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Sign of the times-eBay holiday panhandling


Not every eBay.com bargain advertisement offers article accurate for sale. A fresh affectionate of advertisement that's appeared on the Web armpit seems be affairs alone Christmas hope.Nestled in amid the Holiday-themed eBay listings for items like Razor Scooters, Transformers and Webkinz, you'll acquisition listings that ask users to shop for Christmas presents for a stranger's children.Perhaps it's a assurance of the times, the anticipated aftereffect of a awful recession and the admeasurement of technology. But eBay.com is now abundant with such auctions. Donate for holidays to ancestors of 4 in need," said one advertisement beheld by msnbc.com on Wednesday, one of several dozen agnate auctions calmly found.Parents who use eBay.com at Christmas are about affianced in a agitated chase for this year's Beanie Baby or Tickle Me Elmo doll, but these families say they are scrambling to accord their kids annihilation at all this anniversary season.Our ancestors is in charge of some advice this holiday. With both parents out of assignment and aback in school, our kids may not accept a Christmas this year," writes Bridget Newberry, a 28-year-old mother of two from Lawrenceburg, Ky. The photo on the advertisement shows Bridget and her husband, Alan Rice, with their two children. "I will accelerate you a hand-written acknowledge you agenda for any donation, as continued as you accommodate your abode & name. Acknowledge you and God absolve you.