Buggy bidding war after dad gives it honest description

Vet Susan Andresier, whose husband Joel placed the buggy. Below, up for sale on eBay. Pictures: Jason Kay
Vet Susan Andresier, whose husband Joel placed the buggy. Below, up for sale on eBay. Pictures: Jason Kay
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THE wife of a fed-up father-of-three who put his ‘hated’ child’s buggy on eBay and sparked a bidding frenzy says she can’t believe how much of an online stir it caused.

Joel Andresier, of Sarisbury Green, described the pushchair as the end of his ‘happy carefree low-cost child-free life’ on the internet auction site – and bidders went wild for it.

buggy on ebay pic 2 MUST CREDIT'Picture: Jason kay'father-of-three's comical advert for his pushchair has become an online sensation after he described it as a vomit-stained 'green albatross around my neck' that ruined his life.''Joel Andresier, 39, from Southampton, Hampshire, told the auction site's users he never wanted children and the stroller had come to represent everything he hated about being a family man.''Now the Phil and Teds Explorer, which costs �400 new, is selling for �154,000 after a flurry of presumably fake bids - and with eight days to go, the price keeps rising.''His wife, 36-year-old vet Susan, said she was astounded at the attention and the couple had only wanted to clear out their garage.

buggy on ebay pic 2 MUST CREDIT'Picture: Jason kay'father-of-three's comical advert for his pushchair has become an online sensation after he described it as a vomit-stained 'green albatross around my neck' that ruined his life.''Joel Andresier, 39, from Southampton, Hampshire, told the auction site's users he never wanted children and the stroller had come to represent everything he hated about being a family man.''Now the Phil and Teds Explorer, which costs �400 new, is selling for �154,000 after a flurry of presumably fake bids - and with eight days to go, the price keeps rising.''His wife, 36-year-old vet Susan, said she was astounded at the attention and the couple had only wanted to clear out their garage.

Last night it had attracted 221 bids, pushing the price up to £156,505.

The listing even said the buggy had seen ‘pretty much every bodily fluid known to science (and several that have yet to be discovered) chucked over it by my children’.

The lengthy listing for the bright green buggy includes the woeful tale of how the arrival of his children, and the buggy, changed his life forever.

Mr Andresier wrote: ‘I shall be glad to see it leave my premises and never return.

‘This was purchased against my wishes many years ago as I never wanted children and a buggy signified my wife’s intent to have children.

‘We argued much and this buggy signifies everything that ended my happy carefree low-cost child-free life.

‘The extortionate price of this buggy will stay imprinted on my brain ’til the day I die.’

Mr Andresier’s wife Susan, 36, said that her husband had a dry sense of humour and she couldn’t believe the number of comments and bids that the pushchair had received.

She said: ‘I thought it was hilarious and I know that he doesn’t mean it; it’s all very tongue-in-cheek.’

As for what he will do with the proceeds of the sale, Mr Andresier said: ‘Any money generated from this sale will be used to help me recover from children (and probably involve drugs and alcohol).’

He finishes by stating: ‘You’re welcome to come and view it or take samples for further scientific analysis.’

The auction ends on Wednesday, January 28.

Extracts from the listing

HERE we have for sale the green monster that can only be Phil and Ted’s. I shall be glad to see it leave my premises and never return...

The extortionate price of this buggy will stay imprinted on my brain ’til the day I die. I have bought cars that cost less than this buggy. My dad once bought a house that cost less than this buggy.

Anyway as you can tell I hate the buggy. I now have three children, and a Labrador and am forced to endure the school run where women I don’t know try and discuss the price of Center Parcs holidays, and the benefits of the micro over the mini micro scooter. To summarise my life is over and this green albatross needs to go round some other poor sod’s neck.

On the positive none of my three children were stupidly fat, but it’s been driven by my wife a lot so not all good. During its lifetime it’s had pretty much every bodily fluid known to science, and several that have yet to be discovered, chucked over it by my children. It’s also absorbed its own weight in Ellas Kitchen meals and mud.

I have tried to maintain this item as best I could and the wheels were filled with green slime to prevent punctures, and WD40 has been used with gusto on the relevant parts. It even comes with what I lovingly refer to as the Cinderella attachment for the second child you have but don’t love as much as the first. It means they can sit but can’t see anything, and have a ride that’s about as comfortable as a Ford Model T.

This buggy has never been used for dog sledding, racing, or buggy bumper cars, although I once used it to concuss a randy Alsatian that tried getting amorous with my lab.