Monthly Archives: March 2012

Melvins tour van: $99,999.99 isn’t enough

This dilapidated 1972 Dodge Sportsman Royal Van is better known as the “MELVAN” by fans. It’s adorned with spray paint, etchings, rust and a KISS “mural” hand drawn by Kurt Cobain with a sharpie. Legend has it the Nirvana frontman shoplifted the markers from the Thriftway grocery store in Montesano, Washington.

It is featured in many books, ‘Cobain Unseen’, ‘Come As You Are,’ as well as several Nirvana documentary films.

One wonders if this puppy deserves a spot in the ‘The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.’

For those in the dark, the Melvins were instrumental in bringing grunge into the mainstream. The band mingled with and influenced Nirvana who later made it big with ‘Nevermind.’

It turns out the band’s minimum price for the van was $101,000:

The MELVINS have put out the Question, who Will Make it to 101,000 first, The MELVINS facebook fan page to 101,000 fans, or the MELVAN to $ 101,000 ? Well, I say Bid High, and Add The MELVINS , They ROCK !

Funny highlights from the Q and A section:

Q: Does this van possess magical powers? For instance, will it make my crappy band not suck, land us a major record contract and allow us to be the first band to play on the surface of the sun?

A: With the exception of playing on the sun, it seems to have worked for The MELVINS Thanks Mitch

Q: Does it smell like Buzzo’s armpits? … My “buy it now” finger is lubed. 😮

A: Having no experience smelling the Kings armpits, all I can say is it smells vintage, does that help ? Thanks For Your Interest Mitch

Bids stopped short at $99,999.99 so it didn’t sell. Luckily, The Melvin’s won themselves some new recruits by posting their little piece of history on eBay.

TypoHound: Kim Komando’s cool site of the day


It’s been nearly three years since I last posted. Now that’s a commitment to slack. So here I am typing at 2 a.m., sipping on limoncello.

In March 2010, TypoHound was named Kim Komando’s cool site of the day and quite possibly discussed on her show. For those unfamiliar, she is best known for her American talk radio program based on the intricacies of computers, the Web, and electronics.

Her weekend program reached a weekly cume of 2.25 million back in 2006. is no slouch either. It’s ranking is 1,817 in the U.S. according to Alexa.

Kim’s coverage created a major spike in traffic on TypoHound, if only for a few days. For that I am extremely grateful. More than anything it’s wonderful to know it’s a tool people find useful and perhaps even clever.

This is what Kim had to say about TypoHound:

eBay is one of the most popular destinations for bargain hunters. You can find pretty much anything. Of course, the deals would be better without all the competition.

Alas, other people are vying for the same products you are. That drives up prices. Fortunately, great deals are just a spelling error away.

Sellers misspell product names all the time. They might leave out a letter, or include an extra one. These misspelled products often don’t show up under a normal search.

That’s the point behind TypoHound. Simply enter the correct name of the product. TypoHound generates a list of common spelling errors for that product name.

Click the provided link to search eBay with the misspelled words. You can find some excellent hidden deals. From there, you can use the site as you normally would. You just might be spending less.

At times it’s difficult to explain what TypoHound does without confusing the bejesus out of people. Kim reaches an older audience with a basic command of the Internet, so she is used to emphasizing clarity. She did a commendable job.

Find Hidden Deals on eBay now!