So I guess the second eBay auction didn't go so well - the winner, who had won with a bid of $10,099.99 (KSTP), bogued out and didn't cough up the cash, so a THIRD auction has been scheduled - this time at a real life, non-Internet auction house.
Originally posted by Duluth News Tribune (duluthnewstribune.com)Auction No. 3 in works for Proctor's DWI recliner
The Proctor Police Department is no longer in possession of its famous DWI chair.
But it’s still not sold.
The motorized recliner seized after a drunken driving accident failed to sell in two eBay auctions. In the first auction it was bid up to $40,000 but that auction was canceled over a La-Z-Boy trademark issue. On the second attempt it “sold” for $10,000, but the winning bidder backed out.
Now the chair is in the hands of Oberfoell Auctioneers in Buhl. Oberfoell, which runs an online auction site called do-bid.com, plans to have it up for sale in the next week or two.
Then it’s up to the bidders.
“If we do our marketing campaign right and we get 10 to 15 people bidding on a specific item, it’s going to go for what it’s worth,” said sales manager Bart Kyte.
And that’s just fine by Proctor Police Chief Walker Wobig.
“Someone’s going to be a proud owner of this motorized chair here, hopefully within the week. ... And best wishes to them.”
We still hold out hope it'll end up with our own JimBob Skeeter.
He was right in the sense that American health insurance companies are for-profit businesses and they report to their share-holders, not the people they cover. Their first responsibility is maximizing profit and minimizing spending.