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Another kidney goes on sale on Dubizzle.com

By Vicky Kapur

After one of UAE’s leading classifieds websites, Dubizzle.com, said last week it had removed a ‘kidney sale’ ad from its listings, another such advert on the same website was spotted by Emirates 24|7 this morning.

Last week, a human kidney in ‘flawless’ condition was advertised for sale on Dubizzle, for Dh200,000.

This time around, a person claiming to be in financial distress, is apparently threatening to sell his kidney if he doesn’t receive Dh80,000 in financial assistance. “Plz I need financially help up to 80000 dhrms,if there is no any one so i can sale my kidney [sic!],” said the advert.

The online ad shows the location of the advertiser as somewhere in Deira, Dubai, about 0.7kms from Al Ghurair City Mall.

While the website’s founders and owners claimed that last week’s advert had slipped through the net and was “a one-off occurrence,” it certainly wasn’t the first – or last, for that matter – bizarre ad that Dubizzle has seen.

To Dubizzle's credit, the ad was removed within an hour of this website alerting it about the nature of the advert, and the classifieds website says that a high volume of listings means that, unethical classifieds may sometimes get posted, but maintains they are a rare occurrence and are dealt with swiftly.

Here's Dubizzle's official response:

"It is important for buyers to feel safe and for the marketplace to be clean of fraud and spam. To ensure the utmost security, we spend a lot of our resources building and improving upon our team as well as our technology to keep Dubizzle fraud free. As a community site, we also promote local face-to-face commerce, as this is almost always the safest way to conduct transactions.
"We manually screen all of the photos uploaded on Dubizzle for anything offensive or suspicious. Dubizzle also has a team of administrators who scan the site for suspicious ads. They are further tipped off by user reporting tools as well as technical triggers that flag any behaviour that would be unusual for an authentic user. With such a high volume of listings, fraudulent/unethical classifieds may sometimes be posted, but they are a rare occurrence and are dealt with swiftly by our team."

In the past too, there have been online adverts posted for the sale of baby cheetahs and fresh laid parrot eggs, for instance, which the website’s administrators were quick to scrap.

Bizarre online ads are nothing new, and do crop up occasionally on numerous classifieds websites across the world. Last week, eBay removed an advert for the sale of the disaster-struck Costa Concordia.

Below find a collection of the 10 weirdest eBay auctions, followed by 10 of the most bizarre personals ads posted on Craigslist. Enjoy:
1. Dead fairy found at yard sale

A couple of months ago, I stopped in at a yard sale and came across this strange little creature. The apparent mummified corpse of a fairy being - or some kind of demon offspring (?) - this specimen is surreal to be around. My cat continually tries to get at the diminutive cadaver through the jar; and the thing just generally unnerves people whom have been in its admittedly creepy presence. It does have a definite Black Magick, otherworldly, Voodoo feel about it. In my opinion, the faint of heart are better off not having this thing around them.
2. Halloween prop female dismembered

You are bidding on what was "originally" a Real Doll. Never was "used", used only for display. Now, being made available, as a PREMIER, Halloween prop. Made of top grade silicone material. I could only imagine what could be done with this item, from a person with a creative imagination. Amazingly, the life like feeling of the flesh is truly, something to behold. You won’t be disappointed in the realistic touch.
3. Petrified dead frog (not sure how it died)

Well, I know this is kinda freakish, but this is not my idea you see. I found this dead frog that apears to be petrified in some way behind my couch when I was vacuuming one day. You can imagine my suprise. Actually, I just freaked! First, I thought It was a huge dead bug from a distance. So, I went to grab a paper towel to pick it up and just throw it away. I came back, got down there, and I noticed what looked like a tiny backbone showing through skin. Upon closer invetigation, I realized that this weird-looking object was a frog at one point. It's kind of sad. You can see the position he died. Just sitting there, back legs bent just like a frog does. I don't know what killed him or why. I just found it. I don't want to keep this, but I really can't see throwing it away when it is so interesting to look at. I mentioned it to my mom, and she knows I have been trying my hand at reselling things on ebay. So, she said why don't you try to sell it? So there you go! Here's your petrified frog. I will start the bidding at what I estimate it will cost to list and ship it. Thanks for listening to me jabber. Enjoy your dead Frog!
4. Silicon rubber tapeless foreskin tugger

If you're circumcised, chances are you have no idea what you're missing. The foreskin you were born with was meant to protect your glans, keeping it supple and sensitive. Now you can get back some of the sensation that was taken from you. 200,000 men are restoring their foreskins.
5. 1 Pint sun dried California bees, Yellowjackets

Here we have a full pint of organically grown Yellowjacket bees. Sun dried and ready for your creative use!
6. Face in chocolate chip cookie

I baked some choc chip cookies and when I took a tray out of the oven this one was looking up at me.
7. My medicinal nipple hair

I know it sounds crazy but you be the judge!!!!! I plucked out one of my nipple hairs just for fun the other day and when I touched it to a cut I had...two weeks later the cut healed!! What? You Say...I said that too but OMG(for you texters out there)...it really works!!! Here's what you do: scotch tape my nipple hair to the area that's hurt like if you have a cut or a broken leg( now if it's a broken bone the nipple hair may take a few months to help you but it's still worth a shot!!! Once the nipple hair has done it's job(leave it scotch taped to your boo-boo until your boo-boo heals) pass it on to a friend. You get one of my medicinal nipple hairs per price listed so hurry before they're all gone. Don't worry I'll use both nipples!
8. Mutant cucumber - must see - words fail me!

Be the first and only person on your block to own this item! 100% ORGANIC! Words cannot describe this item! I've seen worm's disguised as plants, but never a plant that looks like a caterpillar! This is a must have for any collection! Preserve it and keep it forever! Amaze friends with this unique item! Wonderful conversation starter! Hurry! This is only listed for a short while, as it is currently perishable!
9. Yelling services - call me to just yell your heart out

Hey My Name Is Justin Vames And I'm Looking At All The Ways I Can Earn Money For College. So You Know Or Remember The Times You Were So Mad And Just Need Someone To Yell Or Curse At? Well Here It Is, The Chance To Just Pickup The Phone And Yell Your Heart Out, (Included Are The Optional Talk Back Mode For Free), I Am Trying To Earn Up Money For James Madison University Next Year And Thought This Would Be A Great Service For The Public, And Myself. So What Are You Waiting For, I Will Give The Highest Bidder A Ten Minute Session, And A Optional Talk About Your Problem For Free. The Highest Bidder Will Be Messaged Through eBay, The Way You Can Contact Me, Fast And Easy. Good Luck And Happy Bidding's!
10. Really Weird Unique iMac Computer Cage for Hamsters

Up for auction is a one of a kind very unique iMac rodent cage, handmade by ak_drummer. Made from the shell of a blue iMac with all the guts removed. Comes with the keyboard and mouse shown, no idea if they work or not. Everything is safe, I put my own hamster in there for a while just to get a good laugh and sense of accomplishment. Nothing toxic was used in constructing of the cage, nothing is poking out. It is more for ascetic purposes then an actual cage. HOWEVER the best rodent suited for the cage would be a hamster due to the fact that they do not chew as veraciously as mice, gerbils, and rats. WOULD NOT recommend a rat being in this cage as they can more then likely just chew through the cage front, let along the thin plastic in back.
Next is a selection of some of the most bizarre adverts, requests and personals listed on the Craigslist – from the man selling 1,300 Pope hats to someone looking to offload 300 stuffed penguins.

1) I want some orange juice

“I’ll give you $2 + cost if you’ll deliver me some orange juice with receipt. I’m too lazy to get it myself. I live right by University Drive in Elon. Thank you.”

2) Duck mask

“Full head rubber mask, old, has discoloration on white feather part from age, storage. Hey I got it on my big head, so it works that way.”

3) Woman to sit in my bath tub full of noodles, wearing a bathing suit

“I will pay you $1 to sit in my bathtub full of noodles while you wear a one piece bathing suit. I will not be home, nor will anyone else while you do this. I will leave the key for you, and you will sit at your leisure. DO NOT bring any sauce. I will season the pasta after I return home prior to dinner.”

4) Wanted: Pony

“My kid is having a birthday coming up soon, and there’ll be a lot of children around, so I figured I’d better get a pony. If you do have a pony you could sell, please contact me, and then immediately start putting barbeque sauce in it’s bedding or add some Lawry's to it’s salt lick - I like to marinade it early and long, so that the flavor is at it’s peak by the time I take possession.”

5) I have a huge bathroom

“I am a female in my mid 60’s and I am looking for a room mate. Times are tight and I need some extra money. I am willing to rent out my bathroom in my 1 bedroom east village home. My bathroom is large. You can easily put a twin air mattress in there. I only ask that when I need to use the bathroom, you or your air mattress are not in it. I do ask that when you are in the apartment, you confine yourself to the bathroom. I do not feel comfortable with a stranger walking around my living room. This might change as I get to know you better.”

6) Pope hats

“Because of this terrible economy, I’m having to shut down my business. I have OVER 1300 Pope hats (replicas) that I REALLY need to get rid of. The pope hats came from China and are a little too small for most adult heads and are also irritating to the skin, so you would need to have long hair or wear a smaller hat underneath (just like the REAL POPE). Dogs do not like to wear these pope hats, but maybe a large cat or maybe a nice dog would wear one.”

7) Looking for bridesmaids

“So, my fiancee and I are getting married in June. He has 8 groomsmen lined up and I only have one bridesmaid. So, I need some girls who are attractive and around my age to stand up in my wedding. You can be single or taken. It doesn't matter....you just have to be hot. But, not hotter then me. Email me for more information. The wedding will be in Madison and you won't have to pay for a thing.”

8) Ferocious attack kitten

"This destructive kitty has been trained as a proud warrior and will fiercely defend your house, even against you. Has a very soft and furry belly, like a teddy bear - however he will bite your face if you try to touch it. For the love of God, someone please take this thing out of my house."

9) Personal texting assistant

"I get 40 - 50 texts an hour, I cant handle my workload plus texting responsibilities. My phone gets too full and needs deleted every couple hours. This is a full time position and you must be where ever I am at, because my phone is always with me. Serious inquiries only."

10) 300 stuffed penguins

"I'm going through a pretty weird time in my life right now--having just gone through a break-up and graduated college and temporarily living in my parents' house before I move out for good in in the fall, though I remain unemployed because my philosophy degree is at *such* a premium--and sifting through my room (which has become a strange amalgam of my adolescence and burgeoning adulthood), it's been brought to my attention that I probably won't "catch a man" or have anyone believe I'm about to turn 23 with 300 penguins and a bunch of purple furniture around, that looking at my current room one might think some sort of 13-year-old with developmental issues is living here."
Do you have any of your own? Use the ‘Comments’ tab below to send in your own collection of bizarre ads, and we might feature them here.