Smithfield, North Carolina - In this buy low, sell high then list it on eBay and sell it even higher modern dollar driven society, no wonder a small 3-year-old boy went missing; unnoticed while his mother attended Brightleif flea market over this past weekend looking for a giant wicker basket for the family room. As the small boy wondered about the flea market grounds unattended, he stumbled, as fate would have it, into a giant wicker basket and fell asleep.
Unbeknownst to the small boy or the seller of the basket, the buyer walked away with more than he bargained for, while boy's mother frantically searched the flea market looking in vain for her lost son, still pricing giant wicker baskets along the way while she contacted authorities.
Once at home with the eBay trader, the boy still sound asleep in the basket, the buyer immediately listed the item on eBay never noticing its precious cargo inside or the Amber Alerts broadcasted on TV and radio.
"I would have never have sold the basket if I knew their was a boy in it," said Mark Toby, an avid eBay trader. "Not at that price. If only I would have known, I would have listed them as separate items at the very least."
Before long, Toby sold the giant wicker basket under the "Buy It Now" option eBay provides; packaging and shipping the item along with the still sleeping boy in it just under an hour after he bought it at the Brightleif flea market that very same afternoon and turning a four hundred percent (400%) profit.
Fortunately, for the boy the purchaser of the giant wicker basket turned out to be his mother, who just happened to ask for same day shipping. Although in mourning for the loss of her child, believing him to be dead, she never gave up her search for a giant wicker basket.
"I never gave up hope that I would find giant wicker basket for our family room," said the mother of the boy. "And thought, the boy would have wanted it that way."
Although the mother says she is eternally grateful that Toby returned their boy to her safe, she does intend to go ahead and file a claim against him for the additional postal fees she was charged for shipping the basket with the boy in it.
"After all, business is business," said the mother. "I never ordered a boy, just the giant wicker basket. The shipping terms are clear. So tell me, why should I have to pay the additional charges for shipping my boy back to me? Beside, I know he jacked up the shipping fees to increase his profit margin. They all do."