I guess it's time for me to break my silence about the Caylee Anthony case and the circus surrounding it. If you've been following the Caylee Anthony case lately, I'm sure you've seen the reports of the dolls that are being sold by a couple people. I can't speak for most folks, but to me, these people wanting to profit from the death of that child are bottom feeders. Period.
Bottom Feeder 1
Yesterday the news came out about some promoter who wants to profit off the tragedy of the death of Caylee Anthony. The image to the left is the so-called Sunshine Caylee Doll that was for sale for a short period of time on a website run by a Jacksonville-based company called "Showbiz Promotions". (I am not going to supply a link to their website!) The company supposedly was going to start selling these dolls at noon today, but apparently they've changed their minds. The sale of the dolls has been "suspended". The dolls were to be sold for $29.99 each and according to the website, a portion of the profits were to be donated to an unnamed charity. Last night on the Nancy Grace show, Jaime Salcedo defended his company's sale of the dolls. According to him, the dolls are a "tribute" to Caylee. Uhm. Yeah, right. He couldn't even name the "charity" that he was going to donate money to, nor could he say how much would be donated. The guy is a bottom feeder who thought he had a great idea for making money. Put the dolls on sale, brag about what a wonderful thing they're doing by "donating" part of the proceeds and never, ever let anyone know who or how much goes to some "charity". So, they've "suspended" the sale of the dolls that don't look like Caylee, but play "You Are My Sunshine" when you poke the doll's belly button.
Hey Mr. Jaime Salcedo, I hope the Anthony's go after you. Cindy went after a blogger, for crying out loud, just because she thought that somehow that blogger was making a profit off her granddaughter. There was no profit for the blogger, but this dude... Yeah, I think the Anthony's could get him. Mr. Salcedo, that was a bad idea. A very bad idea.
Bottom Feeder 2
This morning, the news is reporting about an Ebay seller that has created Casey Anthony voodoo dolls. (Oh brother!) The seller describes themself as follows: "Artist is a studied, practiced and renound Spiritual Healer; Gemologist and Jeweler. Equally engages in healing and spiritual craftmaking, and in designing and manufacturing spiratual and uniquie jewel crafts (emphasis on Voodoo Dolls and Dreamcatchers)." The most expensive doll sells for $29.99 and comes complete with handcuffs, a Bible and white sunglasses.
Ok... So maybe this one isn't as much of a bottom feeder as the one above if you take into account the amusement value of having a Casey Anthony Voodoo doll that comes with handcuffs and white sunglasses. Still, I count this seller as a bottom feeder. She/he/whoever is trying to make a profit off a tragedy. A child is dead who was stuffed into a garbage bag and dumped along side a road like so much trash, her mother is in jail waiting for a murder trial and the rest of the family has stayed out of the news as much as they could until George ended up in the hospital due to a suicide attempt. The child hasn't even been buried yet! (And I guess Jose Baez is the one who has the say over when poor little Caylee can be laid to rest.)
Bottom feeders......... I know there will be more than just these two. On eBay alone, there are lots of sellers that have listings that pertain to the case, but most of those are clippings or magazines. So far, though, the bottom feeders aren't making much money off Caylee. Yet. The doll sales were suspended before they began and the voodoo doll "artist" hasn't sold a single one yet. I checked the history for the seller. The dolls closed with no bids and have been relisted, still with no bids. Perhaps the seller will find a buyer now though since the news has spotlighted the listing... Ugh.
Update on the eBay Seller
Well, my prediction has proven true about that eBay seller. Less than an hour ago, none of the dolls had bids, and now all three of the voodoo dolls now have bids on them. I guess that "artist" is doing a little happy dance now that her auctions have hit the news. (Insert rolling eyes icon here... **sigh**)
Another Update on the eBay Seller
Apparently someone, or lots of someones, reported that seller to eBay and eBay took all the auctions down and the seller is "no longer a registered user". In other words, eBay banned the seller from the site. Two of the auctions did "end" with buyers, one for about $75 and the other was over $100. The third doll was still getting bids when the seller went **poof**, with the top bid being over $7,000! Insane!!!!!!