Like a haggard crackhead selling its socks, bankrupt Borders has resorted to selling things that don’t actually exist. That’s right — the company that once sold Ulysses and Jane Eyre is now hawking its collection of IP addresses.
After all of the shelving and fluorescent bulbs were auctioned off to help fill Borders’ debts, this was probably the most valuable thing the dead company has left. The internet address numbers, which serve as precious unique identifiers for web servers, have all been doled out. There aren’t any more combinations left. So although $US12 for an IP address sounds kind of pathetic, The Register reports it was a record high price — and the former bookseller fetched $US786,432 in a sale to a medical software firm.