Sunday, I felt intuitively I got the price," Geller said.
"Suddenly the radio started playing an Elvis song. That was Elvis telling me we got the house."
[BBC News Online, "Elvis's home sold to Uri Geller", 16.05.2006]
What a load of utter bollocks.
Still, even though there's a bit of schadenfreude in seeing Geller get outmanoeuvred with no place to go, it doesn't say much for eBay's buyer protection for you and me, does it? So here's a few lessons we can take from this…
- Don't buy a house on eBay
- Don't be Uri Geller
That should do, I think.