LSC Student Finds A Way To Help Pay Her College Expenses
Meghan Cosby said she was just lying on her bed one day, trying to think of a way to pay for college, when the idea just came to her: "I'll put myself on eBay!"
Cosby, a student at Lyndon State College, is now up for bid on the international auction site, listed as "Win a date, help pay for college."
A self-proclaimed "one of a kind" from Boston, Mass., Cosby, 21, said the auction has only been posted for about three days and already there have been 1,200 views, and 21 bids; and as of 4 p.m. Friday, bidding was at $25.
"Some guy from Texas just messaged me and said he would bid $50,000 on me," she said, "but his wife would kill him."
Around campus, she said, people who know about her listing think she's a little crazy.
"Yeah, they think I'm slightly nuts," she said laughingly, "but they think it's funny for the most part. I didn't think I was going to get more than $5. I just thought it would be fun to do."
The date, Cosby said, will include a fancy dinner at Subway with the winning bidder before they head up to the Packing House. Bidders must be at least 21 years old because drinking, she said, will be a must.
"And creeps need not apply."
Cosby said she came to Lyndon state to major in meteorology, but ended up switching in her freshman year to graphic design. She is just one of several people to post her actual "self" on eBay, and joins the droves of thousands who like to sell and buy the unique and the unusual - including the mother of platinum recording artist and American Idol star, Clay Aiken, who went up for auction earlier this month.
The winning bidder of said auction, which has already topped $900, will receive a private dinner, along with a friend, with Aiken's mom, Faye Parker, (and her guest), at 518 West Italian restaurant in Raleigh, N.C. The auction is a charity event with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Literacy Council of Wake County.
There is no shortage of bizarre postings on eBay either, with people posting stuff like a UFO detector, a haunted painting, real shrunken heads and the meaning of life.
In January 2004, 18-year-old Rosie Reid, a student from Bristol University in England, sold her virginity for $15,000, reported BBC News. The student said she would rather sleep with a stranger than spend the rest of her life paying off huge college debts.
ABC News Online reported in June 2004 that another England student, 19-year-old David Vardy, had also posted his virginity with bids close to $11,000.
Meghan Cosby said she thinks those postings are a little too crazy and is content just having a friendly date.
Will the winning bidder have to pay for dinner?
Cosby said, "The perfect gentleman would."
View Cosby's auction at
Looks like the auction ended early. I guess she just realized how creapy the whole thing was.