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Brasenose College, Oxford for sale on eBay in student prank

Brasenose College, Oxford for sale on eBay in student prank

Charities generate funds by selling items on eBay, but it makes sense periodically to check that your own organisation’s time isn’t being misused in the online marketplace. Brasenose College, Oxford recently found out that it was the subject of just such a student prank.

Brasenose College, Oxford, last week attracted bids of £10 million – plus £20 postage costs – when it was auctioned online at eBay. Of course, the auction was a prank, by a student at neighbouring Lincoln College. It was shut down at the request of university authorities, but not before it had attracted 60 bids.

On offer, in addition to the college buildings which were, of course, “a used item (since 1509)”, were “510 students… generally quite worn condition, though a few star buys”.

Brasenose’s bursar thought the auction “light-hearted”, but the student, David Green, has been fine £50 by Lincoln College for bringing the college’s name into disrepute.

Brasenose is not the only victim of such a prank. The University of Exeter suffered the same fate in November 2004, as reported by UK Fundraising.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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