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That escalated quickly... There are now over a hundred 'shipping glitter' sites for sale

File this one under emerging markets…

Image: Shutterstock/Ed Samuel

IF THIS IS Matt Carpenter’s idea of a joke business, imagine what he’ll achieve when he’s being serious…

The 22-year-old Australian who founded a joke website looking to ship letter-bombs containing glitter to dislikeable people has sold the website for $85,000 on domain-auction site flippa.com.

And as if to prove that there is no idea so ridiculous that people won’t flog it to death, there are now 100 similar sites for sale on flippa.

Examples of the, ahem, originality on display include ‘shipglitteryourenemies.com’, ‘actuallyshipglittertoyourenemies.com’, and ‘eatglitterbitch.com’.

Meanwhile, the auction overwhelmed flippa’s servers with traffic. The buyer of the original domain appears to be genuine having previously bought another site for $83,000.

Nice money if you can get it.

Matt Carpenter Matt Carpenter

Carpenter set the company up over Christmas on a whim (the idea showcases his utter hatred for glitter nicely) but was quickly swamped with orders when it launched on 12 January.

After appealing to his customers to cease and desist Carpenter decided it was time to sell up and move out before things became completely unmanageable. 

All the while his doleful approach to the monster he created has been hugely enjoyable to watch.

Cheer up Matt, $85,000 will pay for a fair few sensory-deprivation sessions…

Read: So THIS is what being glitter-bombed looks like

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