Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Life for sale on eBay

An Australian has decided to sell up on the internet auction site Ebay not just his belongings but his entire life. Ian Usher says he wants to auction off not just everything he owns but his job too, in one life package.

The 44-year-old says he wants to raise funds for a life-changing adventure after his marriage broke down. Mr Usher, who emigrated to western Australia from Britain six years ago, hopes that he will be able to raise more than $400,000 (£185,000).

He wants to leave Australia with just the money in one hand and his passport in the other, on the first plane out.

His employer, at a carpet store in Perth, has agreed to take on whoever wins the auction on a two-week trial - with a view to a permanent position. The winning bidder will also get an airy open-plan house, a car, a motorcycle, as well as accessories to enjoy his sun-drenched lifestyle, including a spa and several surf boards.

Mr Usher says he is not trying to sell a sob story, but the auction seemed like the least emotionally-charged way to get a clean break. Comments on the plan via Mr Usher's website are overwhelmingly positive but there is no suggestion of anyone being first in line when the bidding opens in June.

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