Many of us are familiar with shopping for hobby stuff on Ebay. Heck, i’m guessing it’s a safe bet to assume if you read this blog regularly you likely are familiar with the process. You probably already know of the practice of deceptive descriptions– cramming in enough buzz words to lure people who have established search categories running at all times to a specific listing is hardly a new thing. Yet, last night’s gem was so egregious it was laughable. Under the heading “15mm Science Fiction” which Ebay sends me a digest of sales opportunities on a regular basis, the following item was listed:
“lot of 4 15mm star wars wargamming republic gun ship ,fantacy,sci-fi,warhammer” (sic)
lot of 3 items star wars planet landing pad and drop shute to the ground, watch your round based figure spiral to the ground , and a base blaster protective wall for your cover support when your republic gunship lands ,ships can be put , on either side and a small blockade house — some of these items our custom made and hand painted,
What was that bit about dropping round based troops? Oh yeah, take a closer look:
So, if I’m reading through the spelling and grammar, the seller is attempting to fob off a children’s marble game as a “15mm dropship” also something that is for “fantacy” and “Sci Fi” and “wargamming” and it’s also from both Star Wars and warhammer? (sic). I have to hand it to “mikeshardlemonade” (this seller), he has a sense of style. I don’t think I would have the brio to try to pull something this shameless off, but that’s me. For a real added treat, survey the rest of his “for sale” items, like the dollar store Easter figurine for 12 dollars! The man is an artist.