A salesman from Porirua tries to reach his ex through a Trade Me offer.
When couples break up, it’s the norm to rekindle the relationship via a text, phone call, or even email.
But a man from Wellington has gone to Trade Me to try to win back his beloved Jules.
The Porirua-based seller under the account name 424242 put a 128 gigabit iPhone mini up for sale on Thursday afternoon in an attempt to reach his ex-girlfriend.
“This is my ex’s iPhone that I got for her right before she left me (I think she really likes Android),” the entry read.
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“I miss her very much, so please quickly buy this little memory of her from me so I can move on and pay the bills she left me.”
The seller goes on to list the phone’s mint condition before writing a message to his ex-girlfriend Jules.
“Jules, if you’re reading this, hit buy now, and you can get it back for free as long as we can make it right and move on – I’m very, very sorry for… a lot of things that are just between us, and I accept all of you under whatever terms we can work out.
“I stand by what I have said and do not contact me for a coup [sic] months to give us time to cool down, but there will always be a place for you next to me. I know you hate fancy phones (I’m sorry I got it for you), so just click buy now and hold me – throw the phone away if you want.”
Trade Me spokesperson Ruby Topzand said the listing had already garnered a lot of attention, with 1,000 views in less than 24 hours and nine days to close.
“This reminds us of some other interesting offerings we’ve seen in recent years,” she said.
In 2018, Nicki from Warkworth auctioned off a ticket to an Ed Sheeran concert on the condition that the buyer take her as their date. The list ended with 33,722 views and Nicki got her date.
In November 2018, a woman auctioned off her husband’s “hopes and dreams” in the form of a bulk shipment of Agee jars.
A wedding dress “worn by accident” was one of Trade Me’s most viewed listings of 2018 with 106,677 views
On Boxing Day 2020, there were some unwanted gifts, including a watch from a thoughtless ex and a laundry cord that had been gifted from a man to his wife.
“We wish both the seller and his ex all the best and hope that the iPhone also finds a new home,” said Topzand.