Toddler Buys $20K Digger Online
Girl, 3, wins auction for heavy machinery while parents are sleeping
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2009 7:41 AM CDT
A Kobelco digger similar to the one briefly acquired by three-year-old Pipi Quinlan.   (Flickr)
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(Newser) – A tech-savvy New Zealand 3-year-old bought a $20,000 piece of heavy machinery while her parents were sleeping, the Daily Telegraph reports. Pipi Quinland went to the family computer after waking up early, entered the online auction site TradeMe—her mom had logged on earlier—and won an auction for a Kobelco digger with a few clicks of the mouse.

"I saw an email from TradeMe saying I had won an auction," Pipi's mother said. "I'd been looking at bulk lots of lego for my son and I thought a digger must be in one of those toy sets. Then I saw the price and got the shock of my life." The sale has been canceled—and Pipi has been banned from using the computer on her own.