Do you think that this was a good idea - selling a college tuition on Ebay?

@shywolf (4520)
United States
February 6, 2007 4:48pm CST
A university in Oklahoma is offering a year's worth of tuition on Ebay. Currently, the bids are up past 4,000 dollars. A year's worth of tuition to the school would normally cost over 20,000. It's very possible that one student with the winning bid will get a really great deal on one year's tuition. Would you buy a tuition on Ebay? What other kinds of deals have you found on Ebay that you never would have expected to find there?
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@smuggeridge (2157)
6 Feb 07
i was thinking $4,000 sounded like a lot of money. A years tuition costs $20k. That staggers me, i thought it was bad having to pay £3k in the UK. I suppose if you can get it cheaper then its worth doing. I remember someone was selling raffle tickets for their house on ebay. about £10 per ticket then someones name would be picked out of the hat and they got the house. Actually worked quite well because they sold about 50,000 tickets, ended up getting £500k for a house worth £200k and someone else got a house for £10
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• United States
7 Feb 07
There is a raffle in our area for St. Jude's childrens hospital that does the same thing with a house, but the tickets are $100 each. The house is usually worth more than $500k. The builder donates the house for the raffle and the hospital gets all the cash.
@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
7 Feb 07
I hope it works out for someone that may not have been able to go to university otherwise. It's a unique idea. Ebay never ceases to amaze me, but I never thought a college degree would be something that you would find there.
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
6 Feb 07
I had not heard of this. I think it is a great idea if it is being sold by the University itself. It will get a lot of publicity. Yes I would buy a tutition on ebay, again, assuming it is being sold by the University itself. I would not purchase it from an individual. I usually stick to clothes and books on CD;s when shopping on ebay. I have gotten taken before to. I guess you always take a chance with anthing you do.
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• United States
6 Feb 07
Good idea, bad idea, who knows? I guess if it works it was a good one! I have never had the time to just browse around and look at funky things on ebay (but I have the time to sit and post here all day LOL). One of my daughters has told me about some pretty strange things that are listed and bought~Donna
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@LittleMel (14037)
• Canada
6 Feb 07
I actually found by chance a vintage garbage bin. I forgot now how it looked like but it was iron or somethinge. I was just surfing Ebay at the time, I didn't think I'll find anything surprising but I guess I did.
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@brokentia (10395)
• United States
6 Feb 07
Holy moley!!! I live in Oklahoma and I have not heard of that!!! I guess the college is using this as to try to bring more people to their college. Pretty good idea...I think. It just might generate more people. Sure, if I had the money to buy a tuition and the tuition did not have to be used right away, I would make a bid. Why not? You sure would be savings money!
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• United States
7 Feb 07
I would definitely buy a college tuition for a year for $4000. That's a bargain at most universities. I think the weirdest thing I ever saw sold on ebay was a man selling his ex-wife's wedding dress. She cheated on him and he wanted to get revenge so he modeled a bunch of pictures in her dress and then sold them and the dress on ebay. It was a beautiful dress. :D
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I think that as long as it is the university selling the tuition and not an individual, then it is great. It may enable someone to go to college that might not have been able to otherwise. Of course, I imagine the buyer will have to pay for it lump sum, which might prove difficult. It still beats having to take out loans to afford college. I use ebay at times for clothing, piano music for my daughter and items for my husband in support of his favorite college basketball team.
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• Indonesia
7 Feb 07
I mean not good, However you will teach some people...
@KHyuga (1700)
• Singapore
7 Feb 07
I don't get your point. They could have gotten students even if they had not run the auction.
@lifeiseasy (2292)
• United States
8 Feb 07
OMG yes .. that is a wonderful deal ...dang I wish more colleges would do that ...My daughter wants to to Universcity of Miamia haha can't imagine what that cost a year ...more than mama can pay ...The colloeges are so exspensive the kids have to get scholarships or most can't afford to go anymore ...its a shamre...so I think that would really be a huge thing for other to do that ...I am waiting to see what does become of it ...I have only use ebay once..so that I don't have any type of answer for you about deals on there ...
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
7 Feb 07
ive got over 20 years experience of teaching in colleges and universities and have often thought of selling tuition but have never dared lol On e.bay i have seen belly button fluff, virginitty and a soul ffs it never fails to amaze me
• United States
7 Feb 07
I think that is a great idea. If a person can get a deal on a tuition then that is great. More power to them.
@gillejc (21)
• United States
7 Feb 07
Sounds like it would be some what unethical to me maybe illegal but it may help someone that can't afford it to go to school.
• India
7 Feb 07
well u can never say what people will do to sell the things....its an innovative idea, and why do we object to this?
• India
7 Feb 07
No this is no Justice to Books which have helped us Cherish in LifE!!!!
• United States
7 Feb 07
Yes, i beleive i would buy tuition off of ebay. It would be cheaper and helpful to those who have less money.
7 Feb 07
Selling tuition on ebay is in my opinion crazy. But, it does help those that realy need it. I know that as a student i could never afford 2Ok that is outright preposturous.SO yes althought it is weird iy is a sp[lendid idea to think that people can be givin a chance at education
@shambuca (2560)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I think it's a great idea for the college to do that- it will be wonderful for someone who really needs it! I got a great limited edition 14 K gold dumbo charm for 4.00- I was thrilled.
• India
7 Feb 07
well this is simple if it works this is good if it does not work it is a bad idea.if technology is there why not make a use of it...and everyone in this world wants to maximise his profits....does not matter how it is done
@Fluplup (556)
• United States
7 Feb 07
This is eBay for you! If you lost something you probably can buy it back on eBay!