A jobless man who listed himself on online auction site ebay with a starting price of 99p has attracted no bids.
Following other resourceful jobseekers' leads, including standing on the side of the road with a sandwich board and handing out a CV to every business in a town, Steve Sewell from Barrow-in-Furness tried to drum up interest in hiring him having found it difficult to get work after losing his job.
Steve blames his age - he is 58 - for the lack of interest, telling The Telegraph:
"They say there's no age discrimination, but there must be.
"All the help and support is aimed at younger people, and rightly so, but there should be more to help older people find jobs. The bills are mounting up and it's getting desperate now."
The advert wording shows that it is a relisting having failed to find a buyer first time round.
The listing confesses that the item shows "some wear to moving parts, surface finish worn", but points out that Steve "has excellent IT skills (qualified Net Tech with ITQ2) and am a time served Mechanic. I have HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering".
And any company should be delighted to employ someone with "excellent interpersonal skills, infinite patience and an indestructible sense of humour. You get all this, including reliability, experience and loyalty for a reasonable wage for as many hours as needed."