Going Once, Going Twice …

An Enron rubber ducky. An unopened code of ethics. A copy of “Money in Motion,” a 401(k) booklet printed in 1999. Those are just a few of the Enron relics we bought on eBay following the company’s bankruptcy filing. View the aftermath auctions here.


There’s no better place in this wired world to watch a company fall apart than eBay. By late January, typing “Enron” into the auction site’s search box brought up between 1,300 and 1,400 items. They ranged from the benign — golf balls and intricate replicas of Enron Field — to the unsettling. Amid hundreds of stress balls and T-shirts were unopened codes of ethics, paperweights bearing the company’s “Visions and Values” statements, and corporate magazines outlining Enron’s 401(k) benefits. Among auctions for expensive Web addresses like (starting bid: $19,000), Enron employees expressed their anger and frustration. Some auctioneers were trying to make money for a plane ticket home; others joked that eBay was helping boost their decimated retirement plans. Here’s a snapshot of the Enron blow-out sale — a sampling of funny, ironic, somber items that we purchased on eBay early this year and the auction prices we paid.


Enron rubber ducky: $15.50
Three Enron golf balls: $16
Unopened code of ethics: $122.50

Cowboy-boot mug: $16.50
Plastic megaphone: $24.03 (including shipping)
Money in Motion 401(k) magazine: $28
Enron survival kit: $24.99

“Vision and Values” T-shirt: $21.51 (including shipping)

Fara Warner ( is a Fast Company senior writer.