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The Thrill of the eBay Mystery Box

If you are like most people who live outside of a cave, you have likely seen the Buzzfeed video on the eBay phenomenon known as the “Mystery Box”, and all the videos that soon followed.  They basically show someone who ordered a Mystery Box on eBay opening it in front of the camera to reveal its contents.  I watched several of these videos and immediately thought, “Hey…I can do THAT!”

What would make a person want to pay for items they know nothing about from a person that they know less than nothing about?  I don’t know, but if you like surprises, then I guess a surprise is a surprise, even if it’s a bad one.  And some of the boxes I saw online were really, really bad.  So my next thought was, “Hey…I can do BETTER than that!”

I think the only thing I find more fun than receiving a surprise is giving one.  Right away, I started piling up stuff that I though would be fun and/or useful. I made 4 different boxes and listed them. “Mystery Box, All NEW Items, NO TRASH, Fun!”  Or something like that.  This was around 8pm. The following morning, I go to check my listings, and where is my Mystery Box???  DELETED. By eBay.  With an automated message about how mystery boxes are not allowed.  Whaaaaat?!?  So I do a quick search on eBay for “mystery box”…over 9,000 results.  Clearly, there has been some mistake, as there are thousands of people “allowed” to list mystery boxes.  I try again.  Deleted.  I rephrase the title and description. Deleted.  I call it a Grab Bag instead of a Mystery Box, but I’m not happy with that because I know that no one is doing a search for “grab bag”, so I change it back. Deleted.  I give up.

Then I decide I will order a box from a seller whose listing states that they have sold over 100 mystery boxes. How??? I choose an $8 box with free shipping.  I’m not expecting much for that price, but I have to know how these people are doing this without having their listings removed.  While I am on that seller’s page, I decide to try one more thing.  I click “Sell one like this”, tweak the title and description, put 4 quantity, and list it.

SUCCESS! Not only has this listing been up for a record 2 days and counting, I sold one of the boxes today!  I don’t think I have ever been more excited about selling something in my life.  I have no idea what was so different about this listing that it was not deleted.

In the meantime, I still have to get the box that I ordered.  I check on my order and under the listing title I see a message from eBay stating that the item has been…DELETED.  It had already been marked shipped, so no matter, and I can move on knowing that it’s them and not me.

So I guess the secret to keeping a Mystery Box listing up on eBay is…RELIST INDEFINITELY.  Eventually they might leave you alone.

I haven’t received my box yet, but I’ll post about it when I do.  If you decide to live dangerously for a minute and order a Mystery Box from me, I would love to hear what you think of your box in the comments!

A Review of My Online Walmart Grocery Experience

I doubt if there’s anyone that hates shopping at Walmart more than I do. Today, however, I picked up my first ever online grocery order from them, and I must say, it was pretty sweet. Never have I seen a lower price on eggs than Aldi at 49 cents a dozen, but I was able to get 36 eggs for $1.27 with the online order at Walmart. Our favorite ice cream – Halo Top – is $1.50 cheaper there than at Publix.

On the down side, they don’t carry all our brands, you can’t use coupons and the produce availability was a little limited (I couldn’t get a pint of blueberries). They also subbed two ice cream flavors that were out of stock for two different (but similar) flavors in the same brand, with the option to decline them for an adjusted total.

Still, the idea of getting Walmart’s low prices without having to set foot in their store ever again is very appealing.  You get a front and center parking spot, they bring the groceries out to your car and load it for you, and the staff member we worked with was very friendly and helpful.

Plus they gave us a little shopping tote with some freebies in it for trying it out! If you’ve been on the fence about this and wondered how it is…I definitely give a 9 out of 10 for convenience and price, and an 8 for selection. Here’s a link for a $10 off coupon code they gave me to share if you want to try it out…


Let me know what you think!