3 year old toddler buys $20,000 digger in online auction

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3 year old toddler buys $20,000 digger in online auction

Three-year-old Pipi Quinlan bought a $20,000 Kobelco digger on auction website TradeMe, prompting immediate damage control by her mum when her purchase was revealed.

Most parents are used to little ones sneaking treats into the supermarket trolley, but Pipiís deal must take the cake.

Parents Sarah and Reid Quinlan, of Stanmore Bay, were astonished to wake one morning to find Pipi had bought the huge excavating digger in an online auction.

The technically savvy kid had woken early and, with the rest of her family sound asleep, decided to play with the computer.

With a few clicks of the mouse she entered Internet Explorer and the Trade Me site her mother had already logged on to.

After a few more timely clicks, she had won the most recent auction listed on the siteís homepage.

It was for a Kobelco digger, and she had it for $20,000 Ė money she didnít have in her piggy bank.
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The first I knew about it was when I came down and opened up the computer I saw an email from TradeMe saying I had won an auction and another email from the seller saying something like ĎI think youíll love this diggerí. Well, I had a few Duplo Lego play kits on my watch-list, so just assumed Iíd won a digger toy-set.

It wasnít until I went back and re-read the emails that I saw $20,000, and got the shock of my life. I called my husband Reid over to make sure I wasnít seeing things. I asked him what a Kobelco was and he said ĎI think itís an earthmoving digger. says mum Sarah

"I jokingly said to Sarah, well youíll have to move the Honda off the driveway to make way for the Kobelco," says Reid.

Sarah immediately called TradeMe and the seller to report what had happened.

TradeMe has reimbursed the sellerís costs for listing the digger and the auction.

While the seller wasnít impressed with Pipiís antics, he relisted the digger again for another auction.

The Quinlans say most people see the funny side, with family and friends already joking about the incident.

Theyíve learnt to keep their computer well out of the reach of prying hands, and now have a great story for Pipiís 21st birthday.

Perhaps itís a lesson for many parents or childminders to keep a close eye on little ones around computers


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By netchicken: posted on 22-5-2009

LMAO!! Oh man, that is one smart kid and some very dumb parents.
By mg.mikael: posted on 23-5-2009

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