If You’re Buying A Haunted Object, It’s Probably a Scam

What Objects are Being Sold?

For years, haunted objects have popped up on auction sites, ranging from ghosts in a bottle, possessed dolls, even Dybbuk boxes. They all have rich stories about how the object came into the owner’s possession, and why they wish to dispose of the item. Some claim to have an evil spirit attached, others a more gentle energy. There a few reasons I don’t advise buying these objects. The first is that if the object genuinely is haunted, you never know what energy you are bringing into your home. The second reason is these objects all have something more unfortunate in common, and that is that most, if not all of them are scams.

For Entertainment Purposes Onl

The four magic words at the end of these auction listings that make these scams perfectly legal are “for entertainment purposes only.” What this means is that buyers assume the item is not intended to be interpreted as true, and a story said to entertain buyers. It would hold as much water as buying a lotto ticket and trying to get a refund for a losing ticket. Because of this disclaimer, buyers are listing in the hopes of making quick money. The buyers receive an everyday item that has no energy attached and money down the drain.

If Buyers Are Listing Items, They Are Making “Un-Boxing” Videos

Another way that people are cashing in on fake haunted objects is not by selling the items to consumers, but instead appearing to buy the item themselves and record the unboxing. They upload the video to social media as a way to build views as well as advertising royalties. These videos all have the same excitement as buying an object without risking money and can be more lucrative for the filmmakers in the long run. In the last few weeks, I have seen a few Dybbuk box openings, and all could easily be debunked with rational explanations.

The Videos Are All Staged

Chances are the filmmakers listed an auction on eBay and bought their item, or had a friend in another state sell it to make it appear more authentic. Either way, the video maker knew what they should place inside the box to make the video seem more authentic. Next, they either ship the box to their address so it has a postal stamp or puts the item in a shipping box and drop it at their front door.

Once the box is inside the “buyer” will unwrap the item, and start to check out what they just purchased. The videos I’ve seen use ghost hunting tools as a trick to make the video seem more authentic, but the evidence is all smoke and mirrors to fool viewers. One video used an EMF meter near the box, and the second the Dybbuk box opened, it stopped beeping, which could easily be replicated by having their leg under the table near the box with an electric device attached to their knee and moving their leg far enough away to stop the beeping when needed. Objects falling, doors slamming, lights flickering, and other strange noises can all be achieved with simple theatre tricks behing the camera. Others used shack hacks, but with video and audio editing tricks, you have to take it with a grain of salt.

Remember This Before You Buy

The next time you see a video online, or see that haunted object on auction and are considering buying it, please keep this article in mind. The item is probably just a regular item, and your money will go down the drain. If the piece indeed is haunted and the owner wishes to dispose of it, they will not want to risk having it in their home any longer than necessary by waiting for it to sell. They will either throw it away, or try and seek help through a paranormal group. Save your money, and don’t get caught up in the story.

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