Saturday 24 February 2018

Cherie needs a new policy to combat the lure of eBay

Once emersed in the culture of 'eBaying', one may find it hard to beat the habit of 'collectoritis', says Cassandra Jardine

THE revelation of Cherie Blair's eBay purchases may be the most enjoyable piece of news since Imelda Marcos's shoe shelves were opened to the public gaze, but we must not mock.

We might all be doing as she does if we had a pile of Berlusconi-gifted watches in our present cupboard and a vast portfolio of houses to fill with paraphernalia such as silver salt and pepper shakers shaped like owls.

Since in every other respect I am Mrs Bargain Hunter, my failure to join this gold rush baffles me. The explanation probably lies no farther afield than my husband's ventures into the cyber market place. The week when he put the roof boxes from our last car up for grabs was one of the hardest in our 22-year marriage.

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