Spirit Of Giving – $1 PS3 Follow Up

Last December, I posted a story about On Ounchs, the Vernon student who auctioned off a $1,700 PS3 for $1 on eBay. On’s story made the local news, as well as a few international news sites. That sent a lot a traffic to On’s site, which in turn made $1,000 from advertising.

In this video, Vernon TV station CHBC followed On as he shipped out the PS3 to the lucky winner in the United State. On has also graciously decided to donate the $1,000 advertising income to the local Vernon Salvation Army.

The $1 On received for the PS3 is now being auction off on eBay. The proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Cambodia Support Group, the organization that sponsored On and his family from a war-torn Cambodia to Canada in 1989.

I think I’ll start the bidding at $100.00.

28 thoughts on “Spirit Of Giving – $1 PS3 Follow Up”

  1. Tony says:

    Auctioning off the proceeds from an auction? I realize all of this is for a good cause, but this chain in kind of crazy.

  2. Thanks for the update on the story, I had looked at it when originally posted here but had forgotten to keep current on how it went.

  3. Man Ebay has something for everyone right?!

  4. Great story, we need more people like On Ounchs in the world.


  5. Gdog says:

    Kudos for his efforts…not everybody is always so willing to give.

  6. Michael Kwan says:

    I have to agree with Tony here. It’s a good sentiment and all, but it seems like one crazy chain reaction. Perhaps even more interesting is that John has a feedback of 0 on eBay.

  7. SteveA says:

    why wouldn’t he just keep the dollar and call it a day?

  8. Tyler says:

    A zero on ebay? Crazy!

    As for the PS3 for $1 that’s pretty cool, though to sell it off on eBay, that’s not so cool, but since it’s procedes are being donating to a charity, that’s double cool. So it all evens out eh?

  9. John Chow says:

    Yes it’s true. I have a zero on eBay. Why? Because up until a few hours ago, I never had an eBay. Shocking, I know.

  10. Alex Becker says:

    Ebay is so competitive its not even worth it.

  11. Tyler says:

    Sell your Acura on eBay and then post about the experience! I’ve always wanted to know how tell the vehicles on ebay do.

  12. Stew says:

    I’ve followed this since the beginning. He seems like a good guy, but its clear hes in it to make a buck. If not now, down the road, he’ll have something profitable cooking up.

  13. Ed Lau says:

    Wow…props to this guy. Seriously, that’s giving quite a bit.

  14. John Chow says:

    Looks like someone outbidded me! 🙁

  15. Stew says:

    Nobody wants to sell to you anyways John, you’ve got no feedback! Just kidding. 🙂

    I’ve been on eBay since I was a toddler 😛


  16. mubin says:

    It seems so far the guy likes his 15 minutes of fame. But the fact that he is donating everything to charity seems good enough.

    What about Alex Tew? That poor guy, I thought his site would be sold out in a few days but I guess it takes longer than expected the 2nd time around.

  17. Leftblank says:

    I must say it’s a wonderful style to do it like this, though I would find it hard to give away that amount of money, especially when you’re a student, who usually don’t have that much spare…

  18. Raghu says:

    Man this was really a great gesture. I did read the original posting when you posted and it and must have ‘passed’ on the story to atleast a dozen people.

    Great to know on an update on that story.

  19. feverinlove says:

    thats lots of backlinks and advertisement for his website…

  20. Tony says:

    Though what would he do with this website now that the story is over? Just keep it parked?

  21. Robert says:

    He’s going to sell the domain! Make money! Live the “American Dream”!

    Oh noes.

  22. HMTKSteve says:

    You mean he was able to find someone willing to buy the PS3 for a dollar? No one wants them where I live… Now, if the auction was for a Wii!!!! I’d be all over that.

  23. Nick says:

    I agree with HMTKSteve, here they are basically begging people to buy a PS3. It’s crazy how the hype just died and now Sony expects to sell 6 million over the next year? They need some new games and a much better marketing team for that to happen.


  24. HMTKSteve says:

    I went out this weekend to a local mall and everyone had PS3’s for sale but no one had Wii’s…

    Many were even sold out of Wii controllers!

    The biggest indicator of the PS3 being a flop is that they sold more consoles than games. The Wii sold more games than consoles.

    i.e. PS3 was purchased to be re-sold while Wii was purchased to play!

  25. Nomar says:

    this is a great story !! good people are rare today

  26. Michael Kwan says:

    Everyone jumped on the make a buck with a PS3 bandwagon, overflooding the market. It wasn’t like the first time around with the PS2 when very few thought of re-selling.

  27. Tony says:

    I’ve actually heard of some people starting to return PS3s to the stores, because they failed to resell them. Ouch.

  28. Jane says:

    That was very gracious of On to donate the advertising…I wonder what he’s planning on doing with the site?

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