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02/08/2005: Just to show you that Americans aren't the only stupid people on Earth...

Though I'm surprised it wasn't an American who came up with this scheme first: Western Australia couple auctioning naming rights to baby on eBay

A Perth couple is attempting to sell the "naming, advertising and promotional" rights to their unborn daughter for at least $1 million via an internet auction site.

In an advertisement on eBay Australia under the item title Truman Baby, the unnamed Perth couple invite individuals and companies to make bids on the right to name the baby girl, due on March 1.

"Offers are invited for your opportunity to be part of HISTORY in the making," states the ad.

"We are taking bids on the naming, advertising and promotional rights to my unborn BABY GIRL!!.

"For a period of FIVE YEARS from the date of birth, we are offering the exclusive naming rights (first name only) to my unborn baby due March 1, 2005.

"Your company can have the exclusive rights to name my baby and use for all appearances, advertising, promotion and marketing (over) a period of five years.

"This is a unique and historical opportunity to promote your business, company or brand for a period of 5 years."

The child's 38-year-old mother would accompany her "on all performances" as a condition of the deal.

The advertisement was listed on eBay on January 28 and the auction, which has attracted no bids so far, ends on Wednesday.
Frankly, I'm not surprised there's no takers (really, who wants naming rights to some ordinary schmoe's baby? Now, if it had been some celebrity baby, there might have been takers....). What does surprise me is that eBay Australia didn't yank the auction (though they may yet once it gets more publicity).

Len on 02.08.05 @ 10:52 AM CST

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