The day after the 2010 Olympic torch relay was launched in Victoria on Oct. 30, someone put one of the 12,000 Vancouver Olympic torches up for sale on eBay. A second torch was listed on eBay on Thursday, one of almost 800 Vancouver Olympics items being sold on the Internet auction site. There were listings for 2010 Olympic Torch Relay "Team Coke Cans," Vancouver 2010 Olympic mittens, and a 2010 Vancouver Olympic street banner. You could bid on a 2010 Polish National Olympic Committee pin, 2010 Olympic coins, and a 2010 Olympics "snowboarder metal water bottle" from McDonald's. Most of the items listed were nickel-and-dime stuff; the "limited edition" Team Coke cans attracted eight bidders, but sold for only $17.64. The Olympic torch is another matter. The minimum opening bid was $2,500 US, and it had a bidder within a few hours of going up for sale. That bidder might be kicking him or herself, however, because the second torch had a starting bid of only $800 US. Three bidders had pushed the price up to $1,025 US by Thursday afternoon.
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