Ethically questionable media hawk 2014 Corvette press kits online


As much as I enjoy my chosen trade, every so often it does produce a public display of scuzzballs. A perfect example can now be found on eBay, where no fewer than ten press kits from the reveal of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray on Sunday are up for auction.

Aside from the Stingray-shaped paperweight thing and pictures inside, the shoebox-sized kit has some value to Vette enthusiasts; a special limited edition kit by Chevrolet sold in a charity auction for $4,300 on Wednesday. The ten up for sale have bids ranging above $300, which seems like a lot for a cardboard box, foam and USB drive.

I know we worship the entrepreneurial spirit in this country, and people have sold auto show press kits for years; there's a few people who seem to do little but collect them for sale online. But if you respect yourself as a journalist, selling swag you got for free as part of your job lies beyond the redline.

That said, I'm sure there's someone who can't wait to use their Vette kit for a guest appearance on "Pawn Stars."