The eBay Myth

In their first post-convention appearance, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., gushed about his running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with a story that doesn't quite square with reality.

"You know what I enjoyed the most?" McCain said in Cederburg, Wisconsin, according to ABC News' Bret Hovell. "She took the luxury jet that was acquired by her predecessor and sold it on e-Bay. And made a profit!"

What a delightful story.

But it's not true.

She didn't sell the jet on eBay.

And she didn't make a profit.

Palin was careful in her words when she told the story during her acceptance speech Wednesday.

“I got rid of a few things in the governor's office that I didn't believe our citizens should have to pay for," Palin said. "That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay.”

PUT it on eBay.

Not SOLD it on eBay.

“The eBay thing didn’t work out very well,” Dan Spencer, director of administrative services for the Department of Public Safety, told the Anchorage Daily News last year.

The Chicago Tribune's Jason George and Andrew Zajac noted that even though Palin’s spokeswoman Maria Comella "insisted Thursday that the transaction occurred," it didn't.

It was "sold in August 2007 for $2.1 million to a Valdez, Alaska, entrepreneur — about $300,000 less than a broker’s asking price, according to press accounts."

The jet originally cost the state $2.6 million.

No profit!

And not on eBay.

- jpt

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