eBay Gives $1000 to Dad Whose Toddler Accidentally Bought a Car, Wins Today’s PR Trophy

    July 11, 2013
    Josh Wolford
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We all know it’s dangerous to give your toddler your smartphone. Beyond the chance that they may just hurl it against a wall or something, you have to assume that all of that random button pushing is going to result in something unwanted.

Like an old car, maybe? That’s exactly what happened to Paul Stoute. His 14-month-old daughter, Sorella, accidentally purchased a 1962 Austin Healey Sprite with his eBay app. Total cost: $202.50.

According to KOIN-TV, the Portland, Oregon family is planning on keeping the car. It’s in pretty rough shape ($202.50, so of course) and will take a lot of work to get road-ready. Mr. Stoute says that maybe he’ll fix it up and give it to Sorella for her 16th birthday.

Cool dad, right?

“She decided to open the eBay app, and started clicking around and one thing led to another and we own a car,” said Stoute.“I’ve done a lot of body work in the past, like bondo and stuff like that. But this is another realm altogether.”

Well, it looks like he’s getting a little bit of help – from eBay themselves. The company has pledged to give the family $1000 in gift cards, along with a restoration guide and a toy car for Sorella.

“We sell more than 11,000 vehicles each week around the world via eBay mobile, but some of those purchases have more unique stories behind them than others,” says eBay. “We plan to stay in touch with Paul and lend our expertise whenever possible.”

  • Name

    She is a woman … she is just getting a big head start on a lifetime of spending money on crazy things!

    Cool dad though … wouldn’t it be great if once the little girl grew up she kept the car her dad remolded for the rest of her life…. what a story …. check back in about 15 years…..

  • Mario G.

    Seriously!? With the sequence required to actually make and confirm a bid!? Next time I want to buy a piece of junk my wife does not want, I’ll blame the dog. :-)

  • mikee

    i can believe this story..i remember as a young child having a movie that my parents rented and they always told me that you can only watch a movie one single time then you wont be able to watch it anymore…well in the early morning after completing the movie i started playing with the vcr buttons and sure enough the thing rewinded and played over again i was absolutley astonished that it worked.