Scary washing machine. No really, its terrifying! Sold for - $5,160.00 for a mid 80's washing mac

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Could you write a sales page that would bring you in over $2,600.00 and climbing, for a mid 80's Fisher & Paykel washing machine????

Well this person is achieving this and he is teaching us all a lesson in sales.

You must check his ad out!

It might give you some inspiration for a captivating sales page :p

Hi folks

This is a listing from our most popular auction website, like eBay, in New Zealand and it is an absolute cracker

Scary washing machine. No really, its terrifying! for sale - TradeMe.co.nz - New Zealand

You might learn a new way to promote a product!

Take a look I know you will enjoy it

I had to share it, read the comments as well they are just as good

Cheers
Viv
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  • Profile picture of the author Tony Dean
    Brilliant!

    I can't believe the bid it's got to.
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  • Profile picture of the author mistyone
    Well there you go throw a whole lot of stuff into the wash and you never know what you will get, truly inspirational

    I hope it gives you some ideas

    I am smiling from ear to ear as I think this person is brilliant!

    Cheers
    Viv
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  • Profile picture of the author The Copy Nazi
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    That is brilliant. It's going in my swipe file "toot sweet". Merci beaucoup. BTW love your URL I Married A Fat Bitch I'm working on a book at the moment with the working title "I Married a Deadshit".
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  • Profile picture of the author claire101
    HA HA
    That's incredible, off to look at all our neglected whitegoods....
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  • Profile picture of the author PrettyJenny
    That's what I call effective copywriting
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  • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
    That was absolutely hysterical. I think it was the included picture of the dinosaur that got me At the price it's reached, I hope the buyer actually pays up and it doesn't prove to be a wasted listing fee for the seller. Sometimes these listings that are getting a lot of hits because they're quirky attract bidders who have no intention of paying but just want their link placed where everyone is looking. It was a good laugh, though - thanks for posting
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    • Profile picture of the author mistyone
      Originally Posted by Diana Lane View Post

      That was absolutely hysterical. I think it was the included picture of the dinosaur that got me At the price it's reached, I hope the buyer actually pays up and it doesn't prove to be a wasted listing fee for the seller. Sometimes these listings that are getting a lot of hits because they're quirky attract bidders who have no intention of paying but just want their link placed where everyone is looking. It was a good laugh, though - thanks for posting
      Hi Diana

      What you say is very true. There was another listing there only a few weeks ago where this couple wanted to sell up their land and hit the road in a house bus but their marketing of the property wasn't going well so they decided to list it on TradeMe and instead of listing the property they listed their trusty old Ferguson tractor and threw in the property for free, starting bidding at a dollar and no reserve.

      It was won by someone who never fronted up with the money It got to around $230,000.00 (I think from memory) but again it was a good example of how to think outside the square and I am sure there will have been lots of people who will have taken inspiration from it.

      I just think this current ad is soooooo funny I hope the bidder fronts up and pays. He/she might need to have a fully paid up life insurance policy though, or at least his wife/husband might need to take one out

      Cheers
      Viv
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  • Profile picture of the author ragstworiches
    Excellent! So refreshing to see a little creativity in someone's marketing rather than the same rehashed bs.

    Phil
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  • Profile picture of the author pearlydean
    That is such a funny description - wonder if they are a professional copywriter or Internet Marketer?

    It really made me laugh and brightened up the day!

    Cheers Keith
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian.expert
    Bingo ! You go and thats really fascinating to see such mind boggling sales effect. The marketer has truly come out to what he wanted and would have definitely solved his purpose for that marketing as the comments tell you!
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Graudins
    Check out the comments and the seller's replies.

    They're just as funny.
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  • Profile picture of the author Smokey_Joe
    Q: Is the picture included with the machine? BECAUSE IT'S AWESOME
    A: Sure I can include the picture if you want, I can also draw pretty good sharks and the undertaker from WWF wrestling. they always end up looking the same which is frustrating because its hard to tell which one is which when I'm showing my friends. I usually write Shark under the shark one so I don't forget which is which
    I love this person, hope the money comes in alright.

    And, Viv, thank you so much for sharing this
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  • Profile picture of the author FrediDoo
    Somewhat related to this?

    So funny!
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    • Profile picture of the author mistyone
      Originally Posted by FrediDoo View Post

      Somewhat related to this?

      So funny!
      Hi fellow Kiwi

      Yes, I saw. Isn't he the best?

      But I think he started to run out of steam or time because he wasn't saying as much in the comments in the art auction. He's going to be on Close Up so it will be great to put a face to his humour

      It will be interesting to find out whether he gets picked up by some big company and becomes famous

      It certainly seems like the item is spreading virally. What a shame you can't post URL's in your auctions at TradeMe because the link juice would be fantastic!

      Cheers
      Viv
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  • Profile picture of the author CBSnooper
    Oh I heard this on the radio here in the UK last night but they didn't say where it was from.
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  • Profile picture of the author mistyone
    I love this one"

    Seller Comment: I've added a pic of the earmuffs and string. It's not really string, more of a twine or cord. Its quite strong I've used it for all sorts of things and it's never let me down. This is not the right string to use if you are considering my goldfish trick, it's too thick and really hard to tie their little tails. But it will be perfect for tying the earmuffs into the laundry, it should also be strong enough to supply a link to this world if you get sucked through the portal but I wont guaranty it 6:00 pm, Tue 9 Jun
    I have had tears streaming down my face and now I've got a headache from trying to restrain my laughing because my partners asleep and I might wake him up!

    I believe though, there is a lesson in this for us all, he really isn't selling a washing machine, he is selling an art auction to donate the money to charity

    It's very clever marketing and that is why I am sharing this with everyone here in the marketing forum because apart from the fantastic humour you are learning some good tips about sales and marketing

    Share it with as many people as you can.

    I wish that I could have a link from it, sending traffic to my websites! It has had 142,358 page views and without counting the comments made there are still 281 comments he hasn't replied to

    The art auction is currently at $182 for his 'stegosaurus' picture and it has had 4857 page views. This guy is brilliant and I am sure he is being head hunted now. I wish I could have him write copy for me

    Cheers
    Viv
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  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
    I really enjoyed that. It's nice to see humor that isn't gross or juvenile. I ran off to post it to reddit but it had already been posted 4 times, so I just added a comment. By the way reddit.com is several times better than digg imo.
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  • Profile picture of the author mistyone
    Just a quick update on his charity auctions, here's his latest.....

    TradeMe.co.nz - scary washing machine for sale, New Zealand

    Who knows you may be interested in some fine art work, this person could well be the next 'Monet'

    And this all stems from his initial sales page so it just goes to show, if you can create the interest with your sales copy you have a captive audience! Scary washing machine. No really, its terrifying! for sale - TradeMe.co.nz - New Zealand

    He is definitely running out of steam with his comments though.....

    Cheers
    Viv
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  • Profile picture of the author Smokey_Joe
    The offers are actually coming in...

    Q: Hi i work for a large backpacking company and we are need of a great marketing mind for some short term work. If you want some free holidays and make some money on the side please give me a bell 021 238 0847
    A: Now nearly 300,000 people have your phone number. That could either be very good or very annoying.
    Seriously, this person is a genius . I hope that does not fade...
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    • Profile picture of the author mistyone
      Hi Smokey_Joe

      He is brilliant isn't he

      He was on our current affairs program 'CloseUp' tonight when the interviewer went to his house to see his washing machine in action. It was so loud, they were yelling to be heard....at one stage they even put on the earmuffs that he had held to the machine with his famous bits of string

      He has given people so much laughter and then as well, he is donating the money from his drawings to the sick kiddies at Starship Children's Hospital. A truly remarkable young man
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  • Profile picture of the author Smokey_Joe
    Hey Viv,

    I wish I had an opportunity to see that program, because, judging by what you are saying, the information presented in the copy was did not have as much as a touch of exaggeration about it (well, the dinosaurs are a tough part to believe, but then again, who knows?)

    And I completely agree with you that this person is just singular - you can feel it in the kind of sense of humor he has. It's - I don't know - real. I think he's such a good marketer due to one hugely important thing - he doesn't give a dang about marketing. Or job offers, for that matter.

    Kindest regards
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    • Profile picture of the author Zack Lim
      Haha, thank you for sharing.

      This person is indeed very creative in marketing

      Zack
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  • Profile picture of the author mistyone
    Hi once again Smokey_Joe

    I wish I had an opportunity to see that program, because, judging by what you are saying, the information presented in the copy was did not have as much as a touch of exaggeration about it (well, the dinosaurs are a tough part to believe, but then again, who knows?)
    Here's the link: Beastly washing machine becomes Trade Me hit (3:08) | News Video

    Enjoy
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  • Profile picture of the author JonathanBoettcher
    Great way to start my morning... lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alle-Cat
    Bloody Brilliant....

    Thanks for sharing something like this certainly brightens up your day
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  • Profile picture of the author ecoverartist
    ROFL!!!

    I think my parents had a washing machine from the late 70's that did the exact same thing. It didn't just open portals to the netherworld, it sent socks there too. Too bad it was sent to the scrap heap!

    I love the "Payment Options" on that page too!
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    • Profile picture of the author Tony Dean
      I've just rated this thread a five stars!

      Anyone care to do the same?
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        Done!

        Originally Posted by Tony Dean View Post

        I've just rated this thread a five stars!

        Anyone care to do the same?
        Thanks Viv - I needed a good laugh today and this did the trick!

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  • Profile picture of the author Simo
    Great Post Mistyone,

    My friend in Auckland was telling me about this yesterday. It has definitely gone Viral!

    Cheers,

    Andrew
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  • Profile picture of the author mistyone
    Originally Posted by Matt Jutras View Post

    Quick! Someone package the sales copy as a "swipe file" and "WSO" it for $97
    I said exactly that to my partner at lunch time, when I found him looking at all his other auctions as well. I hope you have checked out his art auctions as the comments on there are funny too.

    But he really is clever. He is also selling T Shirts with the drawings on them. Just brilliant He goes by the name of MrVintage. Check them out here:

    TradeMe.co.nz - scary washing machine for sale, New Zealand
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  • Profile picture of the author ThalesMM
    Hey I have one of these! lol

    But seriously, it's really alike this one.. but this one is fancier.. lol
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  • Profile picture of the author oregoncountry
    That was totally excellent, LOL!!! It is pretty amazing what some people will spend money on. I really believe there are folks that just sit in front of their puters or tv waiting for "anything" to spend money on and it might as well be my stuff Thank you for sharing the read denise
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  • Profile picture of the author ken_p
    lol . totally hilarious? is the guy really serious? i wish it could create portals, to other countries, so that i dont have to spend so much on airfare! lol
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  • Profile picture of the author kswr123
    Now, how do I put this to use:

    "Buy my crappy ebook. It is SCARY how bad it is"

    By I.M.SCAMMER
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  • Profile picture of the author Smokey_Joe
    Boy is the machine loud - could replace a whole old timey factory . The famous earmuffs did not disappoint me, too.
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  • Profile picture of the author queenbuzzy
    Love it!

    Thanks for starting my morning off right!

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