Ebaynium is a term that Adam Mosley or I cooked up back in 2000 while assembling stuff for our first tour of Burning Man. We discovered the term 'obtainium' in the Burning Man vocabulary...'obtainium' is anything someone gives you for free that you turn around and use. Ebaynium is sort of like that, except you sell the stuff and get whatever you really need. My Burning Man 04 trip was financed almost entirely by ebaynium - unbelievable what people will give you and what others will pay for it.
This morning I realized that we've done almost 100 transactions on 'the 'bay'. Of those, only two have not gone as expected. One was an FBI hat that Jackson bought and never received ($4 down the tubes, softy Dad replaced the cash). The other was a flute I purchased for Kelsey that never arrived. When I filed a grievance with Paypal, I had my money back in less than 12 hrs.
Also included in those transactions:
Purchased: 1984 Isuzu Trooper. Great runner that literally left little piles of rusty dust everywhere I parked it. It's redeeming quality was that it had a cassette deck that led me to listen to my old SpiritLife messages and realize that I was not crazy during those years.
Sold: One pair of Oscar De La Renta boots with all sorts of nicknacks glued all over them. They were part of the BM 04 Ebaynium sale and brought a couple of hundred bucks from a very happy Canadian with a Chinese name.
Purchased: Oxblood Red Doc Marten laceups. They should arrive in a few days.
Sold: A 35mm camera with sand in it. Advertised it as such and made seventy bucks. Go figure.
Purchased: 3 pda's. A Treo 180, an older Blackberry and a Handspring Visor (retrotech chic!).
Sold: 3 pda's 2 of which were among the above mentioned 3. (The Treo was a victim of a sledding accident. Don't ask.)
If you're not an ebayer, I'm telling you, get in the game. Or let me come rifle through your garage. We could make some money. I say "E Plurbius Ebaynium!"
And just out of curiosity- what is the strangest thing you've bought or sold on ebay?