Claim: A seller submitted a photo of a tea kettle with a revealing reflection to an
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2001]
This is a quick note to all would-be auctioneers: Folks, if you’re going to be selling something that people are going to be drinking fluids out of, please take some extra time to either put on some clothes before taking a picture, or concentrate on selling the non-reflective items in your kitchen. Thank you.
Origins: One of the many trends spawned by the Internet is a phenomenon known as Reflectoporn
The photograph that is generally credited with kicking off the Reflectoporn trend is the above-displayed image of a tea kettle, which was posted to sold.com.au, an Australian on-line auction site, in
Other examples of Reflectoporn appeared in an auction for a television on the UK version of eBay in December 2002:
And in an eBay auction for a guitar in April 2003:
We started seeing the following picture of a dining room set in
This is an actual photo that was put in the classified ads for someone selling a dining room set. There’s a pretty strong clue in here suggesting that it was taken by a man.
Sharpen your powers of observation and try to find the clue. Good luck.
Last updated: 3 November 2007