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March 24, 2008

Flake Sells on eBay for $1350

This week the online auction site, eBay, had an auction closing for a corn flake shaped like the great State of Illinois. The McIntire sisters out in Virginia found this flake and decided to share it with the world, but when it was first listed eBay pulled it for being in violation of their food sales policy. The McIntires were guilty of attempting to auction unpackaged food products.

The sisters put their heads together and built an eBay work-around by offering a coupon good for their flake, which passed eBay rule scrutiny and sold on Friday night for $1350. The fellow who bought the corn flake owns a trivia website and a traveling pop culture trivia museum, so the Illinois flake will someday hit the road for all to see.

Even more interesting is the little cottage industry that sprung up around the Illinois flake. You can get t-shirts and several different buttons, or maybe you would like to bid on a corn flake shaped like your own home state. A quick search on eBay turned up an Ohio flake , a Michigan flake and a Virginia flake amongst many others.

Isn't life in the USA fascinating?

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About the Author
Tom Michael has been Krause Publications primary market analyst on more than 80 world and United States coin catalogs produced over the last 20 years. He came to KP in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, a master of arts degree in economics and a history of coin collecting stretching back to the 1960s. He began collecting world coins as a child by asking friends and relatives to bring coins back from overseas trips, visiting flea markets and having his mother watch for foreign coins in her register at the local grocery store. Today he works with a dedicated base of over 200 contributors to provide accurate market values for the five-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series, as well as many specialty catalogs, including Coins & Currency of the Middle East and the fifth edition of Unusual World Coins.

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