The year's priceless Trade Me deals
Fishing co-ordinates, a "possessed printer", a 1000-spoon collection and "dodgy" miniature grocery items were among this year's quirkier Trade Me auctions.
Spokesman Jeff Hunkin said the "weirdest Kiwi obsession of 2013" award went to the New World Little Shop grocery miniatures. They had been in heavy demand over the past couple of months.
"Some complete sets [received] bids over $500. We loved the R18 satirical ones that emerged on site too," he said.
A graphic designer from Dunedin took it in her stride to auction a "dodgy shop" of items left out of New World's G-rated collection.
The auction included miniature replica packets of beer, condoms and cigarettes.
Hunkin said other quirky auctions included a chance to name a spider at Wellington Zoo. Gone Fishin' host Graeme Sinclair also auctioned off his luckiest secret fishing co-ordinates for more than $3000.
A "scary washing machine" sold on Trade Me for more than $5000 in 2009.
This year the washing machine was echoed by a "totally brilliant" listing for a "possessed printer".
Hunkin said the listing and its photos were so entertaining that the auction climbed to No. 2 on the site's unofficial "most-viewed of all time" list.
Tana Umaga's handbag from 2006 still held the No. 1 spot, he said.
Hot Christmas searches: Top 10 Trade Me searches from December 1-10:
iPhones/iPads, adidas, Karen Walker, mountain bikes, golf gear, Lego, Star Wars paraphernalia, trampolines, outdoor furniture, dogs/puppies
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