Toddler Inadvertently Purchases A Car Using The eBay App

Posted Jul 10, 2013

Sorella Stoute is a fourteen month old in Portland that accidentally purchased a used car using her father’s smartphone.  The used car is a 1962 Austin-Healey Sprite and it had a cost of $225 on eBay.  The seller is based in Tualatin, Oregon, which is not far from the Stoute’s home in Portland, Oregon.  Paul Stoute, Sorella’s father, learned about the purchase when eBay sent him a congratulatory e-mail.

“I?m just glad she didn?t buy the $38,000 Porsche I was looking at,” said Stoute in an interview with KOIN.  Baby Sorella has always enjoyed tapping around on her father’s phone.  But her dad never expected the baby to go as far as opening the eBay app, scrolling through recently viewed products, making a bid, and winning!

Paul was thinking about buying and rebuilding a used car with a friend of his.  The seller offered to cancel the unexpected deal, but Paul decided to keep Sorella’s car.  The car is not in running condition, but Paul plans to fix it up by the time Sorella turns 16 so she can drive around her purchase.

The Stoutes have added facial recognition to their phones and changed around the pin codes so that Sorella does not make any further big purchases.

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