Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/1999/09/03/man_tries_to_sell_vital/

Man tries to sell vital organ on eBay

Stake in kidney try leaves sour taste

By Tim Richardson

Posted in Business, 3rd September 1999 15:26 GMT

Net users after their pound of flesh from erratic eBay were disappointed to learn that the kidney for sale on the online auction house for the last week didn't belong to anyone in technical support. Instead, someone calling themselves "hchero" from Florida put the organ up sale. The bid went as high as $5.7 million before eBay intervened and pulled it from its site. The ad for the "fully functional kidney" read: "You can choose either kidney. Buyer pays all transplant and medical costs. Of course only one for sale, as I need the other one to live. Serious bids only." Another ad from a second kidney donor failed to draw any interest before it was pulled down. The ads have been described as macabre pranks by e-Bay. Selling body parts -- whether they're your own or not -- is illegal in the US and could land people in serious hot water if they get caught. The Register would give its right arm to be able to donate one of its organs... ®