$1 bills priced at $2 w/free shipping.. the hook, the bills are listed by birthdates contained in the serial number. heh
We tried buying them a thousand at a time from banks. One time a manager came out to talk to us about it and asked what we wanted them for. We explained and his response was, "So we're going to get them all back."
"The immediate bank deposit of $1 coins ordered through this Program does not result in their introduction into circulation and, therefore, does not comply with the intended purpose of the program."
"There is a 4-box $1 coin limit for every 10-day period on any and all $1 coin orders. Beyond that your credit card will not be authorized. If you need quantities greater than this, please send an e-mail before placing your order to email@example.com explaining why your order should be exempted from the limit."
You should see dollar bills purchased for hundreds of dollars at least.
"The only way to win is not to play the game." </wargames>
The name is misleading, it actually works this way:
1) You buy "bids", the right to do a single bid
2) Every auction has a timer that ends the auction when reaches zero
3) Every bid placed on an item increases it's price by 1 cent and resets the timer
Products get auctioned for values below 20 bucks, which may seem like a great deal, but every cent costed one buck from the bidder.
Actually, "site:news.ycombinator.com swoopo" goes on for a while on Google, and that's just one such site...
Edit: Ah, and from http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=978097 we get http://www.pennyauctiontraffic.com/ . Yow.
The lazy part of me figure it is too much work.
Maybe then you start putting bizarre titles and explain what you're selling in a field his bot doesn't worry about.
And don't forget you can calculate how much money the bot has available from its Twitter feed, so you can price accordingly!