Simon O’Kane, 33, from Wakefield, Yorkshire, decided to list his wife, Leandra on the auction site as a joke, after she failed to give him enough sympathy when he was feeling ill. The ad was entitled ‘Used Wife’ and came with a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ list of pros and cons. Pros: ‘decent bodywork’; Cons: ‘Often makes this noise that cannot be silenced unless you order brand new shiny parts of metal.’
Simon also wrote: ‘Offers welcome, may consider a part exchange for a younger model.’
Simon said he put the ad up on Wednesday evening after getting fed up with Leandra’s lack of sympathy. ‘I came in after work feeling a bit tired and unwell – my was wife doing the usual concerned bit but said I was burning the candle at both ends and was basically just whining at me,’ he recalls. ‘I thought “right I’m going to put you up for sale”.’
Leandra, 27, only found out about it after someone at work spotted the listing. ‘I was absolutely fuming – I wanted to kill him,’ she said. ‘Everyone at work saw it and were laughing their heads off. Not only did he put me up for sale but he used such a bad photo.’
But, she admits she was intrigued to see how high the bids had gone – topping £65,000 – before eBay removed the listing (because, funnily enough, you can’t sell your partner on there).
‘If eBay hadn’t taken the listing down, who knows how much I would have got?’ she wondered.