From the news of the weird department, an eBay seller in Sydney, Australia, put an unsharpened Abebooks promotional pencil up for auction on eBay, with bids starting at AU$5 (about US$4). Alas, the "ABEBOOKS PROMO PENCIL - MUST HAVE FOR BOOK LOVERS!" received no bids, reaffirming our trust in the basic sanity of the book lovers of Australia.
(We should keep in mind that there were "cracks along the white paint covering the pencil," suggesting that the existence of a market for mint condition Abebooks promo pencils hasn't yet been ruled out altogether.)Posted by Anirvan