Founded in 1995, eBay was part of the dot-com bubble that dominated the early years of the internet, and while you can now buy goods instantly, eBay made its name as an auction site that helped to pioneer online consumer-to-consumer sales.
I bought my Xbox on eBay, saving around $200 in the process, but should you know where to look, the auction system can yield other fruits as well. The joy of eBay is that you can find things that aren’t widely available on Amazon, such as a rare mint condition copy of a Spider-Man comic, or should you fancy it, a functioning military vehicle.
Meet Nick Mead. The 55-year-old picked up a Chinese version of the Russian T54 tank from the Gulf War for a tidy sum of $40,000, for his Tanks-a-Lot business in Northamptonshire. The previous owner had bought it without tracks or a working engine, but got the vehicle running again before selling it on.
Having tried (and failed) to leave a used car dealership with a car or my dignity, I can’t imagine what it would be like to pick up a tank for $40,000, but unbelievably, when Nick took a look inside the refurbished military vehicle, his day got even better.
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