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From today's Derby Telegraph -

AN online firm has stepped in to help a man who tried to sell all he owned through an internet auction site.

Steven Hartwright put his worldly goods up for sale on eBay twice in a bid to pay off his £7,500 credit card bill, but both sales failed.

When the second auction closed on Wednesday he was left distraught after the final bid of £4,999 fell below his reserve price.

He had been offering a 42-inch plasma screen TV, a double bed, a carpet, an aquarium, furniture and a drum kit for sale.

Mr Hartwright (23), a web designer, who lives with his parents in Ilkeston, had already been disappointed when the first auction attracted a buyer who offered £22,100 for the lot but they withdrew their bid after being told incorrectly that the sale was a scam.

But within hours of the second auction failing, Mr Hartwright received a glimmer of hope in the form of an e-mail from an online financial advice company. Motley Fool has offered to buy the goods for £7,500 to clear his debt .

Mr Hartwright said: “It’s a massive relief.” Mr Hartwright is due to travel to the company’s offices in London on Thursday to hand over his belongings.

The Motley Fool has posted a story on its website, which says: “We like to see people making efforts to get out of debt and Steven’s method was certainly enterprising, if rather drastic. So, we’re going to pay off his debts and he's going to give us everything he owns.

“The plan is for him to help us to publicise the dangers of getting into debt and spread the word about how to get out of debt.”

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From today's Derby Telegraph -

AN online firm has stepped in to help a man who tried to sell all he owned through an internet auction site.

Steven Hartwright put his worldly goods up for sale on eBay twice in a bid to pay off his £7,500 credit card bill, but both sales failed.

When the second auction closed on Wednesday he was left distraught after the final bid of £4,999 fell below his reserve price.

He had been offering a 42-inch plasma screen TV, a double bed, a carpet, an aquarium, furniture and a drum kit for sale.

Mr Hartwright (23), a web designer, who lives with his parents in Ilkeston, had already been disappointed when the first auction attracted a buyer who offered £22,100 for the lot but they withdrew their bid after being told incorrectly that the sale was a scam.

But within hours of the second auction failing, Mr Hartwright received a glimmer of hope in the form of an e-mail from an online financial advice company. Motley Fool has offered to buy the goods for £7,500 to clear his debt .

Mr Hartwright said: “It’s a massive relief.” Mr Hartwright is due to travel to the company’s offices in London on Thursday to hand over his belongings.

The Motley Fool has posted a story on its website, which says: “We like to see people making efforts to get out of debt and Steven’s method was certainly enterprising, if rather drastic. So, we’re going to pay off his debts and he's going to give us everything he owns.

“The plan is for him to help us to publicise the dangers of getting into debt and spread the word about how to get out of debt.”

Sounds reasonable

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He had been offering a 42-inch plasma screen TV, a double bed, a carpet, an aquarium, furniture and a drum kit for sale.

But within hours of the second auction failing, Mr Hartwright received a glimmer of hope in the form of an e-mail from an online financial advice company. Motley Fool has offered to buy the goods for £7,500 to clear his debt .

Mr Hartwright said: “It’s a massive relief.” Mr Hartwright is due to travel to the company’s offices in London on Thursday to hand over his belongings.

Sounds like the fool's offices are gonna be a nicer place to work!

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How about if HPC did a similar publicity stunt?

Not that I'm saying we should help out some BTL muppet, but something that would really make people realise that this site is for their benefit.

Although I suspect that people are going to start flocking to this site very soon anyway...

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