Can you spot a real product from a fake one simply by looking at its picture? In some instances, it's not as easy you think, and according to The Counterfeit Report, a consumer protection website, online auction site Ebay isn't doing enough to protect its buyers from falling victim to fake items being sold as the real deal. And that's not the least of the allegations.
Superman's first comic is likely to command $2-3 million
By the end of summer, a rare copy of Action Comics #1 featuring Superman's first appearance will change hands. The valuable comic is going up for auction on eBay where it will almost certainly fetch around $2 million, if not considerably more. Even though it sold for a mere 10 cents way back in 1938, it's estimated that only 50 to 100 unrestored copies remain in existence.
Charity auction honors late Nvidia worker Philip Scholz who gave his life saving another
Life is tough sometimes, there's just no two ways about it. Earlier this year, Philip Scholz, a 35-year-old graphic design marketer employed by Nvidia, lost his life trying to save a man that was laying down on the Caltrain tracks at the Santa Clara station. In his attempt to pull the man off the tracks, both were struck by the commuter train traveling at 50-70MPH. The man on the tracks survived, but Scholz did not. If there's a silver lining to such tragedy, it's that Scholz's name lives on through the Philip Scholz Memorial Foundation, for which Nvidia and Falcon Northwest are attempting to raise funds through a charity auction on eBay.
One lucky (and presumably wealthy) Star Trek fan is going to win an eBay auction for a limited edition Acer Aspire R7 Ultrabook. Acer and Paramount Pictures partnered to create the Star Trek-themed Aspire R7, of which there are only 25 models in the wild. One of those, and only one, will be up for bidding on eBay, with the proceeds going to two charitable organizations: The Mission Continues and Save the Children.
Google's recently launched Nexus 4 smartphone is apparently turning out to be this holiday season's hottest handset. At the very least, Google is having trouble keeping up with demand. After resuming online orders the other day, users who purchase the 8GB from Google Play are looking at waiting 8-9 weeks for the device to ship, while the 16GB model ships out in 6-7 weeks. That means the calendar could flip a year before it actually arrives, if you order today. Demand is so hot that Ebay is limiting the number of Nexus 4 devices some users are allowed to sell.
Gaming historians and fans of the Final Fantasy franchise are aware of the fact that the original version of Final Fantasy II was never released in the U.S. However, there does exist a Final Fantasy II cartridge put together by Square Soft USA (now Square Enix) that was intended for show at the 1991 Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) in Las Vegas, and though the title never made it to retail, the pre-production cart still remains and is available on Ebay...for $50,000.
Auction site eBay is rolling in riches as its online business continues to boom. Revenue for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012 spiked 23 percent year-over-year to $3.4 billion, eBay said. Second quarter income on a non-GAAP basis reached $730 million, up 16 percent compared to one year ago, while GAAP income hit $692 million. PayPal is a big reason why eBay is doing so well these days.
Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) arrested four engineers for allegedly selling Intel processors designated as Engineer Samples (ES) on eBay for personal profit. Intel ES chips are the property of Intel and are often sent off to reviewers and OEM manufacturers prior to commercial release in order to test for compatibility. In theory, they're supposed to be returned to Intel.
We know what you’re thinking: Ebay? Really? Obviously readers of this site are familiar with the auction mega-site, even if you don’t use it on principal. Ebay’s selection as App of the Week has a lot to do with their use of new capabilities offered by the Mango update for Windows Phone. For those that are fans of both Windows Phone and Ebay (yes, all three of you), the Ebay app is a thing of beauty.
Screw the Emmys! The best gift bags of the past week came at Microsoft’s BUILD conference. The Redmond crew put their money where their mouths were and provided 5,000 developers with a tablet based off of the Samsung Series 7 Slate and packing a version of the Metro-tized Windows 8 Developer Preview. Theoretically, the gift was supposed to spur on app development for the upcoming operating system; instead, some not-so-gracious recipients have turned the tablets into quick cash on eBay.