New Zealand Toddler Buys $12,300 Digger While Parents Slept

Jun 05, 2009
If you shop for fleet vehicles online, you might want to do it well away from your toddlers.

A New Zealand mom was bidding on some online toys for her daughter before bed. It seems 3-year-old Pipi awoke early the next morning, hopped on to the still open TradeMe auction account and bought the biggest toy they had, a $12,300 Kobelco earth-moving digger.

“I saw an email from TradeMe saying I had won an auction and another email from the seller…something like ‘I think you’ll love this digger’,” quoted mom Sarah Quinlan as saying. She had some Lego play kits on her watch-list and just assumed she’d won a digger toy-set.

After being informed by her husband of what she’d purchased, Sarah immediately called TradeMe and the seller to report the mix-up and reimburse the seller’s costs for listing.