Lana* is an eBay genius. Nay, an eBay GODDESS. If you need advice on how to sell anything on the e-commerce site, she is your go-to source.
Nothing — no label, no size, no season or shape — is too hard for her to sell and score herself a couple of (or a couple of hundred) bucks.
But there was one request even she couldn’t have predicted when she recently logged in to her account to check a notification about a little black dress she had put up for sale.
"Hi would u have any dirty and very worn heels or flats you would sell if I pay $50 a pair? Thanks."
The username? It definitely suggested he was looking for more than just a spare pair of shoes to wear around the house.
For someone who has been on eBay for eight years, this type of proposition was most certainly a first for her.
"I'd never received a message like that before," Lana told Mamamia, adding that even though she knew such fetishes existed, she "never expected to be contacted about this kind of thing off the back of a party dress eBay listing."
Most people (i.e. me) would promptly hit 'delete', slam their laptop closed and head to the nearest TV to pop on a few old, cheerful episodes of Glee to forget about the whole situation.
But Lana? Curiosity had well and truly kicked in. And with her friends suggesting that maybe earning herself a little extra cash on the side (however unconventional) wasn't really a bad thing, she decided to explore further.
"I immediately went through and checked that my eBay profile didn't have any publicly accessible information that could identify me. I didn't want anyone being able to see my address or full name!" she said.
"After the initial shock, I thought, 'Why not?' So I sent him a message back asking what exactly he wanted and how many. He replied and asked for photos of the shoes and things went from there."
Yep. Things went from there... and they got even stranger.