Viral images of a naked eBay seller have caused a great deal of awkwardness for inadvertent nudie cutie Aimi Jones, but the accidental eBay flashing is sometimes not an accident.
Jones, the naked eBay seller in the viral pic, seems genuinely embarrassed about the misstep, which garnered her worldwide attention for her flesh-flash. The British woman said:
“I put it on eBay last Saturday morning and realised straight away so ended the sale … But what I didn’t realise was that people could still see it on the site. I reported it to eBay and they took it down, but by then it had gone viral. I’ve had messages from Australia and the US saying nice things but there are some nutters.”
But while this naked eBay seller is experiencing a modern embarrassment (albeit one she finds humor in), not all naked eBay sellers are as innocent.
The tradition of naked eBay sellers goes back to the site’s inception, and many a user has posted — whether accidentally or on purpose — an image in which their other goodies, the ones not for sale, are visible in a reflective surface such as a TV screen, mirror, glass item or perhaps most famously, a kettle.
There’s no official count of how many naked eBay sellers have shown up in the past decade and a half, but an article on Wikipedia about exhibitionism [NFSW!] refers back to several incidents — such as this one from 2005 in which a naked eBay seller flashed shoppers via a computer monitor.