A $110 Paperweight

Congratulations to eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) buyer "legendofgame"! You just wasted some hard-earned money bidding on a CableCARD that probably will do a whole bunch of nothing when you try to stick it into an cable set-top or "Plug & Play" digital television.

That buyer entered a "Best Offer" of $110 for a CableCARD, a removable security module that is starting to show up on eBay auctions in the wake of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ban on set-tops with integrated security. (See Up for Bid on eBay: CableCARDs and Countdown to 'Seven-Oh-Seven'.)

The same seller, "motorshops," had a second security module up for bid with a "Buy It Now" price of $139.99, but apparently no one was stupid (or uninformed) enough to pay one cent for it, as the auction for that item just died a natural death. Whether those CableCARDs were legal property remains questionable, as the seller has yet to tell us how the items came into his or her possession.

But here's yet another Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) CableCARD up for bid, this one from a seller who goes by "lizardking827."

One bid, for $35, was in for that item as of Wednesday afternoon. If nothing else, at least the price of do-nothing bricks appears to be going down.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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