September 1, 2009

Parents for sale on Craigslist

A Connecticut man who jokingly listed his parents as for sale on the Web site Craigslist said the ad drew unexpected responses from interested buyers.

Michael Amatrudo, 51, of Madison, said he listed his parents, Ed and Arlene Amatrudo, on the site Saturday to see what sort of responses he would receive and the posting resulted in hundreds of e-mails from interested parties asking questions including shipping costs and estimated time for delivery, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

Perfectly good parents, the posting reads. Got lots of use out of these guys over the past 50 years, but it's time to move on.

Excellent overall condition. Still plenty of life in them, the ad states. Amatrudo set the asking price at $155, but wrote in the ad that he will consider trade for newer model, hot blonde under age 40 or an Erector Set in good condition.

Amatrudo's wife, Karen, said his parents took the ad in good humor.

They're used to their kids having a great sense of humor, she said. But they definitely thought the price was too low.