Over the weekend a video of a disgruntled eBay seller’s message to buyers went viral. The video, which has racked up over 400,000 views since being posted to Reddit on Friday, features an eBay sale page for a DVD backer card, complete with an auto-play audio track of the seller screaming “THIS IS NOT A DVD!”
After the video started going viral, the Reddit community looked into this eBay seller’s story and discovered, sadly, that he passed away last month after a long battle with Cystic Fibrosis. The Reddit page has turned into something of a memorial, interspersed with jokes and complaints from other disgruntled eBay sellers that sympathize with the “STOP! THIS IS NOT A DVD” video.
Reddit sleuths uncovered everything from a link to the original page on eBay to the user’s personal story on his homepage, A and A World. They discovered that “All the proceeds of these cards go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and if you purchase one you can at least feel comfortable that you donated money to help find a cure for the 30,000 plus Americans and 70,000 plus worldwide with Cystic Fibrosis” and even came across his YouTube channel. One Reddit user posted a link to the seller’s memorial video, but it has since been made private on YouTube.
The fact that the video has been made private may indicate that the seller’s family was uncomfortable with the attention it was drawing and, until now, it doesn’t look like they’ve made any sort of statement. This is a great example of what happens to your digital life when you die. It seems like the seller had a pretty good sense of humor and I hope his family does as well and that, as the YouTuber that uploaded the video says, “this video will be a good memorial for him and the laughs he brought to all of us…”
What originally went viral because it was humorous has turned into something much larger. Hopefully viewers of the YouTube video, Reddit page and homepage will be inspired to support or spread the word about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I’ll end this post with an inspiring excerpt from the seller’s story on his homepage:
“I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when I was eight years old. I have been in and out of hospitals my entire life. Although, I was always the sick kid, I never let it get to me. I always thought that although I may have a shot life I was going to make the best out of it.”
It certainly seems like he did make the most of it and I hope that in addition to the viral video spreading laughter, his story will spread a bit of inspiration. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.