August 9 2007

From the shameless/tasteless department

Ebay goes shamelessI was greeted by this lovely image today when logging in to Ebay.

This has to be one of the most shameless/tasteless things I think I have ever seen.

For those of you unaware of it, Mr. Murphy is Matt Murphy, the man who caught Barry Bonds’ record breaking 756th homerun ball on August 7th. He had purchased a $20 ticket to see the game just that morning and ended up catching a ball that is estimated to be worth approximately $500,000.

All sorts of kudos to Mr. Murphy, but I think such blatant pandering on Ebay’s behalf is just in poor taste. The suddenly famous college student has enough decisions to make right now, it’s about the same as winning the lottery, without people pleading to sell the ball for him.

I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I just found this fairly distasteful on a major corporations part to be begging someone for business, maybe it’s the tone of “Think of the people you’ll disappoint if you don’t let US sell the ball for you… no, no, it has nothing to do with the fees we’ll collect from this, or they way we’ll pimp the fact we’re selling it to every media outlet that will listen… no, no, just ignore the man behind the curtain, this is all very altruistic, we’re here to help you… really… it’s for ‘the community’…”

To each their own,but I certainly hope Mr. Murphy will take the ball elsewhere now.

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