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Trade Me's top auction: A 'possessed' printer

The 'evil' printer that had more Trade Me page views than anything else in 2013.
The 'evil' printer that had more Trade Me page views than anything else in 2013.

A "possessed ... evil'' wireless printer was the most viewed listing on online auction site Trade Me this year - by more than 1 million views.

"Words cannot express how much I hate this printer,'' Nick Ward wrote introducing his hilarious Trade Me listing which would go on to become the second most viewed Trade Me listing of all time - second only to the infamous 'Tana Umaga handbag'.

"So why on earth would you want this unholy piece of garbage? Well there's a good chance it will work for you there's nothing technically wrong with it except it has a soul of pure darkness.''

It eventually sold for $280, and instead of taking it home, the buyer gave Mr Ward, a film-maker who wrote the hit film Stickmen, the pleasure of smashing it to pieces on TV magazine show Seven Sharp.

With a staggering 845,265 views it was by far the most viewed auction of 2013.

The second most viewed auction was that of a 43'' Toshiba television, which attracted 174,713 views with its inventive listing and photographs of it around the streets of Christchurch. It sold for $325, with money going to the charity, Kidney Kids.

* Top 10 most viewed Trade Me listings of 2013:

1. HP Wireless Printer (possessed) - Wellington - 845,265 views. Sale price $280.

2. 43'' Toshiba Television - Canterbury - 174,713. Sale price $325.

3. SAME SEX MARRIAGE ORIGINAL BILLBOARD SKIN - Auckland - 121,795. Sale price $401.

4. Treasure Hunting Day for real Gold & Silver! - Auckland - 116,637. Sale price $200.

5. Luxury Villa Playhouse - Auckland - 90,861. No sale.

6. Dodgy Little Shop Collectables - Limited Edition! - Otago - 84,639. Sale price $285.

7. Help SPCA animals - $1 3bdrm home charity auction! - Canterbury - 54,776. Sale price $3510.

8. VW pencil drawing - by mouth - Auckland - 48,250. Sale price $605.

9. Kindling Cracker - Taranaki - 45,900. Sale price $1000.

10. Name the World's Biggest Spider! - Wellington - 45,745. Sale price $565.


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