While you can’t buy love, you can apparently buy just about anything else on Taobao. Want a Vietnamese bride? Taobao’s got you. Michael Jackson’s old ranch? Giddy up! How about a trip to space? Of course, they had that too.
And now, three Boeing 747 jumbo jets can be yours as well… for the right price. Yesterday, Shanghai Expat noted that the three large planes had gone up for auction on Taobao with bidding starting at between 122 to 135 million yuan and ending in 60 days (November 20th).
If you have that kind of cash lying around, you’ll need to pay a security deposit of between 6 and 7 million per plane before October 20th. You should also know that each new bid must increase the price of the plane by at least 1 million RMB. For more details, you can check out the auction pages themselves.
The jumbo jets were originally owned by Jade Cargo International which filed for bankruptcy back in 2013. Afterward, they were seized by a court in Shenzhen. Unable to find any interested buyers through traditional methods, the Shenzhen Bankruptcy Law Society has now put the planes up for public auction on Taobao, apparently hoping to reach out to a wide audience.
The BBC reports that this is the first time that a Chinese court has ever put a Boeing aircraft up for online auction.
So far, the auction page for the most expensive plane (135,038,600 yuan), has more than 10,000 views with 18 users setting up reminders, but no bidders as of yet. The other two planes have also yet to receive a single bidder.
In other words, now’s your chance!
By Máté Mohos
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