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Toddler Accidentally Buys Her Family a Car on eBay

by Fox Van Allen on July 16, 2013

Baby with remoteIt’s never been easier to buy things using your mobile phone. But is it too easy these days? Paul Stoute can be forgiven for thinking so: After all, his 14-month old Sorella recently used his phone to purchase a car on eBay without his knowledge.

Stoute had been using the eBay app on his phone to look through a number of different classic cars for sale. When he left it unattended for a few moments, his daughter picked up the phone, tapped the screen in the right place, and wound up buying a 1962 Austin Healey. Stoute learned about the purchase only after getting a congratulatory email from the auction site.

Fortunately, this particular story has a happy ending. The car itself was only $225 and located just 20 miles away, so the family decided to keep it. Stoute plans to restore the classic as a gift for Sorella’s 16th birthday.

“I’m just glad she didn’t buy the $38,000 Porsche I was looking at,” joked Stoute.

Having a baby purchase a car on your behalf is a pretty rare occurrence, even with today’s technology. Still, it is far too easy for an unattended youngster to rack up bills on your behalf through similar in-app purchases. Taking a moment to disable in-app purchases on your device now could save you a lot of headache down the road.


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