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£170,000 Loom Bands Dress: EBay 'Buyer' Says She Can't Afford It

23/07/2014 18:28 | Updated 20 May 2015

Loom band dress: eBay 'buyer' pulls out of £170,000 deal (now there's a surprise!)

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An eBay buyer who bid £170,000 for a loom band dress has pulled out of the deal. Now there's a surprise!

The bidder – a woman who lives in Surrey – emailed the mum who made the dress to say she couldn't afford it.

Well blow me down? Who'd have thought it!

Helen Wright and Kathryn Burnand from Prestatyn made the dress from 20,000 loom bands and put it on eBay, attracting huge attention at home and around the world.

Helen, her daughter 12-year-old daughter Sian and Kathryn even appeared on BBC's The One Show where comedian Lee Mack cracked a joke while holding the dress.

They also appeared on CBBC's Newsround, S4C and their story was told in newspapers as far away as Australia and New Zealand.

But after bidding £170,100 plus £7 postage, the buyer decided the rubber-band frock would stretch her finances too much.

But Helen isn't downbeat about the withdrawal.

She told her local paper she'd really enjoyed the 'whirlwind' and still thought anything over £50 would be a bonus.

Helen, who works as a barmaid, said: "eBay have been great about it and they sent me a message saying they could see she had pulled out.

"I've got somebody from eBay whose guiding us through making an offer to another bidder.

"I've whittled it down to six buyers who all put in bids over the £150,000 mark.

"We don't have to take the next highest bidder and eBay said we should look at all the bidders' feedback before deciding.

"We have one chance of offering it to a bidder from the last auction then we can go for a re-listing.

"eBay have said if we re-list the dress we will be able to vet the bidders next time and even protect the copyright of our photos.

"I might try it for three days this time but it's a lucky dip from now on."

Loom bands – as we all know by now - are the latest playground craze: small rubber bands that are linked together to make bracelets and other jewellery.

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