Toddler buys earthmover in online auction

A New Zealand mom made some online bids on toys before napping.

WELLINGTON, N.Z. — A New Zealand mom made some online bids on toys before napping.

Then her three-year-old daughter took over and bought a bigger plaything than expected — a huge earth-moving digger for a cool $12,300.

Pipi Quinland made the winning bid on the Kobelco digger with a few mouse clicks at the auction site TradeMe while her parents slept, the Rodney Times newspaper reported in northern New Zealand.

Pipi’s mother, Sarah Quinlan, saw an email from TradeMe saying she had won an auction and another email from the seller.

Quinlan said she had made auction bids on several toy sets and assumed she had bought a toy digger.

It wasn’t until she went back and reread the emails that she saw the pricetag and got the shock of her life.

She immediately called the auction site and the seller to explain what happened.

TradeMe reimbursed the seller’s costs for the auction and the digger was relisted.

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