Oh, America: BP Tar Balls for sale on eBay
Post by Jesse Russell on 6/7/2010 4:30pm
Part of me was hoping that when I went on eBay to test my thesis that someone must be trying to profit off of this disaster that search wouldn't bear any fruit. I searched for "gulf" and "oil" and only found a bunch of memorabilia from the Gulf Oil Company. It was a good sign, but it turns out I was simply searching for the wrong term. Before closing out eBay I tried what I expected to be less likely to return a result "tar ball." Sure enough, some enterprising soul is selling "BP Oil Spill Tar Balls first to hit Pensacola Beach, FL. They implore: "Buy a piece of history in the making!" Exclamation point, indeed. As of this posting the "tar balls" have received two bids for a sum of $3.25. The auctioneer is charging $10 for shipping and ignoring the fact that these balls of oil likely fall under "hazardous material" and are illegal to ship via postal service.
Oh America, even in the face of environmental destruction your entrepreneurial spirit can not be stifled. And while "tar balls" aren't personally the collector item for me, if you can get your hands on one of those oil soaked brown pelicans that just recently fell off of the endangered species list we can talk.
Jesse was born and raised in Connecticut, began blogging in 1997, and moved to Madison in 2003. In 2005, he co-founded dane101 along with Kristian Knutson and Shane Wealti. In addition to helping nearly a dozen contributors run this website he's helped launch various events in the city including What's Your Damage?!, the MadPubQuiz of Awesomeness, the Fire Ball Masquerade, Dane101's Freakin' Halloweekend, and more.