A Really Sad ebay Auction?

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In the mail this morning.

http://i.imgur.com/UmPq3.jpg

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  • Profile picture of the author Bekah Howard
    you know, that makes a lot more sense then the way most parents punish kids for broken things... Good life lesson!
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I believe in discipline - but not in public humiliation.

      I don't know what a "beyblade" is - but wonder where the parents were when the destruction was taking place.
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      • Profile picture of the author Bekah Howard
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        I believe in discipline - but not in public humiliation.

        I don't know what a "beyblade" is - but wonder where the parents were when the destruction was taking place.
        I would guess out of hearing range. My parents were out of town for the afternoon when my siblings and I playing around resulted in a hole (almost 1 foot diam.) through a bathroom door... They never expected that one... we were usually very good home alone. My brother and sister were both in junior high at the time, so old enough to be "responsible" for their upper elem. little sis...
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        I believe in discipline - but not in public humiliation.

        I don't know what a "beyblade" is - but wonder where the parents were when the destruction was taking place.
        I have no issue with the auction and even the description. I would not have used that photo though. A little too much.

        As to where the parents were... as a father of 2 rambunctious sons only 2 years apart (they are adults now, but when they were kids... HOO-Boy), let me tell you - it does NOT take long for them to do a LOT of damage. Even if you are only a room away.

        Unless you are going to tether your kids to your wrist, doing something as routine as throwing in a load of laundry is enough time to destroy a bathtub with beyblades.

        My youngest is 7 and he has probably 8 of those. They have metal edges...and they spin VERY fast.
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        • Profile picture of the author Roaddog
          Originally Posted by MikeAmbrosio View Post

          I have no issue with the auction and even the description. I would not have used that photo though. A little too much.

          As to where the parents were... as a father of 2 rambunctious sons only 2 years apart (they are adults now, but when they were kids... HOO-Boy), let me tell you - it does NOT take long for them to do a LOT of damage. Even if you are only a room away.

          Unless you are going to tether your kids to your wrist, doing something as routine as throwing in a load of laundry is enough time to destroy a bathtub with beyblades.

          My youngest is 7 and he has probably 8 of those. They have metal edges...and they spin VERY fast.

          Amen to that, brother!

          The picture tugs a little at the heart strings though.


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          • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
            Originally Posted by Roaddog View Post

            The picture tugs a little at the heart strings though.
            And what parent doesn't want to make a higher bid so the kids don't have to sell any more toys?

            Look at them. They've suffered enough. Don't you see just a little of your own child there? Don't you immediately picture how devastated your children would be at this?

            That's good marketing.

            I cannot possibly be the only one who did the math and figured out that a $375 bid has a solid chance of protecting these kids from further trauma. And how the hell else are you going to get thousands of people bidding as much as $375 on a bag of used Beyblades?!
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      • Profile picture of the author TheGrooby
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        I believe in discipline - but not in public humiliation.

        I don't know what a "beyblade" is - but wonder where the parents were when the destruction was taking place.
        My brother and I caused more than our share of "destruction" all while under the careful watch of our mom and dad.

        I think the auction is hilarious and I don't think the kids are the least bit humiliated. They are only upset that their toys are going away. It's a new age lesson, a far cry from being sent to the corner wearing a stupid hat.

        Good on the parents for teaching these children such a valuable lesson at that age.
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      • Profile picture of the author salegurus
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        I believe in discipline - but not in public humiliation.

        I don't know what a "beyblade" is - but wonder where the parents were when the destruction was taking place.
        Kay you obviously don't have kids. My 2 year old can destroy a room at warp speed
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        • Profile picture of the author Kay King
          Actually raised two sons - very active kids, too.

          I think it's wrong to ridicule your children by embarrassing them publicly. At least I wouldn't do that. They might be grounded for life, though....and would be doing a lot of chores to make up for the damage.

          Things like that happen if you have kids - and of course you don't know what they are up to every minute. I might have sold the beyblades on ebay - but I wouldn't put my story there or pix of my kids. I'd say as fast as that ad was taken down - those parents thought better of it, too.

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          • Profile picture of the author Bekah Howard
            Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

            Actually raised two sons - very active kids, too.

            I think it's wrong to ridicule your children by embarrassing them publicly. At least I wouldn't do that. They might be grounded for life, though....and would be doing a lot of chores to make up for the damage.

            Things like that happen if you have kids - and of course you don't know what they are up to every minute. I might have sold the beyblades on ebay - but I wouldn't put my story there or pix of my kids. I'd say as fast as that ad was taken down - those parents thought better of it, too.

            kay
            Being grounded meant nothing for me... and it wasn't because my parents didn't try to enforce it. If you just take away something (tv, computer, certain toys, friend time after school, phone, etc) a kid may be upset for a tiny bit, but will quickly find something else to distract them making it not be a punishment at all. My parents once went so far as to ground me from my room (thus all my toys), the computer (which i absolutely loved), and the tv/movies for a day. Instead I counted, and sorted, a jug of old pennies that my mom had in a corner and was totally happy.

            Chores didn't really do much either since we had to do chores anyways. More was annoying, but not a huge deal.

            The most effective thing for us when we broke the door (I told the story earlier in this thread) was knowing the church members would have to be told (my dad is a pastor, so the church owned the house). That was the worse thing ever for us... Never happened again.

            I think that while humiliation shouldn't be a first resort, it could have a place when it is something more serious. Other methods just don't get it through to the kids as well.
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      • Profile picture of the author tpw
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        I believe in discipline - but not in public humiliation.

        I don't know what a "beyblade" is - but wonder where the parents were when the destruction was taking place.

        When my oldest stole something from his friend, I took him to Wal-Mart and had him wear a sign that said, "I like to steal from my friends. Ask me why."

        We stood at the main entrance of the store for two hours.

        I made him show the sign to passers-by.

        We got a lot of strange looks, but many people took the bait. When we got there, he still assumed that I was making a big deal about "nothing".

        By the time we left, he had a change of heart for the most part.
        (for about a year anyway, up until he, his friend, and my middle boy decided to take the John Deere Gator for a joy ride.)

        The scariest words in my household are, "Dad. There is a policeman at the door, and he wants to talk to you."
        The store manager came out to see what we were doing. As soon as he read the sign, he smiled and walked back inside the store.

        My boy had thought he was "so cool" before-hand. But as he explained to people what he had done and why, the shock that people demonstrated began to change his thinking.

        I must admit, there was one lady who missed the point. She gave him a dollar for having to stand in front of the store and expose his soul.

        When we left, we went to the Salvation Army, and I made him give up his hard-earned dollar to charity.

        LOL

        Public Humiliation is useful when the children don't appreciate the gravity of their actions.



        p.s. We live behind the John Deere dealership. The dealership would not file charges, because they had left the keys in the vehicle, but I did make both boys (7yo and 10yo at timie) go apologize to the store manager.

        They were grounded for 3 months, and hired out as slave labor to anyone who needed stuff done. They did charity labor every Saturday for those three months. They put in time cleaning the church, cleaning parks, and cleaning friends' houses.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lou Diamond
    Hello,
    I am sure that this will be on Nancy Grace in a few weeks, the headline will be Kids Kill Parents over Sold Toys.
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      Disgusted at the parents displaying and humiliating the children.
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    Kay,

    I only quickly checked out a few sites. Apparently, they are battle tops, and metal. You can NOT watch kids 100% of the time, and tubs today are often NOT made well. Frankly, I think this is good punishment.

    As for how well tubs are made? When I was a kid, I slipped in a tub, and my knee went RIGHT THROUGH THE SIDE of the tub! The guy that came to fix it used BONDO, the stuff used to patch holes in auto bodies. Don't worry though, my knee was made a lot better and I didn't even get a SCRATCH!

    Besides, if the parents were RIGHT outside the door and IMMEDIATELY heard the racket and reacted, it would have made NO difference! The damage would have been DONE!

    The way I imagine this is they took 2-8 of the tops, ran them against one another, they bounced off, hit the sides of the tub, and BANG! DAMAGE!

    I found a nice video:

    look around 1:11, if you are in a hurry. Around 3:02, you can see how VIOLENT these things can be. Maybe the kids are better off. This could be DANGEROUS if you aren't careful.

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    • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
      That auction is no longer up on eBay. Since there was no "Buy It Now," I'm guessing the seller pulled it.
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  • Profile picture of the author ramonacole
    Erm, that's kinda evil to expose your own kids like that.
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  • Profile picture of the author dxcena808
    awww that is really sad I can't believe that their parents did that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Silas Hart
    I could easily see how those could mess up a tub (and why some kids would want to play with them there in the first place)

    I sell like 400 of those on eBay each month, and just recently I opened one up to really see what it was, I spun it on my kitchen floor and wham, it hits my kitchen cabinet and puts a nice little knick into it.
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  • Profile picture of the author rain21
    I don't understand why some parents punish their children like this, maybe because of they hadn't a good childhood
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  • Profile picture of the author Evan-M
    I wanna play with these things in the tub! lol you will see a picture of me next on eBay selling bayblades to pay for an apartment when my wife kicks me out for destroying the house with toys lol

    Looks good on the kids. Will teach them a lesson that stuff isn't free, and when you damage stuff, there are consequences
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  • Profile picture of the author BudgetSEO
    Wow people have even bid on that lol.
    The blue guy doesn't look happy about it while the white 1 seems calm lol
    edit - seems auction is taken off?
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  • Profile picture of the author lesterlim85
    I agree with CDarklord. It could be a very good marketing tactic to target the emotions of potential buyers to buy based on sympathy.

    Of course, we still can't really discount the possibility that it could be a sort of public humiliation that the mean parents are trying to impose on their kids.
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  • Profile picture of the author tentimes
    So the kids were supposed to say, "no mom, we shouldn't play with our toys in the tub because it will take the enamel off" This is not the kids fault. The parents are the idiots in this case.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
      Originally Posted by tentimes View Post

      So the kids were supposed to say, "no mom, we shouldn't play with our toys in the tub because it will take the enamel off" This is not the kids fault. The parents are the idiots in this case.
      Spoken like someone who doesn't have 2 rambunctious boys

      I couldn't BEGIN to tell you how much havoc my brother and I caused under the "watchful" eye of my mother - who was a stay-at-home mother.

      It doesn't take much...
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    • Profile picture of the author Evan-M
      Originally Posted by tentimes View Post

      So the kids were supposed to say, "no mom, we shouldn't play with our toys in the tub because it will take the enamel off" This is not the kids fault. The parents are the idiots in this case.

      I once was able to climb onto the roof of the house and jump into the 4 foot pool over the 8 foot fence ( clearing 10 foot gap) while my brother watched for our mom ( while she made us a box of kd)

      She was in the house for tops 8 min.

      you would be amazed what kids do that there parents have no way of stopping.
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  • Profile picture of the author CrispyDuck
    Haha... reminds me of me when I was a kid!
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    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      Wow, lol, I feel evil.

      Hysterical auction. I love how the one is crying and the other one holding the bag has a face like its a mug shot.

      But you know, my parents would have done this to me if the technology existed back then - so maybe that is why I don't find it so offensive.

      Spare the rod, and all that....
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    These kids themselves might be up for sale soon if their kitchen is built correctly. Anyone have one of those little rubber sprayer hoses on their sink? You should see what happens to a kitchen light that's been on for a few hours when the kid aims one of those things at it and turns the water on full blast.

    Wonder if Bill Platt ever got all the paint in his computer room cleaned up off the walls and computer, computer table, floors.............
    You still have those kids, Bill?
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