Enterprising Russians Put Meteor Fragments For Sale On Local Auction Sites

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In a shining example of true form capitalism, Russian scammers opportunists took advantage of the cosmic fury at the ongoing G-20 meeting in Moscow expressed by an attempted bombardment via meteor (which allegedly left the hole shown in the picture below), and are already seeking to find the level of equilibrium demand for cosmic commodities and market clearing prices by offering pieces of the meteor for sale on local websites. From Moscow Times: "Enterprising businessmen in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk lost no time in finding a way to capitalize on the meteor strike that shook the city on Friday morning. By early afternoon, several websites were already selling "fragments of meteorite." Two-centimeter fragments of the celestial body that hospitalized dozens and injured hundreds more in the Urals early on Friday were being offered for 500 rubles a piece by 2 p.m. Moscow time."

From Moscow Times.

"I'm selling it because it's useless to me. There are several scratch marks, but in general it's in excellent condition," wrote one Internet user calling himself Alexei and claiming to be from Magnitogorsk in the Chelyabinsk region.  A picture of the "meteorite fragment" for sale can be found in the jewelry section of Avito.ru, an online store.


Another user called Dmitry was selling a 3.7-gram scrap of the meteor that he claimed to have found on the banks of lake Chebarkul, where the object reportedly landed, about 60 kilometers west of Chelyabinsk. He set no minimum price for bids.


The sales come despite warnings not to touch any fragments of the meteorite. Journalist Andrei Kondrashov, a local journalist, wrote on Twitter that an official had warned him not to touch the debris.


"Called Deputy Shingarkin: He notifies the Urals that there is no radiation, but debris must not be touched. Possible toxic contamination," he wrote.

And the actual ad on Russian auction site Avito.ru:

From Gazeta.ru:

The site Avito.ru came the announcement "a piece of the meteorite for sale, new. Sergey. Chelyabinsk ".


In the picture a man holding a piece of stone, which asks for 300 thousand rubles.


Another resident of Chelyabinsk left ad: "Buy a fragment of a meteorite Chelyabinsk, found today at the crash site, photo later skins. Questions by mail, the price is also negotiable. "


Also through the website Avito.ru Chelyabinsk residents have begun to offer services for glass replacement.

As of this posting, the ad had been taken down, but it was unclear that was before or after Buffett's pet rating agency, the one which would never dare offend the US department of "justice", Moody's, had already rated the seller AAAA++++ "would buy meteor fragments from seller again."

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Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:27 | 3246631 mantrid
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but its inedible!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:29 | 3246649 Divided States ...
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close call? the meteorite was a warning shot at the clowns at the G-20 meeting in Moscow....next time, they wont be so lucky.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:34 | 3246666 13thWarrior
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Next time he will send Jesus for clearing money changers.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:55 | 3246753 JoeSexPack
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Goodness gracious great balls o' fire!




The Killer sure could play...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:43 | 3246946 DoChenRollingBearing
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You can get a little bit of Iridium (a platinum group metal) in meteorites, Ir is about 1000 x more common in meteorites than in the Earth's crust.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:56 | 3247196 Boris Alatovkrap
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Iridium also is common in Boris' garden produce and urine.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 00:09 | 3248757 Spirit Of Truth
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The Russian Meteorite and the Wormwood Connection:


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:00 | 3246684 SafelyGraze
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Why bother to take delivery?

Meteor ETF

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:29 | 3246893 mayhem_korner
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+1 Coffee thru the nose laughing on that one, SG..

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:44 | 3246951 DoChenRollingBearing
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SG, but will the paper Meteor ETF be any good if the sky falls down?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:30 | 3247323 CPL
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You mean when it moves to OTC pink sheets?


It's about the same.  Like GM people will bid on it regardless.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:57 | 3247009 Jonas Parker
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Russian Meteorite:

If you can't hold it, you don't own it.

If you can hold it, you're probably dead.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:27 | 3246632 slaughterer
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Those fragments, if real (which we all doubt), are probably highly radioactive.  

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:48 | 3246722 insanelysane
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A little black paint on tungsten looks like meteorite.  Everyone will be selling it.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:24 | 3246862 Ljoot
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My guess is that they are merely tungsten.


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:43 | 3246947 Stuck on Zero
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Foregt the radioactivity those fragments carry an exobiologic species of bacteria: "The Andromeda Strain."


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:53 | 3246980 TPTB_r_TBTF
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In any case,


they are worth careful handling:

Common iron meteorite prices are generally in the range of US$0.50 to US$5.00 per gram. Stone meteorites are much scarcer and priced in the US$2.00 to US$20.00 per gram range for the more common material. It is not unusual for the truly scarce material to exceed US$1,000 per gram.

Meteorite Pricing

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:44 | 3247662 DaveA
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Considering they fell near the Mayak nuclear weapon factories, these meteorite fragments are probably the least radioactive objects in the area.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:29 | 3246643 knukles
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There are scratch and burn marks on this.  I want my money back.

Meteorite chunks are not something bought from Russians over the net.
Neither are thyroid lumps, cancerous lesions, stool samples or other people's scabs.

"Get 'em while they're hot!"

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:29 | 3246644 BLOTTO
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Give me a breakdown of the metal(s) content in that sucker...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:35 | 3246680 13thWarrior
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50% Sodomite
50% Gomarrahatz

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:57 | 3246761 knukles
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Can I get another helping of Sodomite, please?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:32 | 3247341 CPL
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Do you want one inch at a time per hour or all at once?


Options, options, options...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:33 | 3246651 LongSoupLine
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Finally!  Something from fucking outer space to spur economic fucking growth.


Holy fuck...Krugman is a fucking genius.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:45 | 3246699 SheepDog-One
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The earth just became about 1 pound bigger! That's some serious EXPANSION baby! That should allow a few more trillion to be printed easily!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:03 | 3246784 NumberNone
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What's crazy about all of this is that it is just a symptom of global warming.  As part of our asteroid defense we need to invest trillions in global warming prevention....Just ask CNN...


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 18:42 | 3248016 ersatzteil
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1 pound bigger in *nominal* weight growth, but why let that stop the party?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:30 | 3246653 CunnyFunt
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They're probably just broken chunks of wolframite.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:32 | 3246664 knukles
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Say, isn't that related to tungsten?
You're trying to fool me....

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:33 | 3246676 CunnyFunt
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Damn! That never crossed my mind!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:32 | 3246662 barroter
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I have a frament of that meteor that's shaped and looks exactly like a regular brick. I will sell it for $10,000.  I may have other meteor fragments shaped like the regular stones you find in your garden too.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:41 | 3246702 sudzee
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Cheap at 10k as we have be told that asteroids and meteorites are solid gold and platinum.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:53 | 3246746 thisandthat
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I'll have a trillion dollars - delivery to NY Fed. Call Timmah.


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:40 | 3246930 waterwitch
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Pet rock anyone?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:06 | 3247212 Id fight Gandhi
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Actually REAL meteorites are rare and good pieces can be $50+ per gram.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:32 | 3246668 fijisailor
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It's incredible.  Some pieces fell on my backyard here in Florida also.  I put them on ebay already.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:56 | 3246801 Albertarocks
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Good work sailor.  Some of them fell on a gravel parking lot just down the street from where I work too.  They look a bit like earth gravel except they're kind of gray colored instead of light gray.  I scraped up a bucket full and plan to sell them at the local farmer's market on Saturday.  If all goes well I'll go back and get some more.  I'd say there's probably about 40 tons of 'em so I expect to do really well. 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:33 | 3246673 DaveyJones
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I'm doing the same with the fourth amendment

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:35 | 3246682 LeisureSmith
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A broken window fallacy from outer space. Krugman approves.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:38 | 3246693 WayBehind
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Screw meteors. I prefer yellow rocks. 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:39 | 3246695 nobusiness
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What is up with the crazy volume in the SPY????

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:42 | 3246703 SheepDog-One
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It's probly due to all the expansion this meteor falling to earth just created! 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 14:10 | 3247061 Albertarocks
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Good question.  Here are a couple of links to two candlevolume charts I just posted on my own blog.  But you don't have to go there, I'll just post them here.  This is a pretty impressive dump.  The wider the candle, the greater the volume.

3 minute - http://stockcharts.com/h-sc/ui?s=SPY&p=3&b=3&g=0&id=p72789006139

10 minute - http://stockcharts.com/h-sc/ui?s=SPY&p=10&b=3&g=0&id=p88344361044



Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:44 | 3246710 SheepDog-One
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'Buy meteor chunk, $10,000 Rubles short time only get em while HOT!'

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:49 | 3246716 Atomizer
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A new collateral value to take on debt to expand borrowing, thus creating GDP. Were have we heard about this Ponzi business model before?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:51 | 3246733 Rustysilver
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Here's my short proof that God doesn't exist: Meteor hits earth.  Lower Manhattan is still there. QED.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:50 | 3246979 Max Cynical
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I could believe there is a god if a meteor hit the capitol building during the SOTU...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 18:20 | 3247958 ersatzteil
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helLA miraculously avoids destruction, too. Gott mit uns!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:53 | 3246739 Goyim Sheep
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No chance in Hell that hole in the ice was made by a low angle impact from a meteor.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:14 | 3246810 Agent P
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Oh yeah, then why does it have a red and white rope around it?


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