Breaking up is hard to do.
But at least now people can make a little money off of it. Just log on to www.exboy friendjewelry.com, a site where people can sell their once-beloved romantic gifts in the name of closure.
And maybe a little cash.
“It has so much more to do with moving on,” said Megahn Perry, 31, who founded the site along with her stepmother, Marie Perry.
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The mother-stepdaughter team came up with the idea for the site after Megahn, who was married and divorced in her early 20s, set out to sell her engagement ring along with some other jewelry her ex-husband had given her.
She had offered to give the items back, but her ex didn't want them.
“I didn't really know what to do,” said Megahn, who lives in Woodland Hills, Calif. “I went to a pawn shop, but that seemed creepy and not very respectful.”
What makes Exboyfriendjewelry.com different from other online merchant sites such as eBay and Craigslist, Megahn said, is that every item up for sale has a story – and sellers have to tell it (house rules).
“I think we've learned a lot about humanity from doing this site,” Megahn said. “The listings run the gamut from hilarious, silly, ‘I'm over it' stories, to bitter, to heartbreaking.”
Consequently, the ads read more like pleas for support than sales pitches:
“Not married anymore!! Don't need it anymore!!” reads one ad.
“He cheated, I need to forget about him,” reveals another.
And another: “Loved My Ex-Husband, But His Girlfriend Wasn't My Type!!!”
About 15,000 people have registered with Exboyfriendjewelry.com since the site's launch in February. More than 4,000 items have been sold.
Prices on the site range from $12 for a charm necklace to more than $14,000 for a 2.53-carat diamond engagement ring.
The site is ad-supported, so posting and reading ads is free.
Sellers have the option to give the proceeds of their sale to the site's “Good Karma Fund,” which benefits the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
“It's sort of laundering that bad karma,” Megahn said.