Letters to Ebay

Published By: Grand Central Publishing

Book Category: Fiction, Humorous

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Reviewed by Maria Elmvang

Subtitled: Hilarious Auctions, Crazy Emails, and Bongos for Grandma

From duct tape to straw hats and Hello Kitty merchandize, Art Farkas has questions about them all. Inspired by his ebay-selling older brother, Art (or Paul Meadors as he’s know in real life) took upon himself to write the weirdest and most far-out questions to ebayers about their auctions. This book contains all these auctions, Art’s letters to the sellers and their replies.

Art wants to know if a set of bongo drums can be carried by his grandma, or if they’d be too heavy. He wants to know if ”˜Satin Organza’ can be used by strict Presbyterians who are of course against ”˜Satin and all his powers’, and if a bird feeder can hold liquids so that he can fill it with alcohol and watch the birds get tipsy. The letters vary from the crazy to the simply insane. The amusing thing however, is not his questions as much as the sellers’ replies. Very few catch on to him and calls his bluff. The majority tries to answer his questions sensibly, while adhering to the age-old saying “The customer is always right.”

While the letters and replies provide great entertainment, they do get a bit repetitious after awhile, as there are only so many questions to ask about similar auctions. I’d therefore recommend readers to just read a couple at a time rather than all at once, to be able to fully savour the wonderful weirdness of them.

Armchair Interviews says: Ah ha, wonderful weirdness. We need more of that.

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