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Boyfriend Comes Up With Genius Idea How To Sell Girlfriend’s 1996 Honda Accord, And Everyone Wants To Buy It Now
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Boyfriend Comes Up With Genius Idea How To Sell Girlfriend’s 1996 Honda Accord, And Everyone Wants To Buy It Now

Selling a 21-year-old car is difficult, but you can tip the odds in your favor if you’re creative. Los Angeles-based writer and director Max Lanman has created a clever and funny commercial to market his fiancé’s 1996 Honda Accord, and it went viral, gaining more attention than a car like that could ever dream of.

Five days after the vehicle, nicknamed “Greenie” went on sale, the bidding had reached $150,000 and the video had reached about 4 million views. Then eBay closed the listing due to “unusual bidding activity,” according to the company’s comment to NBC Bay Area. “Apparently, someone in (eBay’s) fraud department, who was unaware of the ad and story behind it, could not believe that a 1996 Honda Accord was bidding for $150,000, and canceled the auction,” Lanman explained. He was told that eBay could not restore the initial auction, so the pair had to re-list it – which they did.

“This was definitely an unexpected turn, but we have faith that everything will work itself out. Overall, we’re just so grateful for all that has happened with the commercial and the story. It’s been truly amazing.”

The ’96 Honda has 141,095 miles on it, and The Kelley Blue Book value of the vehicle is $1,500. As of writing this article, the current bid for it is $5,600. Scroll down to check out the brilliant video that started this crazy story, and let us know what you think about it in the comments!

More info: eBay | maxlanman.com

This is “Greenie,” a ’96 Honda Accord that probably got more attention than any of its “sisters”

Image credits: Ebay

After 14 years of driving it, Carrie Hollenbeck decided it was time to sell her beloved car

Image credits: maxlanman

To help, her fiancé Max Lanman shot a brilliant commercial, and it went viral for all the right reasons

Unaware of the story behind it, eBay canceled the bidding after it reached $150,000, thinking it was a fraud

Image credits: Ebay

The couple were told that eBay could not restore the initial auction, so they had to re-list it – which they did

The internet loved this creative approach

How much would you pay for this precious car?

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Zori the degu
Community Member
4 years ago

Creating a whole commercial just in order to help your girlfriend... What a devotion! I think that they would soon be married!

Virginia Su
Community Member
4 years ago

It says in the advertisement in fine print near the end that the girlfriend is now fiance :) :) :)

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Jacke Line
Community Member
4 years ago

I think ebay should be responsible for loss of income on canceled auction.... one would think that obtaining confirmation of fraud would be 1st step in the process of removing an auction 2nd would be contact the seller.. then removal.... EBay needs to pay.....

Andrei Kushner
Community Member
4 years ago

Great job eBay, no wonder its losing to Amazon and will continue losing

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Zori the degu
Community Member
4 years ago

Creating a whole commercial just in order to help your girlfriend... What a devotion! I think that they would soon be married!

Virginia Su
Community Member
4 years ago

It says in the advertisement in fine print near the end that the girlfriend is now fiance :) :) :)

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Jacke Line
Community Member
4 years ago

I think ebay should be responsible for loss of income on canceled auction.... one would think that obtaining confirmation of fraud would be 1st step in the process of removing an auction 2nd would be contact the seller.. then removal.... EBay needs to pay.....

Andrei Kushner
Community Member
4 years ago

Great job eBay, no wonder its losing to Amazon and will continue losing

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