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Do Their Bidding

Auction help for eBay novices

This story appears in the September 2004 issue of Start Up.

What: professional broker listing service that deals through eBay

Who: Perry Dodd of AuctionMeThis

Where: Vancouver, Washington

When: started in 1997

Seven years ago, Perry Dodd won the jackpot. But his jackpot came in the form of a dilapidated, wooden jack-in-the-box hidden amidst a box of goods he bought at an auction for $10. Dodd had slim hopes for the toy when he posted it on eBay, but cashed in big when bidders raised the final price to more than $700. He later discovered that the run-down toy was a German-made original from the late 1800s.

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