Be careful what you purchase or bid for online. If you don’t exercise some caution you might just end up selling your soul
Be careful what you say online
‘‘ NO CAR? No home? No collateral for loan? Bad debt? No problem. No repayments. We want your soul.’’
That’s the enticing advertising pitch by one website offering online quotations to find out the current value of your soul ( it’s a free, no obligation quote!)
‘‘ We Want Your Soul, Inc. ( WWYS) is a global private equity firm with nearly 250 million souls under management,’’ the website explains. ‘‘ WWYS generates outstanding returns for its customers by employing cutting- edge proprietary soul extraction, containment and suppression technologies including, but not limited to, genetic modification, operant conditioning and thought control.’’
Soul- selling and purchasing online is a prank that pops up every couple of years, such as in 2010 when UK videogame network GameStation decided to slip the ultimate clause into the terms and conditions of its purchase contracts, effectively purchasing 7500 souls with the click of a mouse.
‘‘ By placing an order via this website on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant us a non- transferable option to claim, now and forever more, your immortal soul,’’ the fine print read.
‘‘ Should we wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within five working days of receiving written notification from gamestation. co. uk or one of its duly authorised minions.’’
What began as an April Fools’ joke turned into an exercise proving the point that lazy consumers rarely read the fine print. And if you don’t read the fine print, you never know what you might gain or save.
‘‘ We reserve the right to serve such notice in 6- foot high letters of fire, however we can accept no liability for any loss or damage caused by such an act,’’ the contract continued.
‘‘ If you a) do not believe you have an immortal soul, b) have already given it to another party, or c) do not wish to grant us such a licence, please click the link below to nullify this sub- clause and proceed with your transaction.’’ How very reasonable of them. The prank was received as a joke and outed as such later that day, but some people take this soul- selling stuff deadly seriously.
One freelance writer from New Mexico, US, tried to sell her soul on eBay recently. For real.
The starting bid for Lori N’s soul was $ 2000 before the listing disappeared. The writer was in a car accident in 2007, leaving her in a coma for three weeks and permanently incapacitated, so selling her soul was one way to raise some money.
Earlier, a University of Washington student tried a similar stunt when his soul sold for $ 400 on eBay in February. The listing was promptly taken down and the student’s eBay account was suspended.
eBay’s terms and conditions don’t condone the sale of souls, you see.
‘‘ We don’t allow humans, the human body, or any human body parts or products to be listed on eBay, with two exceptions,’’ the site explains.
‘‘ Sellers can list items containing human scalp hair and skulls and skeletons intended for medical use.’’
At least that leaves a couple of options to raise an inheritance when we leave.