Pervy eBay shoppers are forking out hundreds of pounds on dirty knickers worn by stay-at-home mums and women looking for extra cash.
The online auction site has become awash with listings of ‘little lace pre-owned panties’ and ‘unlaundered stained undies’, selling for as little as £5.
A sweaty thong that had been worn for two days – including at the gym – saw bids of thousands of pounds before it was removed by eBay chiefs.
Many of the listings show the sellers wearing the underwear in pornographic poses – while others just include snaps of the knickers.
One teenager admitted she only began her naughty selling foray this week to boost her salary working in childcare.
The 18-year-old listed a size 12 pair of white and turquoise knickers that had been ‘worn for 48 hours and played in multiple times’ with a starting price of £5.10.
“I started doing it mainly just for the money as at the moment I earn less than £5 an hour,” she told Mirror Online.
“So I thought it would be easy, especially as you can buy a pack of underwear for like £2. I am quite excited to see the potential of what I can earn by doing this.
“I feel like if I don’t really think about who could be buying it it’s kind of okay.”
The teen admits she is terrified of her employees finding out but takes steps to avoid the knickers being linked to her.
She added: “I work with children that are quite young and I was quite nervous because you never know who could potentially see it. I try to get rid of backgrounds that could be traced back to me.”
eBay has banned the sale of used underwear and its team ‘works quickly’ to remove items that breach rules.
But Mirror Online has discovered women are still able to thwart regulations and list their ‘pre-owned panties’.
One post that was flagged by Mirror Online was removed within minutes
A woman from Manchester put her size 8 red lacy thong up for sale with a whopping starting price of £650.
She was also charging £1.50 for them to be sent via Royal Mail in a ‘large letter’.
In the crude description she writes: “I am a young lady. Was on during intercourse and never taken off. Will wear until bought.”
Another woman from Edinburgh also encouraged only ‘serious buyers’ to bid on her pink and black pants.
She also put a starting bid of £650, plus £1.06 postage, and boasted in the description of being suitable for ‘high class customers’.
The listing added: “The scent of a woman is nothing but sensual and arousing.”
Another read: “Pre-loved, condition is used (60 hours unwashed), some staining.”
And a third said: “Three days wear, condition is used. Any special requirements please send a message and I will see what I can do.”
An eBay spokesperson said they do not allow the sale of used underwear for health and hygiene reasons.
They added: “Any listings that are inappropriate or do not comply with our rules will be removed.”
But many other women are also using specialist websites to sell their knickers. The Panty Trust charges a one-off fee of £40 for members to join.
On average, knickers can sell for £20 to £30 a pair, depending on the length of time worn. Some women can earn around £500 a month on top of their normal salary.
Mum-of-four Gia Morgan, 31, from Virginia in the US, started selling her underwear on the site in November after reading an article online.
She said: “I’m a stay at home mom and thought this would be a easy way to earn some extra money for the holidays.
“I usually have two customers a month with an average total sale of $25 each. So I’m definitely not rolling in the dough.
“I personally haven’t seen many women of color on the site so I’d hope that I was tapping into a market with great potential but it hasn’t quite played out that way.”
So far, Gia has earned $280 [£213] this year.
She added: “I wouldn’t say you could make a living off of selling underwear but it’s definitely good for some extra cash.
“My customers and their requests have been pretty normal. They typically ask for a pair to be worn for 48 hours and then sent out to them. Sometimes they’ll add on extras but nothing too out of the ordinary.
“It’s an easy way to make money and I just really like the idea that someone is out there sniffing my panties.”
Plus size dancer Abbey Shift, 39, from London started selling her underwear six years ago as she needed the money to support herself and child.
She also sells videos, pictures, tights, socks and shoes but admits “it’s bloody hard work”.
She said: “I know there are a lot of men who like plus size girls, but far to often are afraid to admit this is what they like. So I knew there was a market for me to slip into.
“The most I have made in a week is £450. But that’s not exclusively on pantie sales.
This week so far I have only earned £30, which for the amount of work I put in is a ridiculous amount to earn.”
She continued: “Doing this is not easy, you cant sell a pair of knickers for £50 and that’s it.
“It’s bloody hard work, and often draining and leaves you questioning why you are doing this. But then you have a really good week and you are like this is why, this is why I am putting myself through this.”
Another woman, who does not want to be named, started selling her knickers after becoming fed-up of relying on her husband’s wages all the time.
She admits he knows about it and doesn’t mind as such but does “think it’s weird”.
She said: “I have been a stay at home mum for the past nine years and wanted some pocket money instead of relying on my husband all the time.
“I haven’t been able to get back in the job market that would allow me to still be home for the kids while they are young and I read about panty selling.
“It’s early days yet but I’m hoping it will pick up. I also like the idea of it, it appeals to me.”