'Possessed' printer tops Trade Me
As a printer it may not have been the best but once it hit online auction site Trade Me a "possessed" HP wireless printer rocked the charts.
The listing by Wellington film maker Nick Ward not only topped Trade Me's most viewed listings for 2013, with 845,265 views, but demolished all those in its wake.
Trade Me spokesman Paul Ford said it was the second-most viewed item ever listed on Trade Me, beaten only by the handbag Tana Umaga hit Hurricanes team-mate Chris Masoe over the head with after 2006's Super 14 final.
"Words cannot express how much I hate this printer," Kapiti Coast-based Ward said in his printer listing.
"It never works when I need it to - it's like it knows when I have to urgently print something. It randomly decides if it wants to work wirelessly or not. And scanning wirelessly? Forget about it!"
Ward said it might work for another user or, in other words: "Maybe you can tame it."
Despite the diatribe about the "evil incarnate" printer that was "possessed" with a "soul of pure darkness" and made life a "misery", it sold in July.
Ward said today that bidding got to the billions of dollars but, after fake bids were removed, the winning price was $280 from Rick Danger'' of Te Aroha.
"I phoned him up and he said 'smash it','' Ward said. He did just that in a pre-recorded television piece.
Ward also offered to reduce the price to $100 but when he said he just wanted enough money to take his partner out for dinner, Danger insisted on $150 so they could get a good bottle of wine.
Ward has written a book about the sale but was struggling to find a publisher.
The printer's closest competitor was a massive rear-projection 43-inch Toshiba television which got just shy of 175,000 views.
The full top 10:
1: HP wireless printer (possessed), Wellington, 845,265 views.
2 43-inch Toshiba television, Canterbury, 174,713 views.
3 Same-sex marriage original billboard skin, Auckland, 121,795 views.
4 Treasure hunting day for real gold & silver, Auckland, 116,637 views.
5 Luxury villa playhouse, Auckland, 90,861 views.
6 Dodgy little shop collectables - limited edition, Otago 84,639 views.
7 Help SPCA animals - $1 three-bedroom home charity auction, Canterbury, 54,776 views.
8 VW pencil drawing - by mouth, Auckland, 48,250 views.
9 Kindling cracker, Taranaki, 45,900 views.
10 Name the world's biggest spider, Wellington, 45,745 views.
This story has been updated to correct the number of views the printer auction attracted.