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Pot heads who hoped to cash in on a trip of a lifetime after responding to an ad on eBay offering 500 pounds of marijuana have received a different kind of blow from the online auctioneers. Less than 24 hours after the ad was posted, officials closed down the offer but despite eBay's quick reactions bidding had reached $10 million for the haul. Although it's believed that the offer was yet another hoax, the auctioneers at eBay are no dopes and certainly can't be accused of making a hash of handling this incident. Michael van Swaaij, European VP of eBay told The Register today that the company will do everything it can to help the authorities track down the perpetrators and prosecute them. And he said there was a groundswell of opinion among the eBay community to stamp out the hoaxes that have plague the service recently. "We have a strong community and we're alerted by other eBay users when this kind of thing happens," said Swaaij. He predicted that the current craze for posting hoax items for sale would soon burn itself out. "Because eBay is so transparent and open it is the worst place to do something illegal because our members police their own community," he said While eBay will tolerate harmless hoaxers it is committed to stamping anything illegal such as the now famous kidney and baby selling incidents. Earlier this week it appears the British Royal Family was put up for sale. There is no news whether anyone was remotely interested in buying the Windsors. ®

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