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Boy, 7, almost buys fighter jet online
The Times of India ^ | February 5, 2011 | IANS

Posted on 02/05/2011 7:45:11 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

SYDNEY: A seven-year-old British boy nearly bought a real-life Harrier fighter jet for $113,515 via online shopping.

The boy hit the "buy it now" button to purchase the fighter jet, which was put on sale at the online store eBay.

But his father quickly apologised to the sellers, saying his son was not able to buy the aircraft out of his pocket money, news.com.au reported Friday.

"His dad rang up and profusely apologised to us, so it's still for sale. We've put it on as an auction now so that won't happen again," said a spokeswoman for Britain-based Jet Art Aviation, which is selling the Harrier.

The elite fighting machine was part of Britain's arsenal in the 1982 Falklands War, but the government put the plane out of service in 1997.

Falklands War was fought in 1982 between Argentina and Britain over the disputed Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

The US Marines still use a second-generation model of the Harrier.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: ebay; harrier; nosale; purchase; t2

1 posted on 02/05/2011 7:45:16 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Dang. Those things are only $100,000?

Wish I could part with that kind of loot right now.

I’d let sit in my front yard until I saved enough pennies to have the thing restored to service and I was trained on it.


2 posted on 02/05/2011 7:47:13 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously..... You won't live through it anyway.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

smart kid. he knew a good deal when he saw it. Sometimes you just have to pounce on those when they happen.


3 posted on 02/05/2011 7:48:07 PM PST by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Geeze, I certainly hope the little boy’s school doesn’t find out about this... they’ll kick him out of school and have him arrested!


4 posted on 02/05/2011 7:48:29 PM PST by A. Morgan
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

That reminds me of Robert L. Scott who wrote “God Is My C0-Pilot”. When he was a kid growing up in Georgia, he actually bought a Curtis Jenny at auction after WWI. I think he paid less than a hundred dollars.


5 posted on 02/05/2011 7:48:51 PM PST by yarddog
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To: yarddog

I had a doctor in Grapevine, Texas tell me when he was a kid, his father and he visited the WWII aircraft boneyard where you could purchase any single-engine aircraft for $300-$500.


6 posted on 02/05/2011 7:52:02 PM PST by Stegall Tx (Joined the Obama economy on 19 March, 2010.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“buy it now” this child is an impulse shopper :D


7 posted on 02/05/2011 7:52:18 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT
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To: Stegall Tx

And B-17’s for $ 3, 000 or so.


8 posted on 02/05/2011 7:56:33 PM PST by NVDave
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To: krb

I was teaching a new employee months ago and showed him how the Ebay stuff works. I accidentally clicked on Buy It Now and “bought” a painting. Apologized profusely to the sellers who were gracious enough to cancel the transaction and left a positive feedback, which for transactions, legit or not.


9 posted on 02/05/2011 7:58:45 PM PST by max americana
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To: krb

All kinds of aircraft show up at this site. I have seen a TA-4 (trainer version of A-4), a Harrier, and several Mustangs.


10 posted on 02/05/2011 8:01:50 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
saying his son was not able to buy the aircraft out of his pocket money

The boy obviously needs a raise!


11 posted on 02/05/2011 8:02:45 PM PST by FourPeas
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To: Stegall Tx

I saw a show on “The Military Channel” a week or so back about the P-40.

I remember they said the Army approved the purchase of the first batch, I can’t recall how many but it was a substantial number.

What really surprised me was the total cost was in the several hundred thousand dollar range. Talk about inflation, they bought an entire fleet of fighters for much less than even a single jet trainer would cost now.


12 posted on 02/05/2011 8:06:02 PM PST by yarddog
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The little guy is going to be *pissed* when it doesn't arrive. I know I would be. And I'd take my revenge...


Today is a good day to die.
I didn't say for whom.

13 posted on 02/05/2011 8:15:09 PM PST by The Comedian (Muslim Brotherhood = A.N.S.W.E.R = Soros = Obama)
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To: krb

http://www.globalplanesearch.com/view/all/AllMIMC.htm


14 posted on 02/05/2011 8:35:50 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Nice.


15 posted on 02/05/2011 8:37:12 PM PST by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Reminds me of the time when I got my mom’s credit card and ordered a bunch of stuff over the phone out of the Sear’s catalog. It never did come though. And for a 3rd grader, I thought my impression of my dad was pretty good!


16 posted on 02/05/2011 8:40:45 PM PST by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: yarddog

“I saw a show on “The Military Channel” a week or so back about the P-40.

I remember they said the Army approved the purchase of the first batch, I can’t recall how many but it was a substantial number.

What really surprised me was the total cost was in the several hundred thousand dollar range. Talk about inflation, they bought an entire fleet of fighters for much less than even a single jet trainer would cost now.”


Please remember that the average weekly paycheck was between $60.00 to $80.00 gross.


17 posted on 02/05/2011 8:42:13 PM PST by J Edgar
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To: max americana

I put in a $5 bid for a “Mickey Mouse Outfit” on eBay and now it seems I’m the proud owner of Obama’s entire Cabinet.

Damn sticking mouse button.


18 posted on 02/05/2011 8:56:55 PM PST by occamrzr06
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To: The Comedian

relisted item

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1998-BAE-Sea-Harrier-FA2-1290-TTAF-870-TTE-/270702298163?pt=Motors_Aircraft&hash=item3f071d4433


19 posted on 02/05/2011 9:04:35 PM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Sure, the jet is only $113K. But wait till he had to buy the armaments. That’s where they get you.


20 posted on 02/05/2011 9:10:07 PM PST by LouAvul
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To: NVDave

I used to dream of owning one of the old WWII era bombers and flying around the world. Wow ... $3,000. I recently came into possession of my grandparent’s farm records. The earliest years I have records for, they made a couple of thousand per year. I guess a couple of years’ pay for a flight-worthy plane is about right.


21 posted on 02/05/2011 9:14:53 PM PST by Stegall Tx (Joined the Obama economy on 19 March, 2010.)
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To: yarddog

He paid $75. The other guy buying them got sick of his bidding and told him, “Son, I’m gonna let you have this one if you will go away.” He only had $75.


22 posted on 02/05/2011 9:25:35 PM PST by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: Stegall Tx

Some vets of WWII USAAF made a few bucks buying the big birds, draining the fuel out of the tanks, selling the fuel and then selling the planes for refit or scrap.


23 posted on 02/05/2011 9:29:27 PM PST by NVDave
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Can you imagine the chicks he’d get if he showed up at school in one of those!?! A definite chick magnet!


24 posted on 02/05/2011 10:24:27 PM PST by howlinhound (Live your life so that, when you get up in the morning, Satan says, "Oh Crap!..He's awake" - Unknown)
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To: LouAvul
Sure, the jet is only $113K. But wait till he had to buy the armaments. That’s where they get you.

LOL, just like printers and ink....

25 posted on 02/05/2011 10:48:32 PM PST by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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