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Frying off the eBay shelves

Fish and Chips
What am I bid?

You can buy everything online these days: clothes, concert tickets, travel insurance and Belfast chip shops.

Two such shops - one bricks, mortar and all, the other, a lease - are up for grabs on the internet auction auction site eBay.

One is being sold the usual way, ie to the highest bidder, while the other is being raffled off.

Willem Van Der Westhuizen, who runs Liberty's chip shop on Bradbury Place, is selling tickets for 100.

The lucky winner will get Mr Van Der Westhuizen's business, which includes the remaining two years on his lease, and up to 30,000 in kitchen equipment.

"I decided to just take the chance of raffling the business in the hope I'll get 1,000 people willing to try their luck at winning," he said.

"That way I also get out of the lease obligations and hopefully make enough money to fund my gap year."

David Johnston's is selling his Taste and Sea shop on the city's nearby Lisburn Road, lock, stock and scampi on eBay.

"I'm selling it through an agent but also trying my luck on the web," the 32-year-old said.

If you don't relish the thought of working in a chip shop, you might be interested in a genuine piece of showbiz memorabilia that is also under the hammer in cyber-space.

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