A father of two who auctioned himself on eBay in a bid to earn some money to buy Christmas presents for his two girls, aged one and 11 has been bought – for just £10.50.
Dave Robinson, 36, from Tonteg, Pontypridd, became unemployed three months ago and, despite applying for more than 1,000 jobs, only received two replies.
He said desperate times led to desperate measures and took to the online auction house in a bid to earn some money to buy Christmas presents for his two girls.
He said: “The listing proved quite popular with over 600 page views but the final sale price was £10.50.
“I was disappointed, after all, who wants to work a week for a mere £10.50? I thought I may at least get an offer of £100, it just reinforces my belief that I’m the world’s most unemployable man. True to my word I agreed to the deal.”
Dave, who has held jobs from management level to cleaning, has completed the set task competently and professionally.
He was employed to help edit and act in a new online time-travelling comedy webseries called Penarth.
He said: “The winning bidder was an independent filmmaker called Fritz O’Skennick from Cardiff who saw my online videos, acting and editing skills and wanted to utilise them in his new comedy.
“I have done a bit of acting, filming and editing for him and I believe he is more than happy with his purchase. I will be featured in episode eight airing in a few weeks time.
“His self-funded project meant he relies mainly on volunteers and aspiring actors and he said he bid a maximum of £20 not expecting to win.
Dave said he got the initial idea to auction himself online after selling some items online.
Since losing his job as a warehouse worker in August, Dave has been surviving on what little savings he had put aside and has gradually sold off his beloved Transformers collection that began when he was a young boy.
He said: “Now my savings have depleted and my collection is merely a memory. Christmas is looming and I have a young family with no means to make their wishes come true this year.”
Dave said every effort he has made to secure employment has been unsuccessful. “Each morning I log into the Government’s job search website and apply for all the jobs within my skill range within my area,” he said.
“Most of them link you to another independent job website which you have to sign up to in order to apply.
“All of a sudden my email is getting bombarded by different job companies telling me what great jobs they have for me to apply for, but it’s so disheartening when you get nothing back.
“The replies I had said the same. ‘I’m sorry to say you have not been successful on this occasion but we wish you all the best’. At least they took the time to reply.”
The auction ended on Tuesday, after five bids were placed.
Dave has decided to re-list himself on eBay. This time he is hoping to make £100.